Its Match 26 of the Vivo IPL 2018 where Delhi Daredevils host the Kolkata Knight Riders. Delhi will be looking to get back on track under their new captain. Shreyas Iyer led the team from the front as he took his team to a much-needed win.
Gautam Gambhir having given up the captaincy for certain reasons. Click here to read the full story. Shreyas Iyer is expected to fix a lot of issues that DD are grappling with already. KKR was victorious as they dominated Delhi when the teams faced each other in Kolkata. Delhi who are at the bottom of the points table will be looking for some points.
Dinesh Karthik won the toss and put his to team on the field first. DD drop Gautam Gambhir as he is replaced by Colin Munro. Also, Vijay Shankar replaces Dan Christian. For KKR, Mitchell Johnson replaces Tom Curran for their only change.
Delhi Finally Come To The Tournament
DD get off to a fiery start as both Shaw and Munro looked in great form as they make this their highest opening stand of the season. Delhi hit 7 boundaries and 2 sixes inside the first 5 overs as sending Munro up top finally seemed to work. Munro departed for 33 but off just 18 balls as he hit 4 fours and 2 sixes. Iyer joined the flamboyant Shaw in the middle and both batsmen showed Delhi’s capabilities.
Prithvi Shaw scored 62 in 44 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes. After losing a couple of quick wickets, Maxwell and Iyer scored some much-needed boundaries towards the end. Shreyas Iyer played a captain’s knock as he took his team to 219 losing 4 wickets. He scored 93 in just 40 balls, hitting 3 fours and 10 maximums.
Kolkata started off with 2 spinners but were taken to the fence by Shaw and Munro. Mavi got the wicket of Colin Munro to get KKR back in the game but it wasn’t Kolkata Knight Riders’ day as they bowled all over the pitch. They weren’t able to bowl economically nor get wickets. KKR will be hoping their batsmen save their blushes as the bowlers leaked 219 in 20 overs. Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla and Mavi got a wicket each.
Knight Riders’ Chase
220 was going to take some chasing and KKR needed their openers to get them off to a good start. But Maxwell sent Lynn to the dugout in the second over. It was Robin Uthappa next who succumbed to the pressure and handed his wicket to Trent Boult. Sunil Narine, having hit a couple of big blows was back in the pavilion as well. Sunil Narine scored 26 in just 9 balls. KKR lost wickets at regular intervals with no batsmen settling in. The target being too big and losing wickets didn’t help KKR’s case as they lost their 4th match of the season.
Delhi Daredevils’ for the first time were in the driving seat. Having set a huge target for the away team, DD started well as they got 4 wickets inside the first 5 overs. The most crucial point was that Delhi got wickets at regular intervals letting no batsman settle. Andre Russell made the defending team nervous for a while but with such a steep asking rate, it was always Delhi’s match. This was just Delhi’s second win of the season as they won by 55 runs.
Man Of The Match
Captaining the side for the first time, Shreyas Iyer showed his class as he scored 93 in 40 balls with 10 maximums as he was awarded the man of the match.