The Delhi Daredevils compounded the Kolkata Knight Riders’ miserable campaign with a nine-wicket victory in Durban.
Kolkata are now surely out of the reckoning for a semi-final place and they have just themselves to blame.
Their batting on a good wicket was pedestrian, with only South African Morne van Wyk batting with any urgency en route to 74 off 48 balls. They finished on 154/3 in their allotted overs, with Sourav Ganguly and other competent sluggers left watching in the dug-out.
Brendon McCullum played well for 35 and Moises Henriques’s 30* helped Kolkata post a reasonable total, but their strike rate ensured that it was never going to be a formidable one for Delhi to chase.
Their fielding then let them down badly. They grassed four catches, one of those being Gautam Gambhir on 21. The India opener went on to score a match-winning 71*, and was supported by in-form Tillakaratne Dilshan (42*).
The pair never looked under pressure at the crease, cruising past an unimposing target. Australia blaster David Warner warrants a mention for 23-ball 36, which set an excellent foundation for the run chase.
Kolkata 154/3 - Morne van Wyk 74, Brendon McCullum, Moises Henriques 30*.
Delhi 157-1 - Gautum Gambhir 71*, Tillakaratne Dilshan 42*.
Delhi win by 9 wickets
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