Glenn Maxwell has fallen just short of another IPL half-century.
Glenn Maxwell has fallen just short of another IPL half-century.

Big Show, Lynn go bang in IPL showdown

GLENN Maxwell chimed in with a quickfire 47 but was unable to stop Delhi Daredevils slumping to a 71-run Indian Premier League loss to Kolkata Knight Riders.

Maxwell's compatriot Chris Lynn (31), meanwhile, put on 55 with Robin Ulthappa for Kolkata's second wicket after Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field.

Opener Sunil Narine quickly fell for one, caught by Maxwell off the bowling of Kiwi seamer Trent Boult.

Nitish Rana hit an aggressive 59 and Andre Russell smashed 41 off 12 balls as Kolkata posted 8-200.

Delhi lost wickets in clusters and was bowled out for 129 in 14.2 overs. Only Rishabh Pant (43) joined Maxwell in double figures as spinners Narine (3-18) and Kuldeep Yadav (3-32) finished off the rout.

Maxwell and Pant put on 62 for the fourth wicket off 33 balls.

"The wrist spinners are picked in the IPL for a purpose. They're doing a good job for us," Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik said.

Kolkata earned their second win, while Delhi suffered a third loss in four games.

Delhi seemed to be in control at 4-117 after Kolkata lost Karthik on 19 in the 14th over.

Then Russell was dropped on seven by Jason Roy and Russell took full advantage. He smashed six sixes off two overs from Mohammad Shami that cost the seamer 42 runs, and Rana completed his half-century off 30 balls.

Boult, who bowled a first-over maiden to Lynn, returned and clean bowled Russell with a yorker.

Chris Lynn stands and delivers.
Chris Lynn stands and delivers.

Rana holed out to Gambhir when he was deceived by Chris Morris' slower delivery. Rana's 59 off 35 deliveries included five fours and four sixes.

Delhi leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia took 3-18, all of his wickets in the last over.

"It's going to be tough against three quality spinners like theirs," said Gambhir, who switched from Kolkata to lead Delhi.

"We had plans for him (Russell) but when he gets going it's tough for the bowlers to execute the plans.

"We still have 10 more games, a lot of work to do."

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