Centurion, Oct 14: Delhi Daredevils registered a massive win in their first Group A clash against IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders, as they won by 52 runs at Centurion on Saturday.
Chasing 161 to win, Kolkata Knight Riders slumped to a 52-run loss in their first match, as their top order failed miserably.
McCullum (0), Gambhir (0), Bisla (1), Jacques Kallis (0) all failed to create an impact in the opening group A clash of the Champions League T20.
Manoj Tiwary (33), Rajat Bhatia (22) stayed at the crease for a while to ensure that KKR's tally reached the three figure mark as they managed to score a mere 108/7 in 20 overs to lose by 52 runs.
Daredevils outplayed the IPL champs thoroughly, as their bowlers were on the mark from the first ball of the innings, having claimed 2 wickets in the first over.
Irfan Pathan, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav claimed 2 wickets each, while Agarkar grabbed a wicket to reduce the opponents to 108/7.
Earlier, having won the toss and elected to field restricted Delhi Daredevils to 160/8 in 20 overs, as debutant Unmukt Chand stole the show having scored 40 off 27 balls which included 2 sixes and 4 boundaries. Ross Taylor (36) and Chand added 63 runs for the 4th wicket which helped Delhi post a challenging total of 160/8.
Sehwag, who is back from an ankle injury made 22 off 17 balls, while Jayawardene (21) and Pietersen (14) as they were in trouble after the fall of the top order, but Chand and Taylor ensured that the team posted 160/8.
Having won their first match, Daredevils will be brimming with confidence when they face Auckland Aces on Oct 19, at Durban while KKR will have to play extremely well in order to stay afloat in the tournament as they need to get back to winning ways when they meet Perth Scorchers on Oct 17, at Durban.