IPL 2018: Shivam Mavi spoils Gautam Gambhir's 'homecoming' as Kolkata Knight Riders thrash Delhi Daredevils

Ashish Peter 16/04/2018
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Gambhir was dismissed by Mavi on his Kolkata return. Image - IPL/Twitter.

Gautam Gambhir’s return to the Eden Gardens wasn’t a happy one as his Delhi Daredevils side fell to a heavy 71-run defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

After the home side had put up 200/9 on the board after being put into bat first, the Daredevils failed miserably with the bat as they were bowled out for 129 runs in under 15 overs.

We look at the key talking points from the IPL clash.

TRENT BOULT BRINGS BACK THE MAIDEN

While the runs have been flowing in the year’s IPL with no total being safe, bowlers have caught the short end of the stick on many occasions. There was a welcome change to the domination by batsmen as Trent Boult delivered the first maiden of the 2018 edition.

Opening the bowling for Delhi Daredevils, the New Zealand ace had Australia’s big-hitting Chris Lynn to contend with first up. The left-armed pacer bowled with accuracy and speed as he beat the Kolkata Knight Riders opener a couple of times before bringing up the maiden. It was a decent outing for Boult as he finished with economical figures of 2-29 off his four overs.

RUSSELL LAUNCHES ANOTHER SENSATIONAL ASSUALT

Andre Russell had given a timely reminder of his six-hitting powers when he smashed a 33-ball 88 against Chennai Super Kings. That swashbuckling innings featured 11 sixes. On Monday, he started in the very same fashion as he hit Mohammed Shami for three sixes in the 15th over of Kolkata’s innings. Shami would get the same treatment from the West Indies all-rounder in his next over as Russell carted him for three more sixes.

Russell was looking good to break KL Rahul’s record of the fastest IPL fifty (off 14 balls) before he was clean-bowled by Boult. Without hitting a single boundary, his 12-ball 41 had changed the momentum of the game completely and set Kolkata up for a huge total.

TEWATIA’S EXTRAORDINARY FINAL OVER

Heading into the 20th over of their innings at 199-6, the Knight Riders had set themselves up perfectly for one final assault on the Delhi Daredevils bowling. As such, the task for leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia was cut out as he was thrown the ball by his skipper.

In what would turn out to be a remarkable final over for any T20 game, the single taken off the first ball by Tom Curran would end up being the only run to come off it.

Giving the ball a lot of air, Tewatia then went on to account for the wickets of Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla and Curran as the hosts were left wondering what hit them. To turn to his leg-spinner for the final over was a brave move by Gambhir and it paid off handsomely.

MAVI SPOILS GAMBHIR’S HOMECOMING

After seven seasons with the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise where he led the side to two IPL titles, it was always going to be an emotional homecoming for Gambhir as he returned to the Eden Gardens.

Unfortunately for 36-year-old, it will not be one to remember after the Daredevils skipper lasted only seven balls with the bat in hand. The left-hander was dismissed by India U19 World Cup winning pacer Shivam Mavi who looked to be on song in only his second IPL outing.

Gambhir was a touch late in attempting to cut the wiry speedster and could only inside-edge the ball onto his stumps to complete a dismal return to his old stomping ground.

THE MAXWELL SHOW FINALLY ARRIVES BUT IT IS TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

With scores of just 17 and 13 in his previous two outings for Delhi Daredevils, Glenn Maxwell had failed to really lift-off in IPL 2018 until Monday.

The maverick Australian batsman finally found his range as he brought out his signature big hits at the Eden Gardens. Maxwell slammed four sixes and three boundaries as he quickly raced away to 47 off just 21 balls.

Just when the swashbuckling Aussie was finding some form, he threw his wicket away to a rank half-tracker from Kuldeep Yadav. With his dismissal, any remaining hopes for Daredevils scripting an unlikely victory faded into oblivion.

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Mumbai Indians are desperate for their first win. Image - MI/Twitter.

Two teams with flailing fortunes so far in the 2018 edition of the IPL will meet when Mumbai Indians take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede stadium on Tuesday.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians have suffered a horrific start to the tournament after losing all three of their matches so far. What will gripe the Rohit Sharma-led unit even more is that two of those defeats have come in their own backyard.

On the other hand, Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers have had a topsy-turvy start to their campaign once again. After a loss to Kolkata Knight Riders, the franchise had turned things around with a victory over Kings XI Punjab at home. All that good work was undone as they fell to a 19-run defeat to Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.

TALKING POINTS

MUMBAI INDIANS MISSING THE FINAL PUSH

The three defeats Mumbai have suffered this season have all been mighty close ones. Rohit Sharma’s men are making a habit of taking all their matches down to the wire but have missed that final push to turn defeat to victory.

They lost the tournament opener to Chennai Super Kings in the penultimate ball after some heroics from Dwayne Bravo. The franchise then fell to defeats on the final ball against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils. To lose all three matches by a whisker will have hurt the defending champions badly.

LIKELY LINE-UPS

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Keiron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman, Adam Milne.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock (wk), Virat Kohi (C), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.

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IPL 2018: Roundup of the top batting, bowling and fielding performances so far

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There has been no shortage of entertainment in the IPL so far.

It has been nine days since the launch of the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the matches keep coming thick and fast.

There has been no shortage of entertainment as the high-octane competition had thrown up a series of nail-biters.

Here, we take a look at the standout performances after 12 matches.

BEST INNINGS

DWAYNE BRAVO v MUMBAI INDIANS

The IPL opened with a bang with Dwayne Bravo providing the fireworks as defending champions Mumbai Indians took on Chennai Super Kings. Chasing 166, the Super Kings looked down and out at 84/6 before a whirlwind of a T20 innings from Bravo.

The West Indies all-rounder launched into the Mumbai bowling attack as he smashed seven sixes and four boundaries in an unbeaten 68 off 30 balls to lead the visitors to an improbable win. His three sixes off Jasprit Bumrah in the penultimate over turned the match on its head.

BEST BOWLING

UMESH YADAV v KINGS XI PUNJAB

Umesh Yadav’s spell of 3-23 in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s victory over Kings XI Punjab is our pick for its sheer brilliance. It was a spell that had it all, be it pace, swing or unerring accuracy and it destroyed the Kings XI top-order in no time.

After KL Rahul had hit Chris Woakes for 16 runs in the first over, Yadav seized the initiative for his side with a double-wicket over which included the scalps of Mayank Agarwal and Aaron Finch in consecutive balls.

His dismissal of Yuvraj Singh was the icing on the cake as the pacer sent the veteran batsman’s middle-stump for a stroll with a sharp and venomous in-swinger.

BEST CATCH

HARDIK PANDYA v DELHI DAREDEVILS

It is hard to keep Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya out of the spotlight for long, be it with the bat, ball or in the field. The 24-year-old completed a brilliant diving catch in the deep to dismiss the dangerous Glenn Maxwell. With the ball high in the air, Pandya made up plenty of ground before diving full-length to take the catch while being airborne.

BEST TEAM

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

With three wins out of three, it is tough to look beyond the Sunrisers as the best team so far. Despite losing their inspirational leader in David Warner, Kane Williamson has stepped in to fill his boots seamlessly. Their bowling unit of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shakib Al Hasan, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake and Rashid Khan looks head and shoulders above the rest of the pack and they seem firm favourites for the title already.

SURPRISE

MAYANK MARKANDE (MUMBAI INDIANS)

He might have been a little expensive against the Delhi Daredevils but take nothing away from Markande who has been a revelation so far. The 20-year-old leg-spinner picked up three wickets against Chennai Super Kings on his IPL debut before nearly leading his side to an improbable win against Sunrisers Hyderabad with a spell of 4-23.

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