IPL 2018: Captain Iyer's 40-ball 93 helps Delhi beat KKR by 55 runs

In the 26th match of Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL 2018), Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and invited hosts Delhi Daredevils to bat first at Ferozshah Kotla ground in New Delhi. Delhi Daredevils came to bat with Gambhir missing the game, Shreyas Iyer had a big responsibility and rest of the team did not let him down as the team put a massive score of 219/4. Prithvi Shaw gave a fantastic start to DD and completed his half-century. Shreyas Iyer was alongside building his inning and played a great knock, scoring 93 runs including 10 sixes. Batting Second, KKR suffered early losses and could not find a stable partnership barring Andre Russell and Shubhman Gill's brief knock. Delhi Daredevils bowlers had a good day and they made the most of it. The run rate was jumping up and KKR could not do anything to bridge the gap. DD won the match by 60 runs and moved to the seventh spot of the Vivo IPL points table.


Kolkata Knight Riders innings update: Over by over

Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI for today's match: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav. Change: Mitchell Johnson replaces Tom Curran

Over 1: Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn to open. Trent Boult starts off for DD. Dot ball. Four. Good ball. One run. Six runs come from the over. KKR 6-0

Over 2: Glenn Maxwell is new bowler, greeted with a six, Dragged for two. Four more. Single. Chris Lynn is bowled. No movement of feet. Played onto the stumps. KKR: 19-1. Robin Uthappa is the new man in. KKR: 20-1

Over 3: Boult continues, Uthappa is gone for one. Nitish Rana is the new man in. One run. Narine hits a six.  Six again. Bouncer. No run. Narine is out. DD: 33-3

Over 9: Vijay Shankar into the attack. Dot ball. Karthik plays to long-on for one. Shubhman Gill hits it for a six. Single to Gill. Karthik flicks for one. KKR: 76-4

Over 10: Amit Mishra to blow, one run. Dot ball. Dinesh Karthik is gone. He goes for 18. Andre Russell is the new man in. Beautiful shot. KKR: 83-5

Over 11: Liam Plunkett comes to the attack. Four. KKR: 89-5

Over 12: Avesh Khan is back, Russell swings and misses. Two for Russell. Very good bouncer. Russell connects, six. WIDE. Beautiful six. 

Over 13: Boult continues, Russell dispatches for six. Four more. Russell is not giving up. 

Over 14: Mishra continues, four. Single to Gill. Two runs. Flicked off the pads for one. Nicely cut for two. KKR: 129-5

Over 15: Tewatia continues. SIX by Russell. FOUR. Dot ball. Dot again. Dot again. 

Over 16: Mishra continues, reverse sweep, one run. Run out. Shivam Mavi comes in. Swing and a miss. Bowled, Mavi goes. Piyush Chawla comes in. KKR: 141-7

Over 17: Liam Plunkett continues, runs are drying up. Dot ball. Swing and a miss. DD: 143-7

Over 18: Avesh Khan, dot, dot, dot. Brilliant stuff. Yorker, clean bowled, Russell gone. KKR 153-8

Kolkata Knight Riders innings analysis after end of overs

Looking to beat DD in their home ground, KKR started with three early jolts as opener Chris Lynn was removed by Maxwell and the Robin Uthappa was sent back by Boult. Soon, the pacer (Boult) removed Narine on the last ball of the third over. 
Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana were looking to make a partnership after KKR lost 3 top order batsmen. Avesh Khan came to bowl his first over and Rana ended it with a boundary. KKR were 40/3 after 4 overs with 10 runs per over.
Liam Plunkett started the 5th over, KKR added 6 runs from it. After 5 overs, KKR were 46/3.
Avesh Khan removed Rana on the first ball of the 6th over. Dinesh Karthik was joined by Shubman Gill. Khan bowled three dot balls after the wicket but Gill ended his streak on the fifth ball by hitting a boundary and then taking a single on the last ball, retaining the strike.  Plunkett continued his second over and KKR batsmen were taking singles when Karthik decided to hit a six. Amit Mishra came to bowl the 8th over and KKR collected 5 runs off it. KKR were 66/4 after 8 overs with 8.25 runs per over. Dinesh Karthik 16 (13) and Shubman Gill 10(11) were at the crease.

Vijay Shankar started the 9th over and Shubman Gill hit a six on the third ball, rest of the over went in just singles. Amit Mishra came to bowl the 10th over and clinched Karthik's wicket on the third ball. Gill hit a boundary on the second last ball. Plunkett came for the 11th over and gave 6 runs off it. Avesh Khan came for the 12th over Andre Russell and Shubman Gill were taking singles but overall pace was slow as the required run rate rose to over 15. Rusell flexed his muscles and went for two big sixes on the last two balls of the over. KKR were 104/5 after 12 overs with 8.67 runs per over.

Trent Boult started the 13th over and Russel maintained the hitting and smashed him for a six and a boundary. KKR made 14 runs in the over. Mishra came to bowl the next over and Shubman Gill found a gap and hit a six. KKR were 129/5 after 14 overs. Russell started Rahul Tewatia's over with big hits, helped the team reduce some pressure. KKR were 140/5 after 15 overs with 9.3 runs per over. Andre Russell 43 (20) and Shubman Gill 37 (28) were at the crease. Mishra came to bowl his last over with Russel on the striker's end. Delhi appealed for stumping on the second ball but no result came out of it. The twist came again and Gill was run out, in an to steal a single. The keeper did a fine job to remove Gill. Mavi came on the crease but not for long as Mishra was able to trick him. KKR were 150/7 after 16 overs with 8.81 runs per over. Andre Russell 43(22) and Piyush Chawla 0 (0) were at the crease.

Russell and Chawla were on the crease and the required run rate kept rising. Plunkett bowled his last over and conceded just 2 runs of it. KKR were 143/7 with 77 runs away. Avesh Khan started his last over and less activity was observed in it. Russell finding it difficult to connect his bat for a big shot and Avesh Khan took the advantage and bowled him on the 5th ball. The rest of the match was not just a formality. Johnson came but too late to make any impact. KKR were 145/8 after 18 overs. KKR lost their 9th wicket in the 19th over as Chawla departed. Delhi won by 55 runs

Delhi Daredevils innings update: Over by over 

Delhi Daredevils Playing XI for today's match: Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant(w), Shreyas Iyer(c), Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult. Change: Gautam Gambhir and Dan Christian not playing. Vijay Shankar and Colin Munro are in. 

Over 1: Prithvi Shaw and Colin Munro to open for Delhi Daredevils. Piyush Chawla to start off for Kolkata Knight Riders. Dot ball. Double to Prithvi Shaw. On the pads. An appeal, turned down. Single to end of the over. DD 3-0

Over 2: Kuldeep Yadav into the attack. Dot ball. Single to Munro. Prithvi sweeps and gets one run.Munro wacks it for a six. Driven for one. DD 13-0

Over 3: Chawla continues,  Munro greets him with a straight drive for four. Lofted in the air, gone for four. Single to Munro. Prithvi Shaw hits over cover for four. Very good over for DD. Now he pulls for four. Single to end the over. DD 31-0

Over 4: Shivam Mavi is the new bowler, cracking shot for four.  Dot ball. Another shot, just for one. Munro steps out and hits for four. DD: 40-0

Over 5: Sunil Narine is the new bowler. Brilliant drive by Monro for four. Flat six, what a shot. Missed the cut. DD: 51-0

Over 6: Mitchell Johnson is the new bowler, leading edge, just short of the fielder. Again, short. Prithvi seems to be struggling. Fierce bouncer, not given as wide.Wide off the off stump, brilliantly hit for four. DD: 57-0

Over 7: Mavi continues, Prithvi hitting but not able to pierce the field. Just one. Brilliant yorker by Shivam Mavi to get rid of Colin Munro. Munro gone for 33. DD: 59-1

Over 8: Andre Russell is the new bowler, Captain Shreyas Iyer comes in. Single to Prithvi. Iyer gets off the mark with one. Cut for one by Prithvi. Brilliant drive for no run. Quicky double for Iyer. Bouncer to end the over. DD: 64-1

Over 9: Johnson to continue. One run. Dot ball. One run to Iyer. Flicked off the pads by Prithvi for a four. What a work of wrist was that, gone for six over long-on. Brilliant stuff by Prithvi. Good bouncer to end the over. just one. DD: 77-1

Over 10: Sunil Narine continues, Prithvi cuts for one. Iyer takes a single good strike rotation. Another single. Single flowings easily. A double to Prithvi. Powerful shot for one. 7 runs came from it. DD: 84-1

Over 11: Russell continues, Dot ball. Tried to make some room, dot ball. Pulled over infield for four. Single, 50 for Prithvi Shaw. One run to Iyer, What a brilliant straight drive for four. DD 94-1

Over 12: Kuldeep Yadav is back. Iyer pulls for a flat six. Cuts, straight to the fielder. One run. DD: 106-1

Over 13: Johnson continues, Single to Prithvi. Dot ball. Brilliant uppercut for 4. Cut for one. SIX. DD: 118-1

Over 14: Chawla is back, What a huge six by Iyer. Dt ball. Amazing running, two runs. Misfield by Russell, one run. Straighter one, kept low, Prithvi Shaw is bowled. Gone for 62. DD: 127-2

Over 15: Rishab Pant is the new batsman. Russell into the attack, bowls a wide. Single to Iyer. Rishab Pant is caught behind first ball. Golden duck for him. Glenn Maxwell comes to the crease. Single taken. Iyer wacks it for four. Bouncer again. Brilliant shot for six over cover. DD: 140-3

Over 16: Chawla bowing decent line, Maxwell makes room and gets just one. DD: 143-3

Over 17: Mavi continues, Brilliantly cut for one. Single. Another single. FALT SIX. Six again. 50 up Shreyas Iyer. Single. DD: 161-3

Over 18: Narine continues, in the air, just safe. two runs. One run. High high in the air, gone for six, should have been taken. Single. Reverse sweep, one run, overthrow, one more. Huge six by Maxwell. DD: 179-3

Over 19: Johnson to continue, one run. Pulled over fine leg for six. Dot ball. Swing and a miss. Again. Straight down the ground for four. DD: 190-3

Over 20: Mavi to continue, Six by Iyer. Here is another one. Chance of a runout, Maxwell is gone. Another Six. WIDE. Four. SIX to end the over. DD: 219-4

Delhi Daredevils innings analysis after end of innings

Placed at the bottom of the VIVO IPL Points table, Delhi Daredevils looked to register a victory and improve their chances in the 26th match of Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) at Ferozshah Kotla ground in New Delhi. Prithvi Shaw and Colin Munro came to open for Delhi and started smashing the ball everywhere.

Piyush Chawla conceded 3 runs in the first over but Delhi soon regained the ground by taking the score to 31 without any loss of wicket after 3 overs with the run rate of 10.33. Prithvi Shaw 14 (11) and Colin Munro 17 (7) were at the crease.

Shivam Mavi came to bowl the 4th over and Shaw continued his attack with a boundary on the second ball. Munro ensured that the attack stays as he tasted another boundary. DD were 40/0 after 4 overs, Peaked in early in the game. Sunil Narine was brought in to control the run flow but Munro was in no mood to surrender and he smashed a boundary on the third ball and hit a six on the next ball. DD were 51/0 after 5 overs. KKR pinned their hope on Mitchell Johnson in the 6th over to get a breakthrough, he managed 3 dot balls but Shaw found a boundary finally on the fourth ball to sweep cover. Delhi Daredevils were 57/0 after 6 overs with the run rate of 9.5. Prithvi Shaw 25 (21) and Colin Munro 32 (15) were at the crease.
following is the intro for 1-6. Delhi Daredevils started the attack from the second over and attained a run rate of more than 10, creating a good momentum. DD continued scoring runs at the same rate and completed half-century without any loss. DD looked certain in their effort to gain from the home ground.

Shivam Mavi came to bowl his 2nd over, DD was still managing over 9-runs per over. DD had managed only 2 runs in 5 balls of the 7th over and Mavi just struck in, removing dangerous Munro. Shreyas Iyer joined SHaw to take the innings further and Andre Russel came to bowl his first over. DD collected 5 runs in his over and Delhi's run rate fell to 8. Johnson came to bowl the 9th over and gave just 2 runs in the first 3 balls but Shaw looked resolute and hit a boundary followed by a six, deteriorating Johnson's bowling figures and confidence. 

Delhi Daredevils were 77/1 after 9 overs with the run rate of 8.5. Prithvi Shaw 40 (30) and Shreyas Iyer 4 (6) were at the crease.

Narine was asked to bowl the 10th over, so far things were going fine for DD. Shaw and Iyers added runs taking singles and a double in the over. DD were 84/1 after 10 overs. Russel came for his 2nd over and Shaw welcomed hit with a boundary on the 3rd ball. He was on 49, just a run away from his half century and it came on the next ball with a single, became the youngest to score an IPL fifty. Shaw ended the over with a boundary and DD were 94/1 after 11 overs. Kuldeep Yadav was greeted with a six from Shreyas Iyer in the 12th over. Delhi Daredevils were 106/1 after 12 overs with the run rate of 8.8. Prithvi Shaw 55 (40) and Shreyas Iyer 18 (14) were at the crease.

Johnson continued on the 13th over and managed two dot balls but just after that, Iyer scored a boundary on a short-length delivery. The next ball flew high and cleared the boundary for a six, launched over square leg by Shaw. DD gained 12 runs in the over. The 14th over started with a huge six as Iyer punished Chawla down the ground. A double and a misfiled added more runs for DD and then Chawla got his revenge as he bowled Shaw who played a great knock, scoring 62 runs. KKR finally got a breakthrough. Rishabh Pant came in to bat on number 4 but soon departed as he could not pick a bouncer from Russel and ended up giving a catch to the keeper. Glenn Maxwell joined Iyer.

Iyer scored a boundary on the 4th ball, using good placement in the deep behind square on the off-side and ended the over with a six. Delhi Daredevils were 140/3 after 15 overs with the run rate of 9.33. Glenn Maxwell 1 (1) and Shreyas Iyer 43 (26) were at the crease.

Piyush Chawla started the 16th over and singles kept flowing taking the score to 143/3. Mavi was brought in for the 17th over and DD batsmen were going for singles when Iyer decided to for a six at long-on and then a six to long-off. Mavi went for a no-ball but Maxwell who was on the strike, could not utilise it for a big shot, settling for just a single. Delhi were 161/3 after 17 overs with a run rate of 9.47. Maxwell lofted for a big shot but it was just short of finding a fielder, Iyer then attempted a shot and succeeded in smashing a six. Maxwell smashed a big six on the last ball of the over, taking the score to 179 in 18 overs. Johnson came to bowl the 19th over, Iyer welcomed him with a six after taking the strike from Maxwell. Johnson was hammered for another boundary on the last ball of the over. DD were 190/3 after 19 overs. The last over started with a bang from Iyer, clearing the rope for a six. The second ball faced the similar fate. 2 sixes in a row by Iyer. Mavi bowled a little wide to distract Iyer and he couldn't pick it for a big shot, on the other hand, Maxwell got run-out in an attempt to steal a single. Iyer continued the assault and smashed another six on the 4th ball to deep mid-wicket. Mavi bowled a wide this time, giving an extra run to Delhi. Iyer hit a boundary on the 5th ball and went for a six on the long-off. Delhi collected 29 in the last over. Delhi Daredevils scored 219 for the loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs with the run rate of 10.95. Captain Shreyas Iyer scored a brilliant knock of 93 runs in just 40 balls and remained not out along with Vijay Shankar who did not face any ball.

Here are a few things to know before the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils (KKR vs DD) match to be played at Ferozshah Kotla stadium in New Delhi, the two teams' players who could prove handy, and who has said what before the clash:



Shreyas Iyer replaces Gautam Gambhir as Delhi Daredevils captain: Delhi Daredevils captain Gautam Gambhir stepped down on Wednesday after the capital franchise lost five of their six matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) season so far. Top-order batsman Shreyas Iyer, 23, will take over the captaincy role of the team, which is at the bottom of the table. Their only win came against Mumbai Indians -- who are also struggling with the same number of points. "It was my decision. I haven't contributed enough to the team. I had to take the responsibility being the leader of the ship for where we are at the points table. I feel it was the right time for me to step down. There was no pressure from the franchise," Gambhir said at a press conference. "I was too desperate to turn things around. When you are so eager, it can backfire. That could be the reason, and may be I couldn't handle the pressure which came with the position I was given. Coming back to Delhi (from Kolkata Kngight Riders) was an emotional decision, my emotional homecoming and sometimes emotions get the better of you and then you are so eager to change th things around -- this was the only thing in my mind."


Gautam Gambhir may forgo salary, decide on future after IPL 2018: Having relinquished captaincy of Delhi Daredevils, Gautam Gambhir has decided to forego his entire Rs 2.8 crore salary while taking responsibility for the team's disastrous run in the ongoing Indian Premier League. It is possibly the first time that an IPL captain has decided to forego his salary because of non performance. Gambhir resigned from captaincy after Delhi Daredevils lost five of their six games with the skipper managing a meagre 85 runs opening the batting, including a half century in the first game. "Gautam has decided that he won't take any salary from the franchise for the season. He will play remaining part of IPL for the Delhi Daredevils for free," a source privy to the development told PTI on the condition of anonymity.


Need one win will set the ball rolling, says Liam Plunkett: Down but not out. That's what pacer Liam Plunkett tried to convey while summing up the mood in the Delhi Daredevils camp after suffering yet another loss in the Indian Premier League. Delhi Daredevils came agonisingly close to breaking their run of reverses, only to lose by four runs to Kings XI Punjab at the Ferozeshah Kotla last night. "It was really disappointing to lose such a close game. I think we should have won this match. It is really frustrating for all of us," Plunkett said at the post-match press conference. "It was a match we could have won... We are really disappointed."


Tough to concentrate when facing issues, says DD bowling coach on Shami: Delhi Daredevils bowling coach James Hopes hinted that pacer Mohammad Shami's personal problems in recent times may have affected his game. The 28-year-old fast bowler has had a rough time off the field with his wife Hasin Jahan filing a police complaint against him for domestic violence and accusing him of match-fixing. He also sustained a head injury after his vehicle collided with a truck when he was on way to Delhi from Dehradun following a short training stint before the IPL. "I think he has got some personal stuff going on. And it's tough to concentrate on the job sometimes. Players try to use cricket as a release. Everywhere you have to sort out your off-field stuffs before you start performing on the field. He is in the process of doing that and it obviously is going to take some time," Hopes said of Shami.


Gambhir's captaincy was no issue, DD batsmen failed, says Sanjay Manjrekar: Gautam Gambhir had to step down from the helm after the failure of Delhi Daredevils' batting unit in this Indian Premier League season, but his leadership was not an issue, feels former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar. Daredevils, yet to win an IPL crown, are in the last spot in the points table after losing five of the six games they figured in, their sole win coming against defending champions Mumbai Indians. "I don't think Gambhir's leadership was a problem, it was just about the batsmen not getting runs, notable failure like (Glenn) Maxwell hurting them. Gambhir, the batsman, thereby had to get runs because the others were failing around him. Gambhir was picked more for his captaincy than his batting, but because the batting group was not clicking, Gambhir the batsman came under scrutiny," Manjrekar said.


How Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders have fared against each other head-to-head in the IPL matches played so far



Matches played: 21

Delhi Daredevils won: 8

Kolkata Knight Riders won: 13


The head-to-head between the Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders stood at 6-6 after the first meeting between the two teams in the 2014 season. Since then, though, KKR have dominated these contests, winning 7 of the next 8 matches.


Some trivia ahead of today’s match between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders

  • Shreyas Iyer will become the youngest player to captain the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL; the Mumbai lad – who will be 23 years and 142 days on match-day, will be 11th player to captain DD in the IPL.
  • The last time Gautam Gambhir did not captain an IPL team, despite being in his team’s playing XI, was 22 May 2009.
  • The KKR captain Dinesh Karthik has scored more IPL runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground than at any other venue; the wicketkeeper-batsman has an aggregate of 568 runs from the 26 matches he has played at the Kotla.

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