Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

IPL 2018: KKR vs DD: The Key Factors

IPL 2018: KKR vs DD: The Key Factors

KKR are the favourites here at [1.69] with the Daredevils some way back at [2.36] but is it just a case of waiting for the toss and backing the chasing team? Last night here in Kolkata, we were obviously 25-30 runs short with the bat and that put us under pressure with the ball. Nitish Rana becomes the man-of-the-match. Australian Chris Lynn wasn't at his fluent best and departed shortly after for 31 off 29 balls.

After doing his calculations, the astrologer predicts that Gautam Gambhir-led Delhi Daredevils will be the victor in today's game. 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.

Robin Uthappa was the first KKR batsman who really got going as he scored a 19-ball 35 to cancel out Delhi's early advantage. He hit 5 fours and 5 sixes until KKR's skipper took his catch.

Uthappa's wicket slowed down the scoring rate as Nitish Rana and Lynn concentrated on picking singles. It was hard to miss the poetic justice of the milestone coming in front of Gambhir, his former captain, who played a part in Narine's stardom. The Delhi lad who had led 2 successful campaigns for KKR, returned to his second home. The same can be said about Shubman Gill who, despite being an able middle-order batsman, came to the crease at number 7, with only 6 overs to spare.

Incidentally, this was the third straight match where the team that batted first was triumphant unlike the first week where nine of the 10 games were won by teams batting second.


DD on the other hand brought in Jason Roy in place of Colin Munro in their previous match and that turned out to be a masterstroke.

STAT ATTACK: This is Gambhir's 50th match at the Eden.

Rana made his first half-century for the Knight Riders, clearing the ropes four times and hitting another five boundaries in an excellent 35-ball knock.

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.

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