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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 17 August 2018

IPL 2018: Nitish Rana and KKR's spinners wreck Delhi Daredevils batting in Kolkata

Mumbai Indians search for first points this term when they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at home on Tuesday

Nitish Rana top-scored for Kolkata Night Riders against Delhi Daredevils on Monday. Bikas Das / AP Photo
Nitish Rana top-scored for Kolkata Night Riders against Delhi Daredevils on Monday. Bikas Das / AP Photo

Kolkata Knight Riders crushed Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs on Monday night to share second spot with three other sides in the Indian Premier League (IPL) table.

After being sent in to bat at Eden Gardens by Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir – formerly a Knight Rider – the home team posted 200-9 on the board.

Nitish Rana, who top-scored with 59, got support from Andre Russell (41), Robin Uthappa (35) and Chris Lynn (31).

In response, Delhi had just the one partnership – worth 62 runs between Glenn Maxwell (47) and Rishabh Pant (43) – before the visitors collapsed to 129.

Their destroyers-in-chief were the spin duo of Sunil Narine (3-18) and Kuldeep Yadav (3-32).

Kolkata now share second place in the league with Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. The one major disadvantage for the Knight Riders? All the other teams have a game each in hand.

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In Tuesday's action, Mumbai Indians take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at Wankhede Stadium as the home team search for their first points in IPL 2018.

Reigning champions Mumbai have lost all three of their opening games, their latest coming after a last-ball thriller against Delhi on Saturday.

Mumbai are known for being slow starters, but they will no doubt be frustrated by the close nature of all their defeats.

However, they have in their ranks a young leg-spinner called Mayank Markande.

Markande is only 20 years old and does not have any first-class experience, but the man from Patiala, Punjab, has shown great maturity with the ball, especially in the game against Chennai Super Kings.

As for Bangalore, they have a formidable batting XI – one that includes captain Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Brendon McCullum.

But they are just two points ahead of Mumbai, having won just once in three games. Hence, they will be just as desperate to win as Mumbai.

In short, this game should be a cracker.

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