While their five-wicket defeat to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's CSK in a nail-biting game was more down to misfortune, SRH rolled over the purple brigade with bat and ball barring the 12 overs from KKR's spinners which made the modest chase of 139 look hard.
Russell occupied the crease briefly, for 12 balls, but hit all over the park en route to a brutal 41 - 36 off them coming in sixes. Rana held the KKR innings together before being undone by a slower one by Chris Morris. Once Pant (43 of 36 balls) and Maxwell (47 runs of 22 balls) were dismissed, no other batsmen put up fight as wickets kept tumbling like pack of cards. Delhi, meanwhile, suffered their third defeat in four matches.
Having spent seven seasons with Kolkata Knight Riders, Gambhir has lots of memories of this ground, and it could well be an emotional outing for the Delhi Daredevils captain when he leads his side against his old side. Man-of-the-Match Nitish played a totally contrasting innings and picked his gaps nicely during his 59 off 35 balls.
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Lynn (31) took his time, but went for his shots everytime the ball was in his zone, and Uthappa played some attractive strokes as the run-rate peaked up during their 55-run stand. The all-rounder was frustrated by the manner he got out but his team had come close to victory thanks to Shakib hitting Andre Russell for 14 in three deliveries with two fours and six. The team will also be relying heavily on its spin ace Sunil Narine to keep a check on Daredevils' batsmen. Like Uthappa, captain Dinesh Karthik looked good in his brief innings of 19. With losses in the first two games, Delhi tasted success for the first time in the tournament when they chased down 194 against the Mumbai Indians in Mumbai. Hence the chance of DD Winning this match is rare.
STAT ATTACK: This is Gambhir's 50th match at the Eden. Rana stuck it out there, and credit to him for bringing up the score to 200. The young kid Shubman Gill is wasted in the lower middle order; KKR could instead include the in-form Ishank Jaggi, for his experience and his proven ability to strike the ball. The spell was divided between India's Mohammed Shami and Kiwi quick Trent Boult.