Chasing a challenging target of 160 runs, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated the hosts Delihi Daredevils by 8 wicket at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, on Wednesday. Kolkata reached the target in 19th over with 10 deliveries to spare.
For KKR, skipper Gautam Gambhir top scored with 69 runs, while Robin Uthappa chipped in with a handy 47 runs as the duo put on a 106-run partnership for the first wicket which all but sealed the game in favour of Kolkata Knight Riders.
For Delhi Daredevils, Wayne Parnell was pick of the bowlers who returned with figures of 2 for 21 in his four allotted overs.
Batting first, the hosts Delhi Daredevils posted a decent score of 160 in their 20 allotted overs, thanks largely to JP Duminy who top scored with 40 runs. Duminy has been the most consistent of Delhi batsman this season.
The other players who contributed were Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, and Murli Vijay who amassed 36, 26, and 24 runs respectively.
For Kolkata Knight Riders, Jacques Kallis, Shakib Al-Hasan, Umesh Yadav and Sunil Narine picked up a wicket each, while Kevin Pietersen was a run-out for just 6 runs.
At the toss, Delhi Daredevils skipper Kevin Pietersen decided to bat first on a Kotla pitch which Gautam Gambhir, who plays Ranji cricket for Delhi, said was unusual Kolta wicket which is traditionally known to produce plenty of runs. Delhi Daredevils came into this match on back of a loss against Chennai Super Kings in spite of scoring 178 runs, as Chennai Super Kings made light weight the score by losing just two wickets.
On to the team news now, where both Delhi Daredevils and 2011 champions Kolkata Knight Riders made one change each. Talking of Kolkata Knight Riders first they brought Jacques Kallis back to strengthen the batting and the bowling, as West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell made his way out, while Daredevils dropped left-armer seamer Jaydev Unadkat and replaced him with Siddarth Kaul in a like for like replacement. Kaul is a right-arm fast bowler. Both teams are trying to climb the ladder which in its lower half has as many as four teams tied on four points.
Delhi Daredevils 1 Murali Vijay, 2 Quinton de Kock, 3 Kedar Jadhav, 4 Dinesh Karthik, 5 Kevin Petersen, 6 Jean-Paul Duminy, 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Mohammed Shami, 9 Laxmi Shukla, 10 Shahbaz Nadeem, 11Siddarth Kaul
Kolkata Knight Riders 1 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 2 Jacques Kallis, 3 Manish Pandey, 4 Robin Uthappa (wk), 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Suryakumar Yadav, 8 Ryan ten Doeschate, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Vinay Kumar