New Delhi: After David Warner's brilliant ton, Daredevils bowlers bowled superbly to help Delhi thump Kolkata Knight Riders by 40 runs in their IPL encounter at Ferozeshah Kotla on Monday.
Deciding to bat first, Delhi was blessed by Warner special as the left-hander hit nine fours and five sixes to score an unbeaten 69-ball 107.
Knight Riders lost wickets in regular intervals thereby failing to establish any momentum in their run chase and scored 137/9 in their 20 overs after Daredevils set a challenging 178-run target.
For Delhi, young Umesh Yadav (2-27) took two wickets to lead the bowling attack after his seniors gave early breakthrough against Knight Riders.
Umesh Yadav took the important wickets of David Hussey (29) and Angelo Mathews (24) in consecutive overs to turn the tide for the Daredevils in the middle-overs.
Bhatia scalped the prize wicket of Chris Gayle in the ninth over to give a big blow to Knight Riders in their run-chase.
Gayle was going smoothly slamming two fours and two sixes to score 30 runs off 21 balls before Amit Mishra caught him at deep mid-wicket.
Kolkata lost Manoj Tiwary (0), Mandeep Singh (0) and skipper Sourav Ganguly (5) in the third, fourth and fifth over of the match to three different Daredevils’ bowlers.
Andrew McDonald clean bowled star of KKR’s last win, Manoj Tiwary after Amit Mishra outsmarted Mandeep Singh in the previous over.
After a slow start, Ganguly hit a four off Dirk Nannes before being clean bowled by the left-armer two balls later to give an early breakthrough for Daredevils.
Earlier, David Warner (107 not out) slammed a quick-fire hundred to help Daredevils post 177/4 against Knight Riders.
Warner and Paul Collingwood (53) put on a massive 128-run partnership, highest fourth wicket partnership in IPL, to help Delhi set a respectable 178-run target for Knight Riders.
Warner hit nine fours and five sixes in his 69 balls inning and completed his maiden hundred in just 66 balls.
After early wobble, when Daredevils lost three wickets in first three overs, Collingwood gave Warner the support he needed to score an amazing hundred.
Collingwood slammed three fours and two sixes of his own to score his half-century off just 43 balls.
Delhi lost three quick wickets early as they lost Dinesh Karthik (0) to Kolkata pacer Ishant Sharma, who clean bowled him for naught in the third over, after losing skipper Gautam Gambhir (1) and Virender Sehwag (8) in the previous two overs.
Langeveldt trapped Gambhir lbw in second over of the match just after Gayle got rid of Sehwag in the previous one. Sehwag hit two consecutive fours before being foxed by Gayle.
Delhi Daredevils: 177 for 4 (Warner 107*, Collingwood 53, Langeveldt 3-35)
Kolkata Knight Riders: 137 for 9 (Yadav 2-27, McDonald 2-37)
Result: Delhi Daredevils won by 40 runs
MOM: David Warner (Delhi Daredevils)