IPL 2018: Andre Russell hits 44 but Kolkata fail in run chase

by Abel Hampton May 1, 2018, 6:09
IPL 2018: Andre Russell hits 44 but Kolkata fail in run chase

The former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir stepped down as captain of Delhi on Wednesday which he announced in a press conference alongside with coach Ricky Ponting, the franchise's CEO Hemant Dua and Iyer. Everyone was aware of their roles and contributed really well.

Needing seven wins from eight matches to stay in Play-offs contention, the hosts restricted Knight Riders to 164 for nine, taking revenge for their 71-run loss at Eden Gardens. Gautam Gambhir, the man who was named as skipper of the side at the start of the season opted to quit captaincy following a string of unfavourable results. DD won the match by 60 runs and moved to seventh spot of the points table.

Having battled all by himself against Kings XI Punjab, producing a courageous 57 off 45 which eventually went in vain, Iyer continued his sparkling form by notching up his third consecutive half-century, making him the top run-getter for his side already. "Plunkett, he is the go-to guy in the bowling line-up, and the way he came to me and said he would want to bowl the 16th or 17th over, that is good to see from a senior like him". The respect for him has gone really high. It was a team effort.

After the openers laid a good foundation, he clobbered the Kolkata Knight Riders attack with a 40-ball unbeaten 93 and took the total past the 200-run mark. The other performers of the evening included Trent Boult, Glenn Maxwell, Avesh Khan and Amit Mishra who snapped two wickets each.

"Prithvi has been really batting well since the start of the season".

Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Tom Curran and Prasidh Krishna. The Knights' ploy of opening with spinners, Piyush Chawla Kuldeep Yadav, did not pay dividends as the host openers hit them out of the ground easily.

Shaw, who hit his maiden IPL half-century (44-ball 62) Friday, joined hands with Iyer after the exit of Munro and the duo added 68 runs together in quick succession. "Luckily I could execute, I was timing the ball really well". Luckily, he said, the call was made by Gambhir himself, which opened up a place for Colin Munro, who provided them with just the start they needed. "We will obviously cherish this victory, but looking forward, we need to follow the process which we have been doing since the last few days".

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