Knight Riders bite the dust again
Helped by a sedate innings of 71 runs from Gautam Gambhir, tournaments strongest team so far, Delhi Daredevils thumped Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets here at Kingsmead.
The win also saw Delhi climb to top spot in IPL points table. Chasing a modest target of 155 runs for victory, Delhi were off to flier as Gambhir- the stand in captain and David Warner carted Riders all around the park. Buchananís men once again failed to grab the opportunities in the field as catches were grounded at ease.
The only wicket that Kolkata managed to dislodge was off David Warner, when first change bowler Ajith Agarkar lured him in a false shot. Warner was earlier dropped by skipper Brendon McCullum himself. As many as four catches were dropped by Kolkata in the field and that helped Gambhir build on a winning partnership with Tilakratne Dilshan.
Dilshan who scored 42 of 34 balls stayed along with his skipper as Daredevils chased down the target in the 19th over itself. Earlier, guided by a compact innings of 74 runs from Morne van Wyk, Kolkata managed to post a challenging total of 155 for Delhi Daredevils to chase.
A good start by Brendon McCullum and Hodge for the moment raised false hopes that Kolkata have put the past behind and gained some sort of confidence.
Morne van Wyk, who has some good form in the tournament, opened the innings for Kolkata along with his skipper. McCullum in particular took the charge as he smashed Delhi bowlers to all sides of Kingsmead ground. Kolkata, who had struggled earlier with their opening wicket stand, managed to score 58 today.
But, Pradeep Sangwan brought the first breakthrough for Delhi by getting rid of dangerous looking McCullum. McCullum scored of 35 of 29 balls he faced.
But, the spark of Ridersí innings undoubtedly was van Wyk, who combined together with Moises Henriques (30) for the larger part of the innings and denied Daredevils some chance of celebration. Kolkata who dropped Ganguly down the order failed to provide the finishing impetus to their scorecard.
In the end a score 154/3 after 20 overs looked not bad, but that just did not turned sufficient on what can be described as Daredevilís day.