Cape Town : A fine four wicket haul by pacer RP Singh led Deccan Chargers to a comprehensive eight wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League campaign opener here on Sunday.
RP Singh led a disciplined bowling attack of Deccan Chargers with figures of 4/22 to bundle out Kolkata Knight Riders for a paltry 101 in 19.4 overs after Knight Riders captain Brendon McCullum elected to bat.
RP Singh got the swing and bounce on a Newlands pitch which was damp after rain to return figures of four for 22 from 3.4 overs to help Deccan Chargers bowl out Knight Riders in 19.4 overs.
He was well supported by Scott Styris (2/32) and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha (2/14) who chipped in with two wickets each. Opening bowler Fidel Edwards bowled with a lot of pace and accuracy and conceded just six runs from his allotted four overs though without success.
Rohit Sharma and South African Herschelle Gibbs then hit sparkling unbeaten 43 and 36 respectively to hit off 104 for two in just 13.1 overs.
Captain Adam Gilchrist and VVS Laxman contributed 13 and 10 respectively as last edition's bottom-placed team started their campaign in this season on a resounding note.
The Knight Riders, who were embroiled in a captaincy controversy for weeks before the Twenty20 tournament, were completely outplayed by their Hyderabad-based rivals in all departments of the game.
Australian Brad Hodge top-scored with 31 for Knight Riders while three other batsmen -- Chris Gayle (10), Aakash Chopra (11) and Murali Kartik (not out 10) -- could reach double figures.
Electing to bat, KKR had a disastrous start with their openers captain Brendon McCullum and Gayle returning to the hut by the fourth over with just 12 runs on the board, both victims of RP Singh. From there on they never recovered.
McCullum had a faint touch of RP Singh's first ball of the innings by his glove and was caught by his opposite number Adam Gilchrist behind the wicket for just one.