Delhi Daredevils 231-4 (Sehwag, Warner 77) beat
Kings XI Punjab 202-6 (Marsh 95) by 29 runs
Indian Premier League 2011, Delhi
The Delhi Daredevils beat the Kings XI Punjab by 29 runs in a heavyweight Indian Premier League 2011 fight between their batting line-ups at Delhi.
It was the home team's second win only in the competition, while the Punjab side suffered their second loss.
Chasing a huge 232 for victory, Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty had a tall order to fulfil from the word go. But the latter near failed for once, having impressed one and all so far. Valthaty was out for 14 runs only.
It brought together two Aussies at the crease as Shaun Marsh joined his captain. The duo put on 52 runs for the second wicket and their stand came in only 6.4 overs as it looked for a second that Kings XI might indeed make a chase of it. But Gilchrist was out in the 11th over and then Dinesh Karthik fell in the 12th over as they lost their way. The score read 117 for three at that point and still 115 runs more were needed.
Marsh, meanwhile, carried his form from the last game, getting a second consecutive half-century and only missing out on his century by five runs. He was fifth out for 95 runs, made off only 46 balls with nine fours and six big sixes. But it was not enough, as Kings XI fell short in the end.
That they crossed the 200-run mark batting second at the Feroz Shah Kotla was commendable in itself, and obviously helped their run-rate.
Earlier, Delhi raced to the highest total in this year’s IPL. The main strength in their batting lies at the top and their openers decided to display their wares in full tonight.
David Warner and Virender Sehwag have been opening in the IPL for quite some time, but they really made good on their partnership this day, putting up 146 runs for the first wicket. The first 50 came up in only the fifth over while the second one came in the next five as they ground the Kings XI attack to dust. After the fourth over, the Delhi run-rate never dipped below ten runs an over and they just ran away to a big score as the Kotla pitch played true for once.
Sehwag was the first to go, out for 77 runs off 35 balls with eight fours and four sixes. He went back in the 12th over and four overs later it was Warner who returned to the pavilion, also making 77 runs. He used up 48 balls with seven fours and four sixes to boot.
At 179 for three, Delhi could have still lost their way but the middle order didn’t disappoint for once. Yalaka Venugopal Rao smacked 28 runs off just 15 balls and Naman Ojha made 19 off eight balls, with two sixes, as Delhi rode their way to a mammoth total.
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