IPL 2013: Kings XI Stay Alive By Beating Delhi
Kings XI Punjab 171-4 (Marsh 45) beat
Delhi Daredevils 164-7 by seven runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Dharmasala
Kings XI Punjab's dream of making it through to the Indian Premier League 2013 play-offs remains alive after a seven-run win over Delhi Daredevils in the beautiful setting of Dharamsala in northern India.
Runs from Adam Gilchrist, Shaun Marsh and David Miller helped them post 171 for four and Delhi reached 164 for seven in reply, Sandeep Sharma taking three wickets.
On a day when the IPL, and indeed the world of cricket, was rocked by spot-fixing rearing its ugly head once again, Kings XI managing to stay in the tournament provided some much-needed positive sentiment.
Gilchrist, whose late-season surge of form has coincided with Kings XI Punjab's rally, made 42 in 26 balls, opening partner Marsh hit 45 in 44 and the late show was provided by Miller, whose 44 not out came from 24 deliveries and included four sixes.
Rajagopal Sathish also made 22 in 13 balls as Kings XI finished their innings strongly.
They started well in the field as well, Praveen Kumar bowling Unmukt Chand with an inswinger for seven and Sharma strking twice in as many balls to remove Irfan Pathan (1) and David Warner (0) to leave Delhi, who have now lost 12 matches in all, struggling at 12 for three.
They were 61 for four when Virender Sehwag fell for 30 and although Mahela Jayawardene (39) and Ben Rohrer (49) managed to add 40 for the fifth wicket, the die was cast.
Sharma removed Jayawardene as well to pick up three for 23 and only a couple of late sixes from Morne Morkel (13 not out in three balls) ensured Delhi finished within two shots of Kings XI - for much of the match, they were well behind.
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