Spinners Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav shared six wickets as they helped Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs in their Indian Premier League match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday. Kolkata quick Mitchell Johnson was once again interchanged for Tom Curran, the second time this substitution has been made so far in IPL 11. It is true though that the Knights have had a few issues that they would like to address, their biggest grievance being the team combination.
After a slow start, KKR end their powerplay with 50 on the board. He hit 5 fours and 5 sixes until KKR's skipper took his catch. Boult gave Delhi Daredevils a terrific start, bowling the tournament's first maiden to Chris Lynn, and then accounting for Narine. Delhi legspinner Rahul Tewatia took 3-18, all of his wickets in the last over. He also picked 3 wickets in the process to restrict the home side to 200 runs after 20 overs as only 23 runs were scored in the last three overs.
Incidentally, this was the third straight match where the team that batted first was triumphant unlike the first week where nine of the 10 games were won by teams batting second.
He came to the crease after the dismissal of captain Dinesh Karthik with Kolkata in a spot of bother at 117 for 4 in the 14over. Gambhir and Iyer followed soon after as Delhi were left reeling at 24/3. Rishabh Pant and Glenn Maxwell added 52 for the fourth wicket. He batted cleverly even after the end of powerplay and found the gap well.
Kuldeep conceded successive sixes against Maxwell but the wrist-spinner had the last laugh, dismissing the Australian for. Both the teams openers are the biggest hitters of the game.
Narine had Morris bowled for his 100th IPL wicket.
While their five-wicket defeat to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's CSK in a nail-biting game was more down to misfortune, SRH rolled over the purple brigade with bat and ball barring the 12 overs from KKR's spinners which made the modest chase of 139 look hard. Against the Chennai Super Kings, the match was decided in the final over with Chennai absorbing the pressure and somehow crossing the line.
Shivam Mavi impressed Vaughan the most!