IPL 2015: Delhi Daredevils beaten at home by Kolkata Knight Riders
Two time Champions Kolkata Knight Riders halted Delhi Daredevils’ 2 match winning run as they beat them by 6 wickets at the Ferozeshan Kotla stadium in Delhi.
Chasing a modest target of 147 in a pitch that offered assistance to both batsmen and bowlers, Kolkata were off to a slow and shaky start. Delhi pacer Domic Joseph pegged the visitors back as he dismissed opener Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey in the fifth over of the innings with just 31 on the board. Skipper Gautam Gambhir and his deputy Surya Kumar Yadav did the pulled things back for the Knight Riders as they put on a 48 run partnership before Nathan Coulter-Nile dismissed Suryakumar for 24.
Unsung hero from the last match Yusuf Pathan joined Gambhir at the crease and kept the scorecard ticking. Gambhir notched up his 26th IPL fifty off 38 balls, the most number of fifties by any batsmen in IPL. The 63 run partnership between Gambhir and Yusuf almost carried their team home before Imran Tahir castled Gambhir for 60 when the visitors needed just 3 runs to win. Netherlands’ Ryan Ten Doeschate finished it for the Knight Riders and Yusuf Pathan remained unbeaten on 40 off 26 balls. Dominic was the pick of the Delhi bowlers with figures of 2-18 in 3 overs.
Earlier put into bat, Delhi Daredevils failed to capitalize on the good start as they were restricted for 147-8in 20 overs after they were cruising at 95-4 in 13 overs, courtesy some fine bowling in the last few overs. Umesh Yadav, Morne Morkel and Piyush Chawla picked two wickets apiece. Chawla became the fourth bowler after Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra to take 100 IPL wickets.
Chawla was awarded the Hotstar Moment of the match for taking his 100th IPL wicket and Umesh was named the Player of the Match for his 2-18 in 4 overs.
Brief scores: Delhi Daredevils 146 for 8 (Umesh Yadav 2-18, Piyush Chawla 2-27) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 147 for 4 (Gautam Gambhir 60, Yusuf Pathan 40*) by six wickets.
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