Kings XI v Daredevils, IPL 2014, Mohali May 25, 2014

Ninth straight loss for dismal Delhi


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Kings XI Punjab 119 for 3 (Miller 47*, Vohra 47) beat Delhi Daredevils 115 (Pietersen 58, Awana 2-15) by seven wickets
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Kings XI Punjab warmed up for the playoffs with a demolition of Delhi Daredevils, whose batting failure sent them crashing to a ninth successive defeat. Kevin Pietersen made his only fifty of the season, but he had next to no support as Daredevils were dismissed for 115 with nearly two overs remaining in their innings. Glenn Maxwell got his first duck of the tournament in the chase, but for a side that had made 190-plus six times this season, this target was easy meat. They took 13.5 overs to register their 11th win in 14 games.

It was the bowling that Kings XI would have wanted to fire ahead of the qualifier against Kolkata Knight Riders. The attack did not disappoint George Bailey, and all his five bowlers chipped in with wickets. Daredevils did have a promising partnership, between Pietersen and Dinesh Karthik, and the duo took them to 44 for 1 in the sixth over with a flurry of boundaries.

The promise was cut short by Parvinder Awana, whose double-wicket maiden stalled Daredevils' progress. Karthik tried to turn one from off to leg, and the leading edge was snapped up at point. Kedar Jadhav tried to prevent the maiden with a charge down the pitch, but failed to clear mid-off.

Pietersen kept soldiering on at the other end. He struggled to find his timing initially, but soon did, and started piercing the off-side infield frequently. Twice in an over, he opened the face to pick the gap with cover drives against Mitchell Johnson's pace.

Speaking to the on-air commentators from the dugout after his dismissal, Karthik said it was a good batting pitch, but the rest of the Daredevils batsmen kept coming and going. Manoj Tiwary was run out after a mix-up with his captain, and JP Duminy mishit a slog-sweep off the legspinner Karanveer Singh.

Pietersen was the sixth man to fall for 58 off 41, to a marginal leg-before decision off Rishi Dhawan, with the ball arguably going down the leg side.

The seventh wicket summed it up for Daredevils. Karanveer bowled a wide half-tracker, and Jimmy Neesham sliced a cut to backward point. The tail fell apart in no time to the left-arm spinner Akshar Patel.

Mohammed Shami and Jaydev Unadkat worked up some pace and bounce, and reduced Kings XI to 16 for 2, the second wicket falling when Maxwell mishit a slog to Pietersen at mid-off. That was to be it for Daredevils as Manan Vohra and David Miller added 96 in ten overs to finish the match.

Vohra impressed with his uninhibited hitting again on his way to 47 off 38, and Miller went slightly quicker to end on an unbeaten 47 off 34. The match was played in overcast and very windy conditions, and the drizzle became heavier just as Vohra fell four runs short of victory. Daredevils' hopes had been washed away long before that.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Lian on May 26, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    Sometimes, I wish that Maxwell would put a bigger price on his wicket, not just for KXIP but also for Australia. But the problem with that would be the curtailing of his naturally attacking game, which you don't want either. So I guess with Maxwell, you just got to take the good (which can be unbelievably great) and the bad.

  • Tahir on May 25, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Their furtunes did not turn even after moving to india leg of the IPL.

  • Dummy4 on May 25, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Johnson nor Hendericks haven't done well where the bowling is concern i think that KX1 should use there overseas players for the batting....maxwell, miller, marsh n bailey let the local boys do the bowling they have been doing well........

  • Android on May 25, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    seriously I second that... maxwell is notin more than an ordinary slogger... agreed his innings were exciting to watch but still on a greater note miller and bailey were the better batsmen... but still good for kxip... they had done well in the auction and have utilized their resources well... a lot of credit needs to be given to bangar and bailey the captain.. getting to know their local players in a short span and confiding in them to perform is seriously appreciated

  • Android on May 25, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    and we thought KP would light up the daredevils season #BigFail

  • Lian on May 25, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Remember how they said that KXIP was just a one man team with Maxwell at the helm. Maxwell has been great for KXIP, but the real scary batsman in the KXIP line-up is Miller. He doesn't look to mindlessly slog from ball one, but actually accumulates for awhile until he's set and then has the ability to explode. Bailey is actually a similar player in that regard, but doesn't get to face enough balls to actually get himself set. He has somewhat sacrificed his own natural game to become the 'finisher' of the team. But what that does give is a great balance to the batting order.The top order, like Vohra said, gets a lot of freedom knowing that Miller and Bailey are batting lower in the order (both offer stability, but also have the ability to change gears). And the bowling unit, as expected, bounced back beautifully as a pack. I am esp. impressed with Singh's leg-spins. Just adds another dimension to the bowling attack, and along with Johnson is a great wicket taking option for Bailey.

  • Rahul on May 25, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    As expected. Oh the hype of Maxwell this IPL, people are framing an ordinary slogger as a good T20 batsmen without even knowing his poor T20I record or he did nothing before this ipl in T20s except 1 innings against pak where he threw the game away when team needed 7 RPO to win. In most of the IPL, a lot of dirty work for KX1 was done by Saha earlier in the innings and then Miller gave some stability to the team when KX1 needed it,which made Maxwell smash everything. Geez he played 3-4 decent innings and needed dropped catches and noballs to score in every one of them in which he scored. One Dimensional hitting against Spinners doesnt make you a good t20 batsmen. If there was ever an hyped player.

  • James on May 25, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Delhi didnt get enough runs for a Maxwell show =(.

  • Android on May 25, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Maxwell will get orange cap today

  • Android on May 25, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Punjab should give chance to marsh he is original finisher.

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