Punjab v Delhi, IPL 2013, Dharamsala May 16, 2013

Win keeps Kings XI's hopes alive


Kings XI Punjab 171 for 4 (Marsh 45, Miller 44*, Gilchrist 42) beat Delhi Daredevils 164 for 7 (Rohrer 49, Sandeep 3-23) by seven runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kings XI Punjab kept themselves in contention for the fourth and final playoff spot with a win over Delhi Daredevils, who suffered their 12th defeat of the season. Daredevils played five fast bowlers and chose to bowl on a greenish pitch in the Dharamsala mountain air. That was all that went in their favour. Kings XI took advantage of Daredevils' wide lines to blaze away at the start, and despite slowing down during the middle, pulled away again at the death to post 171. It looked to be a par score for the small ground and true pitch but Kings XI's swing bowlers dealt too many blows at the start of the chase. Some late hitting got Daredevils close, but they had lost too much ground with all the early wickets.

Adam Gilchrist showed more signs of finding some touch with 42 off 26 in a 60-run opening stand with Shaun Marsh that came in 7.3 overs. Daredevils opened with Irfan Pathan and Siddarth Kaul ahead of the quicker Umesh Yadav and Morne Morkel. While the pair managed swing, Irfan ended too far outside off, as did Ashish Nehra later, and Kaul provided width either side for Gilchrist to indulge in several clean hits over the infield.

Morkel created a chance in his first over, the third of the innings, but Yadav at third man put down a slash from Gilchrist, then on 8. Realising that the pitch alone would not do it for them, Daredevils started varying their pace and tightened their lines. Irfan caught a Gilchrist skier off his own bowling, and the innings lost bite.

Marsh began to struggle to get the slower ones away, and Azhar Mahmood could not get going as well. Umesh Yadav proved difficult to target initially with his pace and full lengths. The first 7.3 overs had produced 60, the next 7.3 generated 43. It was two edged fours from Marsh off Yadav that began the final push in the 16th.

David Miller had arrived in the 12th at Mahmood's exit, and had sized up the bounce and pace of the pitch by now. He started swinging sixes between deep midwicket and long-off. R Sathish chipped in with 22 off 13 and Miller ended on 44 off 24 as 62 came from overs 16 to 19. Nehra recovered to bowl a tight final over, but the damage had been done.

Kings XI had one quick bowler less, but Praveen Kumar and Sandeep Sharma had lots of swing, and lots of control. Praveen handed Unmukt Chand another failure with a big inswinger. Sandeep had Irfan chasing a wide outswinger, and ripped one away from David Warner next ball to have him edge tamely to first slip.

At 12 for 3, Daredevils looked to Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene. Sehwag struck a few but edged behind in trying to force a good length ball off the back foot. Jayawardene's was a lucky and largely laborious innings. He was put down a couple of times and plodded to 16 off 30 before getting a few off the middle.

Ben Rohrer threatened to do the improbable with 49 off 29 as he went after Mahmood in the penultimate over. Piyush Chawla still had 21 to defend off the final over. He bowled Rohrer first ball with the quick seamer he's developed, and despite a couple of sixes from Morkel, that was it for Daredevils.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SherjilIslam on May 18, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    I am a big Delhi fan, but was seriously dissapointed by their approach.I don't know why they bought this guy called" Ben Roehrer" He doesn't have it in him to win matches for any team.Played too many dot balls at crucial phase of the chase, then trying to chase the impossible asking rate of 25 in last couple overs like Misbah used to do for Pakistan. I would say Mahela's poor captaincy+batting this year robbed Delhi of doing any good in this IPL edition Delhi, plz get rid of Mahela and Ben Roehrer like good for nothing players. .

  • priceless1 on May 17, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    like to see Kings x1 make it to the top four , now that the Gilly is in forum the team look well balance

  • andrew27994 on May 17, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    The funny thing is that no one seemed to notice what a difference Gilly's innings made in the match. The top order batsmen in both teams generally had a low strike rate whereas it was the middle order batsmen who were able to accelerate once the ball stopped swinging. But Gilchrist maintained a strike rate of 161 inspite of having to face the new ball.

  • andrew27994 on May 17, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    I wonder why Gautam wasn't allowed to bat at the top order. He usually opens the batting for Karnataka. Probably he should've either opened the batting or come in at No.3. The decision to bring Pathan at No.3 , though a brave move, wasn't the best decision after all because of the swinging ball. That's why less valuable players like Gautam could've played as a shield for DD team.

  • andrew27994 on May 17, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    @Narabavi Hey mate, you didn't understand my point about Mahela. While he was right to consolidate the innings, you should've noticed the fact that he wasn't taking singles regularly enough like Sehwag did. He accelerated a bit after the 12th over but by then the required rate was almost out of reach. If a batsman wastes many deliveries at the start then he is expected to make up for it at the end. Very few batsmen are very successful at doing it like Dhoni and Gayle. Mahela is one of the best improvisers in the game but certainly not a clean striker of the ball to hit the big sixes. That's why he needed to score a bit quicker.

  • andrew27994 on May 17, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik If you think Mahela did so well , then you have got to be joking. He is a much better batsman than this. Instead of wasting deliveries in the start he should've at least rotated the strike properly. Rohrer was the only one who showed some fight in the end. DD ended up short because of Mahela's slow scoring in the first 15 overs.

  • DINESHCC on May 17, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Among the three teams (KXIP, RCB and SRH), SRH has an added advantage of playing the matches at home, that too in a slow pitch. SRH can't take both the matches lightly as RR has got good bowling unit and KKR has Sunil Narine and Senanayake whose 8 overs pose problems for SRH.

  • Narabavi on May 17, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Mahela did what exactly Shaun Marsh did for Punjab.Reason behind sending him & Chand was prevent big hitters from the moving ball.But that mighty guys still struggled to middle the ball.Mahela's knock was a decent one under the circumstances.He accelarate the innings in the right time.Unfortunately he got out in the wrong time.If he was there, still the target was very much gettable.Umesh Yadav's poor death bowling was the main reason behind this loss.

  • Htc-Android on May 17, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    @Narbavi. When a team wobbling at 12-3 what do you expect a player to do? He did the right thing by holding the innings together. He knew sehwag was batting at the other end and he can play an aggressive innings.

  • British_North_America on May 17, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    At least I hope next time, no one pick Jayawardene for over million.

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