One blistering innings is often enough to take a game away from the opposition in the Indian Premier League. Less frequently, a bowler takes so many crucial wickets in the four overs he's allowed that a game as is as good as buried. But it is extremely rare that acts of brilliant fielding prove the deciding factor in a match, as was the case when Delhi Daredevils beat Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium in Raipur on Tuesday (May 1).
Yet another full house, in excess of 45,000, was momentarily hushed when Gautam Gambhir won the toss. When the first ball of the match, bowled by Irfan Pathan, was pulled authoritatively to the midwicket fence by Manvinder Bisla for a boundary, the crowd's fears seemed to have been confirmed. (Also see: Match in pics)
But off the second ball, which struck Bisla on the pad, Gambhir went for a suicidal run, but was comfortably outpaced by Irfan, who scooped the ball in his follow-through and threw the stumps down at the striker's end.