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IPL 2018: Gambhir returns to Kolkata as skipper of Delhi

17 Avril 2018

It was enough on an Eden Gardens surface that offered turn to beat Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs in the 13th game of the Indian Premier League 2018 on Monday (April 16).

Bangladesh's ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan lead his side Sunrisers Hyderabad to a five-wicket win over his former team Kolkata Knight Riders in what was Hyderabad's maiden away match of this edition of the IPL. Another big challenge before them is a selection of "Perfect-11".

Russell attacked Shami when the game resumed after strategic break. That is what happened as Shami was taken apart absolutely mercilessly.

I took a profit last time by backing the outsiders in the six hitting market and once again there's some good value here. However, Rana too was playing a special knock at the other end shaping himself beautifully to play some breathtaking strokes.

After being taken for 18 in his opening over, Nadeem has the last laugh as Robin Uthappa goes after a slower one one that is top-edged only to be taken by the bowler rather easily. His innings propelled KKR to a total of 200 runs - a target which the home side would be happy to defend.

Royal Challengers Bangalore haven't quite had the same returns - just one win in three so far - but they remain heavily in the reckoning at 4/1, due largely to their obscenely power-packed batting line-up. He captained the Kolkata outfit, to two IPL titles during his stay and would be looking to continue his winning run. Gambhir and Iyer followed soon after as Delhi were left reeling at 24/3.

Glenn Maxwell (47 from 22 balls) and Rishabh Pant (43 from 26) kept Delhi in the hunt with a breezy 62-run partnership from 32 balls. He batted cleverly even after the end of powerplay and found the gap well. Both the teams openers are the biggest hitters of the game.

From there on, it was all downhill for Delhi as they lost wickets in a hurry. Dropped off his third ball by Jason Roy, he made the Daredevils pay with his next ten balls contributing 34 runs to the tally.

When the KKR face the Delhi Daredevils it would be on the back of their minds that a few things here and there and they could be back on track.

WICKET! Shivam Mavi gets the breakthrough.

IPL 2018: Gambhir returns to Kolkata as skipper of Delhi