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IPL desk in Mumbai 06 April 2012 - 01:12am IST

Report: Match 2 – Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils

Irfan helps DD to 8-wicket win in curtailed match

The Delhi Daredevils looked for a change in fortunes this season after languishing at the bottom of the table in 2011. The beginning hasn’t been too bad for them. They defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets at the Eden Gardens in a match reduced to 12 overs a side due to dodgy weather.

Rain tried its best to dampen all spirits at Kolkata. But when the match did start, the Daredevils brought the Eden Gardens to life. After electing to field first, they made the dangerous Kolkata Knight Riders batting line-up look pedestrian with a combination of lethal bowling and electric fielding.

KKR’s mighty top-five – Brendon McCullum, Jacques Kallis, Gautam Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan – were out by the time the score had reached 54 in 6.4 overs. Three of them heard the furniture behind them rattle as DD’s Morne Morkel was on fire. On a hat-trick in the third over after cleaning up Kallis and Tiwary, Morkel missed the landmark by a whisker as a yorker to Yusuf pitched slightly outside leg stump.

Umesh Yadav and Roelof van der Merwe were the perfect foil to the strapping South African. The three pacers hunted in a pack, sending down toe-crushers and bouncers alike, causing the KKR batsmen to hop, jump and eventually perish.

The Daredevils were as electric in the field as they were with the ball. Yadav, in particular, was omnipresent, either sending down scorchers with the ball, diving around in the outfield or aiming accurately at the stumps.

Down in the dumps, the KKR innings received some boost with Laxmi Ratan Shukla’s sparkling cameo of 26 runs off 17 balls. Debabrata Das’s 9-ball 18 also came in handy to take the hosts to 97 in 12 overs.

The Daredevils got off to a cracking start with Virender Sehwag and Aaron Finch. Both departed after getting starts, causing the required run-rate to mount. But the situation changed as Irfan Pathan got going with the bat. Coming in at No.3, Irfan plundered 42 runs off 20 balls. He smacked Kallis and Marchant de Lange for three sixes in all finished the game for DD with a fine flick for four to fetch maiden tournament points for DD in IPL 2012.

Scorecard

Irfan Pathan was adjudged Man of the Match for his match-winning innings.

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