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Daredevils cruise to 9 wicket blowout

Delhi Daredevils beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets to win the 31st match of the second edition of the Indian Premier League at Kingsmead in Durban on Tuesday.

Led by unbeaten knocks by captain Gautam Gambhir and Tillakaratne Dilshan and the superb start given by David Warner, Delhi chased down the victory target of 155 runs with one over to spare, with Gambhir hitting a four off Ishant Sharma for the winning shot.

Stand-in captain Gambhir hit his sixth IPL fifty enroute his unbeaten 71 that came off 57 deliveries and was studded with 7 fours. He was adjudged the Man of the Match for his outstanding knock.

Dilshan didn't let Kolkata apply the pressure after the fall of Warner's wicket and slammed a six and 5 fours in his 34-ball 42 as Delhi climbed on top of the points table.

Delhi were 76/1 in 10 overs, with Gambhir and Warner giving a good start with a 60-run opening partnership.

Warner hit a six and 5 fours in his 23-ball 36 before being caught by Moises Henriques at mid-wicket off Ajit Agarkar.

Holding fort for Delhi now are Gambhir (27) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (10).

Earlier, Morne van Wyk hit his maiden IPL fifty as Kolkata Knight Riders scored 154/3 in 20 overs.

Batting first after winning the toss, Kolkata registered their highest total in IPL 2009 thanks to the superb knock by van Wyk who hit a 48-ball 74 that was studded with 11 fours.

van Wyk got out in the last over of the Kolkata innings when he looked to hit across the line to Ashish Nehra and was clean bowled.

Moises Henriques hit a six and 2 fours in his unbeaten 24-ball 30, while Brad Hodge scored 10 before Pradeep Sangwan had him caught at long-on by AB de Villiers.

Kolkata Knight Riders were 69/1 in 10 overs.

Kolkata openers captain Brendon McCullum and Morne van Wyk gave their team a good start with a 58-run partnership.

McCullum hit 3 sixes and a four in his 29-ball 35 before Pradeep Sangwan had him caught at fine leg by Ashish Nehra.

Kolkata have made one change, Moises Henriques comes in for Chris Gayle who has joined his West Indian teammates in England. Delhi are unchanged.

source - indiatimes.com
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