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Best performances - Batsmen

G Gambhir
38(41) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 21 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
2 4 2 15 11 0 0 4
RV Uthappa
35(33) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %71%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 12 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
4 0 3 1 8 5 5 9

Best performances - Bowlers

GB Hogg
O4
M1
R19
W3
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
AD Russell
AD Russell
O3
M0
R24
W3
Eco8.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Shashank Kishore

Right, then. Thanks for joining me on the coverage. Hope you enjoyed it. Join us for the clash between Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab on Monday. Until then, it's goodbye from the commentary desk. Cheers!

Gautam Gambhir: We were very professional. Russell got to Kolkata this morning. The way he started with the ball was commendable. He is a quality player. Once we restricted them to 98, it was half the job done. We aren't used to playing on these kind of wickets, that is why we decided to bowl first. In our chase, someone had to bat through. That is what professional teams do. It was my responsibility to do that. Robin was unbelievable, to give us that kind of start was fantastic. We've covered most of our bases, so we are happy with whatever surfaces we get.

Andre Russell is the Man of the Match. "We just have to adjust to any surface. That is where professionalism comes into play. It wasn't the fastest of wickets, it wasn't slow either. If I get a chance to bat, I'd go out there and do something destructive. When things are going your way, you need to find ways to stay up there. I thought the wicket wouldn't spin that much, but credit to Brad Hogg and Piyush Chawla for backing me up. Well played to captain and Uthappa as well.

In the end, 98 was too little to defend, irrespective of the kind of bowling riches Delhi had. Uthappa set the tone, Pandey finished it off, with Gambhir fighting and grinding his way through after a fiery start. This wasn't a perfect game by KKR, but if you can still manage to win as easily as they did, it can only point to how strong a force they can be.

Zaheer Khan: You learn every day. I was trying to swing the ball too much. I was playing after a long time. I was happy to see the effort of the fast bowlers. Every team is going to have one bad game, hopefully we've got that out of the way. We're just giving our young batting line-up freedom. They are quick learners, they've got the energy. We are happy with our plans and preparation. It's just about letting this team express themselves on the field freely.

10:55pm So another repeat of last night. One-way traffic all the way.Yet another familiar start for Delhi Daredevils. Whatever could go wrong, went wrong. Surely, they can't slip below this performance. They will have plenty of soul-searching to do. Kolkata Knight Riders, meanwhile, have been clinical in all departments. They couldn't have asked for a better start to the season.

14.1
1
Khan to Gambhir, 1 run, eased behind the wicket for a quick single to complete what has been a cakewalk
14.1
1w
Khan to Gambhir, 1 wide, banged in short, but way over Gambhir's head, de Kock does well to leap like a goalkeeper to stop that

END OF OVER:
14 | 13 Runs | KKR: 97/1 (2 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.92, RRR: 0.33)

  • Manish Pandey15 (12b)
  • Gautam Gambhir37 (40b)
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile4-0-32-0
  • Chris Morris4-0-21-0
13.6
4
Coulter-Nile to Pandey, FOUR runs, muscles the pull into the midwicket fence. Too short and he climbed onto that. Making batting look really easy
13.5
4
Coulter-Nile to Pandey, FOUR runs, what-a-shot. That was hammered into the cover boundary before I could move my fingers. Too full, he lent into the drive, picked the bones out of that one. No chance for sweeper cover
13.4
1
Coulter-Nile to Gambhir, 1 run, drops it into the off side for a quick single
13.3
0
Coulter-Nile to Gambhir, no run, too short and angling down leg, easy call for the umpire

Supradeep: "Gambhir has changed his game so much! Gosh! Not a single run down to the third man! The last time we saw him in the IPL! That was his most scoring area! Also watch out the open stands! He has that hunger still to perform! Fierce competitor!" Are you really following the commentary?

Emphatic win

35

Balls left when KKR knocked off the winning runs, their second-largest margin of win in the IPL, by balls remaining

Solid opening

981

Partnership runs for the first wicket between Gambhir and Uthappa in the IPL. Only Hussey-Vijay (1360 for CSK) have more

Uthappa joins 3000-run club

6

Batsmen who have made 3000-plus runs in the IPL; Robin Uthappa has become the latest to join this list today

Dismal Daredevils

7

Instances of Daredevils being bowled out for less than 100 in the IPL, the highest among all teams. Royals are next with 4

Hogging the limelight

3/19

Brad Hogg's figures today, his second-best in the IPL; his best is 4 for 29 v CSK last year

Russell flying high

2

Instances of Russell taking more than 2 wickets in an IPL game. The only previous instance was 3 for 32 v Royals in 2015

Poor Powerplay

6

Number of times Delhi Daredevils have lost four or more wickets in the Powerplays in the IPL; the last such instance before today was in 2013

Hoping for a turnaround

10-32

Delhi Daredevils' win-loss record in the last three IPL seasons. Last year they had a 5-8 record

KKR's Eden

11-1

KKR's win-loss record in their last 12 matches at Eden Gardens. Their only defeat was against RCB in 2015