KKR vs DD, Match 13, IPL 2018

KKR vs DD, Match 13, IPL 2018

Thanks to Nitesh Rana (59 off 35) and Russell, Kolkata posted 8-200 after being sent in to bat. In reply, the Daredevils achieved the target on the final ball of the match. Rishabh Pant and Glenn Maxwell added 52 for the fourth wicket.

Karthik would also hope that his deputy Robin Uthappa, who is a KKR veteran, shoulders more responsibility with the bat as his scores of 13, 29 and 3 have been a big letdown.

Captains: Dinesh Karthick vs Gautam Gambhir. Narine has given flawless starts to KKR since the commencement of IPL 2018.

Delhi's chase got off to the worst possible start as Roy (stumped on the leg side off Chawla), Iyer (caught at first slip off Russell) and Gambhir (played on to give Mavi his first IPL wicket) fell in the first three overs.

Chris Lynn provided the only real batting positive for KKR with his 49 from 34 balls and I'm backing him to deliver another profit in Kolkata's top batsman market at [12/5].

The availability of a power hitter like Glenn Maxwell who has the ability to change the complexion of the game at any point in time.

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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.

Nitish Rana (KKR), man of the match: "I have been at the end of some unlucky dismissals". The 61-run fifth wicket-stand off 22 balls between Rana and Russell in many ways turned the game around for the hosts. Chasing a modest 139, SRH struggled against the KKR spinners but Kane Williamson played a captain's knock of 50 to guide them over the line. Chris Lynn hits a 6 at the 4th bowl.

Kolkata Knight Riders outclassed Delhi Daredevils in what was a fine performance by the home side.

A battle between Kolkata's bowling and Delhi's batting is on the cards tonight at the Eden Gardens. Without the distraction of Sunil Narine at the other end, the Australian was free to dominate and he should press on in this tournament if he can keep clear of injury. The match-winner of the last game lost his balanced off a wide delivery and the wicket-keeper was quick to disturb the furniture.

Kolkata Knight Riders: in 20 overs (Nitish Rana 59; R Tewatia 3/18).

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