But the fall of his wicket and a brilliant last over by Rahul Tewatia - where the leg-spinner conceded just one run and bagged 3 wickets, restricted the scorecard to 200/9. And in the third, young pacer Mavi castled Gautam Gambhir for his maiden wicket and reduced Daredevils to 24/3 in three overs.
Nitish Rana scored 59 runs of 38 balls as Kolkata Knight Riders set up Delhi target of 201 runs to win at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday. But Rishabh Pant and Glenn Maxwell tried to counter-attack but both fell in their 40s as DD were bowled out for 129 as all KKR bowlers chipped in with wickets. Yadav then struck by claiming the risky Rishabh Pant when he and Glen Maxwell were threatening to take the game away. After the departure of Russell and Rana, wrist spinner Rahul Tewatia (3/18) took three wickets in the last over, but the duo's stunning 61-run partnership from 22 balls was enough to help KKR post a challenging total.
Delhi's chase stuttered at 24-3.
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (1/16) got Roy's back in the last ball of the innings' first over with a slider down the leg side which the England batsman missed and went down the wicket for skipper Dinesh Karthik to effect a stumping.
After been asked to bat, openers Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn failed to provide strong start as Delhi bowlers Trent Boult and Chris Morris kept things tight right from the first over.
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Put in by their celebrated former captain Gambhir, KKR saw in-form Rana smash a 35-ball 59 with Russell hitting a 12-ball 44, which included six sixes off Mohammed Shami, to ensure Glenn Maxwell's 22-ball 47 and Rishabh Pant's 26-ball 43 went in vain. He hit 5 fours and 5 sixes until KKR's skipper took his catch.
After Uthappa onslaught, Nitish Rana continued to play big shots going after spinner Nadeem who finished with figures of 1/43 in his 4 overs.
Pant and Maxwell revived the Daredevils run chase as they added 62 runs for the fourth wicket. They jumped to second in the points table with four points from four matches behind Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have six points from three games. After having played for KKR past year, Boult would know how the pitch behaves at the Eden Gardens. Ultimately DD's innings folded up for 129 earning KKR a handsome win.
Delhi's hopes of a rampant start were shattered as Karthik's nifty glovework sent Roy on his way; Iyer cut a short ball from Russell to Rana at first slip; and Gambhir chopped on to his stumps to hand Kolkata quick Shivam Mavi, 19, his maiden IPL wicket. They have won one match and lost two matches in this season.
The big-hitting Russell smashed six sixes, Mohammed Shami in particular coming in for some treatment while Jason Roy was left to rue putting down a hard chance to remove the dangerman when he had only seven to his name.