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IPL: KKR ride Rana, Russell heroics to post 200/9 vs Delhi

IANS  |  Kolkata 

cracked a fine half century while blasted a 12-ball 44 to propel (KKR) to 200/9 in 20 overs against Daredevils in an (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens here on Monday.

Rana (59) played a gem of an innings, selecting his shots with aplomb, as he hit five fours and four sixes to set up onslaught and allow Russell, who was dropped on 7 by Jason Roy, to go for the big shots from the word go. Rana took 35 balls for his 59.

Russell hit six sixes in a three-over period where the hosts bludgeoned 54 runs before leg-spinner (3/18) put a lid on the proceedings by taking three wickets in the last overs and conceding just one run.

Rana and Russell stitched together a 61-run partnership in just 22 balls for the fifth wicket.

started off with a maiden to give a good start. Lynn failed to get the pacer away and took eight balls to open his account by hitting a six over midwicket off Chris Morris, who was returning to the team in place of

Boult removed in his next over with the West Indian -- sent back to open the batting -- showing his inability to deal with a bouncer by top-edging a short ball to who lobbed the ball only as far as to complete the catch running towards first slip.

Uthappa and Lynn then joined hands for a 55-run stand for the second wicket before the former perished just after the Powerplay. KKR were 50/1 when Uthappa skied a good length delivery trying to slog sweep.

Nadeem took the catch without fuss, bringing to the crease.

Lynn, who was looking good for a big score, holed out to Roy at long on off who gave the Australian no room to free his arms.

and Rana added another 28 runs for the fourth wicket before the skipper's indiscretion cost him dear.

After dispatching two full length Morris deliveries to the midwicket boundary, attempted a third one in the same region not recognising that Gambhir had moved Boult from square leg as the Kiwi pouched an easy catch to silence the home crowd.

The visitors' joy, though, was shortlived as Russell and Rana took their rival's bowlers to the cleaners in the next few overs. Russell got out to Boult who castled him while Rana was removed by Morris.

In the final over, little-known Tewatia accounted for Shubman Gill (6), (2) and Piyush Chawla (0).

Brief scores: 200/9 (59, 41; 3/18) vs Daredevils

--IANS

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 22:16 IST
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