Thursday, April 5, 2012

Delhi DareDevils Win the match by 8 wickets

KOLKATA: Disciplined bowling and Irfan Pathan’s brief blitzkrieg take Delhi Daredevils to an 8-wicket succeed over Kolkata Knight Riders in a rain-curtailed 5th IPL match Eden Gardens stadium here, on Thursday.
The match was late by a couple of hours due to a strong shower, which abate just in time to press in a 12 overs-a side game, and appease a patient crowd that had stuck around during the downpour. Delhi chosen to field and directly made inroads into KKR’s batting card, as Morne Morkel’s Yorkers and Umesh Yadav’s control skittled out the batters restrict the host to 97. The sub-hundred total appear to be woefully short of being a spirited one and Delhi look set to gain limit points once their opening pair of Aaron Finch and Virender Sehwag added 49 in 6.2 overs.

Finch was bowled tiresome to craft room on the offside to Kallis. Sehwag, who had faced just 12 of the 1st 42 delivery, followed Finch back into the tent quickly after, mis-hitting a slower ball from Rajat Bhatia to long-on, where he was caught by an fit Iqbal Abdulla. Delhi needed 41 off 28 balls then and a tight phase, administer by Bhatia and Kallis elevated the requisite to 35 in 20 balls, with Irfan Pathan and Glenn Maxwell in the center. It can have gone also way from that point, but Pathan provides the pivot around which the scenario changed decisively.

The burly all-rounder hocked a 6 off Kallis and, in the next over — the 10th of the innings — flat-batted South Africa bowler Merchant de Lange with impunity for 2 more sixes. 17 were taken from de Lange’s over as Delhi brought down its task to 11 from 12 balls. Pathan finished things off with a flick four off Bhatia, ending with an unbeaten 42 (20b, 2x4, 3x6), as Delhi romped home with 5 balls to spare. Earlier, Kolkata Knight Riders survive a cascade of wickets to stutter to 97 in its quota of 12 overs. Sehwag’s credence that chasing would be easier in a abridged game was correct even before Delhi began to bat as KKR misshapen in a mass to begin the opening session.
Brendon McCollum started in his usual haste with a couple of savagely-struck fours, but was trapped in front difficult to swing Roe of van der Merwe to the on-side — the fullness of the delivery causing the dismissal. Morkel steamed in and hit his pace right away. He dismiss 2 key batsmen in his 1st over, rattle in succeeding balls the furniture behind Kallis and Manoj Tiwary - the former succumb to an attempted flick, the latter to a suspicious plod.

Yusuf Pathan, the constantly unfulfilling danger man, was wedged behind off Umesh Yadav in the fourth over, leaving KKR tottering on 31, 4 wickets down. Yadav dropped Debrata Das in the deep, and the Bengal batsman made the ‘life’ count for 2 sixes – one each of Morkel and Maxwell. Morkel claim one more victim when KKR captain Gautam Gambhir played on and KKR’s misery was compounded on the next ball as Das, with Laxmi Ratan Shukla for companionship, ran himself out in a comedy of errors.

The host continual to lose regular wickets, and it take Shukla’s neat little 17-ball 26 to bring concerning the 97 total, which was by no means going to test something even as non-intimidating as Delhi’s batting line-up.

Morkel (3 for 18) and Yadav (2 for 9) were the pick of Delhi’s bowlers.


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