Delhi Daredevils registered their first win in IPL 7 with a four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai on Saturday night. Gocricket.com highlights the occasions that helped DD chase down 167 against KKR.
Duminy’s clinical knock
JP Duminy fetched just Rs 2.2 crore at the February auctions but is now turning out to be the most reliable player for DD. When KKR posted 166 for 5, many would have put their money on them considering their excellent bowling line-up comprising Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel. Daredevils were pretty much comfortable in the chase till the quick wickets of the dangerous Dinesh Karthik and Manoj Tiwary. After Tiwary’s wicket, DD still needed 40 off 24 balls but under pressure, Duminy produced an excellent 52* off 35 balls to take his team over the line with three balls to spare. His two sixes and one four off Morkel in the 18th over turned out to be the difference.
The Daredevils’ stand-in captain joined Mayank Agarwal at the crease at 10 for 1 after the departure of Murali Vijay for a duck. One would have thought Karthik would first try to get his eye in and then take his chances, as he is known to do. Instead, he brushed those conventional ideas aside by lifting Morkel over the covers off the fourth ball he faced. That shot was a big statement of intent.
Karthik didn’t look behind after that and by the time he got out after scoring a 40-ball 56, he had given his team some hope of a win. If Duminy provided the killer punch, there is no doubt that it was Karthik who actually set up the win.
Neesham’s six off Chawla
When Tiwary got out, Delhi still needed 40 off 24 balls. Jimmy Neesham, who didn’t get to bat on his IPL debut against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday, joined Duminy at the crease and took strike against legspinner Chawla. First two balls yielded no runs, bringing plenty of doubts in the DD camp. The third ball he played behind square leg to get a single. Duminy also took a single off the next delivery and that meant Neesham had to face the tricky Chawla again. Against all expectations and odds, the left-hander danced down the track and hit the ball straight over the bowler’s head for a six. Neesham only made eight but that shot gave Duminy a lot of heart, that there was someone who could share his workload.
Delhi’s early wickets
Against a strong KKR batting line-up, Delhi medium-pacer Mohammed Shami and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who replaced Wayne Parnell for this match, provided just the start their team needed. Shami’s removal of Jacques Kallis off the first legal ball of the match and Australian Coulter-Nile’s wicket of captain Gautam Gambhir in the next over, also for 0, pushed KKR on the back foot at the start of their innings on a pitch that was partial to batsmen. KKR managed to score a decent total in the end but there is no denying that the target could have been bigger for Daredevils had not it been for some good bowling from Shami and Coulter-Nile in the Powerplay.