IPL 2013: Kolkata start campaign with 6 wicket win over Delhi
Kolkata Knight Riders started their title defense on a high with a six wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens.
Kolkata Knight Riders started their title defense on a high with a six wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens. (BCCI image)
Australia's Bret Lee (in pic) – also the bowling coach of Kolkata - started the opening match with a first-ball wicket of young Unmukt Chand. (BCCI image)
The ball pitched on middle-off and cut away enough to send Chand's off-stump cartwheeling towards the keeper. (BCCI image)
Mahela Jayawardena provided some sort of support to Delhi's innings. He hit 8 boundaries to resist the hosts. (BCCI image)
West Indies' Sunil Narine though was the real star and he took the cue from Brett Lee. He is seen celebrating the wicket of Irfan Pathan, with Skipper Gautam Gambhir. (BCCI image)
Narine finished with 4 wickets at his credit with an economy rate of 3.25. (BCCI image)
Rajat Bhatia seen celebrating Naman Ojha's dismissal. (BCCI image)
The Delhi skipper (66) scored a handsome half-century but was unable to find much support from his fellow bowlers.
The team eventually folded on 128. (BCCI image)
Ashish Nehra gave delhi fans a reason to cheer by taking the first wicket of Manvinder Bisla who got caught at point after the ball bounced on him. (BCCI image)
Shahbaz Nadeem took the crucial wicket of Kallis who got caught at deep midwicket. (BCCI image)
But in the end 129 was never a target which would test Kolkata's batting line-up and they romped home by 6 wickets to start off the tournament with confidence. (BCCI image)