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What a topsy-turvy business on 22 yards. A top notch game between the best performers of the season and at last the visitors clinching it away from their fortress.
The match could have looked a one-sided affair when KKR was 21-3 but perceptions changed when the two stars of the side, Yusuf Pathan and Manish Pandey got things going with a run 110-stand for the 4th wicket partnership to bring the game close to victory.
But when Pathan got out, things turned out to be a bit rough with Morris bowling the penultimate over. Anything could have happened with Pandey and Narine on the crease.
With nine required off the last over, Pandey hit a six off the fourth ball to release all the pressure and sealed the deal for his team with a ball to spare. Earlier, Rishabh Pant’s blistering 38 guided Delhi Daredevils to 168/7.
Let’s have a look what did the Knight skipper, Gautam Gambhir had to say about this promising win-
On the win:
“All is well that ends well. Specially when you loose first three wickets in first three overs, obviously making a comeback from there and then chasing 169 against an attack like Delhi- A lots of credit goes to Manish and Yusuf. That partnership got us going, before that there was no momentum in the innings. But the way Manish batted, I thought it was very very sensible on his part.”
On the surface condition:
“A beautiful wicket. I always thought 160+ was chasable and it was a bit slower in the first innings when the lights were off. We knew that once the light comes on, it would come better, and that is what happened actually. It became flatter. We knew they had four fast bowlers and obviously, the wicket was very good to bat on.”
On Yusuf’s innings:
“As I said, I think if our finishers can start playing sensibly, it’s gonna be a very good sign for us. Yusuf has been a finisher and if we can try and bat long, this was an opportunity he got, he had 17 overs to play, then obviously it shows what kind of a form he is in because most of the time these are the guys who end up getting 4 or 5 overs. People start judging on that. But the way Yusuf played today against that attack is a great sign for us.”
On The Orange Cap:
“Look(with a smile on face), I always said orange cap never matters. What matters is how many points we have on the table because ultimately it’s a team performance, not an individual performance. It’s about where you finish. I am very happy, I think Manish deserves it and he can continue to have it as long as he wants it! If he keeps on batting the way he is, obviously he is gonna be the owner of orange cap.”
After winning back to back matches, KKR looks a well confident and balanced side and like always a strong contender for the cup.