New Delhi, May 7 UNI | 3 months ago

JP Duminy (40) and Kedhar Jadhav's (26) late order heroics propelled Delhi Daredevils (DD) to 160 for 5 against Kolkata Knight Riders in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium here today.

Duminy and Jadhav forged a 55-run stand for the sixth wicket to guide Delhi to some sort of respectability after a slow start by the top order.

Duminy quickfire 40 came off 28 balls which comprised three massive sixes while Jadhav was unbeaten on 26 off 15 deliveries. The Maharashtra keeper hit three fours and a six.

Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bat, an under-pressure Delhi started on a cautious note as both the openers - Murali Vijay and Quinton de Kock - mostly dealt in singles in the initial overs of the game.

The South African southpaw, while trying to break the run drought, however, fell to a full delivery from Umesh Yadav which de Kock lobbed up for Gambhir at mid-on. He hit two boundaries in his 9-ball 10.

Skipper Kevin Pietersen, who came in at the fall of de Kock, once again failed to click and was run out dramatically for 6 off 12 balls.

The home batters failed to use the powerplay overs and were 29 for two at the end of six overs.

Pietersen's wicket brought in keeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who has been in good nick after the explosive half-century in the previous outing against Chennai Super Kings on Monday night.

Vijay, who played a silent innings till now, tried to shift gears as he went after Vinay Kumar, hitting him for a straight six. The Tamil Nadu batsman, however, failed to keep the momentum and eventually got out to Kallis after mis-timing a length delivery outside off to the long-on boundary which Sunil Naraine took easily.

Vijay's 24 came off 20 balls and comprised of two fours and a six.

Continuing on from his heroics of the previous match, Karthik took the attack to the opposition and played some exquisite strokes - noticably the Dilscoop when he took Kallis out of the park. The right-hander perished to Shakib al Hasan after making a quickfire 22-ball 36. His knock consisted of four fours and a six.

With the hosts tottering at 85 for four after 12 overs, Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Jean Paul Duminy tried to forge a partnership but the veteran Bengal all-rounder was foxed by a straight delivery from mystery tweaker Naraine reducing Delhi to 105 for five after 16 overs. Shukla scored 14 off 10 deliveries and hit one four.

Kedar Jadhav joined Duminy and the duo added 55 runs for the sixth wicket taking the home side to some sort of respectability.

Duminy and Jadhav took the onus as both took the opposition bowlers to leather hunt towards the slog overs.

For KKR, Hasan was the pick of the bowlers taking one wicket giving away just 13 runs. Naraine, Kallis and Yadav were the other wicket-takers. Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 160 for 5 (JP Duminy 40, Dinesh Karthik 36, Hasan 1 for 13).

(Posted on 08-05-2014)