Gambhir, Uthappa, Coulter-Nile lead KKR to top

Favorite Kolkata Knight Riders has placed themselves at the top of the point table culminating a comfortable win against Delhi Daredevils at the Eden Gardens on Friday. The 7 wicket win is their seventh win of the season playing nine matches.

One more time, Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa performed the job for Kolkata Knight Riders – like most other previous encounters, Gambhir-Uthappa partnership sealed the victory for SRK’s team in the cash rich tournament.

It seemed to become methodical for Kolkata Knight Riders to have opener Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa to score bulk of the runs needed for winning matches and the 32nd encounter of the Indian Premier League bore no exception for the home team.

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In front of a target of 160 runs to win the particular match, Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa framed 108 run second wicket partnership to well-nigh finish things off for KKR.

Kagiso Rabada picked up in-form Sunil Narine in the second delivery of the second over; afterwards Delhi Daredevil’s bowlers could make no impact in the process.

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Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa sprinted the innings towards the victory target. Both of them completed their half centuries.

Gambhir scored highest between two – he was unbeaten as well on his 71. 52 balls he faced striking 11 fours with no sixes while Uthappa composed an entertaining knock of 59 runs.

In his 33 ball innings, the one down batsman made 5 strokes for four and 4 for sixes.

Kolkata Knight Riders was on 117 when a direct throw from Nair trapped Uthappa short of crease. The Daredevils managed to take one more wicket after that as Kagiso Rabada hit on the line to clean bowled Manish Pandey. Jackson scored a not out 12 runs as Kolkata Knight Riders reached into the port of victory with more three overs left in the match.

The match began with Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and sending Delhi Daredevils to bat first.

It was once again a Nathan Coulter-Nile show at the Eden Garden. Swatting in the middle of the Daredevil’s batting line up, Coulter-Nile claimed 3 wickets in the match like the previous match of KKR.

Both S Iyer and R Pant were hunted by Coulter-Nile in the similar fashion. In the first ball of the sixteenth over, Iyer was leg before wicket and in the fifth ball of the same over, Pant was also adjudged LBW off the Australian cherry merchant.

For Delhi Daredevils, opener Sanju Samson batted to make the highest score continuing his excellent run with the bat in this season’s IPL.

Samson scored 60 off 38 balls; he hit 4 fours and 3 sixes in a strike rate of 157.89.

Brief Score:
Delhi Daredevils 160/6
Sanju Samson 60, S Iyer 47, K Nair 15
Nathan Coulter-Nile 3/34, S Narine 1/25, U Yadav 1/38
Kolkata knight Riders 161/3 (16.2 overs)
Gautam Gambhir 71*, Robin Uthappa 59, S Jackson 12*
K Rabada 2/20
Result: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wickets.
Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders.