All-round KKR thrashes DD by nine wickets

On a sweltering Sunday, KKR rode on Andre Russell’s and Brad Hogg's fabulous bowling performance to bundle out DD for a paltry 98 before racing to victory with 5.5 overs to spare.

Brad Hogg took three for 19 in his four overs as Delhi Daredevils slumped to 98 all out.   -  K. R. Deepak

Even the ardent Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) fans sprinkled all over the Eden Gardens would not have expected their team to record such a one-sided nine-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils (DD) and start its Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with a bang.

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On a sweltering Sunday, KKR rode on Andre Russell’s and Brad Hogg's fabulous bowling performance to bundle out DD for a paltry 98 before racing to victory with 5.5 overs to spare. For a team mentored by Rahul Dravid, the lack of application from DD batsmen was baffling. The highest scorer for DD was Quinton de Kock (17) and only three others were able to get to double figures. Not to forget, KKR contributed 12 wides in DD's total.

DD scripted some forgettable records as it scored the lowest total by any side at the venue and registered sub-100 aggregate for the seventh time, which was the highest by any team in the IPL. Even as the KKR bowlers stuck to their task and executed their plans well, DD batsmen did not show the intent to hang in there to make the most of the good pitch.

 

Russell, who joined the team late on Saturday, immediately felt at home and mixed his deliveries well to remove first three wickets within five overs. De Kock, who took on the KKR bowling, fell to an ill-timed shot in the third over. The promising Shreyas Iyer was trapped four balls later and Mayank Agarwal played a loose shot to be caught at third man.

Hogg, Hastings, Chawla significant for KKR

When DD needed to consolidate its innings, its batsmen looked in a hurry to gain momentum. Some excellent stuff from speedster John Hastings, his Aussie spin mate Brad Hogg and legspinner Piyush Chawla affected DD's progress.

A parsimonious Hastings stifled DD batsmen to claim two wickets, while the wily Hogg foxed Sanju Samson and Pawan Negi on his way to claim three for 19, his best second best figures in the tournament. Hogg and Chawla hunted in pair to deny DD a comeback. Chawla bamboozled the dangerous Carlos Brathwaite with a googly and Chris Morris with his loop and dip.

DD's struggle finally ended when it was all out in 17.4 overs.

KKR hardly faced any pressure in its run chase. Openers Gautam Gambhir (38 not out) and Robin Uthappa (35), who crossed 3000 runs in the IPL, kept their composure to add 69 runs. When Uthappa was caught by Morris off Amit Mishra in the 10th over, the task in hand was a mere formality.