Manish Pandey (69*) and Yusuf Pathan (59) guided KKR to their third win on the trot, chasing down DD’s target in the last over. Earlier, Delhi had found themselves in a great position after dismissing the KKR’s top order for just 21 runs but an 110-run partnership secured the win for the visitors.
Brief scores:Delhi Daredevils 168/7 (Sanju Samson 39, Rishabh Pant 38; Nathan Coulter-Nile 3/22, Sunil Narine 1/20) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 169/6 (Manish Pandey 69*, Yusuf Pathan 59; Zaheer Khan 2/28, Pat Cummins 2/39) by 4 wickets.
Delhi Daredevils made two changes to the side that beat Kings XI Punjab, with Mohammed Shami and Angelo Mathews replacing Shahbaz Nadeem and Corey Anderson. Kolkata, too, brought in Nathan Coulter-Nile in place of Kiwi Trent Boult. Winning the toss, Delhi, having won both their matches while defending a target, decided to set one this time.
Delhi start well but Kolkata reel them back in
Delhi started off with a flourish, with Samson smashing 6 boundaries from the 1st 12 deliveries he faced. Sam Billings got in on the act in the third over and Delhi Daredevils were soon cruising at 36/0 after 3 overs. With Delhi well placed at 53/0 at the end of the powerplay, Nathan Coulter-Nile sent Billings on his way on the first ball after the powerplay and Umesh Yadav removed the dangerous looking Sanju Samson two overs later which meant that Kolkata
Kolkata restrict Delhi after a spell of dominance
Karun Nair & Shreyas Iyer put on 42 runs for the 5th wicket, but both fell in consecutive overs to bring control back to the Kolkata side, somewhat against the run of play. The 17th
Kolkata top order collapse under Cummins & Khan pressure
Kolkata’s experimentation continued as Gambhir opted to open the innings with Colin de Grandhomme instead of Sunil Narine but this time the risk did not pay off as the Kiwi was dismissed for a solitary run off Zaheer Khan in the very first over. Needing over eight runs an over, Gambhir decided to take the attack to the home side smashing Pat Cummins for back to back boundaries. However, it was the Aussie who had the last laugh as Rishabh Pant pulled off the catch of the match to dismiss the dangerous Uthappa. In the next over, it got worse for the visitors as Gambhir too made the long walk back to the dressing room after
Kolkata leave it late to win at Feroz Shah
After the interval, however, Delhi fought back conceding just 11 runs in two overs. But the KKR duo had gotten accustomed to the pace of the pitch and both upped the ante as soon as the required run rate went above 9 runs an over. After scoring 11 runs