Iyer stars in captaincy debut as Delhi down KKR

Shreyas Iyer made an emphatic start to life as Delhi Daredevils captain with an unbeaten 93 off 40 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders, leading his team to just a second win in seven Indian Premier League matches.

Iyer, 23, became the fourth-youngest skipper in IPL history by taking over from Gautam Gambhir - who was dropped for the clash at Feroz Shah Kotla - after the Daredevils' woeful start to the campaign left them bottom of the table, and he began his tenure with a crucial knock in a comfortable 55-run triumph.

The India international made his fifty off 29 deliveries before an electrifying partnership with Glenn Maxwell (27) added 73 runs from just 32 balls, helping get Delhi - who announced Junior Dala has replaced the injured Chris Morris in their squad for the remainder of the season - out of sight.

Iyer brought up his half-century in somewhat fortuitous fashion when Robin Uthappa spilled a stinging shot towards the long-on boundary over for a maximum.

The Daredevils captain dished out some harsh punishment thereafter, with four sixes - as well as one four - from Shivam Mavi's expensive final over, with the hosts plundering 76 off the last four.

Kolkata's chase was quickly in trouble as Trent Boult (2-44) removed Uthappa (1) and Sunil Narine (26) and Maxwell (2-22) bowled Chris Lynn (5) all inside three overs, with the efforts of Andre Russell (44) and Shubman Gill (37) insufficient to rescue an unlikely result.

 

SHAW SHOW

Prithvi Shaw - 18 years and 169 days old - earned a place in the record books by joining Sanju Samson as the youngest players to score an IPL fifty.

The sensational Shaw made 62 off 44, including two maximums and seven fours, before his sublime innings was shut down when Piyush Chawla (1-33) sent his middle stump tumbling.

 

MISHRA'S WICKET MAIDEN

Delhi's display in the final four overs will have been in Kolkata's mind as they approached the death overs with a hefty deficit to overturn.

However, Amit Mishra beat Mavi to claim a timely wicket maiden in the 16th over, which also saw skipper Iyer and Rishabh Pant combined to run out Gill.

 

RUSSELL RESCUE RUMBLED

The Knight Riders were languishing at 77-5 when Russell entered the fray, and the West Indies all-rounder gave the visiting fans some hope by racing to 43 off just 17 balls.

However, Russell was only able to add one more run from the next 13 deliveries he faced and when Avesh Khan (2-29) brought about his end with a quality yorker, the jig was up for Kolkata.

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