It is not yet time for the alarm bells to ring, but KKR will be aware they could have converted those two defeats to wins with only a slightly better performance.
Rana slog-swept Rahul Tewatia for a six to get started, and his 35-ball 59 became the fulcrum around which the innings revolved. As the required run rate skyrocketed and wickets fell around him, Maxwell kept a cool head and deposited Kuldeep Yadav (3-32) over the rope twice in as many balls, caught on the boundary going for a third to end his 22-ball stay.
Gill looked a fish out of water, huffing and puffing to three runs of nine balls before Bhuvneshwar Kumar got his back while Mavi was hit for 10 runs in his only over.
After losing Narine early, Uthappa and Lynn have been playing cautiously and only despatching bad balls to the boundary as Delhi pacers have hardly given them room to free their arms thanks to some tight bowling.
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 enormous pressure in one of the biggest tests of his career. With losses in the first two games, Delhi tasted success for the first time in the tournament when they chased down 194 against the Mumbai Indians in Mumbai. Other options include Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa, both at [4/1], but Lynn is the pick.
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.
Gambhir too is expected to be among runs at Eden Gardens. The spell was divided between India's Mohammed Shami and Kiwi quick Trent Boult.