Felix Austin | cricket20
The Delhi DareDevils lost 4 wickets in the space of 12 balls as the Kolkata Knight Riders ripped through the DareDevils middle order to seal a 14 run victory.
Virender Sehwag (66) and Gautam Gambhir (47) built a second wicket partnership of 99 as the DareDevils looked on course for a simple victory before Gambhir was run out by Ganguly to change the course of the game.
Chasing a total of 182 the DareDevils run chase got off to the worst possible start as David Warner (0) was bowled by the impressive Ashok Dinda from just the 4th ball of the reply to give the Knight Riders an early break through.
With no runs on the board Sehwag and Gambhir came together at the crease to slowly rebuild the DareDevils innings, Gambhir attacked Angelo Matthews in the 4th over dispatching the bowler for two boundaries and a big six over the midwicket boundary.
The partnership started to increase and it started to cause the Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly a few worries. After the disastrous start Sehwag and Gambhir were starting to gain control of the game.
The partnership reached 99 before the Knight Rider struck running out Gambhir (47) thanks to a direct hit at the non stickers end by Ganguly from mid off.
It was an important break through; Paul Collingwood could only manage 2 runs before he was caught by Matthews off the bowling of Ajantha Mendis leaving the DareDevils 103-3.
With the loss of two quick wickets Sehwag (66) continued at the crease passing his half century until he was bowled by Ajit Agarkaer at the end of the 14th over as the Knight Riders could start to sense a very important victory.
Kedar Jadhav (5), Farveez Maharro and Rajat Bhatia (2) soon followed as the DareDevils slumped to defeat after Sehwag and Gambhir had put the visitors into such a string position.
Having won the toss the Knight Riders got off to a sensational start with Chris Gayle and Sourav Ganguly enjoying the great batting condition as the DareDevils were made to pay for some poor bowling.
Ganguly enjoyed another quick start finding the boundary on three occasions during the second over scoring 13 runs of the bowling Daniel Vettori.
With the Knight Riders off to such a good start Gayle took his time to get comfortable at the crease before exploding in the 6th over smashing two boundaries and a towering six over long on off the bowling of Amit Mishra.
The partnership had reached 94 before the DareDevils finally made a break though.
Having been dispatched for six from his first ball of the 10th over Rajat Bhatia tempted Gayle (40) with another slower ball which hit the stumps after the West Indian tried to smash it away for another six.
Ganguly (56) soon followed after he was bowled by Bhatia in the next over leaving the Knight Riders 104-2 with Brendan McCullum and Manoj Tiwary having to rebuild the Knight Riders innings.
McCullum only lasted 7 balls before he was run out having already survived one run out chance as the Knight Riders run rate started to slow down as the McCullum and Tiwary struggle to score.
Angelo Mathews joined Tiwary at the crease as the pair built an impressive partnership of 70 to help the Knight Riders reach 181-3
After the great start Ganguly and Gayle enjoyed the Knight Riders will feel disappointed they couldn’t have set the DareDevils a target nearer 200.