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High Voltage Knight Riders upset Daredevils

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Sourav Ganguly Eden GardensAn energetic fielding performance saw hosts Kolkata Knight Riders successfully defend a total of 181 against the Delhi Daredevils at the Eden Gardens. Skipper Sourav Ganguly led from the front scoring a responsible 56 (from 46 balls) and following it up with a run out and a sharp catch. The run out was that of Gautam Gambhir just when the Daredevils Captain was engaged in what was looking to be a match winning stand of 99 runs with Sehwag.

Also chipping in for the Knight Riders with the bat were Chris Gayle (40 from 21 balls) and Angelo Mathews (46* from 28 balls) to take the total to 181 for 3. Daredevils were on the track to win the match until Gambhir (47 from 29 balls) got run out by a direct throw from Ganguly in the 11th over. Another major turning point of the match was when Ajit Agarkar produced a reverse swinging yorker to clean up a well set Virender Sehwag (64 from 40 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes).

With Collingwood and Maharoof failing, the onus was on Dinesh Karthik to pull off the victory but when he fell scoring a 17-ball 20, it was all over for the visitors. The Kolkata Knight Riders were pretty good to defend the runs and win the contest by 14 runs. Ashok Dinda was special with the ball in his 2 for 21 and Ajantha Mendis bowled a couple of crucial overs under pressure.

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