IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders Register Comprehensive Win Over Delhi Daredevils

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Russell hit six sixes in a three-over period where the hosts bludgeoned 54 runs before leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia (3/18) put a lid on the proceedings by taking three wickets in the last overs and conceding just one run. Gambhir's stay was short lived as he was bowled by Shivam Mavi leaving Delhi's run chase in trouble.

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.

Once KKR had raised 200 runs on the board, Delhi's chase was always going to be decided in how they tackled the rivals' quality spin attack comprising wrist spinners Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav apart from the wily Sunil Narine.

Kuldeep conceded successive sixes against Maxwell but the chinaman bowler had the last laugh, dismissing the risky batsman for 47 and triggering the collapse with Narine taking three wickets in no time en route to his 100th IPL wicket. With Maxwell at the crease, Delhi can still hope for a miracle. It began with Chawla foxing Jason Roy and captain Dinesh Karthik affecting a smart stumping. Boult gave Delhi Daredevils a terrific start, bowling the tournament's first maiden to Chris Lynn, and then accounting for Narine. In his innings he hit three sixes and two fours. A listless batting display by Gautam Gambhir and Co means that they have lost third match of the IPL 2018.

This was largely possible due to the efforts of Andre Russell (41) and Nitish Rana (59). "Today I had chose to play till the end and waited for the spinners to come into action as spin bowling is an easy option for me to play" Rana said at the post-match press conference. This win helped KKR get their second win and go to the second place in the table, thanks to a superior net run-rate.

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WICKET! Trent Boult with the breakthrough, Narine edges one back to wicketkeeper Pant to deflects it to Maxwell on the first slip. Incidentally, this was also KKR's first win at Eden Gardens in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018.

While Kolkata suffered defeats at the hands of Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last two games, Delhi bounced back with vctory in the last game against Mumbai after tasting defeat against Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in a rain-hit match.

Talking of bowlers, local boy Mohammed Shami will be returning to the city for the first time after accusations of abusing and cheating his wife Hasin Jahan surfaced last month.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi and Tom Curran. Here's who won today's IPL match.

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