Delhi made the highest score of 219 runs for 4 wickets in 20 overs, after Kolkata scored the highest score of 164 for nine wickets. While KKR had beaten them by 71 runs first time around, this time DD emerged victorious by 55 runs in a one-sided match that was never KKR's to win. It is only poetic as Gautam Gambhir who had previously won two titles with Kolkata Knight Riders will face his former team tonight in his first game after stepping down as the captain. The lucky escape did not slow Iyer down as he kept striking the ball superbly.
In reply, Kolkata's challenge was all but over when they were cut down to 46 for four in the sixth over. However, skipper Karthik would expect more runs from the duo of Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa, who have got starts on many occasions but have failed to convert them into big scores.
Although all the hype leading up to the game would be on Gautam Gambhir and Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders who have had nearly a week of rest will be fresh travelling to the capital on Friday. His knock included an astonishing 10 sixes, as well as three fours, propelling Delhi to a gargantuan total in the process.
Asked about the change in him as a player, he said, "I have been consistent with my thought process, captaincy has changed my approach towards a lot of people, lot of things". Shubman Gill hit 37 and Russell stroked 44 to reduce the margin of defeat.
Shaw allowed new batsman Iyer time to settle down as the 18-year-old was doing most of the hitting. They will be expected to play the role of strike bowlers and young captain can return to them in tricky situations.
Shaw cut pacers confidently when pitched short while left-handed Munro was happy lofting the spinners. It was DD's second win in seven games. Run our scare on the fourth ball, but they get a single in the end.
Coming back for his final over, Avesh broke through the defences of Russell even as the asking rate rose like a mountain for tailenders - Piyush Chawla (2), Mitchell Johnson (12 not out) and Kuldeep Yadav (7 not out) as KKR's innings eventually ended on 164/9.