Mumbai, April 10: A fantastic four-wicket haul by left-arm Kuldeep Yadav combined with left-arm pacemaker Khaleel Ahmed taking three wickets helped Delhi Capitals snap their two-match losing streak with a 44-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders on the table. the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday.
After Delhi posted a gargantuan 215/5 from their 20 overs, thanks to fifty from David Warner, Prithvi Shaw and some fiery strikes from captain Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur, Kolkata needed similar strikes from their batsmen. But barring a 54 from captain Shreyas Iyer, there weren’t many substantial contributions as Kolkata fell to 171 in 19.4 overs.
Kolkata began their chase by losing starters Venkatesh Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane to Ahmed on a power play. While Iyer threw straight into the deep square leg, Rahane, who was lucky to survive two lbw calls in the first two balls of the innings, missed a slog and Thakur caught him running from the middle.
Iyer and Nitish Rana got off to a good start by taking out the limits of Axar and Kuldeep. The duo then took 17 runs off Rovman Powell’s halftime pace in the tenth inning to get fifty out of their partnership. Just as the 69-run partnership was beginning to take on a more menacing aspect, Lalit Yadav’s spin eliminated Rana as the lefty hit a low full shot just after hitting a six.
In the next over, Iyer danced down the field to hit Kuldeep for six and take out his first IPL fifty in the Kolkata jersey. But at the next dance, Kuldeep had the last laugh, stumping Iyer with a googly. Sam Billings received a four and six from Axar but was caught by a thin leg on a sweep, becoming Ahmed’s third casualty of the match.
Pat Cummins’ hope of repeating the astounding feats of 14-ball-fifty against Mumbai came to an early end when he missed a wild swing off Kuldeep and was pinned in front of the leg stump. One brought two for Kuldeep on successive deliveries in the 16th when Sunil Narine missed a long shot, followed by the wheel spinning into the middle to complete an excellent dismissal of Umesh Yadav.
Andre Russell felt uncomfortable on his 24 of 21 ball and cut up to point at Thakur in the final over. A ball later, Thakur finished the match by making Rasikh Salam hole out too far to give Delhi its second win of the tournament.
Earlier, Shaw’s 29-ball 51, Warner’s 45-ball 61, Pant’s 27 and a 49-run late stoppage by Axar (22 no out) and Thakur (29 no out) set the stage for Delhi’s comfortable win. . Shaw started by hitting Umesh through extra coverage for a cap on the first ball of the inning.
Three balls later, Yadav swerved down the line and Shaw slammed through the thin leg to catch his second limit of the opening. He danced across the field and slapped Rasikh Salam across the decks for four. Warner joined the boundary-pushing party with a four drawn from Salam midway through the wicket. With the pacers finding no support on the pitch, Yadav had Shaw in a tangle with a strong keeper, but the batsman hooked well for four.
Yadav pitched short again and hit Shaw’s helmet as the ball flew over the third short man for four free legs. After the concussion test, Shaw passed Yadav by mid-wicket to complete an eventful run. Warner welcomed Cummins with straight fours through the deck before Shaw hammered a deep tug midway through the wicket to bring in the Delhi fifty in just four overs.
The introduction of the spinners Chakravarthy and Narine could not stop Warner and Shaw as the boundaries continued to flow. Shaw then hit Venkatesh’s halftime pace for a four-and-six on both sides of the wicket followed by hitting his fifty in 27 balls. Chakravarthy broke up the opening tier of 93 runs by castled Shaw through the gate with a googly.
Pant’s rise to three worked well, as he swept Narine with the thin leg as Delhi hit the century mark at the halfway mark. Chakravarthy was attacked by Pant, who was swept hard for a six followed by a reverse sweep for four more. After two no-balls and byes, Warner crushed Chakravarthy for a limit through coverage to take 24 runs from 11th.
Warner got into his fifties by hitting Russell long, but Pant went down as he sliced up to the deep back point. Narine brought Kolkata back into the match as he eliminated Lalit and Powell in quick succession. He was followed by Umesh who eliminated Warner when the southpaw inopportunely pushed into the deep middle of the wicket.
Axar and Shardul broke six bounds against Yadav and Cummins to take 39 runs from the last two overs, providing Delhi with the perfect finish to break the 210 mark, which was enough for a comfortable victory.
Short scores: Delhi Capitals 215/5 in 20 overs (David Warner 61, Prithvi Shaw 51; Sunil Narine 2/21, Andre Russell 1/16) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 171 in 19.4 overs (Shreyas Iyer 54, Nitish Rana 30; Kuldeep Yadav 4/35, Khaleel Ahmed 3/25) for 44 runs