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Karthik and Duminy smash fifties as Delhi stun Kolkata

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The Delhi Daredevils got their season up and running with a 7 wicket win against the Kolkata Knight Riders in an entertaining game in Dubai. Kolkata posted a competitive total of 166-5 in their 20 overs on the back of a half-century from Robin Uthappa (55), but Delhi chased down the target with 3 balls to spare with Dinesh Karthik (56) and JP Duminy (52*) leading their charge with half-centuries of their own.

Kolkata's decision to bat first on winning the toss seemed to instantly backfire as they lost both their openers - Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir - for ducks. For Gambhir in particular it was a cause for genuine concern as he is yet to score a run in the IPL and fell all too easily, caught at leg slip to Nathan Coulter-Nile delivery.

Manish Pandey (48 from 42 balls) and Robin Uthappa (55 from 41 balls) resurrected the innings with a scratchy partnership, having struggled through the opening 10 overs. Kolkata made the turn at 63-2, but really exploded in the second half of their innings with Uthappa taking advantage of having been granted a life to post a good half-century. He was well assisted by Bangladeshi allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, who made a handy 30 from 22 balls.

Yusuf Pathan (11 from 8) and Suryakumar Yadav (8* from 3) gave the innings a late burst to take Kolkata to what seemed like a competitive 166-5 against a Delhi batting unit that had come badly unstuck in their previous match.

Delhi suffered an early blow when they too lost one of their openers - Murali Vijay - for a duck in the very first over, run out thanks to a direct hit by Pandey. It mattered little though as Mayank Agarwal (26 from 14 balls) and Dinesh Karthik (56 from 40 balls) launched themselves on the Kolkata bowlers.

In between, Delhi lost Ross Taylor to Jacques Kallis for 6, but Delhi seemed on top when Karthik and JP Duminy got together in the middle overs. Sunil Narine once again put the skids on the scoring rate, and removed the dangerous Karthik to bring the match back alive.

Things appeared to be drifting Kolkata's way with 32 required from the last 3 overs and Kolkata's bowling unit looking formidable once again, but Duminy took matters into his own hands and smashed 21 runs off Morne Morkel's over to bring Delhi into the driver's seat with 11 needed from the final two overs.

Narine threatened to pull things back in the penultimate over, conceding just 1 run off the bat, but Delhi were able to sneak away 4 leg byes to bring the equation down to just 6 needed from the final over. And, despite Piyush Chawla picking up the wicket of Jimmy Neesham, JP Duminy smashed his third six of the match to win it for Delhi.

Delhi will be back in action as early as Monday, and will hope to keep this momentum going against the Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi. Kolkata have a few days off before they head to Sharjah to take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday.

Mini Scorecard:

Kolkata Knight Riders 166-5 (20 overs, 8.3rpo)

R Uthappa 55 (41) N Coulter-Nile 2-27 (4)

M Pandey 48 (42) J Unadkat 1-25 (4)

Delhi Daredevils 167-3 (19.3 overs, 8.56rpo)

D Karthik 56 (40) M Morkel 2-41 (4)

JP Duminy 52* (35) S Narine 1-18 (4)

Delhi Daredevils win by 7 wickets