David Warner of Delhi Daredevils in action during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at Raipur on May 1, 2013. Photo by Deepak Malik-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Powered by a superb unbeaten 62 by David Warner, Delhi Daredevils crushed defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by seven wickets in the 44th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium here tonight.
Opting to bat first, Knight Riders were restricted to 136 for seven in their 20 overs and Delhi Daredevils then made 137 for three with 13 balls remaining.
Warner's 62 came off 41 balls and included five fours and three sixes. Unmukt Chand provided him able support with a well-made 37 off 39 balls that included four fours.
Opener Virender Sehwag contributed 17 and Ben Rohrer remained unbeaten on 14.
Sehwag and skipper Mahela Jayawardene put on 23 in their opening partnership before Delhi Daredevils lost two quick wickets. Sehwag left in the fourth over, caught by Yusuf Pathan off Jacques Kallis. In the next over, Jayawardene (5) also left, caught by Kallis off Laxmipathy Balaji with the total at 27.
But after that, Warner and Chand took the game away from the Knight Riders with a 95-run stand for the third wicket that took them to 122 in the 17th over, before the Delhi lad was finally out, caught by Balaji off Brett Lee.
Warner and Rohrer then ensured that there were no further hiccups as they rattled off the remaining required runs without much ado.
For KKR, Lee, Kallis and Balaji picked up a wicket each.
Earlier, Rajat Bhatia topscored for KKR with an unbeaten 26, while Sumit Narwal made 23 and Yusuf Pathan contributed 20. Lee remained unbeaten with 16.
Electing to bat first, the defending champions got into trouble right away when skipper Gautam Gambhir (0) was run out without facing a single ball, off the second delivery of the innings.
Manvinder Bisla (4), the other opener, was bowled by Umesh Yadav when the total was 16 in the third over.
Pathan and Jacques Kallis (12) added 21 runs for the third wicket before the former was caught by Irfan Pathan off Morne Morkel in the sixth over.
Wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals as Eoin Morgan (10) and Kallis left in quick succession to made it 50 for five in the ninth over.
Debabrata Das (18) and Bhatia added 34 for the sixth wicket before the former departed in the 16th over. Bhaia then put on 30 for the seventh wicket with Narwal before the latter was finally out in the last over.
For Delhi, Umesh Yadav got two for 36, while Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, Morkel and Shahbaz Nadeem picked up a wicket each.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Manvinder Bisla b Yadav 4
Gautam Gambhir run out (Pathan) 0
Yusuf Pathan c Pathan b Morkel 20
Jacques Kallis c Rohrer b Pathan 12
Eoin Morgan c Yadav b Nadeem 10
Debabrata Das c Jadhav b Nehra 18
Rajat Bhatia not out 26
Sumit Narwal c Chand b Yadav 23
Brett Lee not out 16
Extras (lb 2, w 5) 7
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 136
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Gambhir, 0.2 overs), 2-16 (Bisla, 2.2), 3-37 (Pathan, 5.5), 4-48 (Morgan, 7.4), 5-50 (Kallis, 8.3), 6-84 (Das, 15.2), 7-114 (Narwal, 18.2)
Irfan Pathan 4-0-16-1
Ashish Nehra 4-0-37-1
Umesh Yadav 4-0-36-2
Morne Morkel 4-0-22-1
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-1-23-1
Mahela Jayawardene c Kallis b Balaji 5
Virender Sehwag c Pathan b Kallis 17
Unmukt Chand c Balaji b Lee 37
David Warner not out 62
Ben Rohrer not out 14
Extras (lb 1, w 1) 2
Total (for three wickets in 17.5 overs) 137
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Sehwag, 3.4 overs), 2-27 (Jayawardene, 4.1), 3-122 (Chand, 16.5)
Brett Lee 4-0-26-1
Lakshmipathy Balaji 4-0-35-1
Jacques Kallis 3-0-29-1
Sunil Narine 4-0-14-0
Rajat Bhatia 2-0-21-0
Yusuf Pathan 0.5-0-11-0
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