JP Duminy hit a timely unbeaten 52 after skipper Dinesh Karthik set the foundation with a fighting 56-run knock as Delhi Daredevils edged out Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in a thrilling IPL Twenty20 match, in Dubai yesterday.
Electing to bat, KKR posted a decent 166 for five, thanks to some brilliant batting by Robin Uthappa (55), Manish Pandey (48) and Shakib Al Hasan (30 not out) at Dubai International Stadium.
Delhi Daredevils batsmen responded to the challenge well and overhauled the target with three balls to spare.
In the day's first match, after restricting Mumbai Indians to a modest 115 for nine, the Royal Challengers of Bangalore cantered to a seven-wicket win, their second on the trot, in the Indian Premier League in 17.3 overs.
RCB though had a shaky start when left-handed opener Nic Maddinson was cleaned up by pacer Lasith Malinga for 16 and Zaheer Khan wreaked havoc in the very next over with two wickets.
Left-arm pacer Zaheer sent skipper Virat Kohli for a duck and trapped Sharjah hero Yuvraj Singh lbw for nought in the space of three deliveries.
But Mumbai's cheer was shortlived as Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers soon got a grip of the situation to stitch a 99-run unbeaten partnership.
SCORES IN BRIEF
MI: 115 for 9 in 20 overs (Rayudu 35, Anderson 18, Tare 17, Hussey 16; Chahal 2-17, Starc 2-21, Aaron 2-30)
RCB: 116 for 3 in 17.3 overs (Patel 57, de Villiers 45; Zaheer 2-21)
Result: Bangalore won by 7 wickets.
Player-of-the-match: Parthiv Patel.
KKR: 166 for 5 in 20 overs (Uthappa 55, Pandey 48, Shakib 30 not out; Coulter-Nile 2-27)
DD: 167 for 6 (Karthik 56, Duminy 52 not out; Morkel 2-41, Shakib 0-25)
Result: Dehli won by 4 wickets. Player-of-the-match: Jean-Paul Duminy.