IPL 7: DD beat KKR by 4 wickets in a thriller; register their first win this season - Sportzwiki
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IPL 7: DD beat KKR by 4 wickets in a thriller; register their first win this season

Delhi Daredevils register their first win of the tournament this season as they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets with three balls to spare at Dubai on Saturday.

For Delhi Daredevils, fifties from Dinesh Karthik (56) and JP Duminy (52) meant they chased down a daunting target of 167 in the 20th over.

For KKR, Sunil Narine was pick of the bowlers returning with figures of 1 for 18 in his four overs, while Morkel did picked up 2 wickets, but gave away 41 runs.       

Having decided to bat first, KKR posted a challenging target of 167 runs for Delhi Daredevils to register their first win of the season in the sixth match at Dubai.

For KKR Robin Uthappa top scored with 50, while Manish Pandey and Shakib Al-Hasan contributed a quick-fire 48 and 30 runs respectively.

For Delhi Daredevils, Nathan Coulter-Nile was pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets for 27 runs in his four overs. Meanwhile, Undakat, Shami, and Nadeem all picked up a wicket each.

Earlier at the toss, Gautam Gambhir won his second consecutive toss and elected to bat first. His explanation was that the wicket is dry and since this is second match on the same pitch it will assist his three pronged spin-attack.

Meanwhile, Daredevils once again took the field in absence of Kevin Pietersen, who is still recovering from a fractured finger. Dinesh Karthik, the proxy captain, said, regarding the Kevin Pietersen that the management is playing safe as the season is still in its early stage.

Onto the team news now, Knight Riders made no changes to the playing XI that defeated MI. There were talks of Yusuf Pathan’s taking a leave for the birth of his first child, but he went back to the UAE in time, which allowed Knight Riders to fielding the same XI.

Delhi, on the other hand, went for pace, despite the pitch being docile with Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jaydev Unadkat getting their first taste for the season, replacing Wayne Parnell and Rahul Sharma. Head-to-Head Daredevils and Kolkata are locked at 6-6 in the 12 matches played between them.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Vinay Kumar, Morne MorkelSuryakumar Yadav.

Delhi Daredevils: Murali Vijay,  Mayank Agarwal, Manoj Tiwary, Dinesh Karthik (cap.&wk), Ross Taylor, Jean-Paul DuminyJimmy NeeshamShahbaz NadeemNathan Coulter-NileMohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat.

 

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