Rana, Russell shine as KKR beat Delhi by 71 runs

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Apr 2018 11:40:59




IT WAS a smooth sailing for former champions Kolkata Knight Riders who recorded a comprehensive 71-run win over Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier league (IPL) here on Monday night.After posting a challenging 200 for nine, the purple and gold brigade strangled the opponents for a mere 129 in 14.2 overs.Spinner Sunil Narine (3/18) and Kuldeep Yadav (3/32) did most of the damage after an Andre Russell (12-ball 41) carnage had helped the hosts reach that magical figure.
Till Glenn Maxwell (47) and Rishabh Pant (43) were at the crease, Delhi had some hopes but it evaporated with their dismissals 27 runs apart.

Earlier, Nitish Rana anchored the innings with a breezy 59, but it was Russell’s show in the middle overs, which lifted the hosts to 200 after being put in by Gautam Gambhir at the Eden Gardens.Russell occupied the crease briefly, for 12 balls, but hit all over the park en route to a brutal 41 — 36 off them coming in sixes.That the Jamaican did not have a single four in his whirlwind innings, summed up his dominance, before being deceived by Trent Boult’s inswinging yorker that unsettled his leg-stump.The only blip in Russell’s innings was when he was dropped on 7 by Jason Roy off the bowling of Mohammed Shami, but from thereon there was no stopping the Jamaican.

Russell missed out on a fifty, but Rana brought up his in 30 balls in a highly impressive knock, which contained five fours and four sixes.The former Mumbai Indians batsman caught the attention with his strokemaking and temperament, holding the KKR innings together before being done in by a slower one by Chris Morris.After the departure of Russell and Rana, wrist spinner Rahul Tewatia (3/18) took three wickets in the last over, but the duo’s stunning 61-run partnership from 22 balls was enough to help KKR post a challenging total.