Indian Premier League, 46th match: Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab at Bloemfontein, May 15, 2009
Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Played at OUTsurance Oval, Bloemfontein (neutral venue)
15 May 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

Nehra to Sohal, no run, Nehra gets some inward movement straightaway, hurtles into Sohal's thigh pad


Nehra to Sohal, no run, length ball on middle, Sohal gets behind the line ot defend, gets an outside edge towards point


Nehra to Sohal, no run, tests Sohal with the bouncer this time, 130kmh, that was on a middle-stump line, Sohal manages to evade it by ducking


Nehra to Sohal, 1 run, Sohal gets Punjab off the mark by guiding the ball with the angle towards third man for a single

Two slips in place


Nehra to Katich, 1 run, Katich takes the bottom hand off the bat as he chops that outside-offstump ball towards point


Nehra to Sohal, no run, that was fractionally outside leg, Sohal was way across the stumps to tickle it to fine leg but he misses

End of over 1 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 2/0 (119 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 6.26)

    • S Sohal 1 (5b)
    • SM Katich 1 (1b)
    • A Nehra 1-0-2-0

Sangwan to Katich, FOUR, Sangwan starts with a hit-me ball, short and wide, Katich slaps it over backward point for a boundary


Sangwan to Katich, no run, that was shorter and wider, 121kmh, Katich reaches across to cut but only manages to hit it hard into the ground, that would have been a wide if he let it go


Sangwan to Katich, 4 runs, back of a length, Katich edges it onto his midriff and the ball rolls towards backward point, Dilshan was onto in a flash and was looking to get the non-striker run-out, four overthrows


Sangwan to Katich, FOUR, short and a touch wide, Katich dispatches that to the point boundary, poor over from Sangwan so far


Sangwan to Katich, no run, fuller length outside off, Katich gets forward and taps it to mid off, straight to the fielder


Sangwan to Katich, SIX, Sangwan again errs by feeding Katich's cut shot, short and wide yet again, and this time Katich clobbers that over third man for six

End of over 2 (18 runs) Kings XI Punjab 20/0 (101 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 5.61)

    • SM Katich 19 (7b 2x4 1x6)
    • S Sohal 1 (5b)
    • PJ Sangwan 1-0-18-0
    • A Nehra 1-0-2-0

Nehra to Sohal, no run, Nehra keeps it around offstump, defended towards the covers


Nehra to Sohal, no run, length ball on offstump, played back towards the bowler


Nehra to Sohal, no run, slips in the bouncer, 133.4kmh, he had to bend and gets underneath it


Nehra to Sohal, 1 run, back of a length, on leg stump, turned off his thigh pad towards short fine leg for a single


Nehra to Katich, no run, some swing on offer for Nehra, swung out before pitching on a length just outside offstump, defended off the backfoot by Katich


Nehra to Katich, 1 run, similar length but a touch wider, Katich plays it with soft hands towards mid-on and the batsmen scurry through for a single

End of over 3 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 22/0 (99 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 5.82)

    • SM Katich 20 (9b 2x4 1x6)
    • S Sohal 2 (9b)
    • A Nehra 2-0-4-0
    • PJ Sangwan 1-0-18-0

Sangwan is taken off after his poor over, Maharoof gets his first bowl this season


Maharoof to Katich, OUT, and he gets a wicket first ball! back of a length ball angling across Katich, who feels for it outside offstump, nicks it through to the keeper

SM Katich c †Karthik b Maharoof 20 (10b 2x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

Falgun from the USA: "Yes, denying the bowler a hat-trick more important than playing a scoring shot. Because if bowler gets hat-trick, it boosts the moral of his team, which dominates the opposition more. Not scoring a run in one ball out of hundreds might not make that big of a difference."


Maharoof to Pomersbach, 1 no ball, similar length from Maharoof, poked away towards point, that was a no-ball as well, <>free-hit coming up


Maharoof to Pomersbach, (no ball) 1 run, yet another no-ball, Pomersbach backed away and swung it inside-out, he gets an edge, and the catch is taken at cover, doesn't matter and there's another free-hit to follow


Maharoof to Sohal, no run, manages to keep his foot behind the line this time, sends down a good bouncer as well, which Sohal is unable to get away


Maharoof to Sohal, 1 run, it's the slower ball from Maharoof this time, defended off the front foot towards cover


Maharoof to Pomersbach, FOUR, length ball outside offstump, Pomersbach was down the track and threw his bat at it, gets a thick outside edge which sails one-bounce over the third man boundary


Maharoof to Pomersbach, no run, great ball from Maharoof, bangs in the bouncer, Pomersbach gets behind the line and looks to defend, rise more than he expected and hits him on the fingers


Maharoof to Pomersbach, 1 no ball, another no-ball, a mix of tripe and terrific deliveries this over from Maharoof, outside off and let through to the keeper


Maharoof to Pomersbach, FOUR, Punjab don't waste the free-hit this time, it was full and on the apds, Pomersbach whacks it away over wide long-on for a boundary, that ends an eventful, and interminable, over

End of over 4 (13 runs) Kings XI Punjab 35/1 (86 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.75, RRR: 5.37)

    • LA Pomersbach 9 (6b 2x4)
    • S Sohal 3 (11b)
    • MF Maharoof 1-0-13-1
    • A Nehra 2-0-4-0

Nehra to Sohal, OUT, more excitement, Sohal's legstump takes a walk after he shuffles across too much, he was looking to glance that off his thigh pad but missed the ball, which crashed into legstump

S Sohal b Nehra 3 (12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Delhi were 38 for 2 after the Powerplays


Nehra to Yuvraj Singh, no run, beautiful ball first up for Yuvraj, just outside off, shortish, Yuvraj was in two minds whether to defend that to leave it, finally decided to not offer a shot


Nehra to Yuvraj Singh, no run, this team it's on offstump, and full, dug out towards the covers by Yuvraj


Nehra to Yuvraj Singh, no run, dropped by Gambhir, that is a big miss, length ball again in the corridor, Yuvraj decided to play off the back foot, edged it at catchable height to first slip where Gambhir grasses a sitter


Nehra to Yuvraj Singh, no run, similar ball, this time Yuvraj moves across to get behind the line and defend back to the bowler


Nehra to Yuvraj Singh, no run, wicket-maiden from Nehra, should have had two wickets in that over though, maintained that immaculate line on the final ball as well, and Yuvraj lets that go by playing inside the line

End of over 5 (wicket maiden) Kings XI Punjab 35/2 (86 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 5.73)

    • Yuvraj Singh 0 (5b)
    • LA Pomersbach 9 (6b 2x4)
    • A Nehra 3-1-4-1
    • MF Maharoof 1-0-13-1

Maharoof to Pomersbach, no run, that was onto Pomersbach quicker than he expected, short of length ball on middle and leg, Pomersbach gets behind the line and defends awkwardly


Maharoof to Pomersbach, OUT, AB de Villiers shows Gambhir how slip catching is done, Pomersbach departs, the ball was angling across the batsman, gets an edge, de Villiers was at a wid-ish first slip, he ad to dive full length to his left and a bit to his back to latch on to that, Delhi aren't going to go down without a fight

LA Pomersbach c de Villiers b Maharoof 9 (8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 112.50


Maharoof to Sangakkara, no run, slow, shortish ball on the pads, Sangakkara defends it off the backfoot towards square leg, nine consecutive dot balls


Maharoof to Sangakkara, no run, similar length, this time on middle stump, Sangakkara wanted to defend that one, but gets an edge onto his body and the ball rolls towards point


Maharoof to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, Maharoof's no-ball problem resurfaces to end a ten-ball streak without a run, it was left alone by Sangakkra outside off, free-hit for him now


Maharoof to Sangakkara, 1 run, doesn't get punished, length was a bit fuller, Sangakkara backed away and swung hard at the ball, gets a thick edge which has the ball flying to third man


Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pushes it wider this time, back of a length again, Sangakkara watches that through to the keeper

End of over 6 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 37/3 (84 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.16, RRR: 6.00)

    • Yuvraj Singh 0 (6b)
    • KC Sangakkara 1 (4b)
    • MF Maharoof 2-0-15-2
    • A Nehra 3-1-4-1

Nehra to Sangakkara, no run, Nehra starts off with a dot ball, looked to defend on the backfoot but is beaten


Nehra to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Sangakkara gets on the backfoot and pats it to cover


Nehra to Sangakkara, no run, lovely line from Nehra, just outside off stump, the length pushed Sangakkara to the backfoot and he can only defend that one back down the pitch


Nehra to Sangakkara, 2 runs, overpitched and a bit of width this time, Sangakkara slices it towards deep backward point for a couple


Nehra to Sangakkara, no run, back to probing around the offstump, Sangakkara is content to play that back to the bowler


Nehra to Sangakkara, no run, Nehra ends a sensational spell with another dot ball, same formula from him, short of length targetting offstump, Sangakkara tap it towards mid-off

End of over 7 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 39/3 (82 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.57, RRR: 6.30)

    • KC Sangakkara 3 (10b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 0 (6b)
    • A Nehra 4-1-6-1
    • MF Maharoof 2-0-15-2

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, fullish on middle and off, turned towards mid-on for a single by Yuvraj


Maharoof to Sangakkara, no run, short ball, off-stump line, Sangakkara leans back to make some room, and dabs it to backward point, 'No' he calls immediately


Maharoof to Sangakkara, no run, banged in short, Sangakkara ducks and lets it go


Maharoof to Sangakkara, no run, fuller and on the pads, Sangakkara plays it inside-out towards cover, the runs aren't coming easy for Punjab


Maharoof to Sangakkara, no run, a bit of width for Sangakkara, he opens the face and jabs it towards backward point


Maharoof to Sangakkara, 2 runs, short ball, and about a foot outside off, Sangakkara bends his knees to get under it and guides it wide of third man

End of over 8 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 42/3 (79 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 6.58)

    • KC Sangakkara 5 (15b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1 (7b)
    • MF Maharoof 3-0-18-2
    • A Nehra 4-1-6-1

Sangwan comes back into the attack


Sangwan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, starts with a full ball on middle and off, Yuvraj plays it cautiously towards mid-on


Sangwan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, that was a loose delivery, short and very wide, Yuvraj wanted to hammer that through covers, connect well, but the placement is poor


Sangwan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Sangwan gives Yuvraj a second chance to get his placement right, this was even wider than the previous ball, placement was decent but Yuvraj couldn't time this one, sweeper on the boundary does the fielding


Sangwan to Sangakkara, no run, full and on offstump, defended by Sangakkara back down the pitch


Sangwan to Sangakkara, 2 runs, shorter from Sangwan, and some width as well, Sangakkara chips it towards third man to get a couple


Sangwan to Sangakkara, FOUR, that was a pretty poor over from Sangwan, and he's finally punished off the final delivery, more hit-me short-and-wide deliveries, Sangakkara gets on to of that and hammers it to the point boundary

End of over 9 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 49/3 (72 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.44, RRR: 6.54)

    • KC Sangakkara 11 (18b 1x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 2 (10b)
    • PJ Sangwan 2-0-25-0
    • MF Maharoof 3-0-18-2

Spin is introduced, Daniel Vettori it is


Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, no run, flights his first ball, turns into Yuvraj, who turns it towards midwicket


Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, a touch shorter from Vettori, Yuvraj rocks onto the back foot and punches it down the ground for a single


Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, this one was on the pads, Sangakkara can only play it towards square leg


Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara gets a big stride in and defends the ball back towards the bowler


Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara sashays down the pitch but gain he can't get it away, only as far as the bowler


Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara stays on the backfoot this time and looks to cut, but the ball bounces more than he expected and he's beaten, superb over to start from Vettori

And that'll be the strategic time-out. Punjab are making heavy weather of this chase, but they still have two experienced batsmen at the crease. Delhi were 52 for 4 at this stage.

Rohit from the US has this complaint about the IPL: "In this T20 madness have the batsmen forgotten how to defend? Punjab is losing all these wickets due to lack of technique and temperament from their batsmen. They need runs @ 6 over. I have seen this over and over during IPL now. No matter how exciting the finishes are the level of cricket is very unsatisfactory except for a few flashes of brilliance from brilliant players like Warne, Hayden, AB, etc."

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End of over 10 (1 run) Kings XI Punjab 50/3 (71 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.10)

    • KC Sangakkara 11 (22b 1x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 3 (12b)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-1-0
    • PJ Sangwan 2-0-25-0

Rajat Bhatia, Delhi's hero in the previous game, comes on to bowl


Bhatia to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, starts off with a poor ball, way down the leg side

Venkat from the US: "I would not agree completely with Rohit. What he says about this match maybe true but targets of 140-160 need the batsmen to score quickly right from the start. The batsmen basically don't want to bring the bowling team back into the game while defending a small total and thats the reason they try to score quickly and thereby lose their wickets."


Bhatia to Yuvraj Singh, no run, innocuous delivery, on a length around off, 106kmh, Yuvraj defends with exaggerated caution


Bhatia to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, that was a short ball, Yuvraj was early into his shot as he opened the face to play towards backward point


Bhatia to Sangakkara, no run, Bhatia keeps it simple, wicket-to-wicket stuff, Sangakkara defends back down the pitch


Bhatia to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sangakkara gets a streaky boundary, he was backing away to slap it through the covers, gets a thick edge past the keeper for a boundary


Bhatia to Sangakkara, FOUR, Gambhir horror day continues, it was a length ball which was bit wide, Sangakkara carves it towards deep point, Gambhir makes a mess of a routine stop at the boundary


Bhatia to Sangakkara, no run, overpitched on middle and leg, defended watchfully towards mid-on, that ends a good over for Punjab

End of over 11 (10 runs) Kings XI Punjab 60/3 (61 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.45, RRR: 6.77)

    • KC Sangakkara 19 (26b 3x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 4 (14b)
    • R Bhatia 1-0-10-0
    • DL Vettori 1-0-1-0

Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Vettori is taken for a single down to long-on, that was taken from well outside off


Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara tries sweep an outside-off ball but the ball bounce more than he though and he's beaten


Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, this time Sangakkara nudges it towards square leg for a single


Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, no run, length ball on middle, played firmly to mid-on by Yuvraj


Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, width for Yuvraj to work with, he rocks back and crashes it towards backward point


Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up by Vettori, fullish ball, Sangakkara waits on the backfoot and turns it to midwicket

Rahul Oak has a bit of an extreme suggestion. "Just how costly is Gambhir's dropped catch going to prove? I think team owners need to start docking players 25% of their match fee per dropped catch. That's the only way the fielding standards are going to improve!"

End of over 12 (4 runs) Kings XI Punjab 64/3 (57 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.33, RRR: 7.12)

    • KC Sangakkara 21 (29b 3x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 6 (17b)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-5-0
    • R Bhatia 1-0-10-0

Dilshan to Sangakkara, 1 run, Dilshan starts his spell with a length ball wide outside off, punched down to long-off


Dilshan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, again Dilshan pushes it wide, Yuvraj reaches across and pushes it towards cover


Dilshan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, 'Catch it' shout Delhi's fielders as Yuvraj lofts the ball towards long-off, lands a couple of yards short of the boundary


Dilshan to Sangakkara, FOUR, more poor fielding from Delhi, this time its Nehra, Sangakkara lifts it wide of long-ogg whre Nehra should have stopped the ball, lets it through for a boundary


Dilshan to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara pushes it to cover, straight to the fielder


Dilshan to Sangakkara, 1 run

End of over 13 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 71/3 (50 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.46, RRR: 7.14)

    • KC Sangakkara 27 (33b 4x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 7 (19b)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-7-0
    • DL Vettori 2-0-5-0

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, wide ball, Sangakkara slaps it towards deep point for a single


Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, flighted by Vettori, lovely shot from Yuvraj, waited on the backfoot and played it late to get the placement perfectly, wide of backward point for four


Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pushed through by Vettori, defended back down the pitch off the front foot


Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another dot ball, Yuvraj was a few paces dwon the pitch but it was a shorter ball, and he can only push it to mid-off


Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, effortless by Yuvraj, just chipped over the bowler's head, long-on does the fielding


Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, tapped towards short midwicket by Sangakkara

End of over 14 (6 runs) Kings XI Punjab 77/3 (44 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.50, RRR: 7.33)

    • KC Sangakkara 28 (35b 4x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 12 (23b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-11-0
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-7-0

Bhatia to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, ooh, that was nearly a catch, the cover fielder threw himself full length to try get a hand on Yuvraj's lofted drive, can't reach it and Delhi get a couple


Bhatia to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on the middle and leg and Yuvraj works it to backward square leg


Bhatia to Sangakkara, no run, good ball from Bhatia, it bounced a bit extra, Sangakkara was making room on the backfoot, but his attempted cut is beaten


Bhatia to Sangakkara, 1 run, wide outside off, Sangakkara chips it towards point, safely, Gambhir does the fielding on the boundary


Bhatia to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvraj's bottom hand came off the bat as he tried to off-drive, the ball flie down to long-on for a single


Bhatia to Sangakkara, FOUR, slower ball to end the over, 89kmh, Sangakkara spotted it early, made room and crunched it over cover for a boundary

Punjab slowly taking control here

End of over 15 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 86/3 (35 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.73, RRR: 7.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 33 (38b 5x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 16 (26b 1x4)
    • R Bhatia 2-0-19-0
    • DL Vettori 3-0-11-0

Sangwan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Sangwan starts with a good delivery, short of a length, about a foot outside off, Yuvraj wantedto guide it to third man, but ended up playing inside the line

Paulson from the US: "Oak,this is sports, mate, not a robotic war. And the charm of sports is the mixture of human creativity and foibles; thrills and spills. Docking players for every failure in batting, bowling, and fielding would mean we better go for robotic cricket. Would you like that?"


Sangwan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short and very wide, slower ball as well, 104kmh, Yuvraj was charging down the pitch, he somehow manages to reach that ball, hits the bottom hand and goes to the keeper on the bounce


Sangwan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short and wide again, Yuvraj throws his bat at it but is beaten, no footwork in that shot from Yuvraj


Sangwan to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, wonderful shot from Yuvraj, the length was fuller, a high backlift from Yuvraj as his straight drive just misses the non-striker's stumps, de Villiers has to dive at the boundary to keep it in


Sangwan to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Yuvraj is gone, Delhi are delighted, Sangwan won't be getting wickets with too many deliveries worse than that one, it was short and wide, asking to be hit, Yuvraj hit it but straight to Sehwag at backward point, Sehwag is ecstatic, a twist in the game

Yuvraj Singh c Sehwag b Sangwan 18 (31b 1x4 0x6) SR: 58.06


Sangwan to Pathan, no run, superb over for Delhi, only two runs off it, Irfan's plays around a length ball on legstump, there's a muted appeal from Sangwan, but that was going down

End of over 16 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 88/4 (33 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.50, RRR: 8.25)

    • IK Pathan 0 (1b)
    • KC Sangakkara 33 (38b 5x4)
    • PJ Sangwan 3-0-27-1
    • R Bhatia 2-0-19-0

Bhatia to Sangakkara, 1 run, fullish ball outside off, Sangakkara bent his kne and crashed that powerfully towards cover, Dilshan's dive keeps the batsmen to a single


Bhatia to Pathan, no run, no flourishes from Bhatia, length ball on offstump, just the basics, defended by Irfan


Bhatia to Pathan, no run, this is fuller and a lot wider, Irfan was looking to scythe that through cover, but doesn't make contact


Bhatia to Pathan, 1 run, again a length ball on off, Irfan was onto the shot early, was in the air a bit but it lands safely before reaching long-on


Bhatia to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length offcutter, bounces sharply over the stumps, Sangakkara had shuffled across to swings it toward fine leg, but he doesn't connect either


Bhatia to Sangakkara, 1 run, oof that was close, full and just outside off, Sangakkara was looking for the off-drive, gets an inside-edge and the french cut gets Punjab a run

Only three runs off this over, Delhi are showing why they are so hard to beat

End of over 17 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 91/4 (30 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.35, RRR: 10.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 35 (41b 5x4)
    • IK Pathan 1 (4b)
    • R Bhatia 3-0-22-0
    • PJ Sangwan 3-0-27-1

Sangwan to Sangakkara, 2 runs, shortish and coming into Sangakkara, he stays on the back foot and tries to pound it over mid-off, mistimed and he just about clears the fielder


Sangwan to Sangakkara, no run, yorker just outside off, dug out back towards the bowler


Sangwan to Sangakkara, 1 run, low full toss, around the offstump, Sangakkara moves away and carves it towards point


Sangwan to Pathan, SIX, Shot! pressure reliever for Punjab, short and again in the corridor outside off, Irfan was down the pitch and he mows it over midwicket for a big six


Sangwan to Pathan, no run, this was a bit fuller, Irfan couldn't quite get under it, he slams it straight to the mid-on fielder


Sangwan to Pathan, SIX, that was awful from Sangwan, hard to criticise an 18-year-old, but that was a full toss on the pads, was asking to be hit out of the park, Irfan swings it over the square-leg boundary

Nehra rushes over to the bowler's and gives him a couple of words of encouragement

End of over 18 (15 runs) Kings XI Punjab 106/4 (15 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.88, RRR: 7.50)

    • IK Pathan 13 (7b 2x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 38 (44b 5x4)
    • PJ Sangwan 4-0-42-1
    • R Bhatia 3-0-22-0

Maharoof to Sangakkara, 1 wide, more poor bowling, wide down the leg side, can't afford that in these tight situations


Maharoof to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, yorker just outside legstump, hits the pads and runs away towards square leg


Maharoof to Pathan, no run, half-volley on legstump, Maharoof is lucky to get away with that one, Irfan can't put it away


Maharoof to Pathan, 1 wide, oh Delhi fans won't like that, another one down leg


Maharoof to Pathan, SIX, Punjab fans will relish this one, Irfan rocks back and gets under a length ball on legstump, clouts it high over wide long-on, just clear the rope by a few yards, would have been caught if the boundaries weren't pulled in


Maharoof to Pathan, 2 runs, swatted powerfully towards midwicket, the batsmen sprint through for a couple


Maharoof to Pathan, 1 leg bye, full and on legstump, Irfan can't get that away but it thuds into his pads and dribbles towards backward point


Maharoof to Sangakkara, 1 run, great bit of fielding from Sangwan takes the match to the final over, it was short on legstump, the batsman swivelled and pulled it towards fine leg, Sangwan was quick across the turf to cut that off

End of over 19 (13 runs) Kings XI Punjab 119/4 (2 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.26, RRR: 2.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 39 (46b 5x4)
    • IK Pathan 21 (11b 3x6)
    • MF Maharoof 4-0-29-2
    • PJ Sangwan 4-0-42-1

Vettori to Sangakkara, FOUR, and it's over, Sangakkara backs away and slaps it through the covers for a boundary, and Delhi go down, Punjab stay alive

Sangakkara showed the importance on hanging on to your wicket even in Twenty20. Delhi's bowlers were just a touch indisciplined when the match was getting tight, Sangwan was one of their heroes against Deccan Chargers but it was a day to forget today. Nehra was outstanding at the start of the innings, and Vettori was tidy as well, but Delhi's fielding wasn't at it's best. A dropped catch off Yuvraj proved pretty costly as he and Sangakkara put on a vital 53 runs. Then it was Irfan who took them past the line, with three big sixes just as Delhi were sscrapping their way back into the game.

Post-match presentation: Virender Sehwag: "We didn't bat well, but our bowlers did a fantastic job and at one stage we almost won the game.

"Twenty20 is bad type of cricket because if you start losing you keep on losing, I don't want us to go that way"

Yuvraj Singh: "If we had lost this game, I don't know where I'd hide my face. Our bowling was excellent, and our batting was decent. Anything between 120 and 140 was chase-able. Hopefully, Jayawardene gets back to full fitness soon, we need to bat well."

Brett Lee is the Man of the Match. Lee: "Starting to get there, I was pretty happy with the way I bowled tonight. I'm just trying to get through each game, my ankle is feeling okay which is exciting." Lee also praises the way Sreesanth and Irfan bowled.

He also says: "We aren't looking too forward ahead. Our whole focus is now on Sunday's game."

You can check the latest points table, updated after today's game here.

Thanks for joining us today and for all the mails. Do be there for tomorrow's double-header as well. This is Siddarth Ravindran signing out. G'night!






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