Felix Austin | cricket20
David Warner (107) and Paul Collingwood (53) enjoyed a record breaking 4th wicket partnership of 128 to help the Delhi DareDevils record an important 40 run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Collingwood joined Warner at the crease with the home side 38-3 at the start of the 4th over and the pair proceeded to build a wonderful partnership which allowed the DareDevils to reach 177-4 on a slow turning wicket.
The Knight Riders run chase got off to a disastrous start losing Sourav Ganguly (5), Mandeep Singh (0) and Manoj Tiwary (0) all without contributing as the visitors slumped to 21-3 almost mirroring the DareDevils innings.
Chris Gayle (30) and David Hussey offered some resistant’s with a partnership of 29 but when the West Indian was caught by Amit Mishra the Knight Riders were facing a heavy defeat.
With Gayle gone the Knight Riders lost further wickets at regular intervals to slip to defeat despite defiant innings from Hussey (29) and Angelo Matthews (24).
The DareDevils got of to a poor start losing the wickets of Virender Sehwag (8), Gautam Gambhir (1) and Dinesh Karthik (0) inside the first three overs after deciding to bat first.
The Knight Riders surprisingly opened their attack with Chris Gayle and the decision to use the spinner seemed to have failed after the West Indian was hit for consecutive boundaries by Sehwag.
After bowling two short balls which he conceded the boundaries from Gayle responded intelligently by bowling a full length deliver which Sehwag miss red and was stumped by Wriddhiman Saha.
Gambhir was trapped LBW by Charl Langeveldt and when Karthik was bowled by Ishant Sharma leaving them 38-3 the DareDevils could have panicked but with Paul Collingwood and David Warner at the crease they had the perfect partnership to rebuild the innings.
Collingwood, who only joined up with the DareDevils squad on Sunday after playing for England in Bangladesh batted superbly in a supporting role finding the gaps in the fields to allow Warner as much time at the crease as possible.
Despite losing three early wickets Warner played his normal fearless attacking game reaching his half century from just 29 balls as he lead an impressive recover with Collingwood.
The partnership passed 100 with the England Twenty20 skipper scoring a run a ball 33 while Warner smashed 67 from just 46 balls as the DareDevils gained control of the game.
Collingwood played a superb supporting role which took the pressure of Warner allowing him to attack the Knight Riders bowlers to score a wonderful century.
Although Collingwood was caught by David Hussey at the start of the final over his brilliant innings was the backbone of the DareDevils recovery.