Earlier, Rana played a gem of an innings, selecting his shots with aplomb, as he hit five fours and four sixes to set up KKR's onslaught.
Russell's arrival got the crowd excited and he lived up to his bill with a 12-ball 41. The 61-run fifth wicket-stand off 22 balls between Rana and Russell in many ways turned the game around for the hosts. Against Sunrisers Hyderabad, they fought hard right to the end despite scoring a modest 138-8 SRH's run-chase got tricky, but they eventually got across the line with one over to spare. Kolkata put up a batting show that left Delhi with little chance, crashing to their third defeat from four matches.
After doing his calculations, the astrologer predicts that Gautam Gambhir-led Delhi Daredevils will be the victor in today's game.
Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa struck a partnership for the home side before the latter was dismissed for 35 runs.
"Every time we go to play, we want to win the game". The team will also be relying heavily on its spin ace Sunil Narine to keep a check on Daredevils' batsmen.
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Lynn got into the groove by smashing Boult for back-to-back boundaries before Uthappa took Nadeem to the cleaners with two sixes and a four.
It's also high time that Karthik backs his skill and makes an impact before questions are raised about his captaincy as he would be under huge pressure in one of the biggest tests of his career.
The Knight Riders lost their second match of the campaign on Saturday but Matt Harris expects KKR to overcome Delhi, providing they address key selection issues. Rana stuck it out there, and credit to him for bringing up the score to 200. Shubman Gill coming in to bat at No.6 or 7 is again too harsh on the youngster who has been batting at the top of the order, his entire career.
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.
The visitors also made one change by including South African all-rounder Chris Morris in place of Dan Christian.