KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir is amongst the run-scoring charts again as a clinical Kolkata Knight Riders outplayed Delhi Daredevils by six wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Chasing a modest 147 for a win, KKR lost a few early wickets but Gambhir (60) and Yusuf Pathan (40 not out) reached the target in 18.1 overs.
DD, who had bounced back with two wins — Kings XI Punjab and SunRisers Hyderabad, suffered their ninth home loss in over three editions starting 2013.
New ball bowler Dominic Joseph struck twice in his second over to first get Robin Uthappa caught at mid-off and three balls later Manish Pandey (0) helped a short ball into the hands of Imran Tahir at third man. Nathan Coulter-Nile also bowled well to get Suryakumar Yadav (24) caught behind.
But then Gambhir, who hit eight boundaries in his 49-ball stay, and Yusuf, who struck six fours and a six in his 26-ball knock, calmed things down with a superb partnership. Champion leg-spinner Tahir did clean up Gambhir in the 18th over but it was too late in the day as Pathan stayed on to see Ryan ten Doeschate (2) get the winning runs.
Earlier, KKR bowlers led by Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav bowled a tight line to restrict the Jean-Paul Duminy-led side to 146 for eight in 20 overs. Put into bat, DD were hurt by a lack of partnerships but a late flourish from Angelo Mathews (21-ball 28) helped the home side reach a respectable total.
Morkel (2-30) drew first blood after getting Mayank Agarwal (1) caught at long leg with Umesh taking a sprawling catch. Mystery spinner Sunil Narine then struck in his very first over, cleaning up Duminy (5), who was done in by an off-spinner that pitched outside the leg-stump to the left-hander.