Kolkata: Upwards of 65,000 frenzied fans crammed the Eden Gardens on a reasonably pleasant Wednesday (April 3) night in anticipation of a popular home win, and they didn’t go away disappointed.
With Shah Rukh Khan, their talismanic owner, and other Bollywood celebrities in attendance, Kolkata Knight Riders began the defence of their Indian Premier League in quite overwhelming fashion. Kolkata brushed aside by six wickets a feeble challenge from Delhi Daredevils, already weakened by the loss of Kevin Pietersen and Jesse Ryder, and denied the services of Virender Sehwag too, ruled out with back spasms. (Watch NDTV's analysis of the match here)
Brett Lee made the first statement of intent off the very first delivery of IPL VI, a beauty, which shaped in to Unmukt Chand, then moved away to knock off pole out. Lee wasn’t quite the destroyer, however. That role was assumed by Sunil Narine, the Player of the Tournament last season when Kolkata blazed to the title. (Scorecard)