Knightriders keep Daredevils at the bottom

Published: Friday, April 29, 2011, 10:38 [IST]
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Knightriders keep DD at the bottom

Batting first, the Kolkata Knightriders encountered a case of the jitters up front when Jacques Kallis was nearly caught at midwicket off Irfan Pathan. But his partner Goswami, set the side on course with two fours off Morne Morkel in the next over, before he and Kallis teamed up to take 3 boundaries off the same bowler in the 4th over, as the score moved onto 28/0 in 4 overs.

Then Pathan finally claimed the wicket off an unsteady Kallis for 11 as the score read 29/1 in 4.3 overs. In the following over, Gautam Gambhir was lucky to get away with a near catch off Umesh Yadav, but in the next over, Ajit Agarkar had Goswami caught behind for 22 off 20.

Then Gambhir and Manjor Tiwary took the Knightriders past 50 in the 8th over, before the latter batsman smashed a six and a four off Agarkar in the 11th over to take the score to 74/2. But James Hopes made sure that Gambhir wouldn't stick around for too long when he had him caught at deep midwicket for 18, in the 12th over. Tiwary hit Morkel and Yadav for a maximum each to take Kolkata past 100 in the 15th over, before the latter bowler dismissed Yusuf Pathan for 5 and Eoin Morgan for a duck.

The Knightriders were now 105/5. New batsman Ryan Ten Doeschate kept the momentum going by striking Hopes for a boundary and Morkel for a six and a four in successive overs, before being caught at deep point for 19 off 12 balls. 8 runs and the wicket of Breet Lee for 1 came off teh last over which Agarkar bowled as the Knightriders finished their innings on a less-than-competitive total of 148/7.

In their reply, the Delhi Daredevils appeared to get off to an ominous start, with Virender Sehwag striking a four each of Brett Lee and Laxmipathy Balaji, but then the latter bolwer cleaned up David Warner for 2 off 6 balls. With the score at 14/1, James Hopes took an over to settle in, before Sehwag smashed a six and four off Balaji in the next over.

Then the batsman took a four each off Jaidev Unadkat and Iqbal Abdullah, before the former bowler dimissed him for 34 off 23 balls. Hopes and Irfan Pathan took the Daredevils past 50 in the 9th over. Soon afterward, Pathan tried to up the ante by carting Kallis for a six, but was out next over to Iqbal Abdullah for 9 off 12 balls as the score read 61/3 in 10.3 overs.

A couple of quiet overs followed, after which Travis Birt was sent back by Yusuf Pathan for 8 off 11 balls as the Daredevils ended the 14th over at 77/4. Hopes tried to keep the flame alive by smashing a six off Abdullah, but the bowler immediately got his revenge by not only removing the same batsman (for 25 off 30 balls) but also sending back Naman Ojha for 1, three balls later.

With the score at a dismal 86/6 in 15 overs, Venugopal Rao and Nagar hit two sixes and two fours between them before Rao and Ajit Agarkar were both run out in the 19th over. With 24 runs required off the last over, Balaji and Nagar could only manage to score 6 as the Daredevils fell short by 17 runs.

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