Manoj Tiwary’s half-century was the difference as Kolkata sealed a 17-run success against bottom-of-the-pile Delhi at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday.
The only batsman in either team to reach fifty, Tiwary racked up an unbeaten 61 as the Knight Riders posted 148 for seven. In response the Daredevils could only manage 131 for nine in their allotted overs with KKR’s Iqbal Abdulla claiming three for 29 in a determined KKR bowling effort.
In a battle pitting Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir against his former side, it was Delhi who won the toss and elected to bowl first, with Kolkata getting off to a sluggish start as they reached 64 for two after ten overs – Jacques Kallis (11) not able to cash in after being dropped early in his knoCK while opening partner Shreevats Goswami got in but then got out for 22.
Skipper Gambhir (18) also made a start before he fell victim to Aussie James Hopes, and the visitors were then in a spot of bother when Yusuf Pathan (5) and Eoin Morgan (0) departed in consecutive deliveries from Umesh Yadav, Kolkata reduced to 105 for five after 15 overs.
Tiwary survived Yadav’s hat-trick ball, and continued to play freely – his fifty coming off 36 balls – in a 35-run stand with Ryan ten Doeschate (19). The 25-year old – with two fours and three sixes – would end unbeaten at the crease with KKR’s 148-run effort a humble total on the Kotla pitch.
Delhi allrounder Irfan Pathan – having opened the bowling – finished with one for 16 from his four overs while Yadav bagged two for 29.
The combo of Sehwag and David Warner had powered Delhi passed 200 in their previous home fixture, but the local support was left disappointed by the Australian’s early demise in the Daredevils run-chase, the consistent left-hander scoring just two before he was bowled by Lakshmipathy Balaji.
Sehwag though was quick out the blocks as he carved five fours and a six on his way to 34, but then the Delhi skipper top-edged to fine leg from a Jaidev Unadkat bouncer to bring the visitors right back into the game at 42 for two.
Regular wickets continued to deprive the home side of momentum, with Abdulla entering that attack to remove the dangerous Irfan Pathan for just nine, and James Hopes for a patient 25. Naman Ojha became his third victim with Delhi slumping to 85 for six with five overs remaining.
Despite Venugopal Rao and Yogesh Nagar each contributed 19-run cameos, Delhi never recovered with the home side falling a full 17-runs short for their fifth defeat of the season. The Knight Riders meanwhile reaffirmed their claim for a last four spot as they moved up to second in the IPL table. Cricket365