Delhi Daredevils could defend the decent score of 168 against Kolkata Knight Riders at the home ground. KKR had one of the most emphatic chases in the season winning the match building it from an early loss of three wickets in first three overs before even reaching 25 runs. The winning players, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan both scored half centuries at the strike rate of near 150. It was Manish who hauled the chase into the winning mark remaining unbeaten in the inning.
In the last five overs, the team required 34 runs to win. Daredevils was to defend eight in the last over and it was passed on to Amit Mishra. They seem to have turned it taking down Chris Woakes in the second ball. However, Mishra could not complicate Pandey and the specialist batsman was sure of his next leg break. Pandey lofted it to the long-on to reaching the winning mark.
The first inning from Delhi had a good start from the top order. Sanju Samson and Sam Billings leveraged the powerplay optimally to forge a 53-run partnership. Billings scored 29 before he lost his wicket to Coulter-Nile. It was the bowler, who capped the cameos in the inning salvaging KKR from a confrontation with huge scores. The stance at which Delhi batsmen were taking on the runs, could have easily ended as a 200 plus score.
However, Coulter-Nile clean bowled Karun Nair and trapped Rishabh Pant. The Player of the Match toppled the batsmen which could have ended as a match winner. Along with Sunil Narine, the bowler was successful to restrict the flow of runs.
Sanju Samson scored 39 off 35 as the top scorer, followed by Pant a run less. While Samson took advantage of the powerplay, Pant delivered momentum by the final overs. Pant was removed only in the pre-ultimate over after the score reached 150. The concluding strike was from Chris Morris added 16 runs off 9 balls to offer the last push.
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