Recharged Delhi Too Good For Kolkata

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Recharged Delhi too good for Kolkata
By [/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Shreyas+Sharma Shreyas Sharma]
Published: 23:41 BST, 1 May 2013 | Updated: 23:41 BST, 1 May 2013
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Confidence is a powerful tonic for a team, and Sunday's win over Pune Warriors India seems to have reinvigorated the Delhi Daredevils.

The result was a facile seven-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders here on Wednesday that took them to three wins in 10 games and kept their outside chance of a play-off spot alive.

Their hero from the previous game, David Warner, stood head-and-shoulders above the rest yet again with a counterattacking half-century.

But the Daredevils' victory was set up by some excellent new-ball bowling and some of the finest catching the Pepsi Indian Premier League has seen so far. Ben Rohrer pulled off what was surely a contender for catch of the tournament, intercepting a Jacques Kallis square-cut with his left hand while timing his jump to perfection at backward point.

Delhi Daredevils celebrate the dismissal of a Kolkata Knight Riders batsman in Raipur

That dismissal left KKR at 50 for five in the ninth over, and Delhi were in the driver's seat.

Earlier, Irfan Pathan had caught a very high, swirling top edge to send back his brother Yusuf, and Umesh Yadav had completed a diving catch to dismiss Eoin Morgan.

Later on, after KKR's Rajat Bhatia and Sumit Narwal had put on a crucial 30-run stand, Unmukt Chand sprinted in from long-on and took a great tumbling catch to dismiss the latter.

In contrast, KKR were sloppy, dropping as many as three chances and missing a stumping too, with Warner being the beneficiary on two occasions.

First, Virender Sehwag was put down at short cover by skipper Gautam Gambhir, then Manvinder Bisla missed stumping Warner off Bhatia, followed soon by a difficult chance at the long-on boundary that Kallis palmed over for six.

Chand, too, survived one chance.

And Warner, who had walked in after yet another failure for skipper Mahela Jayawardene and Sehwag, made them pay. He slammed three sixes and five boundaries in an unbeaten 41-ball 62, and put on 95 for the third wicket with Chand, who made a steady 37.

Delhi chased down the 137-run target with 13 balls to spare. It was only thanks to Bhatia's solid 26, Narwal's quick-fire 23 and an 18-run last over from Ashish Nehra where Brett Lee smashed two sixes that KKR could manage 136 for seven on a pitch that offered some seam movement.

The strong Delhi seam attack put those conditions to good use. After Irfan had run out Gambhir without facing a ball, he bowled a tight line and swung the ball. Bisla was bowled by an absolute beauty from Umesh Yadav, though the shot wasn't much to write home about.

Yusuf, trying to hit his way out of trouble, skied one too much off Morne Morkel to continue his horror run. Morgan and Kallis's quick dismissals put KKR in a hole, and the trend continued till the 16th over, with KKR only reaching 91 for six.

The finishing kick put them in contention, but Warner made sure KKR stayed put at seventh spot with three wins from 10 games, ahead of the Daredevils only on net run-rate.