New Delhi: Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan hit fifties as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 4 wickets in match 18 at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Monday.
A 110-run stand between Manish Pandey and Pathan set the platform for KKR, who were chasing 169-run target and in the end they won with a ball remaining.
Pandey emerged a hero for Kolkata as he kept his calm as his team needed nine off the final over bowled by Amit Mishra.
After a dot ball, Mishra had Chris Woakes stumped and Pandey got the strike only on the fourth ball which he smoked over long-on for a six. He than ran a couple to win the match. Pandey’s unbeaten 69 led his team to victory which also puts them top of the table, thanks to a better run-rate than Mumbai Indians.
Kolkata’s chase began on a bad note as Colin de Grandhomme, who was promoted to open the innings, fell in the first over to Zaheer Khan. Robin Uthappa was the second wicket to fall as he was caught behind off Pat Cummins.
Gautam Gambhir was the other big wicket for Delhi as he was caught by Angelo Mathews at covers off Zaheer. With two new batsmen at the crease, Delhi were expected to put more pressure but Pathan played the only way he knows.
Earlier, after electing to bat first, Delhi Daredevils were off to a breezy start as both Sanju Samson and Sam Billings made most of the fielding restrictions.
Samson, in particular, stepped on the gas with regular boundaries. The pair raced to 53/0 in the powerplay and laid a solid platform for the batsmen to follow to capitalise on.
But struggling at 119/4 after 16 overs. Rishabh Pant gave the total a much needed push as he hit Umesh Yadav to all parts of the park.
The right-hander played fearless cricket and collected 26 runs, including three sixes and two fours, from the 17th over bowled by Umesh. Pant’s 16-ball 38 and Morris’ brisk 16 helped DD to recover from the mid-innings slump and end with 168/7.
For the visitors, Nathan Coulter-Nile was pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/22 and he was ably supported by Sunil Narine (1/20).
Delhi Daredevils - 168 for 7 (Samson 39, Pant 38, Coulter-Nile 3-22)
Kolkata Knight Riders - 169 for 6 (Pandey 69*, Pathan 59, Zaheer 2-28, Cummins 2-39)
Result - Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wickets