IPL 2018 | All-round Knight Riders outclass Daredevils in Eden Gardens

KKR's Nitish Rana in action on Monday

IPL 2018 | All-round Knight Riders outclass Daredevils in Eden Gardens

As it happened Knight Riders bowled out Daredevils for 129 in 14.2 overs to register their second win of the season. Knowing that the target was not an easy one, Pant ensured that the required run rate did not go over 11 but in his hurry to keep the scoreboard ticking, he found Chawla at deep midwicket to fall seven runs short of a half century.

Put in by their celebrated former captain Gautam Gambhir, KKR piled up 200/9 as in-form Rana smashed a 35-ball 59 with Russell clobbering a 12-ball 44, that included six sixes off Mohammed Shami.

Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (1/16) got Roy's back in the last ball of the innings' first over with a slider down the leg side which the England batsman missed and went down the wicket for skipper Dinesh Karthik to effect a stumping. As for Delhi, they now sit above only the winless Mumbai Indians and suffered a seismic drop in net run rate after their 71-run demolition at the hands of the Knight Riders. Robin Uthappa chipped in with a crucial 35. He went after the bowling attack right from the first ball and along with Nitish Rana, counterattacked the bowlers in the last five overs.

Russell launched Shami for three maximums in an over before he was cleaned up by Trent Boult in the 18th and three wickets in the last over from Tewatia came too late in the day.

The KKR batsmen gave a fantastic performance with their magical bat and crushed the Gautam Gambhir Delhi Daredevils. Mavi then compounded the misery on them by sending the ever reliable Gambhir packing in the third leaving the Knight Riders reeling at 24/3. The venue of the match is at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. If fans were confused whom to support after Gambhir moved from KKR to DD, they were left in no doubt by the end of the match, what with KKR bowling the entire DD team out in just 14.2 overs.

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Karthik-led KKR are desperately looking to get their campaign back on track after After back-to-back defeats, while Delhi will hoping to carry their winning momentum from the Mumbai game. Karthik would also be hoping that his deputy Robin Uthappa, will be able to get his midas touch with the bat, that has been helping him score heavily.

Glenn Maxwell (47 from 22 balls) and Rishabh Pant (43 from 26) kept Delhi in the hunt in a 62-run partnership from 32 balls.

The big-hitting Russell smashed six sixes, Mohammed Shami in particular coming in for some treatment while Jason Roy was left to rue putting down a hard chance to remove the dangerman when he had only seven to his name.

Dropping the horribly out-of-form Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh and Tom Curran, KKR went in with Under-19 World Cup winners Shubman Gill and Shivam Mavi, top order batsman and pacer respectively.

The ladder: Both sides registered just one win prior to their fourth game matchup, with one team destined to have a 1-3 record after a result had been reached.

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