Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL final for first time.Kolkata 1st qualify for IPL 2012 final match KKR good play vs DD and win for Final play first time in IPL history. After four seasons of at times embarrassing underachievement, Kolkata Knight Riders will play for the IPL trophy on Sunday.
Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Daredevils to reach final.Kolkata Knight Riders breezed into the final of the Indian Premier League after scoring a thumping 18-run win over Delhi Daredevils in the first Qualifier on Tuesday.
For almost two-thirds of the qualifier against Delhi Daredevils, they nearly blew it. The odds were stacked in their favour right from the start. On a pitch where the first ball of spin turned sharply, Knight Riders had three spinners waiting; Delhi Daredevils stuck to playing three specialist fast bowlers.
Daredevils’ strategy did not seem to have backfired when Knight Riders lumbered to 106 for 4 in 16 overs. In the chase, despite losing Virender Sehwag and David Warner in the first 13 balls, Daredevils were right in the hunt at 83 for 2 after 10 overs. But like they had suddenly bolted away in the last four overs of their innings, Knight Riders choked Daredevils in the latter half of the chase.
On a pitch where the first ball of spin turned square, Delhi Daredevils stuck to their guns, playing three specialist fast bowlers. When Kolkata Knight Riders lumbered to 106 for 4 after 16 overs, the plan did not seem to have backfired. But Yusuf Pathan, who had done almost nothing the entire season, and Laxmi Shukla, playing in place of an unfit Manoj Tiwary, carted the quicks for 56 off the final four overs, and 36 off the final two, as Knight Riders surged to 162.
The total seemed even more intimidating considering Knight Riders had an army of spinners waiting to exploit the dry pitch.
Gautam Gambhir had once again given Knight Riders a strong start, taking the fast bowlers for several boundaries. He had sped to 32 off 16 deliveries before he failed to make his ground to a direct hit from mid-off after having backed up too far. Not for the first time after Gambhir’s departure, Knight Riders lost their way. Only 58 runs came off the next ten overs as Pawan Negi, the left-arm spinner, and Irfan Pathan strangled the batsmen.
Just when it seemed Knight Riders had wasted Gambhir’s efforts upfront, Yusuf and Shukla launched into the quicks, who did not let up on the pace. Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav kept bowling in the late 140s with Morne Morkel not far behind. But the faster they bowled, the ball only came on better on the slow pitch.
Yusuf began the assault in the 17th over, carting a Morkel length ball for a straight six. Yadav was swung for a couple of fours over midwicket in the 18th. Shukla took the lead in the 19th, making room to loft Morkel over extra cover for four and pulling him over deep square leg for six.
It was to get worse for Daredevils in the last over. David Warner dropped Yusuf as he ran across from long-on and ended up parrying it for six. Yusuf cover-drove and flicked the last two deliveries for fours as Knight Riders surged to 162, a total which will be difficult to achieve even for Virender Sehwag and David Warner.
IPL heavyweights but Kolkata emerged winner as they bowled with more discipline with each and every bowler taking at least one wicket.
Kolkata Knight Riders recovered from regular blows to post a fighting 162 for four after electing to bat and then stopped Delhi to 144 for eight at Subrata Roy Sahara stadium.
It is for the first time that KKR have made it to the summit clash in five editions of the league so far.
Yusuf Pathan, who was going through a lean patch so far, struck form just at the right time for Kolkata as his uneaten 40 and a crucial 56-run stand with Laxmi Shukla (24 off 11) in just four overs helped his side cross 150-run mark.