New Delhi: Two days ago, Gautam Gambhir was a stranger at what is his home ground in the Indian Premier League, as Sourav Ganguly played the 'home' hero. On Monday, he was in his hometown of Delhi, but as the visiting captain. At home as well as away however, the result remained the same - Kolkata Knight Riders the winners. And Gambhir walked away with the plaudits. This time, the margin was six wickets, and Kolkata now go top of the table with Delhi Daredevils moving down to second place.
Delhi batted first and their innings progressed in fits and starts - more fits, fewer starts. Virender Sehwag began in his usual belligerent fashion, and was scoring at a strike rate of close to 300 when Jacques Kallis struck in his first over. In his next over, Kallis had David Warner caught behind. Kallis was unlucky not get a third huge wicket just two balls later, when Mahela Jaywardene was given not out off a clear edge. That did lead to the most animated moment of the match, with Gambhir letting Jayawardene know what he thought, and Jayawardene responded angrily. (Also see: Match in pics)
However, after being well placed at 75 for two after nine overs, Delhi failed to kick on. It wasn't until Irfan Pathan teed off in the final overs that some life returned to the innings. Pathan's cameo ended in the final over but his 22-ball 36 had taken Delhi to a competitive 153.