Right, then! That's it from this one. Kolkata win and garner important 2 points for themselves. Back to the drawing board for Delhi, plenty to work on for them. Anyway, tomorrow, it's the big one as Mumbai will be hosting Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium. The action will begin at 2000 IST. Join in for that. Till then, take care!
Nitish Rana is adjudged as the Man of the Match. Amidst the pressure, his calm and clever 59 from 35 balls was instrumental in ensuring his side posting a humongous total on the board, which proved more than enough for the opposition team.
Once again the spin trio of Narine, Kuldeep and Chawla rattled the tourists' line-up. They picked seven wickets among them and didn't allow the opposition to make anything happen. They were excellent right from the start of the innings and kept the run rate in control. So, a comfortable win for Kolkata and this will surely help their run-rate.
Delhi never started off the chase in the manner they would have liked. They lost three wickets in three overs and that pegged them back immediately. Pant then joined forces with Maxwell and the duo tried keeping the run chase alive. They did their best but both were caught in the deep trying to up the scoring. Post that, no one got going and saw themselves all out in the 15th over. Interestingly, just two batsmen crossed the double digit figure. That says a lot about their batting.
Folks! The norm is changing. For the third time in a row, the team defending has won. A comprehensive victory for the hosts tonight as they humble the visitors by 71 runs and 34 balls to spare.
Kuldeep Yadav to Trent Boult
OUT! That's the game done. KOLKATA WIN BY 71 RUNS! Dominating performance from the home side in all areas tonight, thoroughly deserved. Kuldeep tosses it up on the stumps, Trent Boult hits it uppishly straight back to the bowler who takes it nicely and puts Delhi out of their misery.
Kuldeep Yadav to Shahbaz Nadeem
Some decent air on this, outside the line of off stump, Nadeem drives it through the covers for a run.
Sunil Narine to Trent Boult
Off break outside off, blocked down with a straight blade.
Trent Boult is the last man in.
Sunil Narine to Mohammed Shami
OUT! This was coming! Narine has another wicket. Shami looks to clear the city of Kolkata, so he swings hard after coming down the track. His attempt over the leg side fails, as he gets a top edge towards mid-wicket. Russell comes under the ball and takes a good catch.
Sunil Narine to Shahbaz Nadeem
Goes with the spin and wrists it towards mid-wicket for another run.
Short ball outside off, Shami skips down the track and taps it square on the off side for a single.
Flat, short and outside off, punched through to sweeper cover for one.
Spinning in on middle and leg, Nadeem looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
Kuldeep Yadav to Mohammed Shami
FOUR! Edged and away! Loopy googly outside off, Shami swings and gets an edge past the diving first slip fielder for a boundary.
Flighted ball, full in length and outside off, Shami clears his front leg and throws everything at it, only to miss.
Short and turning away, the googly, Nadeem mistimes the punch to covers for one.
The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
That was in the air for a good while, but nobody got under it. Loopy delivery on the stumps, Shami swings and the ball lobs over towards mid on. Chawla tries to come running in from the deep, but can't get to it. Single taken.
Plays with the spin and turns it to mid-wicket for one.