Indian Premier League - 46th match

Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)

16.25 Punjab are forming a huddle before heading off to their fielding positions. Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag (as usual windmilling his arms) walk out to the middle.

Plenty of people, including Siri from the US, theorising that McGrath is being held back as a surprise weapon for the semis and finals.

16.20 Geoff from the UK thinks McGrath should be getting games. "Given how successful the other Australian retirees Warne, Gilchrist and especially Hayden have gone so far I am continually amazed McGrath isnt playing."

Razzaq from the UAE is just as amazed that Sreesanth continues to be in the XI. "Why is Sreesanth playing?? A smarter move would be powar coming in place of Sreesanth and Yusuf Abdullah in place of Luke Pomersbach . Karan Goel is a batsman so the team would still be balanced. There is a reason why Sreesanth isnt in the 20 20 world cup squad. I have a feeling , it will cost Punjab !!" (ending with two exclamation marks for emphasis).

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Pratik writes in from the US: "Vettori's void in last few matches bothered me more than McGrath's. Vettori is a very smart bowler who rarely gives any room. He is also a pretty good batsman. I am glad to see him back."

Who do you think is more important for the Delhi line-up, Vettori or McGrath. Send in your views, or discuss it with other cricket fans on Cricinfo's Facebook page. **

16.10 The teams are as follows.

Punjab are retaining Sreesanth despite his horror run so far. 1 Sunny Sohal, 2 Simon Katich, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Yuvraj Singh (capt), 5 Luke Pomersbach, 6 Wilkin Mota, 7 Brett Lee, 8 Irfan Pathan 9 Piyush Chawla, 10 Sreesanth, 11 Ramesh Powar

Delhi have left out Amit Mishra: 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag (capt), 3 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 4 AB de Villiers, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Mithun Manhas 7 Rajat Bhatia, 8 Farveez Maharoof, 9 Daniel Vettori, 10 Pradeep Sangwan, 11 Ashish Nehra. **

16.00 This is the first game of the tournament in Bloemfontein, the boundaries have been brought in a bit, the square boundaries are about 65m each while the straight ones are in the mid-seventies. Robin Jackman, in his pitch report, says 140-150 will be a defendable score.

Toss Yuvraj spins the coin, 'Tails' is the call, it comes down as 'Heads'. Punjab choose to field. Mahela Jayawardene is still out injured, and Punjab have brought in Ramesh Powar for Karan Goel.

Two big changes in the Delhi side. Dirk Nannes gets a rest but Glenn McGrath still doesn't get a game. Farveez Maharoof gets his chance after nearly a month on the bench. The other change is Daniel Vettori returning in place of David Warner.

Virender Sehwag isn't too perturbed at losing the toss, saying he would have batted first anyway.

** 15.45 Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the game between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils.

We have a live discussion going on. Join former Cricinfo assistant editor Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, and Prem Panicker, editor of India Abroad. Send your questions in to chatterbox@cricinfo.com.

It's a do-or-die game for Punjab and Yuvraj and his boys need to be on-song if they are to upset runaway leaders, Delhi. George Binoy has outlined what each of the teams need to do to get into the final four.

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0.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, Brett Lee starts with a length ball on middle and leg, Gambhir tucks it towards square leg

0.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, slips in the bouncer, 142.1kmh, just outside off, has Gambhir fishing at it, doesn't get a nibble on it though, that nearly bounced twice before reaching the keeper

0.3

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length ball on middle, nudged towards square leg by Gambhir who sets off for the single, Sehwag is late to react and would have been run out if there was a direct hit

0.4

Lee to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag starts with a bang, short and wide, rocks back and crunches it through the covers for a boundary, Sehwag's never been one for the "get-the-eye-in" theory

0.5

Lee to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, pushes up his length, on the legstump, Sehwag tried to glance it to fine leg, is hit on the pads, and the balls dribbles behind square leg

0.6

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir gets another quick single to retain the strike, it bounced a bit more than he expected, adjusted well to turn it to the leg side

End of over 1 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 7/0 (RR: 7.00)
G Gambhir    2* (4b)      B Lee    1-0-6-0
V Sehwag    4* (2b 1x4)     

Irfan Pathan charges in

1.1

Pathan to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir hurries down the pitch, but Irfan drops it a touch short, gets a bit of away swing, Gambhir flashes at it, gets thick outside edge which lands a few yards short of third man

Dr Raman from the UK: "Inclusion of all-rounder Maharoof in the team has further strengthened the DD team, unless he fails with both bat and ball. He is a perfect match to all-round capabilities of Irfan Pathan in rival KXIP. If he fires with bat, resting David Warner is not a concern at all. However, I am eagerly waiting to see McGrath bowling against Sachin Tendulkar in their next match with MI."

1.2

Pathan to Gambhir, no run, back of a length on the pads, Gamhir defends it to the leg side

One slip in place, keeper up to the stumps

1.3

Pathan to Gambhir, 1 run, nice delivery, in the channel outside off, it was a length ball, Gambhir waits on the back foot and hacks it towards point

1.4

Pathan to Sehwag, no run, slow bouncer from Irfan, 122kmh, that was really short, Sehwag saw it early and ducked out of the way comfortably, again the ball nearly bounce again before reaching the keeper

1.5

Pathan to Sehwag, 1 run, a lot fuller and on the pads, Sehwag looks to mow it towards midwicket, gets an inside edge onto his pads

1.6

Pathan to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir was again down the track, and moving towards leg, he looked to cut that towards point, gets a bottom edge which takes the ball towards fine leg where Brett Lee does the fielding

End of over 2 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 13/0 (RR: 6.50)
G Gambhir    7* (8b)      IK Pathan    1-0-6-0
V Sehwag    5* (4b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-6-0

2.1

Lee to Sehwag, 1 wide, Lee will have to re-bowl that one, that was way down the leg side

2.1

Lee to Sehwag, no run, this time Lee sends down a slower bouncer, 123kmh, Sehwag waits for it and lashes it hard towards cover, placement was poor, so there's no run for the taking

2.2

Lee to Sehwag, 1 wide, another slower ball, much fuller this time, 107kmh, didn't get above ankle height, down the leg side though

2.2

Lee to Sehwag, FOUR, length ball outside off, Sehwag cracks it through the covers for a boundary, raises his front leg to balance himself as he plays that stroke

2.3

Lee to Sehwag, no run, similar length but closer to the stumps, Sehwag bunts it towards mid-off off the back foot

2.4

Lee to Sehwag, OUT, Lee strikes, the short ball works this time, it was quick and aimed at Sehwag's ribs, not his favourite area, Sehwag tries to play it towards backward square leg but gets a faint edge through to the keeper

V Sehwag c †Sangakkara b Lee 9 (8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

Siddharth Shah from the US chips in on the McGrath debate: "You would think that Delhi would atleast give McGrath a few games just to earn his worth or at least one game if they even want to use him for the playoffs. Am sure even if he is one of the greatest bowlers ever, without match practice he wouldn't be as effective anymore making him a risky asset to use in playoffs."

2.5

Lee to Dilshan, no run, another quick bouncer, 144 kmh, Dilshan loves the pull and he goes for it first ball, hits him on the body as it rolls behind the stumps

2.6

Lee to Dilshan, no run, another fast bowler, Dilshan thinks of pulling but decides not to go for the shot, good over from Lee that

End of over 3 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 19/1 (RR: 6.33)
TM Dilshan    0* (2b)      B Lee    2-0-12-1
G Gambhir    7* (8b)      IK Pathan    1-0-6-0

3.1

Pathan to Gambhir, no run, again Irfan gets some away movement, Gambhir wanted to play that behind point but his waft doesn't connect with the ball

3.2

Pathan to Gambhir, no run, pitched up again by Irfan, Gambhir moved towards leg and tickled it towards short third man where Pomersbach puts in a diving stop to deny the run

3.3

Pathan to Gambhir, 1 run, OUT, superb throw and that's the end of Gambhir, the batsman chopped that towards deep backward point, and rushed back for the second, Wilkin Mota latches onto the ball and fires it in right over the stumps, Sangakkara collects and breaks the stumps, that's another massive wicket for Punjab

G Gambhir run out 8 (11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

3.4

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, overpitched outside off, AB de Villiers get forward and defends it studiously towards cover

3.5

Pathan to de Villiers, 2 runs, slightly shorter, and a bit wider, de Villiers carves it through point, Brett Le has work to do on the boundary

3.6

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, that ends another good over for Punjab, the last ball was nice and tight around offstump, de Villiers defends towards the off side

Sankalp from India:" I am more concerned with Warner being left out than Vettori being brought in the team. Warner with his electric fielding not just lifts the spirits up but more often than not effects a run out and saves a minimum of 10-15 runs in the field. Plus Amit Mishra isn't that bad, except the last match."

End of over 4 (3 runs) Delhi Daredevils 22/2 (RR: 5.50)
AB de Villiers    2* (3b)      IK Pathan    2-0-9-0
TM Dilshan    0* (2b)      B Lee    2-0-12-1

Spin is introduced, Chawla comes in to bowl

4.1

Chawla to Dilshan, no run, tossed up, on a length, bounced a bit more than Dilshan thought, his cut fails to connect with the ball

4.2

Chawla to Dilshan, 4 leg byes, that was also flighted on legstump, Dilshan was looking to sweep, it hit his pads and ran away fine for four

4.3

Chawla to Dilshan, no run, shortens his length a bit, pitching on middle, defended back down the pitch

4.4

Chawla to Dilshan, no run, similar ball, on middle and leg, again Dilshan punches it back to the bowler

4.5

Chawla to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, outside leg this time, Dilshan sweeps, hits the pads again and rolls towards backward square leg

4.6

Chawla to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers defends that one to the off side off the back foot, and that's another fine over for Punjab

End of over 5 (5 runs, maiden) Delhi Daredevils 27/2 (RR: 5.40)
AB de Villiers    2* (4b)      PP Chawla    1-1-0-0
TM Dilshan    0* (7b)      IK Pathan    2-0-9-0

Sreesanth, surely his last chance if he fails today, has the ball is his hand

5.1

Sreesanth to Dilshan, no run, starts with a back of length ball, Dilshan goes for his favourite pull again, but is beaten by the bounce

5.2

Sreesanth to Dilshan, FOUR, shoddy work from Lee at third man, slapped down towards him by Dilshan, and that should only have been a single, Lee makes a mess of it in the deep, Sreesanth doesn't need this

5.3

Sreesanth to Dilshan, 1 wide, short and very wide, Dilshan chases it but doesn't reach it

5.3

Sreesanth to Dilshan, 1 run, shortish and again a bit of width, Dilshan reaches out and guides it towards third man, Lee collects cleanly this time

5.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, FOUR, well this is turning out to be a poor over so far, on a length, on middle and leg, de Villiers whips it gracefully off his pads for four to square leg, 1000th boundary of the IPL

5.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, that was better from Sreesanth, jagged back sharply after pitching just outside off, hit de Villiers high on the pads, a bit of an appeal from Sreesanth but that was going over

5.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 wide, very wide outside off, and that's another free run

5.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, a closer lbw call this time, pitching on a length, just outside off, de Villiers was looking to defend on the front foot but was rapped on the pads

End of over 6 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 38/2 (RR: 6.33)
AB de Villiers    6* (7b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-11-0
TM Dilshan    5* (10b 1x4)      PP Chawla    1-1-0-0

Ramesh Powar into the attack

6.1

Powar to Dilshan, no run, flighted, didn't turn too much, Dilshan was backing away to cut but missed, the ball nearly hit offstump

6.2

Powar to Dilshan, 1 run, dabbed towards backward point by Dilshan for a single

6.3

Powar to de Villiers, 2 runs, lovely shot from de Villiers, that was flighted and overpitched, de Villiers chipped it to midwicket, Lee has some ground to cover before fielding, he rifles the throw in that hit de Villiers after he makes his ground

6.4

Powar to de Villiers, 2 runs, another couple to midwicket for de Villiers, good running from the batsmen

6.5

Powar to de Villiers, 1 run, down the leg side, de Villiers looks to sweep, doesn't quite get hold of it, gets it away fine down the leg though

6.6

Powar to Dilshan, 1 run, turned away to square leg for a single to end the over

End of over 7 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 45/2 (RR: 6.42)
TM Dilshan    7* (13b 1x4)      RR Powar    1-0-7-0
AB de Villiers    11* (10b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-11-0

7.1

Sreesanth to Dilshan, 1 run, good start to this Sreesanth over, length ball angling into leg stump, Dilshan pushes it towards mid-on

7.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, OUT, Sreesanth strikes, not the greatest of deliveries but he won't be complaining, that was short and sat up to be hit, de Villiers could have hit it anywhere on the leg side, he manages to pick out the man at mid-on with a powerful pull though, and Delhi are in a bit of trouble here

AB de Villiers c Yuvraj Singh b Sreesanth 11 (11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

7.3

Sreesanth to Manhas, no run, Mithun Manhas defends his first ball cautiously off the front foot

7.4

Sreesanth to Manhas, no run, a slow bouncer from Sreesanth, 127kmh, just outside off, this time Manahs shows us his backfoot defence

7.5

Sreesanth to Manhas, no run, very good from Sreesanth, bowling from a bit wide of the crease and angling it in, pitched on a length outside off and was heading for middle, Manhas prods it towards the covers

7.6

Sreesanth to Manhas, 2 runs, short and wide from Sreesanth, chopped into the ground and over point by Manhas, Lee raced around to cut that off at the boundary, the sweeper Chawla was rushing in from the other side and nearly collided with Lee, just jumping over a sliding Lee at the last instant

End of over 8 (3 runs) Delhi Daredevils 48/3 (RR: 6.00)
M Manhas    2* (4b)      S Sreesanth    2-0-14-1
TM Dilshan    8* (14b 1x4)      RR Powar    1-0-7-0

8.1

Powar to Dilshan, no run, nicely flighted, defended back down the pitch off the front foot

8.2

Powar to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball, pushed towards the cover, batsmen sprint through a single

8.3

Powar to Manhas, 1 run, overpitched and wide outside off, slapped towards backward point

8.4

Powar to Dilshan, no run, closer to off this time, Dilshan tries to work it behind point but finds the fielder

8.5

Powar to Dilshan, 1 run, Powar is keeping things tight here, pitched up outside off, punched to long-on

8.6

Powar to Manhas, no run, a lot of confusion in the calling after Manhas turned it to midwicket after waiting for the ball to turn, Dilshan was well down the pitch before being forced to turn back

End of over 9 (3 runs) Delhi Daredevils 51/3 (RR: 5.66)
M Manhas    3* (6b)      RR Powar    2-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    10* (18b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-14-1

9.1

Sreesanth to Dilshan, OUT, Sreesanth gets another big wicket, a better ball than the one that got de Villiers, length ball on off, Dilshan wanted to chip it over mid-on, Yuvraj's the fielder there and he latches on to it over his head

TM Dilshan c Yuvraj Singh b Sreesanth 10 (19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.63

9.2

Sreesanth to Karthik, no run, back of a length on middle, looks to defend off the back foot, the ball drops dead at the batsman's feet, wonder whether to go for the single before deciding against it

9.3

Sreesanth to Karthik, no run, a bit of width for Karthik to work with, he opens the face and pushes the ball towards point, no run again

9.4

Sreesanth to Karthik, no run, lovely delivery from Sreesanth, the outswinger that made him famous beats Karthik, who was feeling for it outside off

9.5

Sreesanth to Karthik, 1 run, back of the hand slower ball, 92kmh, probably too slow, giving the batsmen time to adjust, turned towards mid-on

9.6

Sreesanth to Manhas, no run, end of an accurate over from Sreesanth, length ball in the corridor, Manhas defends off the front foot, and that's the strategic time-out

Sreesanth and Punjab will be thrilled with their efforts so far, four big wickets and Delhi kept to a low run-rate that there aren't too familiar with.

Srinivas 'Dodge' from the US: "Sehwag's and Gambhir's indifferent form in IPL is a real concern now for the World 20-20. I am sure there will be a few equations that will change as far as the Indian team selection is concerned. "

Nedunchezian is worried about India's chances at the World Twenty20. "With people being concerned about warner being left out and vettori yada yada yada.... I am much more concerned about the form of Gambhir and Sehwag affecting our Indian T20 performance in the World Cup... :( I have very little hope that we will successfully defend our title this time... but thats just the pessimist in me."

Tushar Jalan from India: "The form of ghambir is more of a concern, as sehwag is such a batsman that he needs one innings to get back in form. He has 4-5 more opportunities in the IPL to get back to form."

End of over 10 (1 run) Delhi Daredevils 52/4 (RR: 5.20)
M Manhas    3* (7b)      S Sreesanth    3-0-15-2
KD Karthik    1* (4b)      RR Powar    2-0-10-0

10.1

Powar to Karthik, 1 run, given some air, overpitched on leg, turned towards the leg side

10.2

Powar to Manhas, FOUR, lovely flight from Powar, Manhas though responds with a delicate paddle sweep that runs way donw past short fine leg

10.3

Powar to Manhas, 2 runs, played with soft hands toward Brett Lee at long-on, batsmen zip through for a couple

10.4

Powar to Manhas, no run, Manhas looks to sweep from outside off, misses the ball and is nearly stumped by Sangakkara, just about makes his ground in time

10.5

Powar to Manhas, 1 wide, way down the leg side, that's a poor ball

10.5

Powar to Manhas, 1 wide, closer to the stumps but still too wide down the leg side

10.5

Powar to Manhas, no run, outside off this time, Manhas goes for the cut and misses

10.6

Powar to Manhas, 1 run, flighted again, Manhas gets forward and drives it to long-on

End of over 11 (10 runs) Delhi Daredevils 62/4 (RR: 5.63)
M Manhas    10* (12b 1x4)      RR Powar    3-0-20-0
KD Karthik    2* (5b)      S Sreesanth    3-0-15-2

Sreesanth to bowl his final over

11.1

Sreesanth to Manhas, 1 run, shortish and on middle stump, turned to midwicket

11.2

Sreesanth to Karthik, no run, back of a length outside off, Karthik opened the face to guide it to third man but doesn't connect

11.3

Sreesanth to Karthik, no run, fuller and on middle and leg, dug out inside out towards extra cover, another dot ball

11.4

Sreesanth to Karthik, 2 runs, fullish on offstump, played with soft hands towards cover, rush through for a single, a direct hit from Chawla gives away an extra run

11.5

Sreesanth to Karthik, 1 run, a touch wide outside off, opens the face and bunts it towards point for a single

11.6

Sreesanth to Manhas, 1 run, short of a length, a bit of width for Manhas, he throws his bat at it and gets a thick outside edge through to third man for a single

That ends a super spell from Sreesanth

End of over 12 (5 runs) Delhi Daredevils 67/4 (RR: 5.58)
M Manhas    12* (14b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-20-2
KD Karthik    5* (9b)      RR Powar    3-0-20-0

12.1

Chawla to Manhas, 2 runs, poor ball to start, very short and on leg, Chawla gets away with it as it is swung to long leg for just a single

12.2

Chawla to Manhas, no run, full and on middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler

12.3

Chawla to Manhas, 1 run, 'Catch' is the cry as there's a top edge as the batsman cuts but it lands short of third man who is in the circle

12.4

Chawla to Karthik, no run, pushed towards cover this time, looking for a quick single but decide against it

12.5

Chawla to Karthik, no run, short and wide, slapped to Powar at backward point

12.6

Chawla to Karthik, 1 run, fuller and on middle, played down towards long-off for a single

End of over 13 (4 runs) Delhi Daredevils 71/4 (RR: 5.46)
KD Karthik    6* (12b)      PP Chawla    2-1-4-0
M Manhas    15* (17b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-20-2

13.1

Yuvraj Singh to Karthik, SIX, Yuvraj starts with a short hit-me delivery, Karthik gets onto his backfoot and clobbers it over midwicket for the first six of the innings

13.2

Yuvraj Singh to Karthik, 1 run, nudged towards square leg for a single

13.3

Yuvraj Singh to Manhas, 1 run, cracked off the backfoot, towards cover and they get a quick single

13.4

Yuvraj Singh to Karthik, 3 runs, again there's a shout of 'catch' as a top edge flies towards a diving Powar at backward point, Lee has to do the fielding at the boundary

13.5

Yuvraj Singh to Manhas, 1 run, played inside-out towards extra cover by Manhas

13.6

Yuvraj Singh to Karthik, 2 runs, full ball is punched wide of long-on, wide enough to give the batsmen time to get two, Karthik was racing through for the second which meant the fielder had to throw to the wicketkeeper if there was to be any chance of a run-out, 14 off the over

End of over 14 (14 runs) Delhi Daredevils 85/4 (RR: 6.07)
KD Karthik    18* (16b 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-14-0
M Manhas    17* (19b 1x4)      PP Chawla    2-1-4-0

Chawla has bowled very well so far

14.1

Chawla to Manhas, 2 runs, given some air, but that was wide and outside off, crunched through the covers, stopped by the sweeper

14.2

Chawla to Manhas, 2 runs, pushed past a diving bowler towards long-on, the fielder had to run in a long way from the deep so that will be two

14.3

Chawla to Manhas, 1 wide, and that's a wide down the leg side

14.3

Chawla to Manhas, FOUR, length ball pitching on off, Manhas moves towards the leg side, and hammers it inside-out over a jumping extra cover

14.4

Chawla to Manhas, 1 run, on the pads, and that's whipped away towards midwicket

14.5

Chawla to Karthik, no run, an attempted pull trickles down the pitch after hitting the bottom of the bat

14.6

Chawla to Karthik, 2 runs, superb fielding from Pomersbach at deep midwicket, the ball pitched on middle stump, Karthik was onto his back foot in a flash, gets the front leg out of the way and swipes to midwicket, Pomersbacj had to move quickly to his left to stop that one

End of over 15 (12 runs) Delhi Daredevils 97/4 (RR: 6.46)
KD Karthik    20* (18b 1x6)      PP Chawla    3-1-16-0
M Manhas    26* (23b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-14-0

Wilkin Mota gets a chance now, Yuvraj has taken himself off after one expensive over

15.1

Mota to Manhas, 1 leg bye, slightly overpitched, on middle and leg, Manhas was looking to swat that to midwicket, bottom edges it on his body and the ball rolls to the off side

15.2

Mota to Karthik, 2 runs, very short and down the leg side, swung away to deep backward square leg, not enough power on that to take it for four

15.3

Mota to Karthik, 1 run, wristily played off the front foot behind square leg, that will be the 50 partnership

15.4

Mota to Manhas, OUT, there's the breakthrough, Manhas is gone, that was a full ball on middle, Manhas looked to swing it over to deep midwicket but didn't get the elevation he wanted and finds the midwicket fielder in the circle

M Manhas c Sohal b Mota 26 (25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 104.00

Farveez Maharoof showed he could hit big last season, how will he go now?

15.5

Mota to Maharoof, 2 runs, that was well outside off, Maharoof threads it between the covers to get off the mark

15.6

Mota to Maharoof, 1 run, ends with a length ball on the pads, Maharoof mistimes a drive down to long-on, the batsmen saunter through for a single

Krishna from India: "No need to worry about Sehwag and Gambhir.Few minutes back we wondered why was Sreeshanth is being included in the KXI and he comes up with this and proves wrong .So the same way,Sehwag and gambhir would fire like they have been doing for the past 7 months."

End of over 16 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 104/5 (RR: 6.50)
MF Maharoof    3* (2b)      WA Mota    1-0-6-1
KD Karthik    23* (20b 1x6)      PP Chawla    3-1-16-0

16.1

Lee to Maharoof, no run, starts with a slow bouncer, Maharoof backs away and tries to slap it but doesn't connect

16.2

Lee to Maharoof, no run, another bouncer, this one is quick, 141 kmh, Maharoof had to get ouot of the way quickly

16.3

Lee to Maharoof, no run, yet another bouncer, this was 126kmh, Maharoof saw it and wanted to jab it over the keeper's head, but he doesn't get bat on ball again

16.4

Lee to Maharoof, no run, great over so far, Maharoof was giving himself room, so Lee sends it fast and full outside off, Maharoof bends his knees and swings at it but doesn't connect

16.5

Lee to Maharoof, no run, can Lee send down a maiden, Maharoof again moving towards leg, Lee pushes it wide outside off and the batsman can't reach it

16.6

Lee to Maharoof, OUT, stunning over from Lee, knocks out Maharoof's middle stump, a wicket-maiden at this stage is priceless, it was a length ball, Maharoof, as he has all over, was looking to give himself room to swing his arms, he misses Lee hits the stumps to end Maharoof's misery

MF Maharoof b Lee 3 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

End of over 17 (wicket maiden) Delhi Daredevils 104/6 (RR: 6.11)
     B Lee    3-1-12-2
KD Karthik    23* (20b 1x6)      WA Mota    1-0-6-1

Daniel Vettori is the new batsman

17.1

Pathan to Karthik, 2 runs, Irfan starts with abouncer on legstump, Karthik gets inside the line and paddle-pulls it past the keeper

17.2

Pathan to Karthik, 2 runs, this was much fuller, outside off, Karthik lofted that inside-out over extra cover, was in teh air a long time but landed safely out of reach of the fielder

17.3

Pathan to Karthik, 1 run, overpitched on legstump, squeezed out towards long-on for a single

First ball for Vettori

17.4

Pathan to Vettori, 1 run, length ball, was shaping away from the left-hander, Vettori chops it towards cover to get off the mark

Pathan around the wicket

17.5

Pathan to Karthik, 1 run, short and wide, Karthik clouts it powerfully off the backfoot, but Brett Lee is there at deep point to do the fielding

17.6

Pathan to Vettori, OUT, Delhi lose another wicket, that was short and just outside off, Vettori goes for the pull, top-edges it to mid-off, David Shepherd would have been hopping before this delivery

DL Vettori c Sohal b Pathan 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 18 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 111/7 (RR: 6.16)
     IK Pathan    3-0-16-1
KD Karthik    29* (24b 1x6)      B Lee    3-1-12-2

18.1

Lee to Bhatia, OUT, Nelson and Lee strike again, Lee on a hat-trick, short and not particularly wide, sliced to the waiting fielder at third man, can Delhi at least play out their overs?

R Bhatia c Chawla b Lee 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.2

Lee to Karthik, no run, no hat-trick for Lee, Karthik shows the full face of the bat as he defends back down the pitch

18.3

Lee to Karthik, 1 run, the slow bouncer has been Lee's favourite delivery today, this one was 123kmh, Karthik was looking to pull, had to delay his shot, he adjusts well to get it away to midwicket

18.4

Lee to Sangwan, no run, another short ball, fast and outside off, has Sangwan fishing for it outside off

18.5

Lee to Sangwan, 1 run, overpitched on offstump, driven firmly toward cover for a single to get off the strike and the mark

18.6

Lee to Karthik, 1 run, fired into the blockhole, 139kmh, Karthik can only dig it out towards square for a single

End of over 19 (3 runs) Delhi Daredevils 114/8 (RR: 6.00)
KD Karthik    31* (27b 1x6)      B Lee    4-1-15-3
PJ Sangwan    1* (2b)      IK Pathan    3-0-16-1

19.1

Pathan to Karthik, 1 run, full outside off, Karthik punches it towards cover for a single

19.2

Pathan to Sangwan, 1 run, slower ball from Irfan, 107kmh, Sangwan swings at it and it sails towards deep extra cover for a single

19.3

Pathan to Karthik, OUT, Karthik is gone, it was a length ball, Karthik was looking to get under it and play over the cover, hits the bottom of the bat and flies towards long-on, who takes a simple catch

KD Karthik c Mota b Pathan 32 (29b 0x4 1x6) SR: 110.34

19.4

Pathan to Sangwan, 2 runs, full and wide, Sangwan carves it towards teh sweeper on the off side boundary

19.5

Pathan to Sangwan, 1 run, fast yorker outside off, 133kmh, squeezed out towards point for a single

19.6

Pathan to Nehra, 1 run, high full toss, around offstump, Nehra gets it away towards cover point for a single

So Delhi end on a below-par 120. A great job by the Punjab bowlers to keep the formidable Delhi batting to that score - Sreesanth was superb around the middle of the innings, Lee dried up the runs towards the end, and Irfan was on song as well. Punjab's fielding was also top-class; they have now done half the job against the table-toppers and their batsmen should be able to overhaul this target to keep the semi-final hopes alive.

Brian from the US has a poser: "Karthik defending Lee's hat-trick ball pops up a question in my head. Is denying the bowler a hat-trick more important than playing a scoring shot so at least a single is added to the score? We have seen this over and over again and I still do not know what the correct answer is!"

End of over 20 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 120/9
A Nehra    1* (1b)      IK Pathan    4-0-22-2
PJ Sangwan    5* (5b)      B Lee    4-1-15-3
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May 15, 2009

Pradeep Sangwan runs in to celebrate Yuvraj Singh's dismissal with team-mates, Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab, 46th match, IPL, Bloemfontein, May 15, 2009

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May 15, 2009

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Yuvraj Singh exits after scoring a slow 18

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