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Ex-skipper Gambhir opts to sit out; DD taste 55-run win over KKR

Renald A Frank

The match between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders had a bit of drama when the former DD skipper Gautam Gambhir decided to sit out of the game on his own accord. Gambhir had passed on the baton to young Shreyas Iyer, following consecutive losses of the team. Iyer during the post-match conference stated, “It was not his call but purely the senior pro’s call while terming it as something really brave”.

KKR was looking to squeeze DD further, following their skipper’s resignation as well the overall morale of their players which was completely down and out following a string of defeats. KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik won the toss and choose to field first at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

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Things looked bright with Daredevils openers P. Shaw and Colin Munro giving a good start by sharing a 59-run opening stand. The fall of Munro’s wicket saw the new guard S. Iyer come in and score a solid 93 off 40 along with G. Maxwell to propel beleaguered Delhi to a score of 219/4.

All KKR bowlers were at the receiving end with Shivam Mavi giving away 58-4-1 in followed by Mitchell Johnson who gave away 42 -4-0.

KKR run chase started in a horrible manner when hard hitting Chris Lynn (5) was cleaned up by Aussie teammate Maxwell very early. Robin Uthappa then walked in but left as quickly as he came with the scorecard reading 20/2.

Fortunes finally turned towards Delhi with S. Narine 26 off 9 being sent off with the team adding just 13 extra runs after Uthappa’s wicket. It was then Dinesh Karthik(18) along with S. Gill(37) and Andre Russell(44) who tried to steady the chase but Delhi bowlers proved too good on the day as Delhi beat Kolkata by 55 runs.

The night also saw Trent Boult become the highest wicket taker in IPL 2018 with 11 scalps.

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