DD won the toss and chose to field, allowing KKR’s batsmen to take the team to a score of 200/6. Nitish Rana scored 59 runs in 35 balls with five sixes and four fours, only to be caught out by Gautam Gambhir himself. Another notable player was Andre Russell, who scored 41 runs off 12 balls with six sixes, coming close to his own record of eleven sixes and no fours in a previous match this season.
Sunil Narine, however, was caught out by Glenn Maxwell with only one run under his belt. He made up for his disappointing batting performance with his bowling, taking three wickets in the last few overs, bringing Kolkata’s quick victory. Kuldeep Yadav took another three wickets, of which two were integral – Glenn Maxwell (47) and Rishabh Pant (43).
Maxwell and Pant were the only two players of DD worth mentioning in Monday’s game. Rishabh scored 43 runs off 26 balls with three fours and four sixes and Maxwell scored 47 runs off 22 balls with three fours and four sixes. The rest of the batsmen proceeding and following their wickets fizzled out as quickly as they had come, throwing their efforts into a pit.
DD’s openers, Gautam Gambhir and Jason Roy, who showed commendable performances in the previous matches, were taken out easily within the first two overs. Gautam Gambhir, KKR’s most successful captain to date, fell before his ex-team. KKR plays next against Rajasthan Royals on April 18th at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Delhi Daredevils will be playing against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on April 21st.