KKR v Daredevils, Group A, CLT20, Centurion October 13, 2012

Daredevils too pacy for Knight Riders


Delhi Daredevils 160 for 8 (Chand 40, Taylor 36, Narine 3-21) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 108 for 7 (Yadav 2-13, Irfan 2-19, Morkel 2-25) by 52 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

What prompted Gautam Gambhir and Kolkata Knight Riders to bat second, under the lights, in South Africa, is unclear. And the plan clearly did not come off; it went horribly wrong on a track that had unreliable bounce, which the Delhi Daredevils' four-man pace attack used wisely after 60 overs were played out on the pitch. The Knight Riders were not only outplayed by 52 runs, five of their batsmen got struck, including the team's batting mainstay Jacques Kallis. Their top-order had an outing they'd do well to forget.

Out of 168 day-night limited-overs internationals in the country, only 27 teams have won the game after deciding to bat second. At the SuperSport Park, only one team has won in ODI cricket while none have done so in Twenty20 internationals. And against an attack that includes the towering Morne Morkel, the Knight Riders were swimming against the tide willfully. The uneven bounce confused them further and by the time the first ten balls of their innings were done, Daredevils had done enough damage.

It started with the captain Gautam Gambhir, when Irfan Pathan removed him for a duck off the third ball, having the left-hander chip one to mid-on. Off his sixth ball, he brought one back into the other opener, Manvinder Bisla, who was trapped leg-before. Irfan had one of those better evenings, when he looked like bringing the ball back whenever he pleased. It got worse for the Knight Riders when Brendon McCullum cut one to Chand at point off Morne Morkel's first ball, the seventh of the innings, for a duck.

Jacques Kallis was the next man to walk off when Morkel rapped him on the fingers of his right hand while trying to fend off an awkward delivery. He had to retire hurt and did not come back to bat, but X-rays revealed that there was no fracture. The very next ball struck the next batsman, Yusuf, on his arm, as he attempted to leave a rising delivery. At the end of the fifth over, he was put out of misery when Daredevil's first-change bowler Umesh Yadav had him deflect one back at the stumps. By this time the ball started keeping low too. Manoj Tiwary and Rajat Bhatia added 47 for the fifth wicket but it was only a face-saving exercise.

Irfan, Morkel and Yadav took two wickets each and Ajit Agarkar got one; except for the left-arm swing bowler, the other three struck the batsmen and kept them pinned on the backfoot.

Daredevils too were in trouble when they batted, but the recovery was prompt. The 63-run fourth-wicket stand between Unmukt Chand and Ross Taylor put them in a strong position, especially after a 30-run 17th over from L Balaji.

Chand played some attractive shots to start off his innings and survived a chance on 14 at midwicket, where Tiwary dropped a skier. He cracked two sixes and two more boundaries to finish on a 27-ball 40. It ended when he completely missed an off-break from Sunil Narine. The versatile spinner took three wickets while Brett Lee and Kallis bowled well too. But it would be the costly overs from Balaji that they could pinpoint for conceding more than the average score at the venue.

Following Daredevils' resounding win, Pietersen will be off to London to meet with England team director Andy Flower on Sunday. He is likely to be back in time for Daredevils' second game, on Friday in Durban, against Auckland Aces.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Smith on October 16, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan is the best all-rounder in the world...@Bruisers...cheers man its good learning about Cricket now ;)

  • Dru on October 15, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Ever so often you see a young player and you know your seing something special and Chand looks a real gem to me. I know he did well at under 19 level and this is CL20 and I note he has had failures in the IPL. The guy is only 19 and seemed to have some magic about him. The problem is most of you Indians are going to point to other such gems but this guy looked really good and that wasnt the easiest wicket to bat on. I will be very surprised if this is not the next Kholi.

  • darius on October 15, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @WickyRoy. pull-over your comments suggest you are quite frustrated after the string of losses you have been suffering against Team IND, you quoted Chand is a flat track bully, oh really was the Townvilles pitch was flat?, never ever compare Pak batsmen with IND batsmen, and your bowling is too overhyped, which suits only lower surfaces , to be precise its weak as well, I predict a massacre in SA ........

  • Alex on October 14, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    For me unmukt chand is ideal batsman before kohli. He is not opening batsman. He probably played well in under 19. But he struggled in last 5 IPL in slogging spot 7. he could n't raise run rate and got out many times by trying to up the run rate. I think he play lot better with new ball. I see he is ideal number 3. Old ball he does n't have the timing. He probably playing best as opener because ball is new and hard. I probably seen him play best is this match because ball came nicely to bat. He is good in that condition. Slow low , he just struggles. Best young indian batsman for me is Baba aparjith in under 19. He just need to get physically stonger like bull then he can be india's next great.

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Shakib should be there !

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    1.Ghambhir 2.Monoj 3.Kallis 4.Shakib 5.chand 6. Bisla 7.Yousuf 8.Bhatia 9. Lee 10.Narine 11.Balaji

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Need again Shakib for win Calcutta. 100% confirm. Anybody doubt?

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    My KKR XI for Auckland :::: Only 1 change --- Shakib in for Kallis :::: 1. Tiwary 2. Bisla 3. Gambhir 4. McCullum 5. Pathan 6. Shakib 7. Bhatia 8. Lee 9. Sangwan 10. Narine 11. Balaji :::::: I would rather have Tiwary open as he would be able to score more freely rather than as a finisher where he seems to be struggling ... n also I would not drop Bala just coz 1 bad match ... Shakib in place of injured Kallis ...

  • Mayank on October 14, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Ii m unable to undrstnd why people think that sehwag is not making runs, the starting with jaywardhne was very gud off 35 runs. A T20 doesnt need more than of that. aA fast 25-30 runs are in starting are better than 40(40b).

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    I disagree a bit with my fellow bangla fans because really its not important whether he's picked or not because if he was, could've quite easily got injured in that match like the other players and he would've been out of action for next month series and he's really needed in the national side. Besides the important thing about his status is that he's better than any Pakistani or Indian all-rounder. The only all-rounders that can be considered better than Shakib are Watson and Kallis which in my view is perfectly justified considering their consistent performances in all forms. Also I didn't know much about Unmukht Chand really till Under-19 World Cup and must say wow! his knock was impressive.

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