taken at long-off and Kings XI win by four runs. Gambhir has his head in his hands. Iyer looks up. A flatter trajectory delivery outside off is chipped away to long-off. Finch takes the reverse-cupped catch and Kings XI begin their celebrations.
11.38pm Another thrilling IPL game. Somehow, Kings XI overcome a sub-par total and a strong Daredevils start to defend their 143. JUUUST! It was not a very clever chase from Daredevils, there was a steadying gear and an aggressive gear. Nothing in between. That's where they fell behind the chase as wickets fell right through that innings. Sran wasn't excellent, but his fourth over was, putting the equation beyond Daredevils.
There were economical spells from Tye, Rajpoot, Mujeeb and Ashwin, pushing the required rate up and allowing Sran to have a bad day. But Sran fought back well too. It was a terrific defensive effort from Kings XI, as they move to the top of the table.
Ankit Rajpoot is the Man of the Match: "It's my responsibility for the team. I had to get wickets. Wanted to bowl wicket to wicket, and not use too many variations."
R Ashwin: "We were more discussing of what to be bowling, rather than what to be bowling. I decided Mujeeb will be bowling the 20th over. I thought AJ (Tye) was the best bowler on the day. Coach says nothing. If we were serious about winning, this is a game we needed to win. The ball skidded on, more trying to get their wickets. They wanted to attack, which fell in our hands."
Gautam Gambhir says "when you lose three wickets in the first six overs, it's always difficult. Avesh bowled well, Shaw is a player for the future. We've got to win seven games. Our bowling was good today, but couldn't cross the line"
5 off 1
and he gets four. Flat down leg, helped along past short fine leg. He dives in vain. Big play because it's four. FOUR
slogged away with bad timing to deep midwicket. A misfield allows two. Struggled for timing. Iyer initially didn't want even one.
11 off 3 now
refuses the single. Flat outside off, powered to long-off. Says no. I'll take this over.
six! NOT OVER YET. It's flat and wide, Iyer stands back and slaps a swat straight back over the bowler's head for six. sensational timing. Delhi are dancing again.
good length, flat down leg. Iyer can't connect. The ball hits the pad to fine leg.
Righto, righto. Another thriller in the IPL. Iyer and Delhi need 17 off 6 balls. Ashwin says Mujeeb is the man.
No helmet for Iyer. Point, third man and backward point in.
it's in the slot for that shot. Full and wide, Mishra comes down and misses a swing. DOT!
17 off 7. Iyer will have strike for the last over, at least he should. Ten balls without a boundary for Iyer, since the 15th over. Mid-off was up. Should Mishra stand still and chip over mid-off?
that was in the slot, right in the slot. Full on off, Iyer cleared his front leg too and slogged to long-on
he walks right across and connects neatly with the lap scoop but he finds the keeper. It's a slower delivery well outside off. That missed off stump by not much. Iyer forces him to complete the run.
Will Mujeeb be entrusted with the last over? 19 off 9. Mishra on strike.
a shortish delivery on middle and leg, swatted away to long-on, on the bounce.
20 off 10 now. At least two boundaries required. Three sixes wouldn't be too bad for Delhi. Iyer now, all on him.
a golden duck for Plunkett. A slower delivery down leg from Sran. Excellent variation, because Plunkett meets the ball much earlier than he intended. As a result, a whip intended for midwicket goes aerially to deep square leg, where Nair takes a comfortable catch.
a length delivery outside off, pulled away to deep midwicket for one. Not quite timed.
Plunkett, has nailed plenty for Yorkshire in the T20 Blast. A new franchise in Daredevils, a new partner in Iyer. 21 off 12 for Daredevils. Iyer has to boss this chase now.
Five men around Sran, now Yuvraj has a chat with him. I've often wondered if the bowler actually listens. I know I don't. Anyway, Iyer on strike.
edged and gone. A slower ball from Tye, the knuckle ball outside off. Tewatia slogs but all he manages is a thick leading edge, which is easily taken by Rahul. A timely strike because it also gets a new batsman in.
21 off 13.
well bowled, a yorker outside off, jammed away for one.
well bowled. A low full toss outside off, guided to Yuvraj at backward point who unnecessarily throws at the bowler's end to concede an overthrow. Poor game awareness from the experienced man. Iyer was well in anyway.
No boundary yet this over.
full on middle and leg, heaved away to deep midwicket.
Tye is having an argument about the batsman's stance. Nothing's going to change about that decision. It was the right call from the ump.
a slower ball, too wide outside off though. And called.
falls short of Finch at long-off. Full outside off, looking to use the bottom hand to lift the ball through midwicket. Chipped to long-off instead. Think Iyer has played this very smartly
27 off 17. Three boundaries should do this for Daredevils.
short and wide outside off, slashed to third man for a run.
Right then, 28 off 18 now. How do so many T20 games get so close so easily? It's a rhetorical question.
a good yorker to finish. On leg, jammed out for one.