Kolkata Knight Riders faced Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Monday.
The high-profile clash marked the return of Gautam Gambhir to Kolkata and Dinesh Karthik to Delhi.
KKR defeated DD by 71 runs in what was a pretty one sided match after DD lost three early wickets while chasing a big target of 201.
Russell and Nitish Rana powered Kolkata to 200 runs with some brutal hitting and while chasing the bowling department did a superb job in dismissing Delhi for a paltry 129.
Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine, both picked up 3 wickets each and eased the KKR bowling in the second innings.
Nitish Rana, Man of the Match: It feels good. This is my first match for KKR. I was in good touch. This was an important knock. I had an idea what the bowler was about to bowl. My plan was to hit anything that was bowled on the body.
Dinesh Karthik: Wins keep you happy. Feels good. Touch wood, this is the kind of the day, where you make a move and it works. Wrist spinners are picked for a certain purpose. They are standing up. It's good to see. It's going well. I am getting used to. Try to separate batting from captaincy.
Gautam Gambhir: "We have to give it to KKR, they played really well. One stage we thought they couldn't get 170-175 but then getting to 200 was a good effort by them. We knew it was going to be a stiff chase as they have three quality spinners. I thought we tried our level best but we couldn't execute the plans well. We even tried bowling from round the wicket. We had different plans but it was difficult to execute the plans. The next game is important for us if we can take a win. If we get a win in Bangalore the confidence will be better. We still have 10 games left and a lot of hard work to do."
# What a win that is for Kolkata Knight Riders, and what a way to come back to winning ways. A huge 71 runs victory.
# 14.2 Overs: OUT! DD are all out, top bowling performace by KKR. Boult c and b Kuldeep Yadav 0(2) DD 129/10
# 13.5 Overs: OUT! Shami goes. Shami c A Russell b Narine 7(6) DD 128/9
# Delhi Daredevils have lost 8 wickets! Phew! Narine has completed his 100 IPL wickets. Good day for KKR camp
# 9.1 Overs: SIX! Maxwell reads the slower ball to perfection. DD 96/4
# 8.3 Overs: OUT! Kuldeep strikes and Pant walks back after a brilliant innings. Pant c Chawla b Kuldeep Yadav 43(26) DD 86/4
# 8.1 Overs: FOUR! Reverse swept away by Maxwell. DD 85/3
# 7.3 Overs: SIX! Maxwell partners Pant here! DD 80/3
# 7.1 Overs: FOUR! Pant welcomes Curran to the attack. Cracking shot. DD 73/3
# 6.2 Overs: FOUR! Pant is on fire, he has hit 4,4,6 in the last six balls that he has faced. DD 66/3
# 4.5 Overs: FOUR! Maxwell uses Mavi's pace perfectly. DD 45/3
# 3.6 Overs: FOUR! Maxwell at it this time. DD 38/3
# 3.3 Overs: FOUR! Pant slashes it. DD 33/3
# 3.2 Overs: FOUR! Pant is one man standing here, great shot! DD 28/3
# First IPL wicket for Mavi and he has bowled in between 140-145kmph this over. Throwing fireballs!
# 2.6 Overs: OUT! Mavi strikes and Gambhir walks back. Gambhir b Shivam Mavi 8(7) DD 24/3
# 2.4 Overs: FOUR! Pant dispatches the boundary in style. DD 23/2
# 1.5 Overs: OUT Iyer departs, Delhi are in trouble. DD 13/2
# 1.4 Overs: FOUR! Shreyas Iyer with a delicate shot, beautifully played. DD 13/1
# 1.2 Overs: FOUR! Gambhir special. DD 8/1
# 0.6 Over: OUT! Wide ball and Jason Roy departs! Clever piece of bowling. Roy st Karthik b Chawla 1(3) DD 4/1
# Gautam Gambhir and Jason Roy are at the crease, Piyush Chawla to start for KKR
# Delhi Daredevils need 201 runs to win.
# 19.6 Overs: OUT! Caught by Maxwell!! Tom Curran c Maxwell b Rahul Tewatia 2(3) KKR 200/9
# 19.5 Overs: OUT! Chawla comes and goes. Chawla c Pant b Rahul Tewatia 0(3) KKR 200/8
# 19.2 Overs: OUT! Gill walks back. Shubman Gill c Chris Morris b Rahul Tewatia 6(5) KKR 200/7
# 18.6 Overs: FOUR! Leg byes! KKR 199/6
# 18.3 Overs: OUT! Rana goes after a top top innings. Nitish Rana c Gambhir b Chris Morris 59(35) KKR 193/6
# 18.1 Overs: FOUR! Rana is showing some serious stroke play here. KKR 193/5
# Nitish Rana completes his Half century!
# 17.5 Overs: FOUR! Nitish Rana taking the charge now. KKR 187/5
# 17.3 Overs: FOUR! The star of U-19 world cup is here! Shubhman Gill starts the innings in style. KKR 182/5
# 17.2 Overs: OUT! Russell departs..that was some innings! A Russell b Boult 41(12) KKR 178/5
# 16.6 Overs: SIX! OMG..Pure power! KKR 177/4
# 16.5 Overs: SIX! Phew that is monstrous by Russel. KKR 171/4
# 16.1 Overs: SIX! RUSSELLmania strikes Eden Garden once more. Big one! KKR 163/4
# 15.3 Overs: FOUR! Rana slashes it towards third man! KKR 155/4
# 15.1 Overs: SIX! Rana not holding it back. KKR 151/4
# 14.6 Overs: SIX! RUSSELLmania show! KKR 145/4
# 14.5 Overs: SIX! going..going...going...GONE! Russell hits it big! KKR 139/4
# 14.3 Overs: SIX! Time for Russell show. KKR 131/4
# 13.5 Overs: SIX! Huuugggeee by Rana. KKR 123/4
# 13.4 Overs: OUT! Oh DK, poor poor shot selection. Karthik c Boult b Chris Morris 19(10) KKR 117/4
# 13.3 Overs: FOUR! Back to back boundaries for DK. Stunning batting by the skipper. KKR 117/3
# 11.4 Overs: SIX! Karthik goes biiiiggggg!! KKR 101/3
# 11.2 Overs: FOUR! Rana sliced it beautifully. KKR 94/3
# 10.5 Overs: OUT! Shami strikes, and its a huge blow for KKR! Lynn goes back. Chris Lynn c Roy b Shami 31(29) KKR 89/3
# 9.3 Overs: FOUR! Rana is dealing on boundaries here. KKR 83/2
# 9.2 Overs: SIX! Rana times it to perfection. KKR 79/2
# 8.4 Overs: SIX! Nitish Rana starts the show early. KKR 70/2
# 7.3 Overs: OUT! Uthappa gone. Uthappa c and b Nadeem 35(19) KKR 62/2
# 6.2 Overs: SIX! Uthappa stealing the show here. KKR 57/1
# 5.5 Overs: FOUR! Uthappa is timing it brilliantly. KKR 50/1
# 5.4 Overs: SIX! Clean hit and out of the park. KKR 46/1
# 5.2 Overs: SIX! Uthappa joins the party and hits it big. KKR 32/1
# 4.6 Overs: FOUR! LYNNsanity.. KKR 32/1
# 4.5 Overs: FOUR! Lynn is on fire!!! KKR 28/1
# 4.3 Overs: FOUR! That was in the Robin Uthappa zone. KKR 23/1
# 3.3 Overs: FOUR! Lynn is hitting it easy. KKR 17/1
# 2.6 Overs: FOUR! Lynn has to play a experienced knock here for his team. KKR 12/1
# 2.3 Overs: OUT! Narine departs. Great piece of pace bowling by the Kiwi. Narine c Maxwell b Boult 1(4) KKR 7/1
# 1.4 Overs: SIX! Lynn gets going. KKR 7/0
# FIRST MAIDEN OF IPL 2018
# 0.6 Overs: Trent Boult completes a superb first over. Maiden for him! KKR 0/0
# Lynn, Narine open for Kolkata, Trent Boult will have the new ball
# Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav
# Delhi Daredevils (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer, Vijay Shankar, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, Trent Boult
# Delhi Daredevils have won the toss and elected to bowl first.