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IPL 2014 – KKR vs DD: Gambhir Fifty Helps KKR Register An Easy Win

By on May 7, 2014

Kolkata Knight Riders 161 for 2 (Gambhir 69, Uthappa 47) beat Delhi Daredevils 160 for 5 (Duminy 40*, Karthik 36, Shakib 1-13) by eight wickets.

Before the start of the match between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders, Kevin Pietersen’s mental frame of mind was an interesting one. Ian Bishop, who was overlooking proceedings, asked Pietersen twice about what he would do now that DD had won the toss for the first time in IPL 7. Pietersen, possibly embarrassed, replied with a guffaw that DD would bat first at the Kotla.

IPL 2014 - KKR vs DD: Gautam GambhirHis muddled frame of mind reflected in his batting. In particular, his handling of Shakib Al Hasan’s left-arm spin reflected his confused state of mind. Left-arm spin has been the ultimate bogey in Pietersen’s international career where he has been dismissed by this brand of spin 55 times across all formats.

In the IPL, left-arm spin has accounted for him three times. Now, in the sixth over of DD’s innings, Pietersen suffered a brain explosion which brought to the fore his volatility.

He tapped the ball to the off side and it barely managed to go away from the pitch, Pietersen took off for an impossible single. Head down, he did not even look at his non-striker and he was dismissed for a painful six off 12 balls.

The run-out evoked memories of the way he was run-out in similar fashion during the Centurion Test of 2009 where he just nudged the ball to the leg-side and ran past a stunned Jonathan Trott who was frozen with disbelief.

Pietersen’s muddled frame of mind reflected DD’s top order woes as they crawled to 61/3 in the ninth over. Dinesh Karthik, who was batting with confidence and had stroked two fours and a six off Jacques Kallis, departed in the pursuit of been too aggressive to Shakib for 36. However, JP Duminy, the only shining star for DD in this tournament so far, was given good company by Kedar Jadhav as they got some momentum towards the end. 57 runs were scored in the last five overs with the highlight been Sunil Narine conceding 17 runs in the 18th over. The 55-run stand for the sixth wicket off just 25 balls helped DD reach 160/6.

In response, KKR’s openers hung in there and there were moments when both Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir tried their best to get run-out. Gambhir, in particular, was fortunate to survive a chance on 18 when Karthik failed to hold on to a sitter in Siddarth Kaul’s first over. From that point in time, Gambhir and Uthappa notched up their second consecutive century opening stand. Gambhir roared back to form with his second consecutive fifty but at the same time, he tried his best to get run-out. In all, DD missed four run-out opportunities off Gambhir and it summed up another bad day in the office for them.

There was something to smile for in the end for DD as Karthik took a leaping one-handed catch over his head to send back Gambhir for 69 but it was too late as KKR notched up an eight-wicket win to move to No. 4 in the IPL table. With this win, KKR stay in the hunt for the knock-outs. For DD, who have suffered their third consecutive home defeat, they inch closer to the wooden spoon for the second consecutive season.

Source: gocricket

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