Wednesday, April 7, 2010

IPL3. Day.27. Match.39. Kolkatta Knight Riders Vs Delhi Daredevils

In a inspired performance, Kolkatta Knight Riders 181 for 3 beat Delhi Daredevils 167 for 8, by 14 runs.
It was Ganguly's day again at Eden Gardens. He batted well for his 56 of 46, effected run outs, caught very well in the outfield and lead the team from the front. His team backed him well and they performed as a well knit unit.
Gayle made a brisk 40 of 23. Good support from M.Tiwary 26 of 13 and Angelo Mathews 46 of 28, helped KKR who were 153 for 3 in the 18th over to finish with a flourish scoring 28 runs of the last two overs. For Delhi Daredevils, Vettori and Rajat Bhatia chipped in with a wicket each.

The pitch was with even bounce and the ball was coming beautifully for stroke play. For Daredevils, with Warner, Sehwag, Gambhir and Collingwood in their ranks, 181 runs was always with in their reach. Dinda bowled with fire. In the first over wherein he just gave away a run, he castled Warner with a peach of a delivery. Gambhir and Sehwag then settled down , and the runs started flowing. Gambhir was run out for a well made 47 of 29 balls by a brilliant direct throw by Ganguly. Collingwood followed Gambhir without doing anything of note.

Agarkar who was expensive, brought one in to Sehwag and he was beaten by pace and was bowled. Sehwag made a pleasing 64 of 40. Wickets started falling at regular pace thereafter and the devils could finish only with 167 for 8 and lost the match by 14 runs. Dinda was the pick of the bowlers with Ajanta Mendis with 2 for 22 , Agarkar with 1 for 36 and Abdulla with 1 for 28 supported well.
Over all it was a good team effort and Ganguly is to be congratulated for marshaling his men well.

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