Daredevils v Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Delhi May 7, 2014

Gambhir, Uthappa end KKR's losing streak

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Kolkata Knight Riders 161 for 2 (Gambhir 69, Uthappa 47) beat Delhi Daredevils 160 for 5 (Duminy 40*, Karthik 36, Shakib 1-13) by eight wickets
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Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa put together their second century stand in two matches, and unlike the spectacular collapse that followed against Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders did not mess up to win comfortably against Delhi Daredevils. Gambhir and Uthappa added 106 in 11.5 overs after Knight Riders had allowed Daredevils to recover to 160 for 5, with JP Duminy and Kedar Jadhav looting 54 off the last four overs.

The victory broke a run of four straight defeats for Knight Riders, while Daredevils crashed to their third successive loss at home. While Knight Riders finally converted a strong performance into a win, Daredevils were unable to defend a decent total yet again. Their previous two losses were by margins of eight and seven wickets.

About the only clear opportunity Daredevils created, barring the usual odd mishit falling in vacant areas, was when Gautam Gambhir feathered a slower one from Siddarth Kaul, but the wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik failed to take the ball as it dipped in front of him. That was in the sixth over, and by that time, Knight Riders had already gone past 50.

Mohammed Shami did begin with a testing opening over, but Daredevils were never able to create any pressure. Gambhir and Uthappa began with a four each in the second over off Wayne Parnell. Uthappa took Shami for successive boundaries in the next over, and Knight Riders were always in front for the rest of the chase.

Gambhir is increasingly looking nothing like the batsman who struggled so much to make a single run at the start of the season. His second scoring shot was an emphatic pulled four off Parnell. His timing was so good at times that a clip off the pad flew for six over deep midwicket off Laxmi Shukla. A forward stride and a lofted four over extra cover off Kaul was more evidence of the old touch returning.

At the other end, Uthappa hit Shahbaz Nadeem for successive boundaries to bring up the hundred of the stand. He went leg-before to Parnell for 47 off 34, Knight Riders needing 55 off 49 from that point. There were to be no flutters this time, as Gambhir stayed in the middle to push the score past 150 before he was caught behind off Parnell for 69 off 56. Knight Riders reached home in the 19th over, the ten deliveries to spare further driving home the ease of the win.

Daredevils were tied down for 16 overs when they batted, and were 105 for 5 when Duminy and Jadhav came together. The openers weren't able to get going and Kevin Pietersen could not handle the spinners before running himself out. Karthik made a quick 36, but Daredevils still needed a final push if they were to make a competitive total. Duminy and Jadhav provided that, even taking Sunil Narine for 29 in his last two overs, but it barely tested Gambhir and Uthappa.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • imtiiii on May 10, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    now kkr looking balanced,strong....my xi will be gg,robin,manish,shakib,kaliis,douschate,suriya,chawla,shunil,vinay/vp singh(bench star),umesh......yusuf is not in form and kkr need a extra bowler....and douschate can complete yusufs joB.

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    100% right Mustaiz Rahnman.

  • Phorenguy on May 8, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    As a suggestion, please let Yousuf come in @ 10-12 th over mark ... followed by Chris Lynn @ 14-16th over mark ... followed by SuryaKumar ... as a plan for KKR's slog over strategy !!!

  • android_user on May 8, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Good to see GG , Robin, Shakib even whole team doing well.

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    I am very happy that kkr finally won the game.

  • kiranm009 on May 8, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    To all Bangladeshi fans(coming from an Indian Bengali) why do you even care if shakib isn't mentioned in the report, he is by far the best spinning allrounder in the world with jadeja coming a distant second. He is a smart individual who wins you close games,who can forget the shot against hilfenhaus in IPL 2012 final to leave 9 for the final over,most recently in the super over against RR he was the one who called the attention of gambhir by mentioning the boundary count rule,but gambhir for some reason didn't bring the field in. You need cent percent committed players in your team yet goes under the radar like Steve smith and shakib.

    Yet sometimes for the balance of the squad shakib had to make way for someone else which is fine, Chris Lynn after a failure was dropped too. With narine taking up one slot as a spinner complicates the balance, KKR still doesn't have a strike fast bowler, has to bring Cummins/morkel against top teams. 1.tendo/Lynn 2.shakib 3. Narine 4.Cummins/morkel

  • sarnot on May 8, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Good to see Kolkata win after many matches!! Well done Gambhir, Robin and Sakib.

    But still Kolkata just giving away too many runs on depth, Narine usually never give that many runs but on other end there is always bad overs. None of the fast bowlers of KKR can give yorks what is the vital at depth. I very recommend Cummins to have a chance and try him at depth that if he can deliver some yorks.

    It was not a good performance by Kallis on bowling and usually he is not a bowler that you can try on death and sending him to bat on 4th is not really going to work, I will recommend Cummins to try on his place and let Tendo to deliver some overs if needed.

    Well.. to me the best eleven for KKR should be-

    Robin, Ghambir, Manish, Sakib, Tendo, Surya, Pathan, Narine, Cummins, Vinay, chawla/umesh/any other bowler.

    If Kallis plays in place of Cummins then that provide a big batting line up with Surya comes at no 8, do you really needs that many batsman!!!

  • CricFan707 on May 8, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    I agree that Shakib bowled beautifully but you can't go on praising him like he has won the match singlehandedly for kkr. Everyone has contributed to the team. Uthappa, Gambhir gave a good start and Pandey also looked good. But cmon, I'm reading comment that Shakib is best player in KKR and should be given man of the match. That is ridiculous. I completely agree with @cpt. Also I admit he must have been given mention in match report but that's no big deal. Is anything going to happen if his name doesn't come in match report?Nothing. So that's no big issue. In fact most comment have shakib being praised. So BD fans must be satisfied with that. I'm Indian and I think batting order for next match should be: Uthappa Gambhir Kallis Pandey ten Doeschate Shakib Pathan Yadav Kumar Yadav Narine

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on May 8, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Lot of pain relieved by Gambhir hope he can make same comeback in indian colors as well. Also, a win totally on indian resources. Indian players leading from front at last.

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    well no offense here just loving to see ghambir playing better :D

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