Delhi Daredevils Virender Sehwag plays a shot from Kolkata Knight Riders Brett Lee during a Group A match of the Champions League T20 at Super Sports Park in Centurion. AFP Photo
Delhi Daredevils beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 52 runs in their opening Champions League Twenty20 match in Centurion on Satuday.
KKR crawled to 24 for four at the end of the fifth over and then to 41 for four with just two fours in the first 10 overs. At the halfway mark, the asking rate had shot up to 12 runs per over.
Manoj Tiwary and Rajat Bhatia tried to make a match out of it but that effort ended in the 15th over after the duo shared 47 runs -- highest partnership for KKR -- for the fifth wicket from 9.2 overs.
At the end of the 15th over, the writing was on the wall for KKR as the asking rate has shot up to around 18 runs per overs.
Earlier, young Unmukt Chand and Ross Taylor played fine cameos as Delhi Daredevils posted a competitive 160 for eight.
Most of the big guns of the Daredevils could not come up with a big score with only Chand (40) and Taylor (36) contributing substantially after being sent into bat.
Except for the 64-run stand for the fourth wicket in 64 balls between Chand and Taylor, there was no substantial partnership for the Daredevils.
Their score would have been much smaller had not Lakshmipathy Balaji yielded 30 runs in the 17th over.
Chand, who was timing the ball superbly throughout his innings, four fours and two sixes from the 27 balls he faced. Taylor struck one four and two sixes in his 24-ball innings.
Off-spinner Sunil Narine was the pick of the KKR bowlers as he grabbed three wickets for 21. Balaji was expensive as he conceded 61 runs for two wickets while Brett Lee and Jacques Kallis chipped in with one wicket each.
Daredevils did begin well with Virender Sehwag (22) and captain Mahela Jayawardene (21) putting on 36 runs in 5.1 overs but later on lost wickets in regular intervals before regaining ground towards the close to post a decent score.
Delhi Daredevils: 160 for 8 in 20 overs (Ross Taylor 36, Unmukt Chand 40; Sunil Narine 3/21).
Kolkata Knight Riders: 108 for 7 in 20 overs (Manoj Tiwary 33; Umesh Yadav 2/13).