NEW DELHI, April 27: Thrust into leadership role in a grim situation, young Shreyas Iyer responded with a whirlwind 93-run knock as Delhi Daredevils, seeking revival in IPL, hammered Kolkata Knight Riders by 55 runs, here tonight.
Sent in to bat, the Daredevils batsmen fired in unison to put on board a massive 219 for four with the two young batsmen from Mumbai � Iyer (93 off 40) and Prithvi Shaw (62) enthralling the fans with their elegant knocks.
Iyer and Shaw added 68 runs for the second wicket after the latter had shared a 59-run partnership for the first wicket with New Zealander Colin Munro (33).
Batting like a man possessed, Iyer hammered young pacer Shivam Mavi for four sixes and a four in the last over of the innings as Daredevils collected 76 runs from the last four.
Iyer, who replaced Gautam Gambhir as captain, sent the ball soaring over the ropes 10 times and hit the fence thrice while Shaw hit seven fours and two sixes.
KKR fielders dropped Iyer twice and paid a very heavy price for these mistakes. His innings overshadowed the tremendous work done by Shaw, who joined Sanju Samson as the youngest player to hit a fifty in IPL, aged 18.
Glenn Maxwell, too, played a crucial role in Daredevils� splendid show with his 27-run knock as the hosts posted their best total of the season.
Gambhir, who relinquished captaincy citing lack of form, sat out of the match.
Needing seven wins from eight matches to stay in play-offs contention, the hosts restricted Knight Riders to 164 for nine, taking revenge for their 71-run loss at Eden Gardens.
Having conceded a total never put against them in the history of IPL, KKR needed a fiery start but their chase was deflated when they lost four wickets in the Powerplay overs.
Paceman Trent Boult struck twice to send back Robin Uthappa (1) and Sunil Narine (26) after Maxwell saw the back of Chris Lynn (5).
Captain Dinesh Karthik had an enormous task at hand as his side was reeling at 51 for four after six overs but all he managed was 18 off as many balls.
KKR needed 137 from the last 10 overs and everything depended on Andre Russell (44 off 30). The burly West Indian went on a six-hitting spree, sending the ball over the fence four times.
Delhi Daredevils: PP Shaw b Chawla 62, C Munro b Shivam Mavi 33, SS Iyer not out 93, RR Pant c Karthik b Russell 0, GJ Maxwell run out (Karthik/Shivam Mavi) 27, V Shankar not out 0. Extras: (LB-1, NB-1, W-2) 4. Total: (For 4 wickets, 20 Overs) 219. Fall of wickets: 1-59, 2-127, 3-129, 4-202. Bowling: PP Chawla 4-0-33-1, Kuldeep Yadav 2-0-22-0, Shivam Mavi 4-0-58-1, SP Narine 3-0-35-0, MG Johnson 4-0-42-0, AD Russell 3-0-28-1.
Kolkata Knight Riders: CA Lynn b Maxwell 5, SP Narine c Iyer b Boult 26, RV Uthappa c Shaw b Boult 1, N Rana c&b Avesh Khan 8, D Karthik c Boult b Mishra 18, Shubman Gill run out (Iyer/Pant) 37, AD Russell b Avesh Khan 44, Shivam Mavi b Mishra 0, PP Chawla c Munro b Maxwell 2, MG Johnson not out 12, Kuldeep Yadav not out 7. Extras: (LB-1, W-3) 4. Total: (For 9 wickets, 20 overs) 164. Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-20, 3-33, 4-46, 5-77, 6-141, 7-141, 8-144, 9-146. Bowling: TA Boult 4-0-44-2, GJ Maxwell 2-0-22-2, Avesh Khan 4-0-29-2, LE Plunkett 4-0-24-0, A Mishra 4-0-23-2, V Shankar 1-0-10-0, R Tewatia 1-0-11-0. � PTI