KKR Thrash DC by 106 Runs in High-Scoring Encounter

16th Match (N), Visakhapatnam, April 03, 2024, Indian Premier League
ScoreResultPlayer of the match
Kolkata Knight Riders272/7KKR won by 106 runsMayank Yadav, LSG 3/14
Delhi Capitals166

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) continued their winning streak with a dominant 106-run victory over the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the 16th match of IPL 2024, played on April 3rd at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.

KKR Batting Blazes Away

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals

KKR opted to bat first and got off to a flying start thanks to a blistering knock by Sunil Narine. The mystery spinner turned batting maestro unleashed his power, smashing a career-best 85 off just 39 balls, including seven sixes and seven fours. Narine was dropped on 53, and he made full use of the second life, punishing the DC bowlers all around the park. Openers Angkrish Raghuvanshi and Venkatesh Iyer also chipped in with valuable contributions, helping KKR amass a massive 88 runs in the powerplay. While DC managed to take wickets in the middle overs, Andre Russell provided the late impetus with a quickfire 42, propelling KKR to a mammoth total of 272/7.

DC Chase Crumbles

Chasing a daunting target, DC’s hopes were dashed early on by Mitchell Starc. The Australian pacer removed both David Warner and Mitch Marsh in quick succession, leaving them reeling at 33/4. While captain Rishabh Pant (55) and young talent Tristan Stubbs (54) fought hard with battling fifties, they lacked support from the rest of the batting order. Varun Chakravarthy and Vaibhav Arora picked up three wickets each to dismantle the DC batting, bowling them out for a meager 166.

KKR Triumphs with All-Round Performance

This comprehensive victory marked KKR’s third win in a row, solidifying their position in the IPL 2024 table. Sunil Narine’s explosive batting and the collective bowling effort from Starc, Chakravarthy, and Arora were instrumental in securing the win. For DC, this loss was their biggest defeat in IPL history, highlighting the need for a strong batting performance in upcoming matches.