On a two-paced Ferozeshah Kotla pitch, Kings XI Punjab’s batsmen did not gauge the trajectory of the deliveries. Poor running, thoughtless stroke-selection contributed to Kings XI’s ordinary batting display on Friday evening.
Kings XI could only manage a paltry 111 for nine in 20 overs, which the host, Delhi Daredevils, chased easily.
The target was never going to be challenging even for Delhi whose batting resources appear inadequate. The host won with eight wickets and 6.3 overs to spare.
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After Shreyas Iyer was unfortunately adjudged caught behind, opener Quinton de Kock and Sanju Samson put on 91 runs off just 64 deliveries for the second wicket to pave the way for an easy win.
Kings XI’s saga of horror started with a dropped catch of Manan Vohra leading to the run out of Murali Vijay. If there was any further proof needed of what fortune had in store for the host this evening, Shaun Marsh provided it. He stepped out to the first delivery of leg-spinner Amit Mishra to commit hara-kiri.
Thereafter, skipper David Miller and Glenn Maxwell were dismissed in the same over of Mishra. Manan Vohra, who top-scored with 32, lost his leg-stump after falling to read a googly and became the leg-spinner’s fourth victim.
Mishra’s spell of four for 11 in three overs broke the back of Kings XI. Surprisingly, he was not given another over.
The ball continued to roll for the host when J. P. Duminy’s diving throw caught Wriddhiman Saha out of the crease. As a result, Kings tumbled from 37 for one after six overs to 65 for six in after 13 overs. Thereafter, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma and Pradeep Sahu got their team to a three-digit score.
The host bowled 68 dot balls, conceded just 11 fours and two sixes. Barring Pawan Negi, the other five bowlersh had more than nine dot balls. Skipper Zaheer Khan headed the list with 17, including a maiden over.
It was one of those rare evenings, when Daredevils got everything right.