KKR hosted DD for the first time at Eden Gardens this IPL. KKR and DD both had one win from three matches and were looking to make a head start on the points table.
Delhi Daredevils captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and chose to bat on a pitch that had lots of grass on it. Chris Morris came in the DD team and Tom Curran replaced Mitch Johnson in KKR.
Sunil Narine didn’t do much in the opening slot, falling for one to Boult. Robin Uthappa scored 35 in 19 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes, before Nadeem had him caught and bowled. Lynn hit a couple of shots, but timing was not there and Shami had him caught by Roy for 31 off 29 balls.
Dinesh Karthik fell for 19 and KKR were looking in dire need of someone to come and propel them towards a big total. Nitish Rana (59 off 34 balls; 5x4s, 4x6s) and Andre Russell (41 off 12 balls; 6x6s) did just that, as Mohd Shami went for 42 runs in his last 2 overs, to finish with 1/53 in four overs.
Rana got out for 59 off Morris and then KKR lost three wickets in the last over to Rahul Tewatia. KKR finished on 200/9 in 20 overs
Twitter loved the hitting display put on by Russell and Rana and showed their love via tweets.
Here are some tweets:
Lesson of power hitting on display by DrayRuss @KKRiders Power, bat speed, body position and weight all moving at 156grams of leather— Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) April 16, 2018
What a knock young Rana is playing, clubbing all bowlers to different parts of the ground with 4s and 6s! Could see another 200+ score here— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 16, 2018
Another score of over 200 for @KKRiders. Outstanding innings from Nitish Rana today. Played with great confidence. And how can we forget @Russell12A's magic. This guy has some muscles! #KKRvDD #IPL2018— R P Singh (@rpsingh) April 16, 2018