Delhi Daredevils produced a scintillating performance to thrash seemingly soulless Kings XI Punjab side at Feroz Shah Kotla by eight wickets with 39 balls remaining in the match.
After winning the toss, Delhi skipper Zaheer Khan led from the front with an inspiring new ball spell to give his team a good start. Another seasoned bowler, Amit Mishra then toyed with batsmen with his veritable leg spin and destroy the Punjab innings.
Then, chasing a 112-run target, South African opener Quinton de Kock played a rollicking innings to help the hosts register their first win of the season. He was unbeaten on 59 off 42 balls. In his company, Sanju Samson played sensibly to stitch a 91-run second wicket stand, which all but ended Punjab's chances.
Mishra was adjudged Man of the Match in his 100th IPL game. He took four Punjab wickets.
DELHI DAREDEVILS INNINGS
Over 13.3 || Score 113/2 (de Kock 59; Negi 8); Target 112
Needing 10 runs to register their first win, Delhi Daredevils achieved the feat with Pawan Negi hitting the third ball of Pardeep Sahu's third over for a huge six over mid-wicket boundary.
Quinton de Kock hit the first ball of the over for a four, then a took single to give the strike to new man.
DD thus won the match by 8 wickets with 39 balls remaining.
Over 13 || Score 102/2 (de Kock 54; Negi 2); Target 112
Finally a wicket for Punjab. Axar Patel clean bowled Sanju Samson.
WICKET: Sanju Samson b Axar Patel 33 (32b)
That happened off the fifth ball, after four singles. The wicket meant that a 91-run partnership also broken. Pawan Negi is the new man.
Over 12 || Score 96/1 (de Kock 52; Samson 31); Target 112
Mitchell Johnson returned for his third over. A single to Sanju Samson to start the over, then Quinton de Kock played an exquisite lofted straight drive for a four. It was followed by another lofted shot, this time to beat a diving mid-wicket fielder at deep.
Two singles and a huge six, hoicked over long leg boundary. Johnson leaked 17 runs. DD need another 16 runs.
Over 11 || Score 79/1 (de Kock 37; Samson 29); Target 112
David Miller introduced Glenn Maxwell. Risky! And
The over started with 2 wides. Then Sanju Samson hit back-to-back fours, one through the third man area, another through cover.
Two dot balls followed, then a single. A dot to end the over. 11 runs from the over. DD need 33 more runs from 54 balls.
Over 10 || Score 68/1 (de Kock 37; Samson 20); Target 112
The time-out had desire effect on the fielding team as Mohit Sharma conceded eight runs.
The over started with a single to Quinton de Kock, then a wide because of the height. One for the over, signaled by the umpires. Then, Sanju Samson creamed a short ball, over the bowler's head, for a four. A single, then a dot ball, which was followed by a leg-bye.
Delhi need another 44 runs from 60 balls.
Over 9 || Score 60/1 (de Kock 36; Samson 15); Target 112
Anther good over for Delhi as Pardeep Sahu leaked 10 runs from his second over. The over started with a dot ball to Sanju Samson, then a 2 followed.
A dot ball and two singles, before Samson hit his first six of the innings, over long-on. Quinton de Kock and Samson also completed a fifty-run stand in quick time. Time-out.
Over 8 || Score 50/1 (de Kock 35; Samson 6); Target 112
Axar Patel returned for his second over and it went for 12 runs with Quinton de Kock hitting the first, third and fourth deliveries going for boundaries.
Delhi Daredevils need 62 more runs from 12 overs.
Over 7 || Score 38/1 (de Kock 23; Samson 6); Target 112
Busy over. Pardeep Sahu conceded nine runs from his first over even as Quinton de Kock received a lif after Wriddhiman Saha missed a straightforward stumping chance. It instead went for four byes.
It happened off the fifth delivery.
10 runs from the over. And Delhi need 74 more runs from 13 overs.
Over 6 || Score 28/1 (de Kock 19; Samson 5); Target 112
David Miller brought back Mitchell Johnson into the attack, and the over went for
It started with a single to Sanju Samson, followed by two more. The fourth ball was hit for a four by Quinton de Kock. A dot ball and another single to end the over.
Eight runs from the over. Power play over. Delhi need 84 runs from 14 overs.
Over 5 || Score 20/1 (de Kock 13; Samson 3); Target 112
Spin on for the first time in the innings. Axar Patel just about did it perfect, conceding eight runs and also creating chances.
Quinton de Kock was put down at by Murali Vijay, but it was a tough chance. That happened off the fourth ball.
De Kock, not to be intimidated by it, hit the last ball of the over for a four, over point.
Over 4 || Score 12/1 (de Kock 7; Samson 2); Target 112
Mohit Sharma replaced Mitchell Johnson, and what a first over from right-arm medium pacer.
A single to Quinton de Kock, then three dot balls to Sanju Samson. The right-handed batsman hen played a fancy shot, which at first look looked like traveling all the way, but could fetch only a 2. Good fielding by Axar Patel at deep mid-wicket.
A dot to end the over. Three runs from it. Delhi Daredevils need 100 runs exactly from 16 overs.
Over 3 || Score 9/1 (de Kock 6; Samson 0); Target 112
Farcical decision from Sundaram Ravi. There's enough gap between the bat and ball, but the umpire thought it was out, Caught behind, and Shreyas Iyer gone. A good length, but shaping away after pitching outside of leg stump line.
WICKET: Shreya Iyer c Wriddhiman Saha b Sandeep Sharma
That happened off the first ball of the over, and it ended as a maiden over. Sanju Samson is the new man.
Over 2 || Score 9/0 (de Kock 6; Iyer 3); Target 112
Mitchell Johnson on for Kings XI Punjab, and the fist delivery beat the bat. Shaping away nicely after pitching on the middle stump.
A single followed as Shreyas Iyer gently tucked away a wicket to wicket delivery to mid-wicket.
Quinton de Kock then ate up two dot deliveries. A single off the penultimate delivery, which was followed by another single. Three runs from the over.
Over 1 || Score 6/0 (de Kock 5; Iyer 1); Target 112
Pitched-up delivery from Sandeep Singh to start the second innings. Quinton de Kock showed the full face of the bat, and defended, for a dot ball. Another dot ball.
The South African then rotated his wrist to take a single off a ball which pitched on the off stump.
On strike for the first time, Shreyas Iyer mistimed his shot, but a single as the ball raced to long leg fielder.
Then, de Kock swung hard for the first boundary. Ball flew over the cover point fielder.
A brief stoppage with a cheergirl running across the sidescreen, then a dot to end the over. The chase on for Delhi, 6 runs.
KINGS XI PUNJAB INNINGS
Over 20 || Score 111/9 (Sahu 18; Sandeep 1)
Some runs to end the innings. Pardeep Sahu hit Carlos Brathwaite for a six, off the second ball, then along with Sandeep Sharma, ran two two's and a single to make it a 12-run over.
The West Indian's bowling figures: 4-0-33-0.
Over 19 || Score 99/9 (Sahu 7; Sandeep 0)
Chris Morris also got amongst the wickets with a perfect yorker, which uprooted Mitchell Johnson's wickets.
WICKET: Mitchell Johnson b Chris Morris 4 (12b)
That happened off the fifth ball, and there was three singles before that. Last man for Punjab is Sandeep Sharma, and he just survived. Morris also completed his spell. His figures: 4-0-19-1.
Over 18 || Score 96/8 (Johnson 3; Sahu 5)
Another wicket of the first ball of a new over. Zaheer Khan removed Mohit Sharma. Good catch by Chris Morris at mid-off.
WICKET: Mohit Sharma c Chris Morris b Zaheer Khan 15 (8b)
Pardeep Sahu, the new man, found a thick edge to beat a diving Quinton de Kock for his first four. That happened off the fourth ball. Six runs and a wicket. Zaheer's figures: 4-1-14-1.
Over 17 || Score 90/7 (Johnson 2; Mohit 15)
Chris Morris on for his last over. A single to Mohit Sharma off the first ball. A dot ball followed, before a leg-bye.
Mohit then played a gentle cut shot, which was fielded at deep by Carlos Brathwaite. Three runs. Two dot balls to end the over. Five from it.
Over 16 || Score 85/7 (Johnson 2; Mohit 11)
A wicket off the first ball, thanks to a brilliant forward diving catch from Pawan Negi.
WICKET: Axar Patel c Pawan Negi b Jayant Yadav 11 (22b)
Then, new man Mohit Sharma punished his state-mate with a six and four. 12 runs from the over. Yadav's bowling figures: 4-0-23-1.
Over 15 || Score 73/6 (Patel 11; Johnson 2)
Zaheer Khan operated Carlos Brathwaite from the same end. Two dot balls to Axar Patel, then the left-handed batsman pulled the third one for a four, even as two Delhi fielders tried in vain to field at boundary.
A dot ball, then another glimpse of JP Duminy's fielding. The Proteas jumped on his left to stop a crunching drive, before going at the stumps. Just missed by a whisker. No run.
A single to end the over. Five runs from it. In the last five overs, Punjab could score only 15 runs, losing two wickets.
In the previous over, Jayant Yadav returned for his third over, and conceded only three runs. A single and a 2.
Over 13 || Score 65/6 (Patel 5; Johnson 1)
Then, Zaheer Khan brought in Carlos Brathwaite. And the West Indies player responded with a brilliant over by conceding only two runs, and also a run-out, off the last ball of the over.
WICKET: Wriddhiman Saha run out 3 (7b)
Jean-Paul Duminy's diving throw reminded of Jonty Rhodes. Brilliance from the South African. Mitchell Johnson is the new man.
Over 12 || Score 58/5 (Patel 4; Saha 2)
Another good over for the fielding side. Four runs, all singles, as Jayant Yadav kept the pressure on.
Over 11 || Score 58/5 (Patel 2; Saha 0)
What a spell from Amit Mishra. One run and a single. After two dot balls, Axar Patel took a single. Then, Mishra produced a beauty to clean bowl Manan Vohra.
WICKET: Manan Vohra b Amit Mishra 32 (24b)
Wriddhiman Saha, the new man, blocked the two remaining deliveries.
Over 10 || Score 58/4 (Vohra 32; Patel 1)
Bowling change for Delhi. Jayant Yadav on with his slow off-break deliveries. A dot to start the over, then Manan Vohra took a 2, which was followed by a single.
After two dot balls, Axar Patel took a single off the last ball, to make it a four-run over.
In the last five overs, Delhi have scored 35 runs for in exchange of three wickets. Hefty price.
Over 9 || Score 54/4 (Vohra 29; Patel 0)
Amit Mishra struck again, first ball of the over again. David Miller trapped in front. No hesitation from the umpire.
WICKET: David Miller lbw b Amit Mishra 9 (9b)
Then, two dot balls later Mishra got the better of new man Glenn Maxwell. Good catch at long-off by Carlos Brathwaite.
WICKET: Glenn Maxwell c Carlos Brathwaite b Amit Mishra 0 (3b)
New man is Axar Patel. Two wickets and two runs from the over.
Over 8 || Score 52/2 (Vohra 28; Miller 9)
Chris Morris returned for his second over. The South African is producing the goods with lot of pace.
A dot ball to Manan Vohra to start the over. A single, then a dot ball. It was followed by a wide, on the leg, with Quinton de Kock getting his left hand onto it.
David Miller then took a single off his fellow Proteas. The over ended with thick inside edge, which beat a diving de Kock on his right. Lucky Vohra. And with that Punjab crossed fifty. Seven ruins from the over.
Over 7 || Score 45/2 (Vohra 23; Miller 8)
First ball wicket. Amit Mishra got the prized wicket of Shaun Marsh. Stumped by Quinton de Kock.
WICKET: Shaun Marsh st Quinto de Kock b Amit Mishra 13 (16b)
That brought Punjab skipper David Miller in the centre. The over still went for eight runs as Miller got himself busied with a four and two two's.
Over 6 || Score 37/1 (Vohra 23; Marsh 13)
Carlos Brathwaite first ball strayed and Manan Vohra glanced it for a four. A dot ball followed from the West Indian all-rounder.
Shaun Marsh took a single off the next ball, then Vohra hit the fourth delivery for a four. This time, by opening the face of the bat, and lofted over cover fielder.
Then, Vohra played an adventurous shot for third four through third man area. 14 runs from it.
Over 5 || Score 23/1 (Vohra 10; Marsh 12)
Zaheer Khan continued for his third over on the trot. A 2 to start, then two dot balls, then a short delivery, which was played by Shaun Marsh towards the mid-on fielder. Still a dot, though.
Then, the left-handed Aussie found the gap between the gully and third man for his second boundary. Timing too was perfect.
Tidy over from the skipper. Six runs from it.
Over 4 || Score 17/1 (Vohra 10; Marsh 6)
Chris Morris on, and the South African bowler started with a beauty, which beat Shaun Marsh. Close call for the Aussie. The ball just missed the target by a whisker.
A single off the second ball, then a lofted shot from Manan Vohra which as fielded well by Pawan Negi at deep. Three runs.
Then two dot balls, including a close LBW call against Marsh, followed before a single to end the over. Five runs from the over.
Over 3 || Score 12/1 (Vohra 7; Marsh 4)
Skipper Zaheer Khan continued for his second over. A maiden over. Manan Vohra had no clue.
Maiden overs are a rarity in T20 cricket, but it coming from someone like Zaheer is heartening see. Still got a fight or two left in him.
Over 2 || Score 12/1 (Vohra 7; Marsh 4)
Pawan Negi introduced, and after a dot ball, first boundary of the match. Launched with conviction over cover by Manan Vohra.
Then comedy of errors. Vohra played a similar shot, but and Zaheer Khan dropped the catch at cover, but the skipper did well to chase down the ball and from a relay throw from Karun Nair got the wicket of Murali Vijay.
WICKET: Murali Vijay run out 1 (5b)
That brought Shaun Marsh. A four from the Aussie, deft touch to run down the third man area. 10 runs and a wicket.
Over 1 || Score 2/0 (Vijay 1; Vohra 1)
Skipper Zaheer started the proceedings with Murali Vijay on strike, and a hint of swing from the first ball. It pitched on the middle, then moved a bit to caught Punjab opener on the leg high pad.
Another dot ball followed, similar delivery. A cautious Vijay held his bat as the ball for the first time hit the off stump line. Then the first run, a single, gently played towards the gully.
Manan Vohra got his first delivery served and a single. A dot ball to end the over. Two singles from the skipper's first over.
Here are the playing XIs:
Delhi Daredevils: Shreyas Iyer, Quinton de Kock (wk), Karun Nair, Jean-Paul Duminy, Sanju Samson, Pawan Negi, Carlos Brathwaite, Jayant Yadav, Chris Morris, Zaheer Khan (capt.), Amit Mishra
Kings XI Punjab: Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, David Miller (capt.), Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Axar Patel, Mitchell Johnson, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Pardeep Sahu
TOSS: Zaheer Khan wins toss, Delhi Daredevils will bowl first. Kings XI Punjab captain David Miller said, he would have done the same... Two changes for Delhi, Jayant Yadav and experienced JP Duminy comes in for Nathan Coultner-Nile and Mayank Agarwal. For KXIP, Shaun Marsh comes in for Marcus Stoinis.
Today's match officials
Umpires: Sundaram Ravi and Chettithody Shamshuddin
Third umpire: Nitin Menon
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama
Reserve umpire: Navdeep Singh
Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (capt.), Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Pawan Suyal, Jayant Yadav, Chris Morris, Sam Billings, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Imran Tahir, Mahipal Lomor, Chama Milind, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Khaleel Ahmed, Akhil Herwadkar, Pratyush Singh.
Kings XI Punjab: David Miller (capt.), Kyle Abbott, Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Anureet Singh, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Pardeep Sahu, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, Swapnil Singh, Armaan Jaffer, Farhaan Behardien, KC Cariappa, Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Nikhil Naik, Shardul Thakur.
It's on the first week of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016, but Delhi Daredevils (DD) -- the perennial under-achievers of the league -- find themselves in a similar spot.
The manner is which they lost to two-time champions Kolkata Knight Rider tells a story of cluelessness. That too after spending huge amounts of money in the players' auction and of course, the hiring of Rahul Dravid as the mentor.
And in their second match of the season, DD will host Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Another defeat today will put the team in huge pressure, also considering a seemingly lethargic leadership from Zaheer Khan.
The situation is similar for the visiting team, but KXIP at least looked like giving a fight to a strong Gujarat Lions.
However, the match at Feroz Shah Kotla will no favourites.
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New Delhi: Welcome to our live coverage of the Match 7 of 2016 Indian Premier League between Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab, being played at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.