Kolkata Knight Riders and art of coming back from the dead vs Delhi Daredevils
Kolkata Knight Riders staged a stunning turnaround in their IPL 2017 T20 match against Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla on Monday night. KKR won by four wicketsUpdated: Apr 18, 2017 12:27 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Yusuf Pathan and Manish Pandey came to Kolkata Knight Riders’ rescue at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Monday evening. The duo stitched together a crucial 110-run partnership for the fourth wicket to script a stunning four-wicket win against Delhi Daredevils. It was KKR’s fourth win in five matches. (ALL THE RESULTS)
But Kolkata Knight Riders were deep trouble when they set out to chase 169 for a win against Delhi Daredevils who have one of the best bowling attacks in Indian Premier League 2017. And DD skipper Zaheer Khan led the attack with aplomb. (SCORECARD)
Gautam Gambhir’s gamble to open with Kiwi all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme backfired and the in-form Kolkata Knight Riders skipper himself failed to convert his flashy start to something substantial. Zaheer Khan got the wicket of Gambhir and Grandhomme quickly. (FULL IPL COVERAGE)
There was more trouble in store for Kolkata Knight Riders. Pat Cummins had Robin Uthappa caught by Rishabh Pant for four and KKR were in a big hole at 21 for three in the third over.
Yusuf Pathan has not been in the best of form but Gambhir’s reluctance to drop the former Indian star finally paid off. Manish Pandey has always been a quality batsman and Monday was a good day to prove himself once more.
The 110-run stand for the fourth wicket between Yusuf Pathan and Manish Pandey was the best for this wicket against Delhi Daredevils.
Pathan and Pandey surpassed the previous best of 96 runs between S.Badrinath and Mahendra Singh Dhoni for Chennai Super Kings at Chennai on May 5,2011. It was third century stand for the fourth wicket for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL.
Kolkata Knight Riders won the match by four wickets despite losing three wickets for 21 runs in 2.5 overs. It was only fourth time in this season that a team successfully chased a target after losing three wickets inside three overs.
(With inputs from S. Pervez Qaiser)
First Published: Apr 18, 2017 11:01 IST