IPL 2018, DD vs KKR: Hits and Misses
It was a new start for Delhi Daredevils as Shreyas Iyer walked out to lead against Kolkata Knight Riders after Gautam Gambhir decided to step down. It was an excellent beginning for Iyer as captain as DD got their second win of the tournament.
After being put into bat by KKR, Colin Munro and Prithvi Shaw helped DD get off to a very good start as they added 59 for the first wicket. Prithvi Shaw struck his maiden IPL fifty but was out for a well-made 62. But it was Shreyas Iyer who stole the show with a magnificent 93 in just 40 deliveries which propelled DD to 219 in their 20 overs. Glenn Maxwell scored a quick-fire 27 as the hosts posted a mammoth total.
Chasing 220, despite a 9-ball 26 from Sunil Narine, KKR got off to the worst possible start as they lost 4 wickets in the powerplay. They never got going as despite Russell’s 44, KKR fell short by 55 runs. It was also DD’s first win at home this year.
#5 Miss: Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson has been in and out of the KKR side this year. He’s come in whenever the team needs some extra pace and zip, otherwise, Tom Curran has been preferred.
He had identical figures of 1/30 in the two games he played. In this game, he started well as he troubled young Prithvi Shaw in his first over. But the 18-year-old opener smashed Johnson for a couple of fours and a couple of sixes in his spell. Johnson never looked threatening as after a 6-run first over, he went for more than 10 runs in the other three.
He conceded 42 in his 4 overs and failed to pick up a wicket.