Nadeem, Morris trip Punjab with impressive display
Delhi's bowlers - Shahbaz Nadeem and Chris Morris in particular - consigned Punjab to their second-straight loss in the 2017 edition of the Indian Twenty20 competition, comprehensively outclassing their opponents by a 51-run margin at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Sunday.
No team had ever successfully gunned down 189 to win a T20 match in the league at the Feroz Shah Kotla before, and when Delhi amassed the target, Punjab's batsmen knew that they required quick runs from the onset in a bid to eclipse the home team. Nadeem though made life difficult for Punjab's opener and he dismissed Manan Vohra off his fourth ball in the second over. He accounted for Wriddhiman Saha and over later. Punjab turned to their experienced duo, Hashim Amla and Eoin Morgan, to bail them out of trouble. But Morris dismissed Amla for 19 in the fifth over.
Punjab stood at 31 for 3 at that stage and their hopes of stealing a win rested on their strong middle order comprising of David Miller and Glenn Maxwell, who had produced match-winning efforts earlier in the tournament. Amit Mishra used the Kotla surface well, and got rid of Maxwell for the fourth time in five innings. Punjab limped to just 137 in their 20 overs. Nadeem finished with figures of 2 for 13 in his two-over spell and Morris 3 for 23. Corey Anderson, who had blasted 39 from 22 balls for Delhi earlier, shone with the ball as well by finishing with figures of 1 for 23 in his three overs.