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Centurion, October 14, 2012
Delhi Daredevils faced a few questions as they took on Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament opener on Saturday evening.
At the halfway mark, they had answered some while others were left needing more explanation. After KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir elected to bowl, the Daredevils batsmen did struggle to cope with the extra bounce on the Centurion track but still put together a challenging 160 for eight in the end. The focus was on Virender Sehwag's patchy form.

He made a 17-ball 22, with a couple of sweet clips off the pads, but Delhi seamer Pradeep Sangwan did him in with gentle seam off the pitch.

Kevin Pietersen, back where he belongs after sitting out the World T20, hit some typically aggressive shots in an 18-ball 14 until he skied Brett Lee to Sunil Narine.

Pietersen survived a close call when an attempted scoop by him went straight to wicketkeeper Manvinder Bisla, who dropped it.

It was an easy opportunity. The West Indies spinner again kept the batsmen guessing, to finish with three wickets.

In the end, Unmukt Chand, who top-scored with a 27-ball 40 with four boundaries and two sixes, and Ross Taylor (36) provided the late momentum to leave KKR needing just over eight runs an over for victory.

KKR's local stalwart Jacques Kallis bowled impressively, taking one wicket, but it will have to be seen how well the players, those who featured in the WT20 as well as the domestic players, get used to the more lively pitch conditions.

In reply, the Kolkata team started on a very shaky note, losing three wickets for just five runs in two overs. Irfan Pathan took two wickets, including that of Gambhir, in his first over while Morne Morkel got one in his first.

Brief scores

Delhi Daredevils 160/8 (U Chand 40, R Taylor 36, S Narine 3/21, L Balaji 2/61) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 5/3 in 2 overs.