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Delhi Daredevils rout IPL Champions KKR by 52 runs

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The Delhi Daredevils kicked off their Champions League T20 campaign in style, crushing the reigning IPL Champions the Kolkata Knight Riders by 52 runs in a disappointingly one-sided contest. The flip of the coin went Kolkata's way, and KKR opted to put their local rivals in to bat. Delhi made an impressive start, racing away to 46-1 in the powerplay before the Knight Riders pegged things back significantly. A 30 run over from Laxmipathy Balaji late in the innings though helped Delhi post an impressive 160-8. Kolkata meanwhile had a terrible start to their innings, losing their top 4 batsmen with just 4 runs on the board, and that put them on the backfoot for the rest of the game. The Delhi pace attack looks well equipped to go a long way in this tournament, and the Daredevils are going to be hard to beat.

The experienced superstar duo of Mahela Jayawardene and Virender Sehwag opened the batting as always for Delhi, and gave their side a neat start. The veteran duo picked up a boundary each from Laxmipathy Balaji's opening over before Jayawardene took a liking to Brett Lee's pace and hit him for a couple of boundaries too. Sehwag benefitted from being dropped by Manvinder Bisla in the fourth over, a touch chance which had the young keeper diving full length to his right. However, KKR did get the breakthrough with Sunil Narine striking with his very first delivery, bowling Mahela for 21. Bisla wasn't having the best day behind the stumps, dropping Kevin Pietersen later in the over, and Sehwag chose to rub salt into KKR's wounds by spanking the next ball over the covers for six.

Delhi ended the powerplay well, but could have found themselves in a worse position when Bisla spilled his third hot chance of the day, a Narine carrom ball which caught the edge of Pietersen's blade. However, things were to get better for the keeper as he held on to an easy catch to dismiss Sehwag for 22, the Delhi opener giving himself room to play his patent cut over backward point, but only succeeding in getting an edge. Pradeep Sangwan the beneficiary.

Pietersen's charmed life also came to an end in the next over as he was caught at deep midwicket off Brett Lee for a patient 14. Delhi had slumped to 64-3 at the end of 10 overs.

Ross Taylor and young Unmukt Chand resurrected the innings, with the latter benefitting from Manoj Tiwary dropping a skier on Brett Lee's final delivery. A six by Chand off a struggling Jacques Kallis, who appeared to have picked up a shoulder injury, helped Delhi reach 103-3 at the end of 15 overs.

A poor 17th over of the innings from Laxmipathy Balaji which went for an incredible 30 runs helped propel Delhi's score considerably. Ross Taylor struck a 6 and a 4 before falling for 36, but Chand continued to plunder the runs while Balaji completely lost his radar. The youngster though was completely clueless against Sunil Narine, and was cleaned up by the Windies mystery spinner for an attractive 40. Narine's magical over conceded just 1, and balanced the books somewhat. He also added the bonus wicket of Naman Ojha for naught on his last ball.

Kallis followed up that terrific Narine over with another good one that conceded just 2, however, KKR decided to bring Balaji back for the final over of the innings, and were penalized for their poor decision making as the tailenders threw their bats around to push the score along to a competitive 160-8.

Kolkata's response to Delhi's challenging total was abysmal with Irfan Pathan removing both openers in his first over. Gautam Gambhir was caught at mid-on, the ball hitting his bat a lot higher than he would have liked and swinging a tad, while Manvinder Bisla, who had top scored in the IPL Final was trapped plumb infront.

In the very next over, Brendon McCullum was caught at point off Morne Morkel, while Jacques Kallis was forced to leave the field with what looked to be a broken finger that could put his tournament in jeopardy. KKR were effectively 4-4 and the game was as good as over already.

Yusuf Pathan contributed 11 to KKR's cause before he dabbed a short ball from Umesh Yadav back onto his stumps. India hopeful Manoj Tiwary and former Delhi boy Rajat Bhatia shared in a 47 run stand to add some respectability to the scoreline, but the result was never in doubt. Bhatia benefitted from two botched stumping attempts by Naman Ojha as the keeper's continued to have a poor day.

Tiwary fell for 33 to veteran Ajit Agarkar while the returning Morkel got rid of Bhatia for 26. The Kolkata tail wagged a bit to push the score past a hundred, Delhi perhaps missing a trick by not going for the jugular in a match that they could have sealed sooner had they tried.

The Dardevils have a bit of a break coming up before they take on the Auckland Aces on Friday, 19th October, while the Knight Riders face the same opposition, this coming Monday.

Teams:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Manvinder Bisla (wk), Brendon McCullum, Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Rajat Bhatia, Brett Lee, Sunil Narine, L Balaji, Pradeep Sangwan

Delhi Daredevils: Mahela Jayawardene (c), Virender Sehwag, Unmukt Chand, Kevin Pietersen, Ross Taylor, Irfan Pathan, Naman Ojha (wk), Pawan Negi, Ajit Agarkar, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav

Mini Scorecard:

Delhi Daredevils 160-8 (20 overs, 8rpo)
U Chand 40 (27) S Narine 3-21
R Taylor 36 (24) B Lee 1-19

Kolkata Knight Riders 108-7 (20 overs, 5.4rpo)
M Tiwary 33 (38) I Pathan 2-20
R Bhatia 26 (37) U Yadav 2-13

Delhi win by 52 runs