IPL 7 28th match DD Vs KKR: Delhi Daredevils Vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Live scores, 07 May, 2014
Match Teams: Delhi Daredevils Vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Match Venue: Played at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Event : IPL T20 2014
Match Time:16:00 local time (10:30 GMT) (4:00 PM IST)
Toss:Delhi Daredevils, who chose to bat
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Delhi Daredevils: L L W L L
Kolkata Knight Riders: L L L L W
We succumbed to the pressure, Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss said of Monday's capitulation. Knight Riders have been doing it too often. When Gautam Gambhir was not scoring earlier, it was said that the poor starts were putting pressure on the middle order. What pressure does an opening partnership of 121 bring about, though? The Knight Riders batsmen have to take collective responsibility. There is no point to the openers making fifties if the rest of the line-up sinks without any fight.
Kevin Pietersen has failed in three of his four innings so far in the tournament. He has a strike-rate below 110 compared to a T20 career figure of 136.32. Pietersen is one who leads by example, by aggressive, dominating batting that can rouse his team-mates. That is what Daredevils would have wanted from Pietersen when they bought him and chose him to lead the side. We are yet to see such a knock from the Daredevils captain.
While Knight Riders have continued to come in the way of their own progress, the margin of Daredevils' defeats suggests they have not competed, unlike their opponents. Four of their five losses have been by eight wickets, 93 runs, seven wickets and eight wickets. That last margin was after they racked up 178 against Chennai Super Kings. Rarely have both batting and bowling fired in unison for Daredevils this season, which began with high expectations from a revamped squad. Halfway into it, Daredevils need urgent course correction if they are to do better than 2013's bottom-place finish.
Daredevils have conceded 12.12 runs an over in the last five overs of an innings, the most expensive by a side this season
Excluding Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan, the rest of the Knight Riders attack has gone for 8.10 an over