Rana and Russell stitched together a 61-run partnership in just 22 balls for the fifth wicket. Kolkata put up a batting show that left Delhi with little chance, crashing to their third defeat from four matches.
KKR experimented last game with Robin Uthappa opening the batting instead of Narine, instead of his otherwise No.3 slot.
Gambhir, who knows the team like the back of his hand, will lead a Delhi side brimming with confidence after a thrilling seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians on Saturday in Mumbai. The chase never got off for them as they kept losing wickets and the credit has to go to KKR bowlers. Narine in the lower middle order is a waste of a resource and ability especially when Chris Lynn has not been at his best till now. "They're doing a good job for us", Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik said.
Delhi Daredevils: 129 all out in 14.2 overs (Glenn Maxwell 47, Rishabh Pant 43; Sunil Narine 3/18, Kuldeep Yadav 3/32). Sunil Narine shone with the ball for the Knights with 2/17 in his four overs but he wasn't defending a competitive score. The result meant Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir's return to Kolkata ended on a sour note. KKR's Nitish Rana played commendably and beaten hard with his ball successfully scored fantastic fifty-nine. The all-rounder was frustrated by the manner he got out but his team had come close to victory thanks to Shakib hitting Andre Russell for 14 in three deliveries with two fours and six. The move seemed to have backfired against a confident outfit in Sunrisers Hyderabad - while Gill looked clueless, Mavi conceded 10 runs in an over.
Gambhir too is expected to be among runs at Eden Gardens. Asked to open, Uthappa looked clueless particularly against Bhuvneshwar Kumar and it remains to be seen whether he would open again with DD boasting pace duo of Trent Boult and Shami up front.
With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.