Even after two consecutive losses, Kolkata Knight Riders bounced back in their own home soil to hand Delhi Daredevils a 71-run thrashing on Monday(April 16). Gautam Gambhir made his way back to Eden Gardens after a long time, not as KKR skipper but as an adversary. This was the same venue where he’s scripted several wins but this time had a bad luck as he was left frustrated as Delhi bowlers failed to take advantage of KKR’s wobble.
As things panned out, KKR were put under pressure in the defence but wrapped up the game in the first 12 overs of the chase by picking eight wickets.
The destructive duo Nitish Rana & Andre Russell;
Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, and the DD pacers – all played a big part. In the 14th over, KKR were struggling at 117 for 4. That’s when Russell and Rana joined hands to put the pressure back on the visitors.
Russell launched his destructive rocket in the 15th over when Mohammed Shami had been put to consolidate the downfall of KKR innings by removing the big chap, Russell. But the reality had something else to unfold. Russell was dropped on 6 by Jason Roy but smashed three sixes in the over to ease the pressure on Rana a touch. When Shami came back in the 17th over, he was hit for three more sixes as the allrounder raced to 41 off 11 before he was bowled by Trent Boult.
While Russell’s onslaught was crucial, KKR were put in a winning position at the half-way mark by Rana. It was only in the 16th over that he really got going. Chris Morris had plenty to say to the left-hander but ended up at the receiving end as Rana cracked the code and picked up plenty of boundaries wide of the third man. He got to his half-century off 30 balls and eventually fell in the 19th over, but KKR already had 193 on the board by then.
DD’s attempt to prevail the long chase;
In a tall chase, DD needed a good start. Instead, they lost three wickets in the first three overs. Jason Roy’s weakness against spin was exposed by Piyush Chawla while Shreyas Iyer fell after being surprised by the pace of Russell. Gambhir chopped one back off Shivam Mavi. Maxwell and Pant then upped the ante with a brilliant 62-run counter-attack but once they were dismissed, the chase fell apart real quick.