Brathwaite fails as Knight Riders thrash Daredevils


Carlos Brathwaite failed to produce more Eden Gardens fireworks a week on from his World Twenty20 heroics as Kolkata Knight Riders hammered Delhi Daredevils by nine wickets in the Indian Premier League.

Brathwaite smashed England all-rounder Ben Stokes for four sixes in as many balls in an incredible last over of the World T20 final in Kolkata last Sunday to ensure West Indies were crowned champions.

The big-hitting Brathwaite clubbed his second ball over the ropes on his IPL debut, but was out in the same over after failing to add to his score as the Daredevils were dismissed for only 98.

Windies all-rounder Andre Russell (3-24) had another afternoon to remember at Eden Gardens, while 45-year-old spinner Brad Hogg (3-19) proved age is no barrier before KKR eased to victory after only 14.1 overs thanks to Gautam Gambhir (38 not out) and Robin Uthappa (35).

Russell got rid of the dangerous Quinton de Kock (17) in the third over and took another two early wickets to leave a largely youthful, new-look Daredevils side in a mess on 31-3.

The procession of wickets continued as the Daredevils lost six for 43, with De Kock proving to be the highest scorer as the evergreen left-armer Hogg showed he is still capable of bamboozling batsmen and Piyush Chawla (2-21) also got in on the act.

Experienced openers Uthappa and Gambhir put on 69 for the opening stand on a miserable day for the Daredevils, whose solitary wicket was taken by Amit Mishra (1-11) in a totally one-sided second game of the tournament.