KKR received a lot of flak in the first 4 seasons of the IPL. But they came back in style winning the IPL-5 defeating Chennai Superkings in a tense final. KKR have lost all their opening IPL games till date. But it was not meant to be the case today. KKR won the toss and put a depleted Delhi Daredevils team to bat today. Sehwag missed the game due to a back spasm. Lee had a dream start, clean bowling Unmukt Chand off a very first ball ripper. But Mahela and Warner stitched a solid partnership and took Delhi to a reasonable start. However, the likes of Sunil Narine, L. Balaji and Rajat Bhatia choked Delhi in the middle overs and Delhi could just manage 128 runs from the allotted 20 overs. Jayawardene scored 66 runs, Warner scored 21 runs, no other batsman could reach double figures.
Delhi bowlers looked pale. Their fielding was lousy. Their spinners were not up to mark. Botha showed some character, Nadeem also bowled well in small bursts. But they could never create pressure on the KKR batsman. Gambhir played a fine hand of 42 runs, he scored runs quickly and took off the team to a good start. Kallis and Tiwary also chipped in with 23 runs each. KKR managed to romp home with 6 wickets to spare in in the 19th over. Thus, a good start for Kolkatta. Delhi will need to make some amends soon! Looking forward to another exciting contest at Bangalore on 4th April as Mumbai Indians takes on Royal Challengers Bangalore.