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Dashing Duminy Wins It For Delhi

JP Duminy
JP Duminy held his nerve to get the Delhi Daredevils home against the Kolkata Knight Riders
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Delhi Daredevils 167-6 (Karthik 56) beat
Kolkata Knight Riders 166-5 by four wickets
Indian Premier League 2014, Dubai

JP Duminy played an outstanding innings of 52 not out in 35 balls to steer the Delhi Daredevils to a four-wicket Indian Premier League 2014 win over the Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai.

At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, he took Delhi home to 167 for six in 19.3 overs, wherein they were chasing Kolkata’s score of 166 for five.

Delhi had gotten off to a bad start after Murali Vijay was run out for a duck in the first over itself.

Then, stand-in skipper Dinesh Karthik and youngster Mayank Agarwal put together 39 runs for the second wicket, setting the platform for a showdown at the end. Kolkata’s spinners then came into play after Morne Morkel (2-41) removed the opener in the fourth over. He scored 26 crucial runs off 14 balls, inclusive of three fours.  

But the slower bowlers weren’t able to get breakthroughs, as Jacques Kallis (1-15) provided the vital wicket of Ross Taylor (6).

Karthik played a dominant hand, scoring his first half-century of the tournament off 36 balls, with five fours and two sixes. In doing so he took the Daredevils’ score past the 50-run mark in the seventh over, and to three figures in the 13th over. They were making good pace when Karthik was dismissed by Morkel in the 15th over, providing another twist to the game.

It brought Duminy to the middle and the South African batsman manhandled his countryman, taking 21 runs off Morkel’s final over and putting Delhi back in command.

Sunil Narine (1-18) and Piyush Chawla (1-27) tried pulling things back in the final two overs, but Duminy’s lusty hits – three fours and three sixes – were enough to bring victory to Delhi with three balls to spare.

Earlier, Kolkata won the toss and elected to bat first. They got off to a torrid start with openers Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis both falling without opening their account.

It was down to young Pandey to rebuild the innings and he did so amply using his good form, putting on 64 runs for the third wicket with Robin Uthappa.

Pandey carried Kolkata past the 50-run mark in the eighth over but narrowly missed his half-century, dismissed for 48 runs off 42 balls. He hit five fours.

At the other end, Uthappa did reach his first milestone of the season, scoring 55 runs off 41 balls, hitting six fours and one six. His half-century had come off 38 balls, taking Kolkata past the 100-run mark in the 15th over, but when he fell two overs later, Shakib al Hasan carried the score to its finishing mark.

The all-rounder scored 30 not out off 22 balls, with two fours and one six, while Mohammad Shami (1-33), Nathan Coulter-Nile (2-27), Jaidev Unadkat (1-25) and Shahbaz Nadeem (1-29) took wickets for the Daredevils.

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