IPL 2017 Match 18, Result : Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan fifties script Kolkata’s victory over Delhi

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) rode on a brilliant batting effort from Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan to beat Delhi Daredevils by four wickets in a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Monday.

Pandey, who remained unbeaten on 69 off 49 balls rescued the visitors with a brilliant 110-run fourth wicket stand with Pathan (59) to turn the tide in favour of the visitors after a dreadful start.

Needing nine from the last over, Mishra got Chris Woakes stumped off his second delivery but couldn’t prevent Pandey from hitting him for a six off the fourth ball and then leaked two runs off the next to lose the tie.

Manish Pandey, who remained unbeaten on 69 off 49 balls rescued the visitors with a brilliant 110-run fourth wicket stand with Yusuf Pathan (59) to turn the tide in favour of the visitors after a dreadful start. (BCCI Photo)

Earlier, skipper Zaheer Khan gave Delhi a perfect start with the wickets of his opposite number Gautam Gambhir (14) and Colin de Grandhomme (1) while Pat Cummins sent back one down Robin Uthappa (4) to reduce the visitors to 21/3.

Zaheer struck in the opening over of the innings to remove KKR’s debutant de Grandhomme, who holed out a short of length delivery to give a simple catch to Sam Billings at deep square leg.

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IPL 2017 Match 18, DD vs KKR : Delhi Daredevils aim to come alive at the death against balanced KKR

At Delhi Daredevils’ opening press conference, skipper Zaheer Khan emphasised on depth, the former India pace spearhead explaining that the team had got fast-bowling all-rounders who could provide thrust at the death overs.

In T20, the last five overs are often decisive, and Chris Morris, Corey Anderson and Pat Cummins have been Daredevils’ architects there, with bat and ball. Cummins and Anderson came on board this season, while Morris has been delivering the goods since the last edition.

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Delhi have played three games, winning two. Against Rising Pune Supergiant, it was Morris’s 9-ball 38 that took Delhi to 205, with a stand of 80 runs in the last 30 balls. His spell of 1/19 then choked Pune. On Saturday, against Kings XI Punjab, Morris slammed 16 off 8 balls alongside Anderson, who hit all but eight runs in his unbeaten 39 in the last 10 balls. Punjab lost steam in the middle overs and Morris’s 3/23 sealed it for Delhi.

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“All-rounders’ role in shorter formats will always be crucial. Morris can get wickets in the first six overs and at the death. He has got a lot of variations, and even Anderson can vary in the death with an over or two. Both are big hitters, and with a view to balance the team, Delhi has invested in both at No 6 and 7,” Daredevils bowling mentor TA Sekar said.

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IPL 2017, Match 14 Result :Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs

Kolkata, April 15: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs thanks to a brilliant innings from Robin Uthappa.

Robin Uthappa struck a gritty 68 off 39 balls to help Kolkata Knight Riders recover from a jittery start and post 172 for six against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in their IPL match here today (April 15).

 

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Robin Uthappa (left) and Manish Pandey (Image courtesy: BCCI)

Put in to bat, the two-time champions had the worst start of the season with scorecard reading 40 for two in the Powerplay after Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/20) and Rashid Khan (1/29) dismissed Sunil Narine and Gautam Gambhir respectively in six overs.

However, the Sunrisers failed to make further in-roads in the middle overs and the Karnataka duo of Uthappa and Manish Pandey put on a solid 77-run partnership from 52 balls.

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IPL 2017, Match 14 KKR vs SH : Kolkata Knight Riders take on Sunrisers Hyderabad with revenge on their minds

Buoyant Kolkata Knight Riders will look to continue their winning momentum when they face defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League on Saturday.

It will be a battle between the two top bowling sides of the IPL and Kolkata will hope to avenge their defeat in the Eliminator round last season.

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Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir congratulates teammate Kuldeep Yadav for a wicket during the IPL. AFP

After a win and a loss, the two-time former champions began their campaign at home with an eight-wicket thrashing of Kings XI Punjab with 21 balls to spare last night.

Their 11th successive run-chase at Eden Gardens, which began in the triumphant 2012 season, was made possible by another Gautam Gambhir masterstroke in letting Sunil Narine open the innings as the duo killed their chase with their best ever Powerplay display of 76 runs.

The KKR ‘mystery’ spinner showed his skill with the bat, slamming three sixes and four boundaries en route to a 18-ball 37 after regular opener Chris Lynn unfortunately aggravated his old shoulder injury.

The victory was no lesser than KKR’s 10-wicket win in the opening match against Gujarat Lions where Lynn and Gambhir shared a T20 record opening stand of 184.

KKR’s spirited run was halted by Mumbai Indians in their second match but last night’s victory with Narine shining with the bat will boost the team which is struggling to find Lynn’s immediate replacement.

In the transformed Eden Gardens track, India star pacer Umesh Yadav claimed four wickets in his comeback match after an injury layoff and it will further boost their morale.

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IPL 2017, Match 11 Result : KKR beat KXIP by 8 wickets

Kolkata: Skipper Gautam Gambhir led from the front with a record-equalling 33rd IPL fifty as Kolkata Knight Riders got back to winning ways by registering a thumping 8-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab, which brought Glenn Maxwell’s team’s unbeaten run in this edition of the league to an end.

Gambhir scored an unbeaten 72 off 49 deliveries to guide KKR to their eighth consecutive victory over KXIP as the home side overhauled the target of 171 with 21 deliveries to spare.

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Gautam Gambhir made the most of the part-timer’s non threatening deliveries, hitting four boundaries in the over to make it a great start for the Knight Riders.

Varun Aaron was introduced into the attack in the next over and he was given a warm welcome by Sunil Narine. The Caribbean player gave enough proof of his much improved batting skills as he cleared his front leg and whacked the pacer for two huge sixes over the mid-wicket boundary off the first two deliveries.

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