For the first time since the beginning of this season,the Delhi Daredevils have created some space to distance themselves from the bottom of the table. This happened as they won only their second game (in nine games) of the event at their surrogate home ground in Raipur,Chhattisgarh. And suddenly,with just that victory,the defending champions,the Kolkata Knight Riders,are in their crosswires.
Kolkata,with just one win from their last five matches and with a sum total of three wins (six points),are now third-last on the IPL season six table,a spot above the Daredevils.
Going purely by form,however,Kolkata find themselves in a far superior place than their Wednesday rivals. At home against the Kings XI Punjab last week, Jacques Kallis found his calling by asserting himself with the bat,ball and on the field. This helped the Kolkata Knight Riders break a three-match losing streak and put them in a good position to challenge the Chennai Super Kings in their backyard in a repeat setting of last years IPL final.
And a repeat it very nearly turned out to be.
During this weekend clash,Kolkatas one-match wonder Manvinder Bisla nearly became a two-match wonder with a strikingly similar innings to his show in the previous final. Bislas 92 nearly helped Kolkata chase down a 200 plus target over the weekend.
The Kolkata wicketkeeper struck the ball with sweet precision right through the course of his destructive knock,giving MS Dhonis side a real scare. But unleashing such brutality on the slow and low Raipur wicket,one that has been freshly laid,will be a stiffer challenge for Kolkatas batters especially with the Delhi bowlers putting on a real show in their previous game here.
Umesh steps it up
David Warner and Kedhar Jadhav,the Delhi duo who knitted 64 runs for the fifth wicket against Pune,may have received a fair share of the credit for their 15-run win here,but it was in fact the effort put in by Yadav that stopped the well-settled Warriors just short.
Three overs from the end,Pune needed 37. Yadav,in a stellar display,bowled four yorkers,claimed two wickets,conceded two runs and all but single-handedly lifted Delhi off the bottom,taking them to second last on the table.
I put in a lot of thought while bowling that over and it came out well in the end, said Yadav of that game. I bowled a few yorkers,pushing Luke Wright back and then got him with the slower one. Im glad it worked out. So were Delhi.