Pandey stars in KKR's 6 wicket win over Daredevils

Pandey stars in KKR's 6 wicket win over Daredevils

Pandey stars in KKR's 6 wicket win over Daredevils

This adage was proved right by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsmen Yusuf Pathan and Manish Pandey on Monday during their clash against the Delhi Daredevils (DD) in match 18 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. There was a bit of drama at the fag end of the chase, but Manish held his nerve and took his team across the finish line.

Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Yusuf Pathan reveals their win over the Delhi Daredevils was largely due to them sticking to their pre-match plan. Zaheer Khan gave his team the breakthrough in the first over itself as he sent back pinch hitter Colin de Grandhomme for 1. "The wicket was good and the outfield fast, so that too was helpful", he added. Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa - two of the team's biggest match-winners - were dismissed and 85% of the chase was still left. So we were trying to put the bowlers and the captain under pressure so that they commit a mistake and so do the fielders.

Earlier, skipper Zaheer Khan gave Delhi a flawless start with the wickets of his opposite number Gautam Gambhir (14) and Colin de Grandhomme (1) while Pat Cummins sent back one down Robin Uthappa (4) to reduce the visitors to 21/3.

Pandey and Pathan came to the rescue as they put together a 110-run partnership, during which Pathan surpassed his half-century. KKR needed nine runs from the last over. Zak's funky and shrewd captaincy nearly won it for DD, but wonderful composure from Manish Pandey.

"It's hard to describe the effort of Sanju Samson". Manish remained unconquered on 69, made from 49 balls and studded with four boundaries and three sixes.

The fall of Pathan, brought in Suryakumar Yadav (7), who chipped in with a 21-run fifth wicket stand with Pandey before Cummins dismissed him on the penultimate ball of his fourth over.

Zaheer Khan chose Amit Mishra for the final over and the magician produced two dot ball off the first two deliveries, the second of the two had Woakes stumped by Pant.

However, Pandey stood firm, following a crunching six with a game-winning double on the penultimate delivery to steer Kolkata home.

Delhi Daredevils, after electing to bat first, were off the blocks in brisk fashion but the seamer, along with Sunil Narine, pulled things back for the visitors and didn't allow the hosts to post a formidable total.

The only centurion of the season so far, Samson made his intentions clear from the very beginning, hitting Nathan Coulter-Nile for two back-to-back boundaries, which saw the Daredevils getting off the blocks in the opening over of the match.

Billings, ably supported Samson, rotated the strike well besides hitting occasional boundaries. Opener Sanju Samson (39) and Rishabh Pant (38) were the top scorers for the Delhi-based team. He settled down to play an innings of quality, picking up two sixes off Mishra and four boundaries off different bowlers.

The Australian, who took the wicket of Rishabh Pant, defended his team-mate Umesh Yadav who got some harsh treatment from the attacking wicket-keeper batsman.

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