Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Delhi April 23, 2013

Seamers set up comfortable win for Kings XI


Kings XI Punjab 121 for 5 (Miller 34*) beat Delhi Daredevils 120 for 7 (Warner 40, Harmeet 3-24) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kings XI Punjab's campaign in IPL 2013 gathered pace with their second consecutive win, a stroll in the park compared to their adrenaline-charged chase against Pune Warriors. A fine bowling effort from the Kings XI's seamers, backed by some sharp fielding, restricted the bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils to a modest 120, which the Kings XI batsmen chased comfortably with three overs to spare.

Kings XI opted to bowl on a slow Kotla track and they didn't let partnerships to blossom, the highest being 39 between David Warner and Manprit Juneja. Mahela Jayawardene's promotion to the opening position clicked against Mumbai Indians, when he made 59, but today his innings ended on 4 when he edged Praveen Kumar to slip. Roelof van der Merwe's promotion to No.3 didn't work as he top-edged Parvinder Awana to cover. It set a pattern for the evening as several batsmen from both sides perished to top-edges.

Perhaps it was the slow nature of the Kotla track that prompted Kings XI to bring in the seamer Harmeet Singh, known for his back-of-the-hand slower balls. Playing his first game of IPL 2013, replacing Manpreet Gony, Harmeet was hammered for a four and a six by Virender Sehwag off consecutive balls in his first over. In his second, he frustrated Sehwag with his slower balls, forcing the batsman to improvise. Sehwag looked to open up, made room and ended up scooping the ball low to extra cover, where Mandeep Singh timed his dive well and took the catch.

Warner gave the innings some impetus with a flurry of boundaries in one over by Piyush Chawla, taking 16 off it. The stand between Warner and Juneja was the only period in which Daredevils had a semblance of control, until Harmeet steered the momentum Kings XI's way in his second spell. Juneja pulled a slower ball, bowled short, straight to fine leg, before Kedar Jadhav top-edged to extra cover in the same over.

The boundaries dried up with the procession of wickets and it only increased the pressure on Warner. The drought lasted four overs before Warner clipped Praveen behind square leg, before the bowler knocked the base of the base off stump with a swinging yorker. In the end, Daredevils limped to 120, in contrast to the record-shattering pyrotechnics earlier in the evening by Chris Gayle and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Adam Gilchrist fell three balls into the chase, trying to smash his way into form and convince his franchise he can still hold his position in the team, seeing how certain franchises are grappling with the issue of non-performing overseas captains. Mandeep gave the chase momentum with scoops and cuts off the seamers, but a promising knock was cut short thanks to a direct hit by Warner. A top-edge sent back Manan Vohra and at 70 for 4 in the tenth over, Daredevils had narrowed the gap a bit. However, David Miller ensured no further jitters as he and David Hussey took Kings XI closer.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    dd please remove manprit juneja he wastes lot of balls instead take v rao since he can hit sixes easily and he is a good finisher and please drop irfan pathan,shish nehra and agarkar

  • Sid on April 24, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Not sure why Morkel keeps getting ignored. Last year, it probably cost them the tournament. But, DD just doesn't seem to learn from their mistakes. Russell is too expensive really to call him an all-rounder. Botha at best is a container, and more of a nudger with the bat playing cute shorts even when the situation demands solidity. Same for Jeevan Mendis who probably looks lost & as if he's in the wrong place. van der Merwe is an inspired selection. Atleast the guy puts in 200% everytime, is a decent bowler, hard to hit of the park, very good fielder & can get a few quick runs. They should have seeked replacements for Pietersen & Ryder, but didn't even do that. Extremely disappointed with their strategies.

  • Dilawar on April 24, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Now Venugopal Rao should be in the Playing IX for the Delhi. He is a very good middle order batsman, who can strengthen Delhi's bating in the middle order.

  • Vijay on April 24, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Why sehwag not learning?? He dnt know anything how to go.. Very unpredictable and unrelaible player. Jaywardne u cant become warner/sehwag.. Ur decision to open the ining looks good when u r chasing bt not whn u r batting first. Delhi coach staff is also working blindly. Picking those players which never fits in t20 format. U please check your last year records. Juneja n jadhav may be gud in domestic or odi format bt no where fit in t20 format. Where is chand, Ojha, Venugopal rao?? Nadeem who is quite impressive n hv best economic bowler was not picked in this game. Do u think botha is a all rounder?? He is may be his own country bt not here.. Delhi hv given chances to those player who can never win matches 4u. Ur middle over batsman cant hv the ability to handle the pressure. If sehwag warner out early it seems ur match is over in just 3-4 over.. Dd ur time is gone its now too late to react. Hope u will learn by watching other teams.. Thanx

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Only David Miller Is playing Gud and fantastic cricket for KingsXI all overseas players are waste ..he should be made the captain and drop gilly.

  • Amritpal Singh on April 24, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    @TSJ07: you are absolutely spot on. They must include harris againt RCB and azar mahmood on slow tracks. Go Kings Rock!!!

  • Sichu on April 24, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    It is insane to ask the head of Gilli in place of others, as at times you need a level head to think aggression and calmness together which none other than Gilli fits the bill cleanly and beyond any doubt.

    CSK lover yet vouch for Mohali...

    Loving in full by witnessing the singh's, chawlas, P's doing the business with the help of greats...

    Thanks a lot to IPL for exposing these young Indians to International dressing room.

  • Mayank on April 24, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    KXIP has started to roll its cards right now. The selection of team was good seeing the condition and history of pitch. Now they have only one big decision to make, i.e. Replace Gilchrist, although Lehman would not give up easily. But with 3 Big youngsters who have been scoring good in T20 leagues, Gilchrist hardly had a chance... KXIP should look up for changes, with 3(DH(C)/ LP/TM/SM) overseas batsmen, 1 all rounder (AM) , 3(PK/PA/MG) pacers from India, 1 Leggie (PC), 1 Keeper(NS), 2 Batsman( MS/MV/GM). TEAM CAN MAKE TO PLAYOFFS

  • Binu on April 24, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Delhi, What are you doing? Why Johan Botha? And considering him a batsman cost delhi two or three matches! You think Juneja is better batsman than Chand? Yes Juneja can be a better batsman in ODI,not in T20,he can rotate strikes only can not clear boundary.Naman Ohja is a better batsaman than Kedar Jadav and he is a specialist WK.Why you need 4 pacers in all the matches?You can iclude Yogesh Nagar he is useful with his offbreaks ar you can try Pawan Negi instead of Agarkar/Nehra.Where is Morne Morkel? Mahela,Veeru,Warner,Chand,Ohja,Yogesh Nagar,I Pathan,Morne Morkel,Relof,Umesh,Shahbas nadeem/Pawan Negi this is the best availale team for DD Milind Kumar of Delhi is better than Juneja in T20

  • Amritpal Singh on April 24, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    @shrastogi : you are taking about winning against sides ranked 7, 8 & 9.. then what a win is a win. You must remember that mumbai lost to delhi and chennai lost to pune, you cannot take anyone lighty. What matters the most is the pionts on the board.

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