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Sanju Samson was once again the top-scorer for DD with his quickfire 38-ball 60 vs KKR © BCCI
Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa’s show once again tamed Delhi Daredevils (DD) run to success as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won by 7 wickets at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. This was DD’s fourth consecutive loss. Chasing a target of 161, Gambhir and Uthappa changed KKR’s fortunes from 9 for 1 as both stitched 108 runs for second wicket. This was their fourth century partnership while chasing in IPL, the most by any pair going past David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan’s three. Although Uthappa was gone midway, Gambhir continued to hold fort. He raised yet another fifty and also completed 6,000 T20 runs along with 4,000 IPL runs. He also earned the Man of the Match award. Full Cricket Scorecard, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2017, Match 32
KKR (14 points) have one foot in the playoff with seven wins from nine matches, while DD’s campaign is all but over following a four-match losing streak to languish at the bottom of the table with four points from seven matches. If Delhi batsmen made a mess of their spectacular start, their fielders added to their woes as Gambhir and Uthappa went about their chase in a professional manner. Uthappa made full use of a reprieve on nine and he overcame a niggle on his left leg to lead the charge, smashing a 24-ball half-century, his fourth from nine games this season. Three Delhi fielders — Amit Mishra, Sanju Samson and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant — rushed to take an Uthappa skier in between short fine leg and square leg but in the end no one went for the catch.
Fresh from his match-winning 87 against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), Uthappa began from where he had left in Pune. He was at his furious best against Chris Morris and hammered him for 6 4 6 in an exceptional show of might. In the next over he hit Pat Cummins for a six and a four. Making a comeback in place of Darren Bravo, Nathan Coulter-Nile (3 for 34) led a KKR fightback to restrict DD to a below-par 160 for six after they were 41 without loss in four overs.
Coulter-Nile has now picked two or more wickets in each of the four games this season. KKR found the going tough after a flying start, but their bowlers put up a tidy show to restrict DD.