Delhi Daredevils 3-137 (David Warner 66*, Unmukt Chand 37, Brett Lee 1-26) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 7-136 (Rajat Bhatia 26*, Sumit Narwal 23, Umesh Yadav 2-36) by seven wickets.
The bowlers of Delhi Daredevils controlled the strong batting line up of Kolkata Knight Riders whereas a breezy knock by David Warner put his team in front.
Kolkata Knight Riders scored 136 runs with three wickets remaining in the allotted 20 overs and Delhi Daredevils mastered 137 runs after losing just three wickets and 13 balls to spare.
David Warner (Delhi Daredevils) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his polished unbeaten innings of 66 from 42 balls.
The 44th match of the Indian Premier League was played on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Shaheed Veer Narayan Sing International Stadium, Rajpur.
Earlier, the skipper of Kolkata Knight Riders, Gautam Gambhir, won the toss and wanted to put a big score on board while batting first. The decision hit back since he was run out without scoring and the other opener, Manvinder Bisla, scored just four runs. Jacques Kallis and Yusuf Pathan got together and the first hit a couple of fours in the fifth over as Pathan sent the ball flying over the fence in the next over. Pathan lost his wicket for 20 as the middle order batsmen were unable to stabilise the innings and Kallis became the fifth victim at 50 in 8.3 overs after scoring 12 runs.
Rajat Bhatia associated with Debabrata Das and they kept on ticking the score board as the latter hit a six in the 14th over. They took the score to 84 when Das was caught behind by Kedar Jadhav off Ashish Nehra for 18. Sumit Narwal was the next batsman in who scored 23 off 15 with 4 fours and Brett Lee made 16 quick fired runs off just 6 balls with 2 lofty sixes. Rajat Bhatia was at the other end for 26 off even deliveries with 2 fours as Kolkata Knight Riders reached 136 for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs.
Umesh Yadav was the top wicket taker with two whereas Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, Morne Morkel and Shahbaz Nadeem shared one wicket each.
Mahela Jayawardene, the captain of Delhi Daredevils, came in to open the innings with Virender Sehwag who hit 2 fours in the early overs but was dropped at 11. Sehwag was unable to grasp the chance and lost his wicket for 17 as Unmukt Chand replaced him. Jayawardene became the second victim for five and they were two wickets down for 27 in 4.1 overs. The hard hitting batsman, David Warner, joined in with Chand and the pair started moving slowly towards the target. Warner dispatched the first six of the innings in the 8th over and survived a stumping chance at 22 in the 10th over.
The batsmen accumulated 15 runs in the 12th over with 1 six and 1 four and the boundaries started flowing regularly. Chand added 2 fours in the 14th over whereas David Warner scored another fifty of the tournament two overs later with two back to back fours. Unmukt Chand got a chance at 33 when he was dropped by Narwal off Lakshmipathy Balaji but was finally gone for 37 off 39 with 4 fours. David Warner remained unbeaten for 66 off just 42 deliveries with 3 grand sixes and 6 fours as Delhi Daredevils smashed 137 with seven wickets intact in 17.5 overs.
Brett Lee, Lakshmipathy Balaji and Jacques Kallis were the only three bowlers who got one wicket each.
Delhi Daredevils were the deserving winners with a wide margin of seven wickets and hold the 8th position at the moment with 6 points.