IPL 2017 18th Match: Pandey keeps cool to lead Knight Riders to tense win

Pandey scored his ninth IPL fifty

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Manish Pandey maintained a calm composure to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders to a four-wicket win over the Delhi Daredevils on the penultimate ball of the match.

Pandey, who finished unbeaten on 69, was well supported by Yusuf Pathan and Nathan Coulter-Nile as they scored 59 and took three wickets respectively.

Choosing to bat first, the Daredevils made an excellent start to their innings as Sanju Samson and Sam Billings amassed a 53-run partnership before Billings was caught behind off the bowling of Coulter-Nile for 21.

Samson fell shortly after for 39, but just as the Daredevils seemed to be rebuilding their innings, Shreyas Iyer was run out by Colin de Grandhomme for 26.

The Daredevils lost wickets at regular intervals from that point, including that of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, who smashed a 16-ball 38.

With Chris Morris adding a quickfire 16, the Daredevils managed to reach 168/7 off their 20 overs.

Coulter-Nile was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav and Sunil Narine chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Coulter-Nile finished with figures of 3-22 off his four overs

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Chasing 169 to win, the Knight Riders found themselves in trouble early on as Zaheer Khan and Pat Cummins sliced through their top order to leave them at 21/3 in the third over.

Pandey and Pathan came to the rescue as they put together a 110-run partnership, during which Pathan surpassed his half-century.

However, he was unable to make the most of it as he was caught and bowled by Morris for 59 off 39 balls, which included six boundaries and two sixes.

Pathan made his 13th IPL fifty

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Even though Suryakumar Yadav fell soon after, the Knight Riders still stayed in the game and entered the final over of the match needing nine runs to win.

However, the first two balls proved to be disastrous as they not only failed to score any runs, but lost Woakes as well.

With only managing a single off the third ball, Pandey took it upon himself to lead his side to victory and did so by thumping a six off the fourth ball and taking two runs off the penultimate ball of the match.

Pandey ended up finishing on 69 off 49 deliveries, which included four boundaries and three sixes.

Zaheer and Cummins took two wickets apiece, while Morris and Amit Mishra claimed one wicket each.

Coulter-Nile was named Man of the Match.

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