Kolkata, India (AP) — Nitish Rana hit an aggressive 59 and Andre Russell smashed 41 off 12 balls as Kolkata Knight Riders thrashed Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs in the Indian Premier League on Monday.
Delhi lost wickets in clusters and were bowled out for 129 in 14.2 overs. Spinners Sunil Narine (3-18) and Kuldeep Yadav (3-32) finished off the rout.
“The wrist spinners are picked in the IPL for a purpose. They’re doing a good job for us,” Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik said.
Kolkata earned their second win, while Delhi suffered a third loss in four games.
After losing the toss and being put in to bat, Kolkata were given a platform by Robin Uthappa (35) and Chris Lynn (31) at the top of the order.
Delhi seemed to be in control at 117-4 after Kolkata lost Karthik on 19 in the 14th over. Then Russell was dropped on 7 by Jason Roy and Russell took full advantage. He smashed six sixes off Mohammad Shami’s two overs that cost the seamer 42 runs, and Rana completed his half-century off 30 balls.
Trent Boult, who bowled a first-over maiden to Lynn, returned and clean bowled Russell with a yorker.
Rana holed out to Gautam Gambhir when he was deceived by Chris Morris’ slower delivery. Rana’s 59 off 35 deliveries included five fours and four sixes.
Delhi legspinner Rahul Tewatia took 3-18, all of his wickets in the last over.
Delhi’s chase stuttered at 24-3.
Glenn Maxwell (47) and Rishabh Pant (43) gave Delhi a glimmer of hope with a 62-run fourth wicket stand off 33 balls.
But Kolkata came back hard and Delhi lost their last seven wickets for 43 runs in 5.5 overs.
Yadav hurried the collapse when Pant and Maxwell both were caught in the deep while going for big shots off the left-arm spinner, and Narine ran through the tail-enders.
“It’s going to be tough against three quality spinners like theirs,” said Gambhir, who switched from Kolkata to lead Delhi.
“We had plans for him (Russell) but when he gets going it’s tough for the bowlers to execute the plans.
“We still have 10 more games, a lot of work to do.”