Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2012, Kolkata April 5, 2012

Irfan Pathan blows take Delhi to win


Delhi Daredevils 100 for 2 (Irfan 42*, Finch 30) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 97 for 9 (Shukla 26, M Morkel 3-18) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Irfan Pathan bowled only one over in the game but proved decisive with the bat, smashing an unbeaten 42 from 20 deliveries to ensure Delhi Daredevils did not make a mess of their chase of 98 after having been 49 for 0. It would have been embarrassing for Daredevils to lose after that opening partnership, and especially after they had reduced Kolkata Knight Riders to 55 for 6 at one stage.

Aaron Finch and Virender Sehwag had gone serenely after the target in the rain-affected game shortened to 12 overs per side. But the asking-rate suddenly rose above ten runs an over after their dismissals in successive overs, and it was left to Irfan to bail Daredevils out.

And he did so in style, with some nerveless stroke-making under pressure. With 35 needed from 20 deliveries, Irfan lofted Jacques Kallis for six over long-on. South Africa fast bowler Marchant de Lange, on IPL debut, was pulled over deep midwicket and swung over long-on for two more sixes. Game over.

That the game was actually played was only because the rain relented after causing a two-and-a-half hour delay. A packed Eden Gardens had waited and waited for the rain to stop.

When the match finally got underway, the home team Knight Riders crumbled instantly. By the end of the fourth over, they had lost four wickets, and six by the end of the seventh. Morne Morkel was responsible for three of those strikes, including the wickets of Kallis and Tiwary off consecutive deliveries.

The crowd eventually found their voice when Bengal boys Debabrata Das and Laxmi Shukla hit the Daredevils spinners for a few sixes. The blows also ensured Knight Riders ended up with a decent score after having been reduced to 55 for 6.

Things had looked worse for Knight Riders at 31 for 4. Brendon McCullum missed a pull off Roelof van der Merwe to be caught plumb in front in the second over. Morkel came on in the third and uprooted Kallis' middle stump with a stinging yorker. Manoj Tiwary has travelled around the world with the Indian team recently without getting a game. And when he finally got one today, he lasted one ball, going back in his crease and conspiring to convert a very low full toss into a yorker. Bowled again.

Yusuf Pathan lasted three more deliveries than Tiwary had. Off his fourth, he tried to duck under a not-so-short ball from Umesh Yadav but only managed to glove it awkwardly to the wicketkeeper. Knight Riders' troubles only increased when Gautam Gambhir chopped an attempted guide to third man off a short Morkel delivery onto his stumps.

Knight Riders were in danger of getting bowled out in an innings of 12 overs, but Shukla and Das went after the spinners. Shukla, who played three ODIs for India in 1999, had cracked an unbeaten century last month to help Bengal beat heavyweights Mumbai for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

He lofted van der Merwe over long-off and deposited Shahbaz Nadeem over deep midwicket. Das had started the fightback earlier with a straight six off Morkel and the home fans now had reason to stay on for the chase. Knight Riders almost made their long stay worth it, but ran into Irfan.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    the KKR problem is kallis, kallis likes only S.A. players, last season he brought mark boucher, this time marchant de lange. Kallis & de lange bowls 6 ovrs & consumed 59 runs!!!! rest 6 overs required only 38 runs to win. the 10th overs bowled by lange should've beeen bowled by bret lee. Gambhir is foolish captain.

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    @Rahiq Uz Zaman, I agree with you Shakib is a good alrounder.I think in india we don't have such a good alrounder.But you are comparing kallis & shakib.Recently Kallis score 100 against india. Delhi won the match because overs are reduced & the crucial over from Morne morkel(kallis wicket).I want shakib to be included in KKR but not in place of Kallis.I don't know why they gave man of the match to pathan instead of Morkel.

  • zkhan on April 6, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Come On KKR,whats wrong with the think tank?every match in IPL would prove decisive as the tournament progresses,try to select a winning combination GAMBHIR,YUSUF,KALLIS,BRET LEE,SHAKIB,RYAN,BALAJI,IQBAL ABDULLAH,MNOJ TIWARY,BHATIA/SHUKLA,BISLA.per sure this winning combination could do wonders,where in u have player's who can bat nd bowl as well.

  • Anupam on April 6, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Sakib only problem is.. he is the player from Bangladesh..If he is south african or australian or from so called big brother cricket nation thn he play every matches for KKR.

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Result of not being taken SHAKIB in the squad...

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    @sunil xavier....kallis is a great cricketer.....but sakib is more efficient player here.....now he is d no.1 allrounder.......if u look at kallis run & wicket in international cricket he is best no doubt......but sakib is still young & holding a country like bd.......he needs more time to b like kallis......kallis is 3 & sakib is 24 now.....

  • Al on April 6, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Agree with @Jayabharathwaj Venkataraman - Irfan Pathan is perfect All-rounder for Team India. Selectors are you seeing and listening! MSD can't select him if he is not part of 16 man test team squad.

    It's time to get rid of non-performers like 10dulkar, Laxman, Sehwag and Ishant. Bring in Rahane/Mukund for Sehwag, Badri/Pujara/Mohd Kaif for Laxman, Dinda/Varun for Ishant. Virat Kohli is a perfect replacement for the retired gentleman - Dravid. No selector has the guts to drop 10dulkar. So he will play - whether we like it or not.

  • Saif on April 6, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    @ Akib Alam: Please check Gauti's post match press conference. You are going to see lot of DeLenge b'coz even with poor T20 records, he has become Gauti's favorite. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/current/video_audio/560117.html What a shame. He says 'there are something not in your hand like toss'.... again later says 'toss is not a big factor'. What a confused guy.... Gauti... the bowler you feel difficult to face is not always the best bowler. Grow up man...

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    It is just the FIRST MATCH, there are MORE MATCHES ahead.....SHAKIB would be TAKEN MOST of the TIME....So RELAX COUNTRYMEN....

  • Ridwan on April 6, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Side line all the players in the KKR side in any format of the game, and select only Shakib and then you should see the difference. You have to provide right recognitions for right players in a team to create good Team Spirit. If you deprive some you will most probably be deprived in turn. Good luck Shakib and your KKR.

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