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Report: Match 11 – Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings
Delhi Daredevils trounce Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets
By IPL desk
Mumbai 11 April 2012
The availability of Kevin Pietersen and Mahela Jayawardene worked wonders for the Delhi Daredevils as they stormed to an eight-wicket win against the Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. After limiting CSK to a paltry score of 110, an unbeaten 61-run stand between Pietersen and Jayawardene helped DD win with a little more than six overs left in the game.
CSK were hampered by an ordinary batting display, which saw some poor running between the wickets by their batsmen. After Virender Sehwag won the toss and opted to field first, as many as four CSK batsmen – Murali Vijay (0), Suresh Raina (17), S Badrinath (15) and Ravichandran Ashwin (8) – were run out thanks to some sharp fielding by the home team.
With Morne Morkel bowling four tight overs, which saw the South Africa pacer concede just 19 runs for two wickets, and Irfan Pathan and Umesh Yadav taking a wicket each, the defending champions could only muster a total of 110 for eight in 20 overs. An indicator of CSK’s mediocre batting performance was the fact that Dwayne Bravo (22) was the only batsman in their line-up to score more than 20 runs.
With the target looking very much within reach, the Daredevils raced away to a quick start with opener Naman Ojha hitting Albie Morkel for consecutive fours off the first three deliveries. Sehwag was quick to follow Ojha’s cue. The DD captain hit Morkel over deep extra cover for a six in his very next over.
Ojha (14) eventually became the fifth batsman to be run out in the match. A piece of miscommunication between Sehwag and him led to the latter’s dismissal in the fourth over with the score at 32. Sehwag (33 off 21 balls) followed Ojha a little while later, but not before he had helped Delhi reach the 50-run mark in the sixth over.
The loss of their openers didn’t deter DD much as Pietersen and Jayawardene complemented each other in a third wicket stand that didn’t allow the visitors any further inroads. Pietersen was his aggressive self as he muscled his way to a 26-ball 43* while Jayawardene’s well-paced 21-ball 20* provided the ideal foil to give the hosts a convincing eight-wicket win on the night.
The win pushes DD up in to third place in league standings, while CSK occupy the sixth spot.
Report: Match 10 – Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders
Balaji, Gambhir deliver first win for Kolkata Knight Riders
By IPL desk
Mumbai 10 April 2012
L Balaji’s four for 18, following Gautam Gambhir’s 39-ball 64, helped Kolkata Knight Riders trounce Royal Challengers Bangalore by 42 runs and win their first game of IPL 2012. After being put in to bat at the Chinnaswamy, the visitors notched up a competitive total of 165 for eight, following which they kept the hosts down to 123 for nine, to win their first points of the competition.
The match was delayed by about twenty minutes because of an electrical short circuit at the Chinnaswamy. However, once the game resumed, KKR took complete control of proceedings. Gambhir and Jacques Kallis brought up the 50-run mark in just 5.1 overs with Gambhir smashing Harshal Patel for 15 runs in the fourth over. Daniel Vettori had Kallis (22) caught by AB de Villiers in the seventh over, but there was no slowing KKR down. Gambhir and Manvinder Bisla continued the assault on the RCB bowling attack; the pair adding 65 runs in just 7.1 overs for the second wicket.
However, with the score at 125 for one, the home team fought their way back into the contest. After Bisla (46 off 29) was stumped off Muttiah Muralitharan in the 14th over, KKR lost another six wickets while adding a mere 40 runs off the last 39 deliveries in their innings. Zaheer Khan, R Vinay Kumar and Muralitharan finished with two wickets each as KKR slumped from 125 for one to 165 for eight in 20 overs. Gambhir (64, 9x4, 1x6) was the only other double-digit contributor for the visitors besides Kallis and Bisla.
Having take away the momentum at the end of the innings from their opponents, one expected RCB to take advantage of the situation. Instead, the hosts collapsed without putting up a semblance of a fight.
After Jacques Kallis had Cheteshwar Pujara (6) caught at slip and Chris Gayle (2) caught at mid-on, Lakshmipathy Balaji ripped through the RCB middle-order to leave them wobbling at 60 for six in 11.5 overs. Balaji’s victims included Virat Kohli (6), AB de Villiers (10), Mayank Agarwal (5) and Daniel Vettori (20). Ryan ten Doeschate then accounted for Saurabh Tiwary (18) while Shakib Al Hasan picked up the wickets of Harshal Patel (10) and R Vinay Kumar (25) as the visitors restricted the hosts to 123 for nine in 20 overs.
The win helps KKR to move into fifth place on the points table. RCB, on the other hand, are placed third from the bottom.