Delhi Daredevils limit

Delhi Daredevils kept picking wickets at regular intervals to hamper Kolkata’s aspirations of huge total © IANS

By Devarchit Varma

Raipur: May 1, 2013

Delhi Daredevils produced an impressive show to restrict the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders for a modest total of 136 for seven in the 44th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 tournament on Wednesday. 

KKR suffered a top-order collapse and it was only due to significant contributions by their tail-end batsmen, they could reach 136 for seven off their allotted 20 overs.

Irfan Pathan’s first over of the game was an eventful one, as he was thrashed for a boundary off the first ball by Manvinder Bisla, and on the second ball Gautam Gambhir was run-out while taking a risky single.

Umesh Yadav made an impressive start in the third over of the game getting some swing, and soon made a mark as he cleaned up the in-form KKR batsman Bisla on the third ball. Bisla could manage only four runs during his stay at the crease.

Yusuf Pathan’s poor run with the bat continued as he mistimed a shot off Morne Morkel in the sixth over and Irfan Pathan covered a lot of ground to grab the ball. This was immediately after the senior Pathan had hit Morne for a six. He scored 20 off 16 balls, studded with two boundaries and a six.

Kolkata’s position worsened as their in-form middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan fell to Shahbaz Nadeem in the eighth over, when he smashed hard towards the deep backward square leg looking for a boundary, but Umesh took a fine catch to send him back to the hut.

KKR’s experienced campaigner Jacques Kallis failed too, but it took a splendid effort by Ben Rohrer at point off Irfan to get rid of him. Rohrer jumped in the air and grabbed the ball with one hand to leave the Knight Riders reeling at 50/5 after 8.3 overs.

The top order collapase haltered Kolkata’s hopes of putting up a big first innings total.

A crucial 34–run stand for the sixth wicket between Rajat Bhatia and Debabrata Das pushed the Knight Riders towards the 100-run mark after the flop show early on. Das and Bhatia kept picking boundaries off lose balls and rotated the strike well to get crucial runs for their side.

Das struck a boundary and a six after a sluggish start, but fell in the 16th over when Ashish Nehra had him caught by Kedar Jadhav.

Towards the end, Sumit Narwal chipped in with a 15-ball 23, studded with four boundaries, and Brett Lee clobbered two sixes in the final over off Ashish Nehra to help KKR to add a few more to their total.
Brief scores:

Kolkata Knight Riders 136 for 7 in 20 overs (Rajat Bhatia 26*, Sumit Narwal 23; Umesh Yadav 2 for 36, Irfan Pathan 1 for 16) vs Delhi Daredevils.

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(Devarchit Varma is a cricket fanatic who finds nothing more exciting to do than to write, watch or talk about the sport. Having played the game at club and college level, he now pursues his passion as a scribe)