Gambhir puts Daredevils top
Struggling Knight Riders suffer seventh defeat
Last Updated: 05/05/09 8:47pm
Gambhir: stand-in Delhi skipper
Indian Premier League
Kolkata Knight Riders 154-3 (M N van Wyk 74) v Delhi Daredevils 157-1 (G Gambhir 71 no)
Delhi Daredevils beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wkts
Delhi Daredevils went top of the Indian Premier League with a nine-wicket victory over rock bottom Kolkata Knight Riders.
Gautam Gambhir, leading the Daredevils in place of injured skipper Virender Sehwag, struck an unbeaten 71 to see his side to a target of 155 with an over to spare.
Australian batsman David Warner set the tone of the run chase with 36 off 23 balls during an opening stand of 60 in seven overs with Gambhir.
After Warner skied a pull to midwicket off Ajit Agarkar (1-24), Gambhir was joined by Tillakaratne Dilshan (42no) in an unbroken second-wicket alliance of 97 that took Delhi across the winning line.
Gambhir did, however, enjoy several moments of fortune. He was dropped on 21 in the covers by Kolkata skipper Brendon McCullum off Agarkar's bowling and was given not out on 45 when he appeared to have edged a Moises Henriques (0-36) delivery through to wicketkeeper Morne van Wyk.
Earlier, opening batsman Van Wyk's 74 led the Knight Riders to a total of 154-3 from their 20 overs after they had opted to bat first in Durban.
The South African scored his runs from 48 balls, including 11 fours, and was out to the second delivery of the final over, bowled aiming a wild heave at Ashish Nehra (1-23).
Van Wyk's opening partner McCullum (35) and number four Henriques (30no) also made solid contributions, while Daredevils medium pacer Pradeep Sangwan picked up the wickets of McCullum and Brad Hodge (10) for figures of 2-29.
The Daredevils' fifth win in seven matches puts them at the head the standings on 10 points, while the Knight Riders are bottom of the eight-team competition with just three points from nine games.