Indian Premier League, 64th match: Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab at Delhi, May 15, 2012
Delhi Daredevils won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
15 May 2012 - night match (20-over match)

All set for the start. Sehwag sets his field. Mandeep takes guard, Irfan has the new ball. There is a slip in place

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7.30 pm David Hussey has won the toss and Kings XI will have a bat

Sehwag says it does not matter, he would have chosen to bowl anyway. Ross Taylor and Negi in, van der Merwe and Nagar are out for Delhi

Punjab have Miller and Harmeet in for Harris and Chitnis

7.20 pm After three days of double-headers, welcome to our coverage of the only IPL game today, between Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab in Delhi.

The race for the playoffs is down to its closing stages. Both Delhi and Punjab have three games left, two of them against each other. You would have backed Delhi to win both given their form earlier this season.

Have a look at the preview while we wait for the toss


Pathan to Mandeep Singh, 1 leg bye, swing into the right-hander first up, from a good length, but going down the leg side and tucked fine


Pathan to Marsh, no run, Marsh beaten with the movement away from him outside off stump, takes a step forward, is hesitant as he pokes at the ball leaving him


Pathan to Marsh, no run, moving away, but fuller this time, and Marsh reaches out to push it to short extra cover


Pathan to Marsh, 1 leg bye, pitches it on leg stump and gets it to straighten, hit on the pad as he misses the work to leg


Pathan to Mandeep Singh, no run, moves forward and pushes one going across him, pushes it to short extra cover


Pathan to Mandeep Singh, FOUR, pulled away for a one-bounce four over midwicket, the ball swung in, but from back of a length, and Mandeep was ready, he has been really eager to play the pull this IPL

End of over 1 (6 runs) Kings XI Punjab 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • Mandeep Singh 4 (3b 1x4)
    • SE Marsh 0 (3b)
    • IK Pathan 1-0-4-0

Ram: "Not sure why is Delhi not playing Russell ahead of Taylor. Russell is as good as Pollard and Bravo and in better form then Ross."

Rao to have a bowl with his offbreaks, surprising


Venugopal Rao to Marsh, FOUR, starts off with an innocuous flat and shortish one outside off, Marsh puts it away through extra cover


Venugopal Rao to Marsh, no run, wide delivery outside off, pushed to cover


Venugopal Rao to Marsh, FOUR, bit of flight this time, widish again, and short enough for him to stay in the crease and cut it past cover


Venugopal Rao to Marsh, no run, flights it fullish on off, defended


Venugopal Rao to Marsh, FOUR, more runs, the Rao experiment not working, wide again, flat again, short again, Marsh crashes it through cover


Venugopal Rao to Marsh, 1 run, to deep midwicket for a single

End of over 2 (13 runs) Kings XI Punjab 19/0 (RR: 9.50)

    • SE Marsh 13 (9b 3x4)
    • Mandeep Singh 4 (3b 1x4)
    • Y Venugopal Rao 1-0-13-0
    • IK Pathan 1-0-4-0

James: "Love the young Indian pace guns (Yadav and Aaron) in the Delhi side. Hope they keep bowling fast and aggressive!"

Wide slip in place


Morkel to Marsh, no run, Morne begins with a tight length ball around off, defended awkwardly


Morkel to Marsh, no run, bounces into him from back of a length on leg, he takes it on the body as he is cramped for room

Ankit: "No matter what their openers do, if they want to win the IPL.. Taylor has to fire.. Delhi has a weakness and that's their middle order."


Morkel to Marsh, no run, angled outside off now, but he pushes it tamely to point from the crease


Morkel to Marsh, no run, tall Morne hurls in a 146.8 kph yorker from the heavens, Marsh does really well to jam his bat down on it


Morkel to Marsh, 1 leg bye, huge appeal from Morne, and a long one too, he went on imploring umpire Dharmasena, who walked away without fuss, the back of a length ball pitched just outside leg though


Morkel to Mandeep Singh, FOUR, in the air but just out of the reach of square leg

End of over 3 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 24/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • Mandeep Singh 8 (4b 2x4)
    • SE Marsh 13 (14b 3x4)
    • M Morkel 1-0-4-0
    • Y Venugopal Rao 1-0-13-0

Aaron to Marsh, OUT, Marsh has been given caught down the leg side, and Aaron has struck first ball, Aaron angled it in from around the stumps, it was headed down the leg side, Marsh tried to turn it fine but ended up getting something on it for the keeper to take a diving catch to his right, seemed to be bit of both bat and thigh pad

SE Marsh c †Ojha b Aaron 13 (13m 15b 3x4 0x6) SR: 86.66


Aaron to Saini, no run, 143.3 kph pitched up ball headed for middle and off, defended just in time


Aaron to Saini, no run, pushes one pitched full on the stumps to the bowler


Aaron to Saini, 1 run, full again and a fine drive this time, beats the bowler as he gets his hand down, but mid off gets across to his right and dives to save the four, Negi it is


Aaron to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, inside edge onto pad prevented a big lbw appeal off the length ball, there is a direct hit by Warner at the non-striker's but replays show he has just made his ground


Aaron to Saini, no run, holds its line from back of a length just outside off at 144.4 kph, beats him

End of over 4 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 26/1 (RR: 6.50)

    • N Saini 1 (4b)
    • Mandeep Singh 9 (5b 2x4)
    • VR Aaron 1-0-2-1
    • M Morkel 1-0-4-0

Ashok: "As Ankit said, Taylor has to fire irrespective of Sehwag-Warner brilliance with bat. That is the reason they keep playing him ahead of Russell. It wont be a bad idea to send him ahead of Mahela at 3 today. Mahela is someone who can play good when the ball is old and soft than Taylor."


Morkel to Mandeep Singh, no run, awkwardly defends a length ball which bounces at him


Morkel to Mandeep Singh, FOUR, goes after this one outside off, and the thick edge flies over and well past the wide slip


Morkel to Mandeep Singh, FOUR, more width, shorter too, and he cracks the cut past a diving backward point, Warner it is who manages to get a hand to it


Morkel to Mandeep Singh, no run, pitched up right on to middle and off, he gets forward late and scoops it towards extra cover


Morkel to Mandeep Singh, FOUR, he's pulled well, and he does so again, gets on top of the bounce on the short delivery and controls the pull through midwicket


Morkel to Mandeep Singh, no run, and as solid in defence as he was on the pull, smothers the length ball with a confident forward stride

End of over 5 (12 runs) Kings XI Punjab 38/1 (RR: 7.60)

    • Mandeep Singh 21 (11b 5x4)
    • N Saini 1 (4b)
    • M Morkel 2-0-16-0
    • VR Aaron 1-0-2-1

Aaron to Saini, FOUR, into the pads at 138.1 kph and he shuffles to flick it over and in front of square leg


Aaron to Saini, 1 run, pushes a full delivery towards mid on who slides across to field


Aaron to Mandeep Singh, OUT, Sehwag is not the fastest on the field, but he is a very safe catcher anywhere on it, here he takes out Mandeep with a low tumbling catch at short midwicket, Mandeep lived by the pull, he's fallen by it, did not time it this time, and that allowed Sehwag some time to react to the stroke

Mandeep Singh c Sehwag b Aaron 21 (23m 12b 5x4 0x6) SR: 175.00


Aaron to Hussey, 1 run, could that have been another one? Hussey drives first ball, and Warner got to it at point before it rolls away, did that carry?


Aaron to Saini, no run, wide and slow at 122.1 kph, but he does not drive in the air, checks his shot a bit, ball goes to cover


Aaron to Saini, 3 runs, that has been neatly dabbed past point, and Morkel runs across from third man, puts in the dive and saves the boundary

End of over 6 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 47/2 (RR: 7.83)

    • N Saini 9 (8b 1x4)
    • DJ Hussey 1 (1b)
    • VR Aaron 2-0-11-2
    • M Morkel 2-0-16-0

Shambhu: "I really hope that likes of Aaron and Umesh Yadav dont have the same fate as that of Munaf,Irfan and Balaji... They have huge potential to be indian firepower in Tests..."

Time for spin now


Negi to Saini, no run, flat and wide outside off, he reaches out to slap it to covers


Negi to Saini, FOUR, thick edge as he goes for a drive, the ball races to the third man rope


Negi to Saini, no run, Mahela dives at extra cover and saves the single


Negi to Saini, 1 run, pushed away to sweeper cover


Negi to Hussey, 1 run, angled into him, and rushes in with the angle, he was making room, but could not work it away


Negi to Saini, 1 run, pulls a flat and angled delivery to deep midwicket

End of over 7 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 54/2 (RR: 7.71)

    • N Saini 15 (13b 2x4)
    • DJ Hussey 2 (2b)
    • P Negi 1-0-7-0
    • VR Aaron 2-0-11-2

Yadav to Saini, no run, swing for Umesh right away at 138.9 kph, full outside off, draws him into the drive, and beats him


Yadav to Saini, OUT, Sehwag had posted himself at wide slip, and he pouches yet another sharp catch, just about manages to hold onto it in the right hand, Saini done in by the away movement on Umesh's good length ball, pushed at it but got a thick edge

N Saini c Sehwag b Yadav 15 (18m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Yadav to Miller, no run, now he has the left-hander pushing outside the line of one moving in to him from a good length, not far from off stump as well


Yadav to Miller, no run, beaten again, this time on the pull to a short ball outside off


Yadav to Miller, no run, pitched up on middle and off, defended solidly


Yadav to Miller, 2 runs, they go for the second and get it, deep square leg running in cannot stop the ball cleanly, it was swung away off a thick inside edge

End of over 8 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 56/3 (RR: 7.00)

    • DA Miller 2 (4b)
    • DJ Hussey 2 (2b)
    • UT Yadav 1-0-2-1
    • P Negi 1-0-7-0

Pathan to Hussey, FOUR, swings in but gently from a good length just outside off, and he can stay in the crease, allow it to come on and time it past point

rohith: "WOW! Yadav and Aaron ripping thru the top order. I think something we are going to see a lot more in the future!"


Pathan to Hussey, no run, fuller, and moving in, pushed down the pitch, Irfan cannot stop it, mid off does


Pathan to Hussey, 1 run, thick edge along the ground now down to third man


Pathan to Miller, no run, covers for the away swing as he drives off the front foot, straight to extra cover


Pathan to Miller, 1 run, tucks a back of a length ball in front of midwicket


Pathan to Hussey, no run, misses as he tries to steer it past point, some bounce for Irfan

End of over 9 (6 runs) Kings XI Punjab 62/3 (RR: 6.88)

    • DJ Hussey 7 (6b 1x4)
    • DA Miller 3 (6b)
    • IK Pathan 2-0-10-0
    • UT Yadav 1-0-2-1

Bharat: "@Shambhu: Aaron has already had a stress fracture on his back once.. BCCI needs to take care of these two.. that is why I like the how England board handles their fast bowlers.." Make that two fractures, Bharat


Yadav to Miller, 1 run, fuller length and straight, worked off the pads through square


Yadav to Hussey, no run, short of a length outside off, and quick, Hussey stays in his crease, fishes, and is beaten


Yadav to Hussey, no run, steered off the back foot towards point


Yadav to Hussey, OUT, there's a mix-up between the batsmen and Miller has to go. Hussey smashed the ball to mid-on, he hit it very hard. Miller set off from the non-striker's end but there was no single there. Hussey sent him back, but Miller had already come a long way down. He was caught well short by the direct hit from Negi. Maybe Miller thought the fielder was at long on?

DA Miller run out 4 (11m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14


Yadav to Hussey, 1 run, played off the pads on the leg side


Yadav to Azhar Mahmood, no run, played off the back foot towards point

End of over 10 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 64/4 (RR: 6.40)

    • Azhar Mahmood 0 (1b)
    • DJ Hussey 8 (10b 1x4)
    • UT Yadav 2-0-4-1
    • IK Pathan 2-0-10-0

Negi to Hussey, 1 run, flat and angled in on off, punched to sweeper cover


Negi to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, spinning away outside off, runs it to short third man for one

Abdullah: "Among the many hopes and wishes regarding Varun and Yadav is that they both don't lose pace and inspire a whole generation of youngsters into becoming tearaway fast bowlers. Something that Indian generations have been waiting for. "


Negi to Hussey, 1 run, fired in full on middle, eased down to long off


Negi to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, Punjab are giving the fielders a chance with their running, hesitation in going for the single as Mahmood pushes a tossed up ball to point, fielder also hesitates in deciding which end to go for, he settles on the keeper's, by that time, Hussey, who had stopped midway, has made his ground


Negi to Hussey, no run


Negi to Hussey, FOUR, flat and straightening outside off, bit of width, Hussey backs away and creates more, and times the cut to the deep point rope

End of over 11 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 72/4 (RR: 6.54)

    • DJ Hussey 14 (14b 2x4)
    • Azhar Mahmood 2 (3b)
    • P Negi 2-0-15-0
    • UT Yadav 2-0-4-1

Yadav to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, angled full into the pads, and neatly picked away in the air to deep square


Yadav to Hussey, 1 run, he is trying to make room often, is cramped this time by a back of a length ball and pushes it to mid on


Yadav to Azhar Mahmood, 2 runs, goes after a 144.8 kph back of a length ball, and manages to heave it over mid on


Yadav to Azhar Mahmood, FOUR, this time he has got hold of the pull, Umesh drops it short outside off at 145.7 kph, Mahmood fetches it and sends it racing through midwicket


Yadav to Azhar Mahmood, OUT, that looked as a clean a hit as any as it sped off the bat from a full length, but Irfan has got in the way at long off, he is not far from the rope as he moves to his right, times the leap superbly to take the catch, and ensures he does not trod onto the rope as he comes down

Azhar Mahmood c Pathan b Yadav 9 (9m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 128.57


Yadav to Hussey, no run, that beats Hussey, it has taken off from back of a length at 147.8 kph and held its line too just outside off

End of over 12 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 80/5 (RR: 6.66)

    • DJ Hussey 15 (16b 2x4)
    • Gurkeerat Singh 0 (0b)
    • UT Yadav 3-0-12-2
    • P Negi 2-0-15-0

Negi to Gurkeerat Singh, no run, pushes a tossed up full delivery onto the leg side, bowler fields


Negi to Gurkeerat Singh, no run, square drives it but point stops it to his right


Negi to Gurkeerat Singh, FOUR, well done, Gurkeerat gets going with a confident stride forward, and a well-timed loft over extra cover


Negi to Gurkeerat Singh, FOUR, now he wristily lifts it over midwicket, it was fired into the pads, Gurkeerat gets forward, and drills it over midwicket, back leg in the air


Negi to Gurkeerat Singh, OUT, excellent comeback from Negi, Gurkeerat is in the mood to go after everything, Negi this time does not give him pace, he slows it up, flights it nicely, draws Gurkeerat out and into a loose drive way inside the line, and gets it to spin away for Ojha to complete the stumping

Gurkeerat Singh st †Ojha b Negi 8 (3m 5b 2x4 0x6) SR: 160.00


Negi to Chawla, 1 run, eased down to long on past the bowler

End of over 13 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 89/6 (RR: 6.84)

    • PP Chawla 1 (1b)
    • DJ Hussey 15 (16b 2x4)
    • P Negi 3-0-24-1
    • UT Yadav 3-0-12-2

Vishnu: "All these comments about Aaron & Yadav are reminding me of another duo who "were" fast at the beginning and people started hoping on them just like this. Interestingly both of them are out of this IPL due to injury troubles. Yeah I'm talking about Ishant & Sreesanth."


Pathan to Chawla, 1 run, pitched up full on middle, swung away in front of square leg


Pathan to Hussey, FOUR, neat from Hussey, stays in the crease, opens the face and softly runs the length ball down to the third man rope, Aaron's dive is in vain


Pathan to Hussey, 1 run, punches this length delivery on off past extra cover


Pathan to Chawla, no run, back of a length, he pushes away from the body, on the bounce to point


Pathan to Chawla, no run, wanted to have a go at a length ball outside off but it was the slower one and he hits it into the pitch


Pathan to Chawla, 1 run, length ball firmly pushed past the bowler to long off

End of over 14 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 96/6 (RR: 6.85)

    • PP Chawla 3 (5b)
    • DJ Hussey 20 (18b 3x4)
    • IK Pathan 3-0-17-0
    • P Negi 3-0-24-1

Aaron to Chawla, no run, hits a pitched up ball angled in from around the stumps, to mid off


Aaron to Chawla, 1 run, controls the pull off this short ball, deep square gets around to it


Aaron to Hussey, no run, leans forward and pushes this pitched up delivery back to the bowler, who does not field it cleanly, they think of the single, but the ball hasn't rolled far from the bowler


Aaron to Hussey, no run, pushed back to the bowler

Mahesh: "@Vishnu :- Be optimistic, in any case Aaron and Umesh are faster and stronger built than Ishant and Sreeshant were, so there is hope."


Aaron to Hussey, 1 run, pushed down the ground for one


Aaron to Chawla, 1 run, big backlift as he drives a full delivery to long off

End of over 15 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 99/6 (RR: 6.60)

    • PP Chawla 5 (8b)
    • DJ Hussey 21 (21b 3x4)
    • VR Aaron 3-0-14-2
    • IK Pathan 3-0-17-0

Pathan to Chawla, 1 run, waits for a slower one in the middle of his bat-swing and hits it to sweeper cover

Raj: "Agreed Varun and Umesh are quick but they don't give the feel of a Lee/Akthar who come in and knock the daylights out of the batsmen.... Being quick is one and being really agressive is another deal...The duo need to do a lot in the latter...."


Pathan to Hussey, FOUR, Irfan's innocuous pace taken for four over the bowler's head, pitched up around middle and Hussey lifts it in the air


Pathan to Hussey, no run, bottom edge to the keeper as he tries to make room and slog this one away


Pathan to Hussey, 1 run, cannot get the placement this time, clears front leg and drills a full delivery to long off


Pathan to Chawla, 1 run, Irfan escapes again, Chawla clobbers a full delivery straight to sweeper cover


Pathan to Hussey, no run, good end to the over, fools him with a slower one that moves in past his swing

End of over 16 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 106/6 (RR: 6.62)

    • DJ Hussey 26 (25b 4x4)
    • PP Chawla 7 (10b)
    • IK Pathan 4-0-24-0
    • VR Aaron 3-0-14-2

Morkel to Chawla, 1 run, backs away outside leg and mistimes the length ball weakly over the bowler for a single to long on


Morkel to Hussey, 1 run, goes for the yorker, not quite in the blockhole but difficult to get under even as he makes room, down to long on


Morkel to Chawla, 1 run, moves a long way outside leg stump, and slices this length ball to point, direct hit would have tested Hussey


Morkel to Hussey, 1 run, again gets it very full, not easy to hit those, drilled to long off


Morkel to Chawla, 1 run, squeezes out this full and widish delivery over point, but not much timing on it, and sweeper cover fields


Morkel to Hussey, SIX, he was trying to do it all the time earlier, this time he manages to clear front leg and get enough bat on this pitched up ball to send it over long on

End of over 17 (11 runs) Kings XI Punjab 117/6 (RR: 6.88)

    • DJ Hussey 34 (28b 4x4 1x6)
    • PP Chawla 10 (13b)
    • M Morkel 3-0-27-0
    • IK Pathan 4-0-24-0

Yadav to Chawla, OUT, Ojha has taken another fine catch tonight, Chawla backed away outside leg and swung at this length ball, thick edge flew to Ojha's left, he reacted quickly to pouch it safely as he tumbled down

PP Chawla c †Ojha b Yadav 10 (20m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42


Yadav to Kumar, 2 runs, not a bad short from PK at all, he stands calmly and powers a length ball through point, sweeper cover just managed to stop it inside the rope


Yadav to Kumar, no run, the other PK now, makes room outside leg and has a slog, misses, by miles


Yadav to Kumar, 1 wide, he tried the short delivery angled into the batsman, but it carries down the leg side, PK did not back away this time


Yadav to Kumar, no run, pushed away to extra cover


Yadav to Kumar, FOUR, more runs for PK, this time he decides to clear front leg and throw his bat at one outside off, thick edge gives no chance to third man, one-bounce four, Umesh shakes his head


Yadav to Kumar, 2 runs, almost did him with a slower length ball, PK reached out and inside edged it through square leg

End of over 18 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 126/7 (RR: 7.00)

    • P Kumar 8 (5b 1x4)
    • DJ Hussey 34 (28b 4x4 1x6)
    • UT Yadav 4-0-21-3
    • M Morkel 3-0-27-0

VD: "Whatever happens, Aaron and Umesh shouldn't spend too much time with Munaf Patel."


Morkel to Hussey, OUT, direct hit at the striker's end from Aaron at extra cover, and it has caught PK just short, PK wasn't exactly charging across for the run, Hussey cannot believe that PK did not make it

P Kumar run out 8 (4m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 160.00


Morkel to Awana, no run, full toss edged on the bounce to the keeper outside leg


Morkel to Awana, 1 run, backs away to a low full toss and squeezes it out to sweeper cover


Morkel to Hussey, no run


Morkel to Hussey, FOUR, full and wide outside off, he gets bat to it and drills it well wide of sweeper cover


Morkel to Hussey, no run, Morne gets the yorker on target, Hussey jams his bat down on it, Morne sprawls flat across the pitch to stop the ball, not a dive, he is so tall he does not need to dive

End of over 19 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 131/8 (RR: 6.89)

    • DJ Hussey 38 (32b 5x4 1x6)
    • P Awana 1 (2b)
    • M Morkel 4-0-32-0
    • UT Yadav 4-0-21-3

James: "VD, is Munaf not getting the Indian fielding coach's job then?"


Aaron to Awana, 1 run, back of a length into the batsman, takes one hand off the bat handle as he awkwardly gets it down to fine leg


Aaron to Hussey, no run, cannot connect as he swings at a full delivery angled into him, off the pad to short third, Hussey turns down the leg bye


Aaron to Hussey, 1 run, length ball outside off, but Hussey cannot drag it wide of midwicket, takes the single now


Aaron to Awana, 1 run, slams a pitched up ball straight down the pitch, Aaron gets a hand out and takes pace off it, down to long off


Aaron to Hussey, 1 run, tries to lift this pitched up delivery straight but gets it on the bounce to long off, there have not been many length balls to hit from the Delhi fast men


Aaron to Awana, 1 run, and a slow and wide full toss to end with, he cannot enough bat on it, and only a single is taken as the ball rolls away on the off side

3 for 21, Umesh Yadav, 2 for 19, Varun Aaron, safe catching and fielding mean Delhi are favourites to wrap up this modest chase. No support for the persevering David Hussey

Varun Aaron: "The pitch is a tad slow, not that quick, it is doing a little off the wicket, I think it will do a bit more now."

End of over 20 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 136/8

    • P Awana 4 (5b)
    • DJ Hussey 40 (35b 5x4 1x6)
    • VR Aaron 4-0-19-2
    • M Morkel 4-0-32-0





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