Kolkata Knight Riders claimed their second victory of the 2018 Indian Premier League as they thrashed Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs at Eden Gardens on Monday.
Having been put into bat, KKR were able to post a very competitive score of 200 for nine, even with a remarkable final over from Rahul Tewatia going for just one run and at the expense of three wickets.
The Delhi outfit started their reply adequately, but some fine bowling, particularly from Sunil Narine, eventually saw the Daredevils all out for 129 in the 15th over.
The triumph moved Kolkata up into second in the 2018 IPL standings (Team, Played, Net Run Rate, Points):
Sunrisers Hyderabad, 3, +0.772, 6
Kolkata Knight Riders, 4, +0.863, 4
Kings XI Punjab, 3, +0.116, 4
Chennai Super Kings, 3, +0.103, 4
Rajasthan Royals, 3, -0.247, 4
Royal Challengers Bangalore, 3, -0.373, 2
Delhi Daredevils, 4, -1.399, 2
Mumbai Indians, 3, -0.174, 0
Here's a look at the upcoming fixtures:
Tuesday, April 17, 3:30 p.m. BST/8 p.m. IST: Mumbai Indians vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore
Wednesday, April 18, 3:30 p.m. BST/8 p.m. IST: Rajasthan Royals vs. Kolkata Knight Riders
Thursday, April 19, 3:30 p.m. BST/8 p.m. IST: Kings XI Punjab vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad
For the full schedule and standings, visit IPLT20.com.
Keeping wickets in hand was the crucial factor for KKR in their innings. Their scoring was not necessarily swift early on, and when Chris Lynn fell for 31 in the 11th over, Kolkata only had 89 runs.
But they also had seven wickets in hand, and a quick-fire 61 partnership between Nitish Rana and Andre Russell proved crucial.
Rana was eventually out for a very valuable 59 from 35 balls, but it was Russell's innings that was the more explosive.
The West Indian all-rounder made 41 from just 12 balls in an innings that included six boundaries, all of them maximums.
The KKR tail failed to wag after Rana fell midway through the 19th over and Tewatia's final over was supreme, per Cricbuzz:
But the damage had already been done, and a target of 201 looked very daunting for the Daredevils.
Unlike their hosts, Delhi failed to build pressure by hanging on to their wickets.
They were three down for 24 after three overs, and despite some fine hitting in the middle order from Rishabh Pant (43 from 26 balls) and Glenn Maxwell (47 from 22), they simply did not have enough strength down the order.
Narine, a master of his craft, finished with figures of three for 18 from three overs and also took his 100th wicket for KKR, per ESPN Cricinfo's Bharath Seervi:
Trent Boult fell for a duck two balls into the 15th over to complete a very professional display from the Knight Riders.