Sunil Narine picked up his 100th IPL wicket when he bowled Chris Morris, signalling the death knell for Delhi Daredevils. For starters, they can consider bringing back Sunil Narine to his opening slot.
The lucky Eden Gardens has been committed for Today's IPL 2018 Match 13 on KKR vs DD and it would be truly fantastic. The hosts have won 6 out of their 7 matches against DD. The team that was previously led by Gautam Gambhir, today is in the hands of Dinesh Karthik, and the team that played by Karthik ever, the head of that team is now serious. Both fell in quick succession but a sumptuous knock from Nitish Rana and some ferocious hitting by Andre Russell ensured that Kolkata posted a healthy total of 200 runs.
Nitish Rana was the other batting hero, essaying a crucial role of anchoring the innings. Shami has turned out in all the three matches for DD and a team official said there's no question of his availability. "Today I had made a decision to play till the end and waited for the spinners to come into action as spin bowling is an easy option for me to play" Rana said at the post-match press conference.
KKR managed only 138 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs.
Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa struck a partnership for the home side before the latter was dismissed for 35 runs. Hyderabad, who have lost all five matches to the Kolkata at the venue, have set themselves up nicely to break that jinx.
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 losing Narine early, Uthappa and Lynn have been playing cautiously and only despatching bad balls to the boundary as Delhi pacers have hardly given them room to free their arms thanks to some tight bowling. He captained the Kolkata outfit, to two IPL titles during his stay and would be looking to continue his winning run.
Telecast: KKR vs DD match will be telecast by the Star Network.