In another match that kept see-sawing till the last ball, table toppers Kings XI Punjab (143-8) beat Delhi Daredevils (139-8) which remain at the bottom of the points table.
In a rare game where the bowlers dominated the batsmen for a large part of the match, the fixture at Feroz Shah Kolta had some thrilling moments to offer. The match also saw some interesting team changes with Punjab resting Chris Gayle and Delhi going for a complete overhaul, making five changes in their playing XI.
Pun in to bat, KXIP lost their new opener in Aaron Finch (2) in the second over. As always, KL Rahul (23, 15b) gave Punjab a good start and after he got out, KXIP were at a decent score of 51 for 2 at the end of the Powerplay overs.
However, the major problem for the KXIP innings was that each of Mayank Agarwal (21), Karun Nair (34), David Miller (26) and Yuvraj Singh (14) got starts but did not convert them into substantial scores. Each of debutant Liam Plunkett (4-17-3), Daniel Christian (3-17-1) and Trent Boult (3-21-2) bowled well to restrict Delhi to a sub-par score of 143-8.
Languishing at the bottom of the table, this was a golden opportunity for Delhi to gain back some momentum. At one end, Prithvi Shaw (22, 10b) got off to a flier smashing Barinder Sran for 18 runs in one over.
On the other end, Gautam Gambhir struggled to get going at departed with 4 runs off 13 balls after what was one of the slowest innings of the IPL.
Shreyas Iyer (57) then held one end up and saw Glenn Maxwell (12), Rishabh Pant (4) and Daniel Christian (6) departing before him. When Rahul Tewatia (24) stitched a 47-run partnership with Iyer, things began to look hopeful for Delhi.
However, Barinder Sran (4-45-1) came back with an excellent penultimate over, conceding just 4 runs and also picking up the wicket of Liam Plunkett.
Although Iyer clobbered a four and six off the last over off Mujeeb Ur Rahman, he was holed out off the last ball in the deep as Delhi fell short of the target by 5 runs.
In the bowling department, each of Ankit Rajpoot (4-23-2, MoM), Andrew Tye (4-25-2), Ravi Ashwin (4-19-0) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (4-25-2) played their designated role to choke Delhi’s run flow in what could have been an easy chase
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