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Delhi post 27-run win against KKR

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, April 30: Young batsman Karun Nair and debutant Sam Billings batted with lot of responsibility before their bowlers came good as Delhi Daredevils displaced Kolkata Knight Riders from the second spot with a comfortable 27-run win in their IPL match, here today.

The hosts overcame loss of two wickets in the first over to post a challenging 186 for eight after being invited to bat and skittled out the visitors for 159 with nine balls to spare at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.

Thanks to fighting half-centuries by Nair (68 off 50 balls) and Billings (54 off 34 balls) combined with Carlos Brathwaite�s (34 off 11) finishing touches, Daredevils� innings shaped well as they registered their best total against KKR.

Brathwaite also took three wickets when Daredevils bowled as the West Indian broke the KKR middle order.

It was first defeat for KKR in this tournament while chasing as except opener Robin Uthappa (72 off 52) no other batsman showed resistance.

Both Nair and Billings impressed with their batting as they desisted from swinging the bat wildly, playing proper cricketing shots. They were comfortable against both pacers and spinners, building the innings with smart cricket.

Braithwaite played true to his big-hitting reputation by smashing 34 with three sixes and as many fours to ensure that the hosts end with a bang.

KKR had packed their attack with three spinners but they could not make an impression. Only Brad Hogg completed his quota of four overs and combined with Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla, the trio conceded 85 runs in nine over. Andre Russell was the most impressive KKR bowler with figures of 4-0-26-3 while Umesh Yadav (3-33) also picked three wickets.

Zaheer Khan did exactly what he was expected to do after not-so-great performance in the previous matches by bowling with a lot of venom and taking two early wickets.

He had rival skipper Gautam Gambhir (6) caught off a leading edge at covers and trapped Piyush Chawla (8), who was promoted up the order.

The wickets had an effect on KKR�s run-rate as they managed 43 in the six Power-play overs. In the sixth over a dog sneaked into the ground and struggled to find his way out, much to the amusement of players and fans. � PTI

SCORECARD

Delhi Daredevils: Q de Kock c Hogg b Russell 1, S Iyer lbw b Russell 0, S Samson lbw b Narine 15, K Nair lbw b UT Yadav 68, S Billings b UT Yadav 54, C Morris b UT Yadav 0, C Brathwaite c Narine b Russell 34, R Pant run out (Uthappa) 4, Mohammed Shami not out 0. Extras: (B-1, LB-6, W-2, NB-1) 10. Total: (For 8 wkts; 20 overs) 186. Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-2, 3-32, 4-137, 5-137, 6-174, 7-182, 8-186. Bowling: A Russell 4-0-26-3, J Holder 4-0-35-0, S Narine 3-0-22-1, U Yadav 3-0-33-3, B Hogg 4-0-39-0, P Chawla 2-0-24-0.

Kolkata Knight Riders: RV Uthappa c Nair b Morris 72, G Gambhir c Iyer b Khan 6, PP Chawla lbw b Khan 8, YK Pathan c Mishra b Brathwaite 10, SA Yadav c Iyer b Brathwaite 21, R Sathish c Morris b Brathwaite 6, AD Russell c & b Mishra 17, JO Holder run out (Morris) 0, UT Yadav c Morris b Khan 2, SP Narine run out (Iyer) 4, GB Hogg not out 0. Extras: (LB-3, W-4, NB-6) 13. Total: (all out in 18.3 overs) 159. Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-33, 3-58, 4-94, 5-107, 6-151, 7-152, 8-153, 9-159, 10-159. Bowling: Z Khan 3.3-0-21-3, Mohammed Shami 4-0-33-0, CH Morris 3-0-19-1, CR Brathwaite 4-0-47-3, A Mishra 4-0-36-1.

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Delhi post 27-run win against KKR

NEW DELHI, April 30: Young batsman Karun Nair and debutant Sam Billings batted with lot of responsibility before their bowlers came good as Delhi Daredevils displaced Kolkata Knight Riders from the second spot with a comfortable 27-run win in their IPL match, here today.

The hosts overcame loss of two wickets in the first over to post a challenging 186 for eight after being invited to bat and skittled out the visitors for 159 with nine balls to spare at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.

Thanks to fighting half-centuries by Nair (68 off 50 balls) and Billings (54 off 34 balls) combined with Carlos Brathwaite�s (34 off 11) finishing touches, Daredevils� innings shaped well as they registered their best total against KKR.

Brathwaite also took three wickets when Daredevils bowled as the West Indian broke the KKR middle order.

It was first defeat for KKR in this tournament while chasing as except opener Robin Uthappa (72 off 52) no other batsman showed resistance.

Both Nair and Billings impressed with their batting as they desisted from swinging the bat wildly, playing proper cricketing shots. They were comfortable against both pacers and spinners, building the innings with smart cricket.

Braithwaite played true to his big-hitting reputation by smashing 34 with three sixes and as many fours to ensure that the hosts end with a bang.

KKR had packed their attack with three spinners but they could not make an impression. Only Brad Hogg completed his quota of four overs and combined with Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla, the trio conceded 85 runs in nine over. Andre Russell was the most impressive KKR bowler with figures of 4-0-26-3 while Umesh Yadav (3-33) also picked three wickets.

Zaheer Khan did exactly what he was expected to do after not-so-great performance in the previous matches by bowling with a lot of venom and taking two early wickets.

He had rival skipper Gautam Gambhir (6) caught off a leading edge at covers and trapped Piyush Chawla (8), who was promoted up the order.

The wickets had an effect on KKR�s run-rate as they managed 43 in the six Power-play overs. In the sixth over a dog sneaked into the ground and struggled to find his way out, much to the amusement of players and fans. � PTI

SCORECARD

Delhi Daredevils: Q de Kock c Hogg b Russell 1, S Iyer lbw b Russell 0, S Samson lbw b Narine 15, K Nair lbw b UT Yadav 68, S Billings b UT Yadav 54, C Morris b UT Yadav 0, C Brathwaite c Narine b Russell 34, R Pant run out (Uthappa) 4, Mohammed Shami not out 0. Extras: (B-1, LB-6, W-2, NB-1) 10. Total: (For 8 wkts; 20 overs) 186. Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-2, 3-32, 4-137, 5-137, 6-174, 7-182, 8-186. Bowling: A Russell 4-0-26-3, J Holder 4-0-35-0, S Narine 3-0-22-1, U Yadav 3-0-33-3, B Hogg 4-0-39-0, P Chawla 2-0-24-0.

Kolkata Knight Riders: RV Uthappa c Nair b Morris 72, G Gambhir c Iyer b Khan 6, PP Chawla lbw b Khan 8, YK Pathan c Mishra b Brathwaite 10, SA Yadav c Iyer b Brathwaite 21, R Sathish c Morris b Brathwaite 6, AD Russell c & b Mishra 17, JO Holder run out (Morris) 0, UT Yadav c Morris b Khan 2, SP Narine run out (Iyer) 4, GB Hogg not out 0. Extras: (LB-3, W-4, NB-6) 13. Total: (all out in 18.3 overs) 159. Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-33, 3-58, 4-94, 5-107, 6-151, 7-152, 8-153, 9-159, 10-159. Bowling: Z Khan 3.3-0-21-3, Mohammed Shami 4-0-33-0, CH Morris 3-0-19-1, CR Brathwaite 4-0-47-3, A Mishra 4-0-36-1.