Delhi v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Raipur May 1, 2013

Knight Riders stumble against Warner, Chand


Delhi Daredevils 137 for 3 (Warner 66*, Chand 37, Lee 1-26) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 136 for 7(Bhatia 26*, Yadav 2-36) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A spirited performance on the field, followed by a resilient 95-run stand between David Warner and Unmukt Chand helped Delhi Daredevils add a third win to come level with Kolkata Knight Riders. Knight Riders are now level with Daredevils, squandering a two-point advantage. The task of making it to the playoffs, for both, remains a distant dream.

Daredevils had been the happier side halfway into their innings. The first couple of overs from Brett Lee and L Balaji indicated there was help for the bowlers, but Virender Sehwag laced a couple of boundaries to set the innings into motion. Gautam Gambhir spilled an easy chance off Sehwag at short cover, but it didn't hurt Knight Riders much. Sehwag steered a length delivery into the hands of slip in the next over, the relief writ large on Gambhir's face. And when Mahela Jayawardene fell in an identical manner the next over, Knight Riders had found an opening.

Unmukt Chand had a torrid time in his first four games, but he set about improving his run with a patient stay in the middle. He was at sea against Sunil Narine's variations, but hung in and kept rotating the strike. Fortunately for Daredevils, there wasn't much scoreboard pressure; only a couple of productive overs were needed to catch up with the required rate.

That impetus was provided by measured aggression from David Warner, who pierced the boundary every now and then and helped bring the equation under control during the 12th over that yielded 15 runs. By that time, Chand had settled down and started stroking boundaries - an upper-cut past slip being the most stylish - to bring up his best score this IPL. He fell trying to hasten the end but Warner, who scored his third half-century this IPL, switched gears, unleashed the ruthless strokeplay he's acquired a reputation for and sealed victory with 13 balls to spare.

Gambhir called the Raipur stadium one of the best in the country in terms of facilities, but the venue didn't bring any cheer for Knight Riders after they chose to bat. Manvinder Bisla, who was in imperious touch in the last two matches, started with a casual pull that rocketed to the deep square-leg boundary, but, off the very next ball, Gambhir called him for a suicidal single and paid the price as Irfan, the bowler, beat him in a dash to the striker's end.

What followed was a period in which the Daredevils seamers - and the fielders - started shutting escape routes for the batsmen. Bisla was beaten for pace by a sharp delivery from Umesh Yadav. Yusuf Pathan attempted to mark his authority with a huge hit off Morne Morkel, but was brilliantly caught next ball by Irfan, who took the skier running backwards from square leg.

That brought the experienced pair of Jacques Kallis and Eoin Morgan together, but their alliance was short-lived. Morgan reverse-swept Shahbaz Nadeem for a boundary, but when he tried to pull the long-hop next ball, Yadav charged in from deep square leg to take a good, low diving catch. Kallis followed Morgan in the next over, as another stunning, one-handed catch at point, from Ben Rohrer, reduced Knight Riders to 50 for 4 in the ninth over.

Debabrata Das and Rajat Bhatia started the repair job, making slow progress with occasional hits to the boundary to bring Knight Riders to 83 for 5 with five overs to go. They hobbled to 110 for 6 at the end of the 18th, but some timely hitting by Lee propped up the score to 136, a good effort on a ground with bigger boundaries. It wasn't good enough, however.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    gambhir most foolish captain of IPL...wheneve he won toss means wrong decision, against chennai he should bat first to avoid heat his bowler, in jaipur he should bowl fist bcoz KKR playing first time on this ground.

  • Amit on May 2, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    @SidsIPLTeam: Donot Consider Manoj Tiwari and Shukla for this season further. They are injured and out of selection.Sakib is also not available for this season due to national duty and McCullum is supposed to go back for national duty after 3 May most probably.Therefore Nowonwards, KKR team should be (Home & Away Matches) as Follows: Gambhir, Bisla, Morgan, Pathan, Das, Narwal, Tendo /Ryan Mclaren, Lee, Narine, Shami Ahmed/ Balaji, Iqbal Abdullah. Batting order should be decided as per Toss Result and Match situation. New recruitment Paras Dogra(Heard he is a good Bat) can be taken in team if any Indian batsman fails miserably. McCullum can be plased in team in place of Tendo/ Ryan if he is available for selection till his availability since KKR middle order batting form is Horrible. Rest are in hand of GOD......May GOD save KKR now onwards...!!

  • Biju on May 2, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Of course there is a standing instruction to play YUSUF irrespective of form or result.. KKR has to be lauded for one reason.. YUSUF was playing the same on 2011 and 2012.. Effectively KKR was a 10 man team which won IPL in 2012 where others made up for him.. Will not happen again... Yusuf will not be dropped for upcoming matches also.. Wait and see..

  • Kavin on May 2, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    The reason behind Gautam Gambhir's KKR's dismal performance is that they thought their home ground slow and dust bowl pitches will workout again in their favor, but teams like RR and CSK failed that plan by offering sporting pitches with pace, bounce and grace. Look all the teams, almost every team prepared sporting pitches with a bit of grass cover, but KKR is still offering dust bowls and it back fired this time.

  • Kavin on May 2, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan LOL! 11 Crore Rs? Are you kidding me? Enough said.

  • Lovetesh on May 2, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    DD win has now put KKR also almost out of the race for playoffs. Bottom six teams simply need to win games as they don't have net run rate to compete with the top 3 teams.

  • Suresh on May 2, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    I am Supporting 2 Teams and 5 Individuals this session , Teams - CSK and DD , Players i support and follow are Pointing , Dravid , Gayle , Yadav , U Chand. So its been a Good so far for my finally all the team i support and players are coming good. Would have been gr8 if got another opportunity to watch pointing field and to be in form with bat. But so far I am good Yesterday DD played well to win good for DD. Its one of the most capable team with bat and ball but haven't peeked yet in IPL to gain the top spot. CSK doing Good so far in the session - it keeps up to the expectation of their supported i joined the Kings Club recently and they have lot of activity in the club with offers and merchandise. Its a Great management power in CSK backed by good team performance. Keep doing hard work CSK. Good luck to DD to raise up in the table will be happy to see bot CSK and DD in the top 4.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    No Shakib, no point, no championship! This year is gone, make Shakib as the captain next year and see the magic!

  • Senthil on May 2, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    No matter what tactics and selection KKR do, they are inferior to most of the teams when it comes to putting down a performance on the field, exactly as their position on the table shows. Their strategy worked last year, but they have shown very little imagination this year. Everyone knows how to counter them and at key points, they look really flat. Gambhir either doesn't have it in him or the management actually thought they could pull the same tricks year after year. DD and KKR both have to win all their games ahead to qualify for the playoffs. DD are playing free cricket and are going to entertain. Hopefully KKR can do the same.

  • sundeep on May 2, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    KKR never won last season It was CSK who lost the game. 7 Balls 16 runs match was in CSK's hands in that pitch. Then came a no ball catch of shakib, hen free hit boundary. Bravo in last over bowling those bad leg side balls. They lost of their own pressure. Hope it does not happens again