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KKR win opener but tumble in match against DD

It was due to the smashing performance of Kallis and wicket taking ability of Narine that KKR confidently won over the defending champions MI in IPL 7 opener at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on April 16. After KKR Captain Gambhir departed without scoring while batting first against MI, Kallis had taken up to produce another gem of an innings for Kolkata Knight Riders to make MI look like an ordinary side. KKR’s trump card Sunil Narine delivered well by claiming four MI wickets while giving away just 20 runs to ruffle the Mumbai Indians chase that never quite settled down comfortably. It paid dividends for KKR when they chose to bat after winning the toss as the onslaught by both Kallis, 72 and Manish Pandey, 64 posted a good total of 163 for 5.

Mumbai Indians could only scamper to a mere 122 for 7 at the end of their 20 overs. Though Lasith Malinga who has been in tremendous form lately finished with 4 for 23, his efforts went in vain as the MI batsmen let their team down. Ultimately KKR registered an amazing 41 run victory over Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi. Mumbai were off to a sluggish start with Morkel bounding them in fetters. Hussey, Tare, Rayudu, Rohit, Pollard were all under pressure and could not break out from the jinx layed out by KKR. The tournament’s first six went straight over the bowler’s head from Pandey. Kallis was awarded the man of the match award. Kolkata Knight Rider Yusuf Pathan received the good news of his wife having delivered their first baby boy as a bonus to the win. The news also made Yusuf’s brother Irfan Pathan a proud uncle who plays for SRH.

A competitive total of 166 set up by KKR in match 6 was overcome in style by DD with special accomplishments from daredevil Duminy who sealed a victory for his team with a maximum. It was JP Duminy who snatched a win from under the noses of KKR with four wickets in hand and three balls to spare. It had seemed that the Knight Riders were cruising to victory when Duminy decided to alter the fate of the match by unleashing a flurry of boundaries, including a match winning six, to craft a famous win for his IPL team DD in the seventh edition of IPL. Earlier Gautam Gambhir had won the toss for KKR and opted to bat. KKR had once again a disastrous start as Kallis and Gambhir had departed by the second over of their innings.

It was left to Manish Pandey, 48 along with Robin Uthappa, 55 to consolidate the KKR innings. Later Yusuf Pathan , 11, Shakib and Suryakumar Yadav chiped in to take the KKR to a score of 166 for five. In their pursuit DD lost Murali Vijay early while Mayank Agarwal and Dinesh Karthik, 56 slowly built up the chase to stay in the game. Ross Taylor failed to perform while JP Duminy came to the rescue by targeting Morkel plundering 21 runs to make the winning equation 11 needed off 12 balls. Sunil Narine bowled a miserly 19th over conceding just five runs off it making it 6 needed of 6. Duminy not losing his cool hit a six of Chawla to earn DD their first win of IPL 7 to collect the man of the match award.

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