Kolkata Knight Riders crush Delhi Daredevils for facile win


Kolkata Knight Riders did almost everything right in their IPL opener at Eden Gardens on Sunday, right from winning the toss to bowling out Delhi Daredevils in 17.4 overs to chasing their target for the loss of one wicket. A new-look, youthful and very slap-happy Daredevils batting order struggled to curb its enthusiasm after being given first use of a sluggish surface, and the result was a total of 98. Driven by their openers, KKR knocked off the target in 14.1 overs.

Gautam Gambhir's decision to field on a turning surface was vindicated early with Andre Russell grabbing three wickets in three overs courtesy loose shots from Daredevils' top order, and the spin pair of Brad Hogg and Piyush Chawla ensured there was no recovery. Four players got past ten, and yet Quinton de Kock's 17 was the highest score of the innings. Tellingly, Hogg and Chawla bowled 32 dot balls between them. Hogg, aged 45, once again underlined his worth as a T20 force with 3/19 in four overs on a track assisting turn.