Knight Rider dance to the ‘Samba’ tunes of Gabbar
Delhi Capitals with a new name, looked to be having a similar fate that their Daredevil ancestors had midway through the first half of the season having slipped to collapses of awesome proportions against KXIP. They looked like they were on a mission to give broadcasters their full value for money by doing with difficulty what they looked like doing with ease. They were set to face the KKR with the 60k people at the loudest decibels today and looked to set an otherwise heinous record at the Eden straight having lost all the game at this venue since 2012. DC put KKR into bat and Ishant Sharma showed the world what his class is by removing the T20 specialist Denly, who replaced an ailing Narine for this game. His debut lasted one delivery and everyone thought the pitch to behave like the green track it looked like. It was time for Shubhman Gill who up till now was wasted at 6, to show why he is hailed as a talent India should be fortunate to have. Robbie was stuck and gave his wicket away and so too did Rana and DK who couldn’t contribute much to the KKR. The loudest cheer of the night beckoned which only meant that the army like cult figure who single handedly carried KKR to this point was walking out to bat. Gill looked very fluent and combative against both pace and spin and raised to a scintillating knock of 65 off 39. Rabada had two overs in the bank and it was saved for the man who he brutally kicked aside in the super over when these sides last met. Perhaps he got carried away seeing the green on the pitch and started bowling bouncers to the giant Russell who mistimed one for six and then hammered another even beyond. He is really not concerned with pace at which ball comes, he just swivels his bat like a Thor Hammer, the brute of which reflects on everyone. With a late flourish from Kuldeep and Chawla, KKR set DC a target of 179 which was not going to be easy to defend on the Kolkata wicket, defending where is a task daunting now a days. The dynamic duo of Gabbar and Shaw kick started the run chase and both looked set to take full toll of the weak KKR pace attack in the Powerplay itself. With the way Dhawan batted, Not only the Delhi Capitals but the entire India breathed a sigh of relief seeing their main man back amongst the runs. His confidence looked like his old self that is associated with the flamboyant Indian Opener that he has become and all his shots gave the dugout the returns they vested in him when swapping him for three players with SRH earlier this season. It would’ve been one of those rare occasions when a batsman clears the fence to win his side a game of cricket and flash an apologetic look. Colin Ingram wore just that after he dispatched Piyush Chawla over long on to take Delhi Capitals to a seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders. While coach Ricky Ponting was one of the first to stand up and applaud from the dug-out, Ingram was muttering an apology to his partner, who was stranded on 97 at the other end, robbed of the chance to score his first T20 hundred. But much like the two hundreds this season, his 97 ended on the winning side in this game and that would give him tons of confidence just like his rhythm in this game to get going from here on. Delhi Capitals have now amassed 4 wins in their 7 games and by winning 3 out of their 4 away games till now, they would really require the Kotla wicket to be their ally to make sure they don’t end on the wrong side of the table this time around. KKR on the other end have again the same set of questions to answer- “If not Russell, who?” and “Have their mystery spinners been decoded well?”. DC and their fans finally have reasons to believe. Only if they can replicate their away performance at their home leg too, can they salvage fond memories from the season when it ends.