Hurricane Warner sets up Delhi win
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Ground:Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Scorecard:Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders
Player:PD Collingwood, DA Warner
Event:Indian Premier League 2009/10

DateLine: 29th March 2010


Pocket dynamo David Warner exploded at the historic Feroz Shah Kotla and his breezy ton energized Delhi Daredevils which went to crush the visiting Kolkata Knight Riders in the DLF IPL 3 here on Monday night. Warnerís unbeaten knock (107 not out off 69 balls) and his match-winning 128 runs fourth wicket stand with Collingwood (53) deflated Kolkata Knight Riders who failed to muster a fight and lost by 40 runs.


Warner was in a zone and the fall of wickets early in the innings did not deter him from playing his shots. Virender Shewagís pre-determined slog off Chris Gayle ended in a tame dismissal as bowler slipped in a wide delivery which the batsman missed and was stumped. Gambir was trapped plump in front. But Warner warmed up for the carnage by sending Ishant Sharma to the cleaners. The lanky pacer gave away 17 runs but redeemed himself with the wicket of Karthik. Delhi Daredevils lost three big guns and was in a spot of bother at the end of third over but Collingwood observed the pressure and held the other end while allowing Warner to attack the bowling. The Australian pulled with panache and drove with brute power when opportunity presented itself. He was severe on anything short and deposited the balls to either mid-wicket or square leg fences with wild swing of his bat. Kolkata spinners Hussey and Karthik commanded respect from Warner and stymied the run-rate. But medium pacers leaked runs and were treated with disdain. Ajith Agarkarís second over yielded 18 runs as Warner launched into him square driving and pulling him for two boundaries and a six.


Warner slowed down as he neared the century but Collingwood changed gears. Chris Gayle who had kept the run-rate in check was hit for two consecutive sixes by the Englishman who went on to complete his deserved 50 and fell in the last over to a great catch near the ropes by Hussey. But Warner ensured that Delhi finished strongly. Kolkata started their chase disastrously. Ganguly looked in distant discomfort as Nannes harried him with pace. The batsman tried to hit out of trouble but was cleaned up by a straight delivery from Nannes. Gayle butchered McDonald and looked in fine touch but wickets continued to fall at the other end. Mandeep Singh and Tiwary left without troubling the scorers. Bhatia military medium pace was too tempting for Gayle who lofted him but was caught at deep midwicket by Mishra who ran to his left to complete a simple catch. Bhatia and Mishra kept the batsman on a tight lease. Hussey struggled to force the ball off square and fell trying to force the pace. Kolkata needed someone to play a cameo knock but Mathews and Agarkar couldnít convert their start and the chase fizzled out tamely.


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