Big test for captain Karthik as KKR seek to arrest slump

Big test for captain Karthik as KKR seek to arrest slump

Against the Chennai Super Kings, the match was decided in the final over with Chennai absorbing the pressure and somehow crossing the line.

Glenn Maxwell (47 from 22 balls) and Rishabh Pant (43 from 26) kept Delhi in the hunt with a breezy 62-run partnership from 32 balls.

Dinesh Karthik, captain of KKR, has a tall order task tonight to help his side recover from two back to back losses.

Delhi lost wickets in clusters in reply and was bowled out for 129 in 14.2 overs.

Gambhir led KKR to two IPL triumphs in 2012 and 2014 and is their all-time highest scorer.

In reply, Delhi got off to a bad start as Jason Roy was stumped in the very first over. Chris Lynn was also finding it hard to find the middle of the bat.

The availability of a power hitter like Glenn Maxwell who has the ability to change the complexion of the game at any point in time. The 61-run fifth wicket-stand off 22 balls between Rana and Russell in many ways turned the game around for the hosts. He got out for just eight runs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore haven't quite had the same returns - just one win in three so far - but they remain heavily in the reckoning at 4/1, due largely to their obscenely power-packed batting line-up.

After losing Narine early, Uthappa and Lynn have been playing cautiously and only despatching bad balls to the boundary as Delhi pacers have hardly given them room to free their arms thanks to some tight bowling. Delhi Daredevils, having won their last match were brimming up with confidence to register another win in their name in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders. For instance, a pure batsman like Shubman Gill should ideally be batting at No. 3 or 4, where he can make an impact and also play the sheet anchor role, if the situation demanded.

Kolkata Knight Riders played out 49 dot balls, including the first ten from Trent Boult at the start of the innings and five in the last over from Rahul Tewatia.

Maxwell and Pant gave Delhi hope but that was soon extinguished - Curran chipping in with the wicket of Tewatia - as the visitors slumped to a third defeat in four games and Kolkata moved up to second in the table.