IPL Openning Match
Kolkata Knight Riders started their title defense on a confident note as ‘Mystery Spinner’ Sunil Narine 4/13 guided them to a comfortable six wickets victory over Delhi Daredevils in the opening encounter of the sixth edition of IPL Openning Match in Eden Gardens Kolkata on Wednesday. The match had a sensational start, with Australian pacer Brett Lee straightaway dislodging the young Unmukt Chand’s off stump with a sharp away-cutter, much to joy of the packed crowd. “IPL Openning Match”
KKR restrict Daredevils to a modest 128 in 20 overs and then they chased down the runs with eight balls to spare on a Eden Gardens strip where batsmen found difficult to score freely.
KKR’s skipper Gautam Gambhir’s useful 41 kept the defending champions’ run-chase on track.
Gambhir’s 42 came off 29 balls with five fours and a six.
Sent in to bat on a sluggish wicket, the Delhi franchise found stroke-making difficult and most of its batsmen threw their wickets cheaply in their bid to force the pace. The sole exception was skipper Mahela Jayawardene (66, 52b, 8×4, 1×6), who played a smooth knock and got out only in the penultimate over as he went for an uppish shot off Brett Lee and was taken by Narine in the covers. Jayawardene, who has completed 1,500 runs in the IPL, reached his half-century off 46 balls.
Except Jayawardene and Warner (21), none of the Delhi willowers could reach double figures.
128 in 20 overs (Mahela Jayawardene 66, David Warner 21, Sunil Narine 4/13)
Kolkata Knight Riders:
129/4 in 18.4 overs (Gautam Gambhir 42, Manoj Tiwary 23, Jacques Kallis 23, S Nadeem 2/22).