Russell and Nitish Rana (59 off 35) blazed a fifth-wicket stand of 61 in just 22 balls as Kolkata racked up 200-9, a total they defended easily after Roy, Shreyas Iyer (4) and former KKR captain Gambhir (8), who rejoined Delhi in January, fell within the first three overs of the run chase. He hit two fours in the air to the midwicket region off Chris Morris in the 14th over, but was caught in the same region while attempting his third similar shot.
Kuldeep and Chawla also kept it tight as their pacer bowlers kept leaking runs.
That's the end of KKR innings as Tewatia picks up three wickets in the final over to restrict the host.
WICKET! Chris Lynn has to go back, Shami with the wicket.
WICKET! Shahbaaz Nadeem with the big breakthrough for Delhi. Everything was in control for DD but things went out of hands when the former started to smash the ball. The team will also be relying heavily on its spin ace Sunil Narine to keep a check on Daredevils' batsmen.
WICKET! Trent Boult with the breakthrough, Narine edges one back to wicketkeeper Pant to deflects it to Maxwell on the first slip.
Piyush Chawla was entrusted with the first over in the defence of a solid total by the captain Karthik and he took the priced scalp of Jason Roy.
A battle between Kolkata'sbowling and Delhi's batting is on the cards tonight at the Eden Gardens.
The Knight Riders lost their second match of the campaign on Saturday but Matt Harris expects KKR to overcome Delhi, providing they address key selection issues. After winning their first game against Royal Challengers bangalore (RCB), KKR have slumped to defeats in the next two games against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
The big-hitting Russell smashed six sixes, Mohammed Shami in particular coming in for some treatment while Jason Roy was left to rue putting down a hard chance to remove the dangerman when he had only seven to his name. Rana stuck it out there, and credit to him for bringing up the score to 200. The same can be said about Shubman Gill who, despite being an able middle-order batsman, came to the crease at number 7, with only 6 overs to spare.
Nitish Rana reached his 50 off 30 balls with three fours and four sixes, his innings being the glue the held Kolkata Knight Riders' essay together.
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