Knights drive Daredevils out of the City of Joy
Sunil Narine’s four-wicket haul puts the brakes on the Delhi Daredevils team as Kolkata Knight Riders romp home. Somshuvra Laha reports. Scorecardindia Updated: Apr 04, 2013 02:01 IST
Did somebody say Twenty20 belongs to the Gen X? Think again.
The way Mahela Jayawardene swung his bat at almost everything or Lakshmipathy Balaji and Rajat Bhatia ambled in to keep the run rate in check indicated otherwise.
Forget the delivery that dismissed Kolkata Knight Riders opener Manvinder Bisla, Asish Nehra revived memories of the 2003 World Cup when he made a ball rear from nowhere to thud into Jacques Kallis's barrel chest. Scorecard
The South African came up with a fitting response next over, straight driving and pulling Nehra over deep mid-wicket for two fours.
Or what about that peach of an away delivery a 36-year-young Brett Lee fired in first ball of the match to get poor young thing Unmukt Chand all confused, allowing his off-stump to be pegged back?
Sunil Narine was perhaps the only predictable exception to the opening match of IPL 6. And the way Delhi Daredevils went about treating him indicated the West Indian could be in for another rich haul in this edition.
He was the main act, taking one wicket in each of his four overs to pull the plug on Daredevils' run rate. Three of those were young guns David Warner, Irfan Pathan and Andre Russell.
Warner's Indian nightmare continued when Narine's vicious off-spinner squared him up, inducing a simple edge to Kallis at slip.
Pathan, on a comeback, was early into his attempted hoick that fell into Manoj Tiwary's lap. And Russell was foxed into giving a simple return catch.
Cheers to the oldies
Jayawardene, nearing 36, was a welcome change from the muddle that the Dardevils had created.
Sprinting between wickets with the vigour of a teenager, he held up one end and craftily built a 52-ball 66. And had it not been for the consecutive four and six he had hit off Lee just before holing out to Narine, KKR would have faced a target less than a run per ball.
But Kallis made even 129 look too few with a calm flurry of fours. Gambhir took over after his dismissal and despite a few reprieves scored at a breezy rate. He looked set for a fifty but fell leg-before.
KKR, thankfully, bat deep and Yusuf Pathan, with Eoin Morgan, mopped up the rest of the runs to complete a convincing win and send Daredevils back to the drawing board.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Manvinder Bisla, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Rajat Bhatia, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Laxmipathy Balaji, Jacques Kallis, Eoin Morgan, Brett Lee and Sunil Narine.
Delhi Daredevils: Mahela Jayawardene (c), David Warner, Unmukt Chand, Manpreet Juneja, Johan Botha, Naman Ojha (wk), Andre Russell, Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, Shahbaz Nadeem and Umesh Yadav