"They're doing a good job for us", Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik said. KKR batsmen struggled in the first few overs to score runs, with Sunil Narine falling in the third over and KKR teetering at 7/1. Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn then went after bowlers especially Shahbaz Nadeem, who was taking the beating from Uthappa. Opener Chris Lynn, the third wicket to fall, also scored a decent 31 in 29 balls.
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. Batting first at Eden Gardens, Kolkata Knight Riders posted a total of 200, thanks to an explosive innings by Andre Russell.
But the biggest impact in the game was by Jamaican Andre Russell, who hit an impressive six sixes as he scored 41 runs in just 12 balls. Rahul Tewatia was the pick of the DD bowlers as he finished with figures of 3-0-18-3, with all three of his wickets coming in the final over of KKR's innings.
WICKET! Early breakthrough for KKR, Jason Roy stumped by Dinesh Karthik for 1 run. As expected DD was all out in 14.2 overs.
The visitors won the toss at Eden Gardens and put Kolkata Knight Riders to bat. 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.
Kuldeep conceded successive sixes against Maxwell but the chinaman bowler had the last laugh, dismissing the risky batsman for 47 and triggering the collapse with Narine taking three wickets in no time en route to his 100th IPL wicket. But before he could form another partnership, Tom Curran grabbed Rahul Tewatia's wicket in the 10th over. Even more so when Shivam Mavi dropped his catch in the 11th over, with the ball going on to become a six. But in the next ball, when he tried to go for another six, he hit it straight to Robin Uthappa instead. And Uthappa didn't make repeat Mavi's mistake.
Gill looked a fish out of water, huffing and puffing to three runs of nine balls before Bhuvneshwar Kumar got his back while Mavi was hit for 10 runs in his only over. After that, the rest of the batting order just crumbled.
Roy, who blasted 91 not out from 53 balls in Delhi's win over defending champions Mumbai Indians on Saturday, was stumped by Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik off Piyush Chawla's leg-side wide in the opening over for one as the Daredevils were bundled out for 129 in 14.2 overs chasing 201. Each team sat in the bottom three before the first ball was bowled in Kolkata and when Kuldeep Yadav claimed Trent Boult's wicket to end the game, the Knight Riders made a huge ascent to second on the table.
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