Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab IPL 2018


A heavily-rejigged Daredevils produced a much-improved bowling performance to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 143 for eight but the visitors staged a strong comeback to stop Delhi at 139 for eight. That it was a last-ball thriller was down to some sloppy batting and the brilliance of 17-year-old mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Shreyas Iyer.

With Daredevils needing 21 runs off 12 deliveries, Sran removed Plunkett and conceded just four runs to bring Kings closer to victory. Before Rahul's dismissal meanwhile, Khan banged one short and Finch's miscued pull went to Iyer.

Kings XI Punjab pipped Delhi Daredevils by four runs in the 22nd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here at the Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket stadium on Monday.

Nearly all the other Punjab batsmen got a start but failed to convert them into a big one with Daredevils bowler's bowling good line and length.

While the Delhi team's leadership has been playing hide-n-seek with Christian in terms of his inclusion in the playing XI, Plunkett just earned his first game of IPL 11; he couldn't have had a more memorable first outing in a new season. Caught on the boundary by Aaron Finch on final ball. The veteran revealed he has taken to yoga and massage to keep himself fit while KXIP opener KL Rahul sent out a warning to their rivals, saying the "Universe Boss" is hungrier than ever to score big runs. He swiftly swivelled on the back foot and hooked a flat six over fine leg. A good diving catch by Avesh Khan. No Gayle, Rahul and Finch gone. Delhi had it all on a platter, and still, they managed to make it hard on themselves. Later, a well-set Karun Nair holed out to Shreyas at long-on. While one has been known for scoring runs, the other, obviously, is known to taking wickets. So, Nair decided to make up for it against pace. Plunkett, however, did not offer pace: another offcutter dismissed another Karnataka batsman.

Delhi did have some trouble getting rid of David Miller, but not because the South African didn't give chances - he was dropped once each by Maxwell and Shaw.

KXIP have been the best batting team in the first six overs this season - run rate of 10.67 and economy rate of 7.63.

If winning the toss came as a relief, not having to face Chris Gayle's heavy blade due to the Jamaican being out with soreness, was a boon. Got Lokesh Rahul with one that bounced a little, and then started bending the ball away from the right handers, knocked over Mayank Agarwal with a straight one, and had Nair caught on the fence.

Delhi was keen to not only get their campaign back on track but also seek revenge against Punjab, who had earlier beaten the Daredevils comprehensively in the reverse fixture at Mohali.