IPL 2018, KKR vs DD: Hits and Misses
The trend of bowling first continued as Delhi Daredevils won the toss and opted to field first.
Hosts, Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t get off to the best of starts as they lost Sunil Narine in the 3rd over. Trent Boult got the initial breakthrough but Robin Uthappa looked in great touch as he raced away to 35 in no time before he was dismissed. Lynn looked scratchy and was eventually out for a 29-ball 31. Dinesh Karthik came and scored a breezy 19 before Andre Russell got stuck into the DD bowling attack. He scored 41 in just 12 deliveries while Nitish Rana scored 59 in 33 balls to propel KKR to 200.
Chasing a huge score, Delhi lost their first three wickets inside 3 overs. But Rishabh Pant and Glenn Maxwell tried to counter-attack but both fell in their 40s as DD were bowled out for 129 as all KKR bowlers chipped in with wickets. This win helped KKR get their second win and go to the second place in the table, thanks to a superior net run-rate.
#5 Hit: Trent Boult
Despite being a little expensive, Trent Boult has picked up 4 wickets in 3 games. After having played for KKR last year, Boult would know how the pitch behaves at the Eden Gardens.
Boult started off really well as he picked up a wicket and did not give a run in his first 10 deliveries. He was taken for 13 runs in his 3rd over. But he came back to complete his quota when Andre Russell and Nitish Rana were going hammer and tongs. Boult brought an end to Russell’s stay at the crease with a terrific yorker. Russell who was batting on 41 at that stage could’ve made a huge difference to the final score had he batted through the last 15 deliveries but Boult ensured the West Indian all-rounder was kept away.
Boult finished with figures 2/29 in his fours on a day when KKR scored 200. It was one of the few positives for DD from this game as their batsmen failed to get going as well.