Kolkata Knight Riders produced a clinical bowling performance, thanks to Iqbal Abdulla, who took giant wickets, to notch up a 17-run victory over Delhi Daredevils in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match here last night.
Abdulla bowled with specialist control in his 4-over spell and conceded 25 runs.
The visiting bowlers bowled a tight line and length to confine Delhi to 131 for nine. The win took Kolkata to joint second alongside Chennai Tremendous Kings with seven points from six games, while Delhi remained at the bottom of the table with from six.
Daredevils' run chase got off to a bad start as David Warner (three) edged a Balaji delivery onto his stumps in the second over.
Laxmipathy Balaji was also in the glare of publicity as they took wickets.
Captain Virender Sehwag (34) and Australia allrounder James Hopes (25) provided some hope but the home side could not stay in the hunt on a pitch not conducive to strokeplay.
It was young Jaidev Unadkat who got the risky Daredevils captain with a short ball that hurried onto him as they went for a pull and Balaji, who was standing at deep fine leg, didn't make any mistake.
Sehwag's dismissal triggered a collapse with Delhi losing their next six wickets for 87 runs.
Earlier, Tiwary scored 61 off only 47 balls (2x4, 3x6) as the other KKR batsmen failed to provide substantial support to the Bengal captain.
Daredevils kept the Knight Riders' batsmen in check after Devils' skipper Virender Sehwag won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Umesh Yadav took wickets while Ajit Agarkar, Irfan Pathan, Morne Morkel and James Hopes scalped wicket each.
Jacques Kallis (11) and Shreevats Goswami (22) shared 42 runs for the opening wicket before falling in quick succession to Delhi fast bowlers Irfan Pathan and Ajit Agarkar.
KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir then fell for 18, before Yusuf Pathan (three) and Eoin Morgan (0) departed in consecutive deliveries off Yadav's bowling to leave Kolkata 105 for with overs of their innings remaining.
Tiwary combining with Dutch international Ryan0 Doeschate in a 35-run stand to push KKR to a mildly competitive total.
If the usually incisive and economical Morne Morkel was Delhi's costliest bowler, Kolkata's best performer was not of their big-money imports but their local boy, Tiwary, who made a combative half-century to stabilise the innings.
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