Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab - As it happened...
Zeenews Sports Bureau
Delhi Daredevils beat Kings XI Punjab by 5 wickets with an over to spare in an Indian Premier League match on Tuesday and qualified for the play-offs. Needing 11 runs from 12 balls for victory, Jayawardene finished off the proceedings in the 19th over by scoring three consecutive fours and completing a half century in the process.
Over 18: Punjab brought in their trump card Awana in the 18th over but after a dot ball Irfan Pathan smashed a slower short delivery to backsquare leg for four in the third ball. He followed up with another in the fifth ball, this time to extra cover. Again, full on middle and leg, Irfan Pathan slogged it to deep square leg for a boundary in the last ball. Delhi 126/5 (18.0 Ovs. Delhi need 11 runs in 12 balls.
Over 17: Eight came in that over, meaning Delhi need 26 runs in 18 balls. Delhi 111/5 (17.0 Ovs).
Over 16: Pressure on Delhi as Chawla completed a maiden over, a much needed one for Punjab. Delhi 103/5 (16.0 Ovs). Delhi need 34 runs in 24 balls.CRR 6.44 RR 8.50.
Over 15: Match poised for a tight finish as the required rate was just above six with five men left for Delhi.Delhi 103/5 (15.0 Ovs). Delhi need 34 runs in 30 balls.
Over 14: Ojha out!! Five down for Delhi. Ojha pulled a poor short delivery hard towards deep mid-wicket. But failed to clear the ropes as he find Mandeep near the boundary. Delhi need 42 runs in 36 balls. Naman Ojha c Mandeep Singh b Chawla 34(29) [4s-3 6s-2]
Over 13: Partnership between Jayawardene and Ojha reached 50. A dropped catch of Ojha by Chawla in the fifth ball could prove costly for the visiting team. Delhi need 49 runs in 42 balls. Delhi 88/4 (13.0 Ovs)
Over 12: Delhi slowly picked up the pace. Required rate came down after Harmeet Singh`s over. 12 runs came in that over. Delhi 82/4 (12 ovs)
Over 11: Expensive over that. Naman Ojha smashed Chawla for two sixes to finish the over. Ffifth ball: Tossed up on middle, Naman Ojha lofted it straight down the ground. Last ball: Flighted on middle, Naman Ojha charged down the track and smashed it straight down again. 15 runs. Delhi Daredevils 70/4
Over 8: Another good over from Awana meant Delhi were struggling at 42/4 after 8 overs. 3 runs came from that over. Delhi need 95 runs in 72 balls. Awana spell read: 3-0-7-3.
Over 6: Awana gave away just 1 run and took two wickets. Delhi Daredevils were 37/4 (100 runs required from 14 overs).
Over 5.4: Ross Taylor`s nigthmare continues. Ross Taylor c Saini b Awana 0(2)
Over 5.2: Awana struck again to remove Venugopal Rao. Rao tried to drive a good length delivery just outside the off stump. He managed an faint outside edge and gave an easy catch to Saini. Venugopal Rao c Saini b Awana 7(7) [4s-1]
Over 5: Azhar completed the over giving away just 4 runs. Delhi 36/2 (5.0 Ovs).
Delhi need 101 runs in 90 balls.
Over 4: Delhi lost Sehwag and Warner early in their chase. Sehwag scored 8 and Warner departed scoring 14.
Delhi 32/2 (4.0 Ovs)
Superb bowling efforts from Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron helped Delhi restrict Punjab to 136/8 in their allotted 20 overs in their IPL match on Tuesday.
Punjab captain David Hussey topped their run scorers chart with a 35-ball 40. For Delhi, Umesh finished with a tally that read: 4-0-21-3, while Aaron finished with the figures: 4-0-19-2.
Over 18.1: Morne bowled a low full toss just outside off, Hussey put it out to the off side, and set for quick single, but Praveen fell short and an accurate throw from Aaron ended his innings.At the end of over 19 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab were 131/8 with Hussey on 38.
Praveen Kumar run out (Aaron) 8(5) [4s-1]
Punjab 126/7 (18.0 Ovs)
Over 17.1: Chawla out!! Umesh bowled a short delivery just outside off, Chawla looked to slice it over point, but got an outside edge and Naman took it. Umesh yadav completed a spell that read: 4-0-21-3.
Chawla c Naman Ojha b Umesh Yadav 10(14)
Over 17:David Hussey sealed the first six of the innings after he clobbered a Morkel delivery to long on.
Kings XI Punjab 117/6
Punjab 99/6 (15.0 Ovs)
End of over 13 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 89/6 (RR: 6.84)
Over 12.5: Gurkeerat Singh out!! Good comeback after giving away two consecutive fours. Fifth ball: A slow delivery, pitching outside off turned away past the bat. Naman whipped the bails off. That brought Piyush Chawla to the crease.
Gurkeerat Singh st Naman Ojha b Pawan Negi 8(5) [4s-2]
Punjab 80/5 (12 ovs)
Over 11.5:Azhar Mahmood out!! Right after scoring a four, Azhar tried to loft a full towards long off
but failed to clear the boundary. Irfan took a good catch just infront of the ropes. Azhar Mahmood c Irfan Pathan b Umesh Yadav 9(7) [4s-1]
Over 11: David Hussey finished Negi`s over with a four to deep backward point. Punjab 72/4 (11.0 Ovs).
Over 10:Umesh Yadav continued his good spell and finished the over giving away just 2 runs. Punjab 64/4.
Over 9.4: MIller out!! Four down for Punjab. Hussey pushed a short outside off towards mid-on. MIller unaware where the ball went tried for a quick single. Negi scored a direct hit on the bowlers end to remove miller. David Miller run out (Pawan Negi) 4(7)
Over 9: Irfan was brought back into the attack. But poor start as Hussey sent a short ball to deep backward point for four. Ended up well. Gave away just 6 runs. Punjab 62/3 (9.0 Ovs).
Punjab 56/3 (8.0 Ovs).
Over 7.2:Saini out!! Umesh Yadav got his first wicket. Good length ball in the zone outside off, Saini tried to push it hard, got an outside edge. Sehwag took another beauty at first slip. David Miller came to the crease. Saini c Sehwag b Umesh Yadav 15(15) [4s-2].
Over 7: Pawan Negi came in, but Punjab kept scoreboard ticking. Nitin Saini and David Hussey on the crease. Punjab 54/2 (7.0 Ovs)
Punjab 47/2 (6.0 Ovs)
Over 5.2: Mandeep Singh out!! Sehwag pulled off a blinder at short mid wicket and removed Mandeep. Mandeep tried to pull a short outside off side but failed to connect and Sehwag dived to his left . Mandeep Singh c Sehwag b Aaron 21(12) [4s-5]
Over 5:Mandeep Singh on a roll. Smashed three boundaries off Morne Morkel. Second ball: good length ball but wide outside off, he got an edge and the ball went to third man boundary. Third ball: Mandeep slapped a short and wide ball outside off past backward point. Got another one in the last ball.
Punjab 26/1 (4.0 Ovs)
Over 3.1: Marsh out!! He bowled a good length ball on leg stump round the wicket, got a bit of bat and pat.Naman Ojha dived to his right to complete a clean catch.
Over 3: Morne Morkel was introduced, displayed quality bowling. Almost got a wicket in the last ball. Mandeep Singh`s shot was in the air for a while before rolling to the deep square leg boundary. 5 runs came in that over. Punjab 24/0 (3.0 Ovs)
Over 2: Venugopal Rao came into attack in the second over, proved expensive in the end. 13 runs in Venugopal`s first over, thanks to Marsh. Three boundaries came in that over. Punjab 19/0 (2.0 Ovs)
Over 1: Irfan Pathan opened the attack for Delhi. Mandeep Singh and Shaun Marsh opened for Punjab. Pathan started off with a good length ball. Mandeep Singh finished it with a boundary to midwicket. Punjab 6/0 (1.0 Ovs).
Toss: Kings XI Punjab captain David Hussey won the toss and decided to bat first against Delhi Daredevils.
For Delhi, Ross Taylor and Pawan Negi came in replacing Roelof van der Merwe and Yogesh Nagar.
While Delhi Daredevils, with 18 points from 13 games, are favourites to make it to the play-offs, Kings XI Punjab need to win all three remaining games to stay in contention. Boasting a good away record, Punjab will aim nothing short of a win when they take on table toppers Delhi at Kotla on Tuesday.
The two teams have had contrasting results in their previous matches. While Delhi were completely outplayed by Chennai Super Kings after their top-order flopped miserably, KXIP eked out a victory off the last ball courtesy some lusty shots by stand-in-captain David Hussey and young Gurkeerat Singh Ahluwalia.
The Daredevils have been mostly dependent on their top-order batsmen to fire. Inevitably when skipper Virender Sehwag or David Warner have failed to provide momentum, the home team has looked pretty ordinary as the middle-order batsmen are yet to stand-up and be counted.
Delhi Daredevils: David Warner, Virender Sehwag (c), Mahela Jayawardene, Ross Taylor, Naman Ojha (w), Venugopal Rao, Irfan Pathan, Pawan Negi, Morne Morkel, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav.
Kings XI Punjab: Nitin Saini (w), Mandeep Singh, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey (c), Azhar Mahmood, David Miller, Gurkeerat Singh, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Parvinder Awana, Harmeet Singh.