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Delhi crush Kolkata by 9 wickets

Delhi crush Kolkata by 9 wickets

An unbeaten 97 in 12 overs between stand-in captain Gautam Gambhir and Tillakaratne Dilshan powered Delhi Daredevils to a nine-wicket rout of Kolkata Knight Riders and back atop the Indian Premier League on Tuesday.
Assisted by the worst fielding session of the IPL so far, Delhi totaled 157-1, reaching its target with an over to spare after Kolkata made 154-3.
Gambhir, who was dropped by Brendon McCullum on 21, cracked seven boundaries in 57 balls for his unbeaten 71. He and Dilshan, 42 not out off 34 balls with five boundaries and a six, led Delhi home safely.
"It was important for us to win this game considering the situation at the top and also taking into account that Kolkata are at the bottom," Gambhir said.
Dishan, he said, was "someone who takes the pressure off others' shoulders."
Gambhir and fellow opener David Warner put on 60 before Warner fell in the seventh over for 36 off 23 balls, pulling Ajit Agarkar to Moises Henriques at midwicket.
But a series of misfields constantly let off Gambhir and Dilshan, taking the pressure off them and onto the bowlers.
Dilshan was dropped in the deep by Arindam Ghosh in his 30s, and Gambhir was put down again by Henriques in the last over. But by that time victory was already assured.
"The way they chased down the total was very professional," said a dejected McCullum, the Kolkata captain. "We were just not good enough on the day, unfortunately."
Delhi topped the standings with 10 points, one point better than Chennai and Rajasthan, who have both played one extra game. Deccan Chargers could join Delhi on 10 when they play Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.
Kolkata remained last in the eight-team table with one win in nine games.
Morne van Wyk topscored for Kolkata with 74, smashing 11 boundaries in an opening stand worth 58 with McCullum, who made 35 off 29 balls.
Delhi medium-pacer Pradeep Sangwan took 2-29 from his four overs while opening bowler Ashish Nehra varied his pace to clean bowl Van Wyk in the 20th over, conceding an economical 23 from four overs.


Updated : 2021-06-25 18:22 GMT+08:00