Big Names Fail to Let Delhi Daredevils Win Match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Home Conditions

April 21 11:01 2015

kkrNew Delhi, Tuesday, April 21 – Expectations were soaring from Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, taking into consideration the tough competition to the rivals in the previous seasons. Despite the fact that the team never won the title, it was not easy for any team to beat the ‘men in red shirts’ easily. However, story is a bit changed this time despite the fact that several big names are a part for DD.

Yuvraj Singh, the costliest player of IPL 8, is yet not able to prove himself through the exhibition of stupendous play. The swashbuckling cricketer has the potential to change the entire equation of the contest through his massive hits in the different corners of the ground. But he isn’t able to make best use of the given opportunity. It would be worth mentioning here that when he missed the bus to the World Cup 2015 then selectors were criticized. But despite not having the hero of 2011 WC in the Indian team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s boy performed excellently well. Probably it was not their day against Australia in the semi-finals which ended their stint in this year’s cricket carnival.

DD skipper Jean-Paul Duminy, Amit Mishra, Angelo Mathews, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Imran Tahir are also erratic while performing on the field. Albie Morkel was good earlier but not included in the ‘playing XI’ in the match played in opposition to KKR at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, on Monday. Despite losing the toss, DD got the opportunity to bat first. Nothing could be better than this invite for a team which is eying to be in the top 4 to further qualify for other rounds. The start wasn’t good enough for Delhi Daredevils as Mayank Agarwal was sent back to the pavilion at a score of 1 by Morne Morkel. Umesh Yadav left no room for complain and took a good catch.

The opener Shreyas Iyer was looking forward to a brilliant and stable beginning but another jolt was given by KKR, taking crucial wicket of JP Duminy (5 runs of 8 balls;4 x 1). Manoj Tiwary and Iyer accumulated some runs that stabilized wobbly innings of their squad.  Before succumbing to Piyush Chawla and Morne Morkel in 8.4 and 13.4 overs, Iyer played a knock of 31 runs in just 24 balls (4 x 3 & 6 x 1) and Tiwary scored 32 runs of 28 balls (4 x 5), respectively.  By this time, situations were in control. Yuvraj Singh added 21 runs, together with a couple of boundaries while Angelo Mathews took the score up by hitting consecutive sixes. The tale could have been a tad different had the two players been able to save their wickets.

Kedar Jadhav, the DD’s wicketkeeper-batsman, pocketed 12 runs of 9 balls, including a six and four. Yadav got his wicket when two overs were remained for bowling. Nathan Coulter-Nile turned a run-out victim the moment Manish Pandey showed his quickness in collecting the ball and throwing it towards the stumps. Amit Mishra remained unbeaten at 1 run. 146 runs were scored by DD in 20 overs.

Kolkata Knight Riders had a shaky start as well given the opener Robin Uthappa (13 runs; 4 x 2) was taken by surprise through an amazing delivery by Domnic Joseph, who even dismissed Pandey at zero. But KKR captain was in a different mood. Gautam Gambhir with Suryakumar Yadav (24 runs in 16 balls, inclusive of two 4s and a biggie) helped the defending champions believe they can still do it.

Nathan Coulter-Nile finished Yadav’s short but impressive stint on the final bowl of 10th over. But that hardly brought any difference in view of the fact that Yusuf Pathan lent a hand to Kolkata Knight Riders to put their best foot forward. With the help of 4 boundaries and one incredible six, which went miles away, the hard hitter of the ball gathered 40 runs of 26 balls. Game was all-over for DD even when Imran Tahir made Gambhir to go back to the dressing room. Ryan ten Doeschate and aggressive right-handed batsman Pathan made KKR win a match that let it hold no. 3 spot in the points table.

Piyush Chawla, who hit the winning shot in IPL 7, Brad Hogg, Sheldon Jackson, Kuldeep Yadav, Morne Morkel, Sunil Narine, Sumit Narwal, Veer Pratap Singh, Vaibhav Rawal, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Chris Lynn, James Neesham, Azhar Mahmood, Johan Botha and KC Cariappa are able to make KKR save the title. No wonder if the outperform others at a crucial time.

Problem here is for Delhi Daredevils and the biggest concern for DD supporters is the thought that the Duminy-led squad can be on the winning side till the end. So, is it the time when Quinton de Kock, Zaheer Khan, Kedar Jadhav, KK Jiyas, Chidhambaram Gautam, Travis Head, Shreyas Iyer, Domnic Muthuswami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Gurinder Sandhu, Jaydev Unadkat, Jayant Yadav, Srikar Bharat, Marcus Stoinis and Saurabh Tiwary should be given a chance to play from DD? Let us wait and watch what new strategies are made to sustain in the tournament.

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