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IPL-2018: KKR canter to 71-run win over Delhi

IANS  |  Kolkata 

rode on on and Andre Russell's heroics to snap a two-game losing streak and register a 71-run victory over Daredevils in a lopsided (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens here on Monday.

Put in by their celebrated former Gautam Gambhir, KKR piled up 200/9 as in-form smashed a 35-ball 59 with Russell clobbering a 12-ball 44, that included six sixes off

In reply, Glenn Maxwell's 22-ball 47 and Rishabh Pant's 26-ball 43 went in vain, as were bundled out for 121 with mystery spinner (3/18) and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (3/32) plotting most of the damage.

were reduced to 24/3 inside the first three overs with opener (1), Shreyas Iyer (4) and Gambhir (8) back in the hut.

Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (1/16) got Roy's back in the last ball of the innings' first over with a slider down the leg side which the England batsman missed and went down the wicket for to effect a stumping.

In the next over, caught Iyer at first slip off Russell's while the big wicket of Gambhir -- who is KKR's most successful winning two IPLs with them -- fell to U-19 winner Shivam Mavi (1/14).

Pant and Maxwell then came together for a 62-run stand for the fourth wicket before the former holed out to Chawla at deep midwicket off Yadav.

From there on, it was all downhill for Delhi as they lost wickets in a hurry.

Earlier, Rana played a gem of an innings, selecting his shots with aplomb, as he hit five fours and four sixes to set up KKR's onslaught. This allowed Russell, who was dropped on 7 by Roy, to go for the big shots from the word go.

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 over conceding a miserly one run.

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

Brief scores: 200/9 (59, 41; 3/18) beat (129 all out (47, Rishabh Pant 43; 3/18, Kuldeep Yadav 3/32)



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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 00:06 IST