New Delhi, May 7 UNI | 3 months ago

Delhi Daredevils (DD) succumbed to their fourth consecutive loss after Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) thrashed the hosts by eight wickets in a one-sided Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium here today.

Skipper Gautam Gambhir led from the front scoring a valuable 69 off 56 deliveries to take his side home with 10 balls to spare in front of a sparse Kotla crowd.

Gambhir's knock made him the table-topper among the list of half-century makers in the cash-rich league with 22 half-tons.

His innings was laced with five boundaries and two mammoth sixes.

The visitors were off to a flyer as both openers - Gambhir and Robin Uthappa (47) - took the Delhi bowlers to the cleaners with the side racing to 52 in the sixth over.

Gambhir's six over the mid-wicket boundary off Laxmi Ratan Shukla made his intentions clear as the southpaw started dealing in boundaries with Uthappa following in the footsteps of his skipper.

The duo added 106 runs for the opening wicket before the right-hander was dismissed leg-before by Wayne Parnell.

Uthappa's 47 came off 34 deliveries and was laced with five boundaries and a massive six

Manish Pandey, who came in at the fall of Uthappa, played second fiddle to Gambhir, who was going hammer and tongs.

The duo stitched to a 49-run second-wicket stand taking the team to sniffing distance of a win before Gambhir got a thick edge off a short delivery from Parnell which Dinesh Karthik latched on beautifully.

With KKR requiring nine from the last two overs, Jacques Kallis joined Pandey and the duo completed the formalities convincingly.

Pandey remained unbeaten on 23 off 14 deliveries and hit two boundaries while Kallis was not out on 10 off six balls with one hit to the fence.

None of the Delhi bowlers except Parnell looked threatening as the visitors reached 90 at the end of 10 overs. Parnell took two for 21 in his four overs.

Earlier, 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.

(Posted on 08-05-2014)