Harsh Kalan in Mumbai 19 April 2014 - 11:57pm IST
Report: Match 6 – KKR v DD
Duminy snatches thriller for Daredevils
Earlier, Gautam Gambhir won the toss and opted to take first strike. However, the decision seemed to have backfired as KKR lost two early wickets. While Jacques Kallis got out to Mohammed Shami off the first legal delivery of the match, skipper Gambhir (0) departed in the second over off the bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile. Thereafter, Manish Pandey – who had a great first game against the Mumbai Indians – along with Robin Uthappa, seized the momentum from DD. While Uthappa played the supporting role, Pandey (48) ensured KKR’s run-rate stayed in the vicinity of seven-an-over.
However, with the score on 75 in the 11th over, Pandey departed when Shahbaz Nadeem got past his defense and bowled him out. Pandey – who at the moment is the Orange Cap holder – missed out on a second consecutive half-century. Uthappa (55), meanwhile, kept on chipping away at the DD bowlers and crafted a 57-run partnership with Shakib Al Hasan (30*). The duo, with their big shots and constant scoring, laid the foundation for a big total, until Uthappa got out in the 17th over.
Yusuf Pathan (11), who came in next, hung around long enough to play a supporting role to Shakib in the death overs. And at the fall of Pathan’s wicket in the 20th over, Suryakumar Yadav (8*) took strike and struck two late boundaries to take the KKR score 166 for five.
Although Coulter-Nile gave away plenty of runs in the last over of the innings, he was the pick of the Daredevils bowlers and ended up with two big scalps – Gambhir and Pathan. Shami and Jaydev Unadkat, meanwhile, picked up a wicket each.
In their pursuit of 167, DD lost Murali Vijay (0) to a run-out in the first over itself. His opening partner, Mayank Agarwal (26), then added 29 runs for the second wicket along with Dinesh Karthik. Just as Agarwal was gathering momentum, Morne Morkel got rid of him, leaving DD on 39 for two. Karthik was then joined by Ross Taylor (6) in the middle, but the Kiwi batter was unable to carry forward his form from the previous game as Kallis cleaned him up with a delivery that jagged back in to him.
With DD still 107 runs adrift of the target, JP Duminy came to the crease. Along with Karthik, the South African batsman kept DD in the hunt. The fourth-wicket pair added 58 runs in a little over seven overs. Karthik (56) even brought up his half-century during that period. However, DD’s stand-in skipper was trapped leg-before by the wily Sunil Narine, who Gambhir had saved for the last 10-over stretch.
The Daredevils needed 44 runs off the final five overs with Duminy and Manoj Tiwary (5) in the middle. But the latter did not last long and got out cutting a short delivery by Morkel straight into the hands of Narine at deep point. While one would have written the Daredevils off at that point, Duminy had other ideas. Having got his eye in, he unleashed himself in the 18th over – bowled by Morkel – and plundered 21 runs off it to bring the run-chase equation down to 11 off 12 balls. And just when DD looked like they would coast home, Sunil Narine bowled a miserly 19th over, conceding just five runs off it.
Then with run-a-ball required in the last over, Gambhir made a surprise move by bringing Piyush Chawla into the attack. The leggie bowled a dot ball first up, and then, claimed Neesham (8) off the next delivery. The pressure was now squarely on Duminy’s (52*) shoulders, but he did not lose his cool and smacked the next ball – a quicker one – over the fence to hand the Daredevils their first win of the season.
Man of the Match: JP Duminy for his match-winning innings of 52* (3x4; 3x6)