Daredevils v Kings XI, IPL 2014, Delhi May 19, 2014

Vohra, Akshar deliver for Kings XI

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Kings XI Punjab 165 for 6 (Akshar 42*, Vohra 42, Tahir 3-22) beat Delhi Daredevils 164 for 7 (Karthik 69, Pietersen 49) by four wickets
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Kings XI Punjab became the first team to confirm their seat in the playoffs, with a four-wicket win over bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils, but what should have been a comfortable chase turned into a scramble for the finish line. Against the best chasing team in the competition, Daredevils had to produce their best batting effort but they frittered a strong platform in the last four overs to post 164. Kings XI also suffered a few hiccups after a typically blistering start, and despite experimenting with their batting order, got home in the final over with two balls to spare.

An impetuous shot by Kings XI captain George Bailey - caught in the deep in the penultimate over - gave Daredevils a sniff and it came down to nine needed off in the 20th. Akshar Patel, the unlikely hero with the bat for Kings XI, was well set on 41 off 34 balls when Rishi Dhawan joined him. The pair ensured there were no dot balls in the final over from Wayne Parnell to pile on the pressure, and with four needed off three Dhawan pulled to the deep midwicket boundary to seal the win.

The Kings XI's openers Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra blazed 67 off 6.2 overs, with Vohra the more dominant partner. Vohra's sixes down the ground stood out, particularly the back-foot punch off Mohammad Shami that sailed over deep cover. But in trying to attack Imran Tahir, he found M Vijay at long-off and went for 42 off 19 balls.

It was one of those rare days on which both Glenn Maxwell and David Miller failed. They also fell trying to attack the spinners - Maxwell off Tahir and Miller off JP Duminy. Kings XI were 95 for 4 off in 10 overs but they had a contingency in the event of a Miller-Maxwell no-show. Bailey promoted Akshar over himself and it paid off.

Akshar ensured he never got bogged down, looking for singles and keeping the required rate within manageable levels. Having moved to 18 off 19 balls, he had a productive over against Parnell, fetching three boundaries though he was lucky when an inswinging yorker deflected off his pad to third man. It was a close lbw shout but eventually given as runs. A six off Jaydev Unadkat brought the equation to 11 off 12 and the capacity crowd at the Kotla had to see the home team slump to a seventh straight defeat.

After being put in, Kevin Pietersen and Dinesh Karthik were commanding during their stand of 71 for the second wicket. Karthik was not afraid to play audacious shots off the seamers, such as his sweep off Sandeep Sharma that went flat over deep square leg. Pietersen took 18 off an over from Hendricks, and by the end of ten overs Daredevils were 84 for 1.

Just when his first fifty of the season was there for the taking, Pietersen fell to his old nemesis - the left-arm spinner. Batting on 49, he played down the wrong line to one that ripped off the pitch from Akshar and beat the bat. Karthik meanwhile was dominant against the spinners, lofting exquisitely down the ground.

Daredevils took 30 off overs 15 and 16 but it started going downhill with a spurt of wickets. Their best finishers, Duminy and Kedar Jadhav failed and the responsibility fell on Karthik for late acceleration. When Karthik departed for 69 - caught at deep square leg - his was the fourth wicket to go down in the space of nine balls. Daredevils managed only 20 off the last three overs and it cost them.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • social_monster09 on May 19, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    What a team that is KXIP and what a turnaround for this team from previous all versions of IPL. True combination of Foreign & Domestic players in this team is the main cause of there success I think. Coach & Captain play a vital role in success of any team & KXIP is the example. Today no Maxwell show but Indian domestic players do the job for there team. This is a true team spirit. This team deserves to win this IPL for sure. Eager to saw Maxwell & Co. action in Playoffs..

  • on May 20, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Gary Kirsten wrecked Protea one day cricket. Yes, with his man management skills he won the World Cup with India, and added Pilander to the test squad taking them to no 1 but as an actual coach sadly Delhi will realise he has little to offer.

  • a0m0a7n on May 20, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    It was a great performance last night. I think for the next match against delhi Punjab should bat and post a huge total and see if their bowling attack can defend it. I really hope the kings xi destroy Mumbai, absolutely hate the fact that pollard and starc weren't banned.

    Mumbai don't deserve to be in the play-offs!! Punjab v Chennai final in my opinion

  • AltafPatel on May 20, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Tahir should have been given one more over after 2 overs when Saha and Akshar were new on the crease. Parneel still didn't get required maturity and patience despite having played for 5 years at international level.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 20, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    About the young bowlers, they have done quite well but their inexperience shows through. Shivam and Sandeep were going economically but got a bit carried away in each of their last overs and got hit out. Sandeep also picked up two wickets and admittedly all the batsmen were trying to hit him at that point. Shivam too is only playing his third game at this level. The best thing about these young players is their temperament and grit. Akshar got hit for a 4 off his second ball, finished with an economy under 5 and KP's wicket. Rishi and Akshar are also good batsmen. They have done well at the FC level and they might not have the raw power of Maxi and Miller or the audacity of Vohra but they can see an innings home as they have on previous occasions. This really lengthens an already strong batting order. As seen today, as long as KXIP get a good start (courtesy Vohra/Sehwag) and/or do well in the middle (not today but usually Maxi/Miller), these guys can take them home with Bailey/Saha.

  • ladycricfan on May 20, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Vohra's innings showed why KXIP retained him. Two consecutive innings and two great knocks. Looks a clean hitter. India has no dearth in talent for opening spot.

  • anver777 on May 20, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    A good allround skill from youngster Akshar !!! a crucial knock by him !!!!

  • on May 20, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    vohra shiwn his wonderful performance against delhi,it helps to kings to achieve the target.

  • on May 20, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    storm begins to hit indian cricket in the name of vohrg

  • on May 20, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    kxip is following CSK method of testing and experimenting whole squad and succeeding in it...Though I m proud to b CSK fan

  • social_monster09 on May 19, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    What a team that is KXIP and what a turnaround for this team from previous all versions of IPL. True combination of Foreign & Domestic players in this team is the main cause of there success I think. Coach & Captain play a vital role in success of any team & KXIP is the example. Today no Maxwell show but Indian domestic players do the job for there team. This is a true team spirit. This team deserves to win this IPL for sure. Eager to saw Maxwell & Co. action in Playoffs..

  • on May 20, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Gary Kirsten wrecked Protea one day cricket. Yes, with his man management skills he won the World Cup with India, and added Pilander to the test squad taking them to no 1 but as an actual coach sadly Delhi will realise he has little to offer.

  • a0m0a7n on May 20, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    It was a great performance last night. I think for the next match against delhi Punjab should bat and post a huge total and see if their bowling attack can defend it. I really hope the kings xi destroy Mumbai, absolutely hate the fact that pollard and starc weren't banned.

    Mumbai don't deserve to be in the play-offs!! Punjab v Chennai final in my opinion

  • AltafPatel on May 20, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Tahir should have been given one more over after 2 overs when Saha and Akshar were new on the crease. Parneel still didn't get required maturity and patience despite having played for 5 years at international level.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 20, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    About the young bowlers, they have done quite well but their inexperience shows through. Shivam and Sandeep were going economically but got a bit carried away in each of their last overs and got hit out. Sandeep also picked up two wickets and admittedly all the batsmen were trying to hit him at that point. Shivam too is only playing his third game at this level. The best thing about these young players is their temperament and grit. Akshar got hit for a 4 off his second ball, finished with an economy under 5 and KP's wicket. Rishi and Akshar are also good batsmen. They have done well at the FC level and they might not have the raw power of Maxi and Miller or the audacity of Vohra but they can see an innings home as they have on previous occasions. This really lengthens an already strong batting order. As seen today, as long as KXIP get a good start (courtesy Vohra/Sehwag) and/or do well in the middle (not today but usually Maxi/Miller), these guys can take them home with Bailey/Saha.

  • ladycricfan on May 20, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Vohra's innings showed why KXIP retained him. Two consecutive innings and two great knocks. Looks a clean hitter. India has no dearth in talent for opening spot.

  • anver777 on May 20, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    A good allround skill from youngster Akshar !!! a crucial knock by him !!!!

  • on May 20, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    vohra shiwn his wonderful performance against delhi,it helps to kings to achieve the target.

  • on May 20, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    storm begins to hit indian cricket in the name of vohrg

  • on May 20, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    kxip is following CSK method of testing and experimenting whole squad and succeeding in it...Though I m proud to b CSK fan

  • on May 20, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    beware dhawan and rohith..vohra is coming... vohra you beauty...from a csk fan

  • ypsc on May 20, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    More than coach or captain, the main reason of success for KXIP is there fearless approach of batting.They are taking risk and is paying off for them because if you don`t hit the ball, you will not score,you have to hit, that`s what the team is doing.If coach and captain can do it then i feel DD and Mumbai should have taken the top-2 positions of the table. Good show KXIP,keep playing fearless cricket nobody can beat you.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 20, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    This is great. Maxi and Miller were bound to fail and I am happy that its happening before the playoffs. What makes it even better is that this has given young players like Vohra and Patel a chance to shine. Bailey and Bangar must be congratulated on how much faith and confidence they have put in these youngsters. The bowling attack today was all under 23 years old with only one international player and they still managed to restrict DD to 160 on a good Kotla pitch. KXIP along with RR has given young Indian players the most opportunities and nurtured them well. KXIP is also experimenting better than CSK and RR. Instead of revamping their team, they are making small adjustments like Hendricks today and promoting Patel up the order. Patel has had a good domestic season witht he bat and with an FC avg of 44, his ability was never in doubt. Remember, he was sent in at 3 against CSK int hat first game. The last three games are at Mohali, so KXIP can build momentum for the playoffs.

  • Greatest_Game on May 20, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    @ Nampally tells us that "Tahir kept DD in the game by getting the big hitter Vohra, Maxwell & Bailey. But DD lacked a spin bowler support for Duminy like Nadeem."

    Umm, I'm not sure if you noticed that Duminy did have a little spin bowling support. It was a guy called Imran Tahir. He is a leg spin bowler, by the way!

  • Greatest_Game on May 20, 2014, 0:03 GMT

    Again Saffa spinners struggle on the sub-continent, clearly demonstrating they just can't bowl spin. Part timer JP Duminy floundered with just 2/27 off 4 overs. Sewag was brutal, plundering 7 runs off him before cunningly holing out to cover! Miller took JP to the cleaners, smashing a huge single before he was clean bowled.

    Imran Tahir was at sea with 3/22, struggling from his 1st ball before Vohra holed out to his 2nd. The delirious crowd roared as Glen Maxwell launched a monster attack on the hapless Saffa, smashing him for a boundary, effortlessly milking him for 1s & 2s & then misreading his goggly - clean bowled for a giant 14 runs! Bailey tore into Tahir, smashing the clueless Saffa for 2 giant singles & a monster2 before he too misread Tahir's goggly & was sent back for 6.

    Sewag, Vohra, Miller, Maxwell & Bailey - Kings XI's power hitters, showed the world that Saffa spinners are … umm … annoyingly good at bowling spin on the SC! Who do they think they are? Real spin bowlers?

  • BustIPL on May 19, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    KP is not taking it seriously at all. Look at other retirees who have stolen the show on numerous occasions in the yesteryear. IPL teams like Kings XI, Super Kings and couple of others having world current best players are winning by far while other outfits are just filling the gap. Many indian youngsters here like Akshar who deserve a chance at serious cricket if selectors can take a risk or two.

  • on May 19, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    I don't know if it's me, but Vohra looks kinda like a young Virat Kohli in the way he plays.

  • lian_14 on May 19, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Love how proactive Bailey is with the batting line-up in every game. He's not afraid to change it around depending on the circumstances. However, I do hope in the next few games that he promotes himself to get important match time in the middle. He's been hitting them pretty nicely at the end, but I would like to see him build an innings and then lash out at the end. Also, feel Miller might be rested in the next game or so because KXIP will be playing 4 matches in the space of week (including the qualifier) and it might take a toll. So Marsh might get a hit as well.

  • on May 19, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    Pietersen comes in 9 games as captain - 7 losses in a row. You play Parnell who cannot bat and has not the greatest figures, when you could be playing Neesham who may go for an extra couple of runs - but bats with a 155 strike rate with a 32 average.

  • lian_14 on May 19, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    Bailey, as captain, has shown a lot of faith in his youngsters, and it's really shown in their performance. How much of a confidence booster it must have been for Patel to not only have Bailey be confident in him to bowl the last over, but also for Bailey to push him up the batting order. And the depth of KXIP batting line-up...Maxwell, Miller & Bailey combined only scored 22 runs and yet they still managed to score over 160 runs as a team.

  • StevieS on May 19, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    My prediction so far is right, Dehli won't win a game as long as Pieterson is captain, I have been saying it every game.

  • on May 19, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Kings its no more a miller maxwell show each day one player or other lifts his hand up and says i'll do it saha vohra patel dhawan viru bailey they are a formidable side can lift the cup.vohra is great scores quick fire runs would love to see him play a long match winning innings fearless guy can go a long way

  • on May 19, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Vohra showed class ..

  • Alexk400 on May 19, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Punjab seems like , it will win this IPL. It has good mixture of players even one or two out of forms , others pick up the pieces. They have the batting firepower to score any amount of runs. Decent leader in bailey. Indian players in punjab team is good. Presence of sehwag give them motivation for young players to show they can bat like sehwag glory days. Playoffs are different from regular season , wonder punjab can with stand pressure , i really think they going to blow people out in playoff. Presence of maxwell golf 7 iron shot will scare people off. Even though sehwag never hit good form , his presence was helpful for punjab. DD problem is its management team. They drafted wrong players. First thing they should have selected is leader. Paying DK too much money when he do not deserve. He is a good role player at best. good wk , decent batsman but poor leader. Very multi skilled but lacks leadership. Same with KP.

  • on May 19, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Vohra play a classy knock...

  • dogandbone on May 19, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    kp again fails to win his team a game...

  • Nampally on May 19, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Another close game lost by DD due to some poor bowling by Parnell. He gave away 21 runs in his last 10 balls including 9 in the last over to Rishi Dhawan- a bowler!. Tahir kept DD in the game by getting the big hitter Vohra, Maxwell & Bailey. But DD lacked a spin bowler support for Duminy like Nadeem. Parnell was very erratic & poor & gave away runs at crucial stages in the match ncluding in 20th over. KP & Karthik were excellent in batting. DD played well for the first time a a team. But they had one erratic bowler who lost it for them.

  • on May 19, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    KP now a serial loser in the IPL. He's very good at it...or bad depending on your point of view.

  • Haleos on May 19, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Vijay looks completely out of sorts. He needs a rest.

  • Haleos on May 19, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Vijay looks completely out of sorts. He needs a rest.

  • on May 19, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    KP now a serial loser in the IPL. He's very good at it...or bad depending on your point of view.

  • Nampally on May 19, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Another close game lost by DD due to some poor bowling by Parnell. He gave away 21 runs in his last 10 balls including 9 in the last over to Rishi Dhawan- a bowler!. Tahir kept DD in the game by getting the big hitter Vohra, Maxwell & Bailey. But DD lacked a spin bowler support for Duminy like Nadeem. Parnell was very erratic & poor & gave away runs at crucial stages in the match ncluding in 20th over. KP & Karthik were excellent in batting. DD played well for the first time a a team. But they had one erratic bowler who lost it for them.

  • dogandbone on May 19, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    kp again fails to win his team a game...

  • on May 19, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Vohra play a classy knock...

  • Alexk400 on May 19, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Punjab seems like , it will win this IPL. It has good mixture of players even one or two out of forms , others pick up the pieces. They have the batting firepower to score any amount of runs. Decent leader in bailey. Indian players in punjab team is good. Presence of sehwag give them motivation for young players to show they can bat like sehwag glory days. Playoffs are different from regular season , wonder punjab can with stand pressure , i really think they going to blow people out in playoff. Presence of maxwell golf 7 iron shot will scare people off. Even though sehwag never hit good form , his presence was helpful for punjab. DD problem is its management team. They drafted wrong players. First thing they should have selected is leader. Paying DK too much money when he do not deserve. He is a good role player at best. good wk , decent batsman but poor leader. Very multi skilled but lacks leadership. Same with KP.

  • on May 19, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Vohra showed class ..

  • on May 19, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Kings its no more a miller maxwell show each day one player or other lifts his hand up and says i'll do it saha vohra patel dhawan viru bailey they are a formidable side can lift the cup.vohra is great scores quick fire runs would love to see him play a long match winning innings fearless guy can go a long way

  • StevieS on May 19, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    My prediction so far is right, Dehli won't win a game as long as Pieterson is captain, I have been saying it every game.

  • lian_14 on May 19, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    Bailey, as captain, has shown a lot of faith in his youngsters, and it's really shown in their performance. How much of a confidence booster it must have been for Patel to not only have Bailey be confident in him to bowl the last over, but also for Bailey to push him up the batting order. And the depth of KXIP batting line-up...Maxwell, Miller & Bailey combined only scored 22 runs and yet they still managed to score over 160 runs as a team.