The fumbled returns
Manish Pandey had two lucky reprieves in successive overs before he began his rampage. In both instances, he was dropped by the bowlers. Prenelan Subrayen failed to hold on to the one-handed return chance 13th over. Then in the next over, Cameron Delport dropped a straightforward chance, letting Pandey off again. The theme continued in the second innings as Piyush Chawla missed a low catch to his left from Andile Phehlukwayo.

Pandey's attack
Kyle Abbott turned in two accurate overs at the start of Knight Riders innings but when he came on to bowl towards the end, he was facing two batsmen who had already marched to the highest third-wicket partnership for Knight Riders. Manish Pandey mauled the bowler for 4, 6, 6, 4 leaving Abbott's tidy efforts in disarray.

A duck for Delport
When he sees replays of his dismissal, Cameron Delport may justifiably be a tad disappointed. Yusuf Pathan served up a short, wide ball up front, but Delport turned the ball to midwicket and Knight Riders were spared of the mayhem the opening batsman is capable of creating. It was also Delport's second successive duck in the tournament; the opener has played just three deliveries in his last two games.

The riposte
Jacques Kallis has had a string of low scores but he made a confident start against Dolphins, getting off the mark with a rasping upper cut off Craig Alexander. Two balls later, however, an angled delivery from Alexander knocked over Kallis' legstump.

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo