Daredevils v Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Dubai April 19, 2014

Karthik and Duminy end Delhi's losing streak

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Delhi Daredevils 167 for 6 (Karthik 56, Duminy 52*) beat v Kolkata Knight Riders 166 for 5 (Uthappa 55, Pandey 48) by 4 wickets
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Duminy an understated match-winner

The burning question for Delhi Daredevils was their mettle under pressure. They were on a losing streak that was now at seven matches across two seasons. They still had to contend with their biggest influence - Kevin Pietersen - being restricted to the bench. They had to best one of the wilier attacks in the IPL, which believed - at 167 - it had enough to defend. However, fifties from stand-in captain Dinesh Karthik and new recruit JP Duminy took them home in an emphatic flurry.

The Daredevils captain was on the receiving end of a snorter from Albie Morkel in the last match, but today he was at his busy best. He nudged those singles and twos, his footwork against spin was precise and more importantly he held the chase together until Duminy arrived at No. 5 and took Morne Morkel for 21 runs in the 18th over to shift the balance.

Sunil Narine was Knight Riders' go-to man again, gamely delivering a 19th over that allowed only six runs to leave the equation at run-a-ball. The pressure shifted to Piyush Chawla who beat Jimmy Neesham with a legbreak that didn't turn, and then snapped him up with a seam-up delivery. Duminy hared across to the other end so that he was on strike, and belted another quick delivery over square leg to take the honours with three balls to spare.

A big target requires some risks at the top and can sometimes contribute to wickets without much doing from the bowlers. M Vijay was one such casualty when his search for a non-existent single resulted in his run-out. Ross Taylor could not get going for a second game in a row, and was undone by an offcutter from Jacques Kallis. Daredevils, though, still managed a quick start, thanks to Mayank Agarwal's 26 off 14, which ensured the Powerplay fetched 49 runs.

Karthik and Duminy got together with 107 needed off 13 overs, and began milking the spinners. Narine was kept back until the 11th over, by which time Karthik had a measure of the situation. His strike rate spent only two balls under 100 as he trusted his nurdles on either side of the wicket to keep the score ticking. Chawla's first over highlighted Karthik's range against spin when he carted a six over square leg, and then cut a four through point. A languid four over extra cover brought up his fifty, and was probably the shot of the match.

Duminy was at his innovative best. His first boundary was a scoop over the keeper. He would need to pull out his finishing skills. He lost Karthik in the 15th over, Manoj Tiwary could only last six balls, and Knight Riders scented a turnaround with 40 needed off the final four overs.

It was then that Duminy exploded. Morne Morkel had set up Knight Riders' victory on Wednesday with a brutal first spell. His pace and lift was just as troublesome to deal with today as he claimed two wickets, but at the crunch he almost seemed to play into Duminy's hands. A length ball, a short one and a full toss were blitzed for four, six and six.

Pace on ball might have let Knight Riders down at the crucial moment, but it worked for Daredevils when asked Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jaydev Unadkat to join Mohammed Shami. The pitch might have been slow, but under lights the ball began to seam.

Mohammed Shami exploited it in the first over to hand Jacques Kallis his ninth duck, and mark him as the specialist batsman with the most ducks in the tournament. Gautam Gambhir, was still searching for his first runs this season, when he tucked one off the hip, straight to leg gully, to join Kallis at nine ducks.

Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa rebuilt the innings with a 64-run partnership, telling themselves the release was around the corner. Uthappa survived a scare Taylor dropped him on seven. Even though Pandey fell in the 11th over, Uthappa, assisted by cameos from Shakib Al Hasan and Suryakumar Yadav, set up a total that visibly energised the Knight Riders' dug-out at the innings-break. But Daredevils just wanted it more.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ShahRK on April 21, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    When a team score 160+ the match is always in hands of the captain i.e. how effective he is gonna use his strike bowlers. In case of KKR, it was SN and MM but no one bowled when DK as well as JP were new at the crease. Its pretty simple.

    More improtantly, great to see improvement in KKR's batting. Despite GG & JK failure still they managed to score ...kudos & this is worth watching even in the future.

    Weak link, PC...still wondering why they pciked him who has been hit for maximum sixes in IPL history?? Use any one, either sayan mondal or K Yadav for the whole season...give these youngsters a chance. we have seen enough of PC through IPL history, never improved

    SH is also an excellent bowler that is why he is ranked #1 Allrounder in world T20. Give him confidence and play the whole season. Basically SH and MM are also wicket taking bowlers provided given confidence

    Appreciate, they r sticking to YP but utilize his bowling when SH is bowling & promote him against pace attack matchs

  • dummy4fb on April 20, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    Why someone like Quinton de Kock is not playing for delhi,he is the best opener for them

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 20, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    @ black_bird, you say kkr lost only becuz sakib gave away too many runs and did not score good runs. Fyi, morkel's econ was 10.25, chawla's econ was 10.80 , vinay kumar's 8.75 and shakib's 8.33. Why pick only shakib to blame for leaking too many runs ? Actually everybody except narine was more or less expensive and shakib was atleast better than 3 ballers in terms of leaking runs. As for batting, only 3 kkr batsmen made runs and everybody else flopped. Shakib was one of those 3 and his strike rate was better than the other two, not to mention he remained not out. To me , kkr lost due to gambhir captaincy and shakib is way better captain than gambhir so gambhir should take some tips from shakib how to place fielders for each baller and when to choose which baller. Perhaps your comment had nothing to do with cricket rather the fact that shakib is Bangladeshi.

  • dummy4fb on April 20, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    kkr batting line up should be -

    gg, jk, mp, yp, ru, yadav, sh, pc, sn, mm, vk

    bowling - thiss should be the allowed quota of overs

    jk - 3 mm - 4 sn- 4 sh - 3 pc - 3 vk - 3

  • dummy4fb on April 20, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Gautam's captaincy in this game is the worst I have seen in this year's IPL. His decisions about when to bowl Narine and his field placements for Narine cost his team the match as well as how, when and even if to bowl Chawla and play Pathan. He should drop himself.

  • TSJ07 on April 20, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    As an KXIP fan I am so happy to Piyush Chawla to play for other teams this season and not for my fav team! Key is to finish his quote of 4 overs before 15 overs o/w he would leak runs after 15th over.

  • sweet2hrme on April 20, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    "Small man with tramendous bat Speed." Clearly,, this inning of JP D is the best inning in this IPL. Also One of the best Six hit by JP so far. Really he is a good player with good sense same thing for KARTIK. BEST OF LUCK DD..

  • dummy4fb on April 20, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    @black_bird: You must be leaving in a fool's world. How can it help when you misfield and let the ball dribble through your legs for four, and then you blame Shakib for bowling? And don't make me laugh by saying he should take tips from Gambhir on batting; that man has been out of form terribly with back to back ducks; and besides Shakib batted with a greater strike rate than the big hitting specialist Yusuf Pathan. How can you blame him entirely for the game when there was Gambhir's poor captaincy (yeah letting Narine bowl all the overs after the 11th over instead of in 7th over when Karthik was new at crease and would have surely struggled). Learn to assess the game instead of blaming someone pointlessly.

  • Phorenguy on April 20, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    KKR Played well. I would like to point out 3 Critical aspects of KKR's game, which needs improvement: 1. Greater aggression during batting power play of first 6 overs - Lets open with with Kallis & Pandey, followed by GG, Uthappa, Shakib, Pathan. Yadav 2. During KKR's middle over bowling with quality spinners, please have at least 4 attacking fielders within the circle to stop easy singles - This is a must to build up pressure on the batting side 3. Who should bowl the last 4 overs ? Let's stick with Morkel and lend him confidence - Let him bowl the 17th Over followed by ... 18th by Chawla ... 19th by Kallis & 20th by Narine. This was a 180+ pitch ... IMO even DD batted badly, even though they won the match by a whisker !!!

  • Shajahan.P on April 20, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Best DD xi would be, Mayank, DeKock,DK,KP,Dumini,M Tiwari,S Tiwari,Nadeem,Nile,Shami,Unadkat

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