At the Arun Jaitley Stadium, the Kolkata Knight Riders lost to the bottom-dwelling Delhi Capitals in a nail-biting game with few goals. The two-time champs’ subpar overall hitting performance cost them the game, although the visiting team’s new English opener, Jason Roy played a tough inning.
The management of Nitish Rana’s squad decided to start English batting ace Jason Roy against the Delhi Capitals since Nitish Rana’s team has struggled with their opening combination in the current IPL season. Litton Das of Bangladesh was also selected for the starting eleven and joined Jason Roy for KKR at the start of the innings.
Despite the adjustments, KKR had a disastrous start to the game as they lost to Litton Das in the second over. The Men in Purple’s disastrous powerplay came to an end as a result of skipper Nitish Rana’s error, which saw Venkatesh Iyer, the game’s hero, eliminated for a two-ball duck.
Due to frequent wicket losses, the visitors found it difficult to get underway. Roy persisted in his battle from the opposite end, however, and his timely boundaries kept the scoreboard in motion. Before Kuldeep Yadav terminated the English star’s stay at the crease in the 15th over, the 2019 World Cup champion was threatening to take the game to the Delhi bowlers in a dangerous combination with explosive all-rounder Andre Russell. On a slow Delhi surface, he managed to hit 43 runs off 39 deliveries.
The KKR batting innings were about to come to a meek end as Anukul Roy and Umesh Yadav were quickly dismissed after his departure. Andre Russell hit a hat-trick of sixes against Delhi pacer Mukesh Kumar in the last over of the first inning to enable his team to end with a decent total.