Kings XI Punjab have thoroughly defeated Delhi Daredevils in this short game where the Delhi team were bowled out for a paltry 67, with Punjab bowlers Sandeep Sharma (4-20) and Axar Patel (2-22) returning with excellent figures to bowl out the Delhi team for a sub 100 score. The batting collapse reminded one of the struggling RCB, whose batting woes in this tournament are well known. It was always a cakewalk for Punjab from here on, and openers Martin Guptill and Hashim Amla showed no patience in reaching the target of 68, which they got to with a whopping 73 balls to spare. This victory will hold the struggling Punjab side in good stead and they may fancy their chances for the playoffs , whereas it is farewell to the dreams of the Delhi side for this year of the IPL.
KXIP : 68/0, 7.5 overs
Single off the fifth ball and Punjab have comfortably won this match. Delhi have been thoroughly outfoxed!
Nadeem to Guptill, SIX, wow. Massive strike from Guptill. Bends low on seeing this tossed up, gets into good position and smokes it over deep mid-wicket. Scores are level now
Shahbaz Nadeem, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
KXIP : 59/0, 7.0 overs, 9 needed in 78 balls
9 runs off the over. 9 needed in 78 balls!
Mishra to Guptill, SIX, he is greeted to the crease with a maximum. Slips in a googly, on a shortish length, Guptill picks it up and clubs it way back into the mid-wicket stands. He is looking in a mood to end this quick.
Amit Mishra, right arm leg break, into the attack. Game should wrap up soon.
Shami to Guptill, 1 run, the opening partnership is now worth 50 runs! 11 runs off this over.
Shami to Guptill, FOUR, Shami’s radar goes haywire. Spills it on the pads,
Shami to Guptill, FOUR, raining boundaries off Guptill’s willow. Again moves away to leg-side, takes on this back of a length delivery and blasts it wide of mid-on.
Mohammad Shami is back into the attack. Went for 8 runs in his first over.
KXIP : 39/0, 5.0 overs; Punjab Close In On Target
11 runs off this over. Guptill is looking to end this soon enough.
Chris Morris to Guptill, SIX, Guptill is in overdrive. Wants to capitalise on the powerplay. Stays a bit leg-sidish, loads up big time and smacks it with lot of power to send it soaring into the long-on stands.
Chris Morris is in for his second over.
Rabada to Guptill, FOUR, to long off. The floodgates seem to be opening. 11 off this over.
FOUR, cheeky and effective for Guptill. Cleverly arches his back on seeing this short ball outside off, opens his bat face and elevates it over first slip. One bounce and into the fence.
Rabada is back into the attack.
Tight bowling, Punjab are taking it slow. Just two singles off this over.
Chris Morris, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
KXIP : 15/0, 2.0 overs; Steady Start to Punjab Chase
FOUR! Classic push from Amla and it runs away to the boundary. Beats extra cover, very little effort. 7 runs off the over.
Wide, after three consecutive dots. Rabada lets the pressure go after some good bowling.
Kagiso Rabada, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Shami to Guptill, FOUR, Guptill is in a hurry here. Wasting no time as he backs away to this back of a length delivery and bullies it through the packed off-side field. Eight runs off the over.
FOUR! Guptill and Punjab are off the mark! Steps forward and thrashes it to the covers.
Guptill and Amla are at the crease. Guptill is on strike. Shami will open the attack
DD : 67/10, 17.1 overs
Mohit Sharma to Nadeem, out Caught&Bowled!! DD have been bundled out for their lowest score in IPL – the 10th edition is bringing in some unwanted records for teams. First it was RCB – now it’s the DD. Slower ball from Mohit, Nadeem didn’t read it at all, popped his bat forward, closed the face on the tuck, got a leading edge and it’s an absolute dolly to the bowler. Nadeem c and b Mohit Sharma 0(1). DD are done for.
Mohit Sharma to bowl his second over.
Aaron to Shami, out Caught by Sandeep Sharma!! Can’t blame Shami though, DD needed some quick runs, but there’s nothing coming today. This was short and wide of off, asking to be smacked. Shami had the right idea, he was looking to crack it over point, but the execution went all awry. Shami c Sandeep Sharma b Aaron 2(4). Shahbaz Nadeem is on the crease.
Varun Aaron to bowl the 17th over.
Sandeep Sharma to Rabada, out Caught by Shaun Marsh!! Another chance for Marsh and this time he holds on, DD’s procession continues. On a good length and on the stumps, Rabada was leaning forward on the lofted drive, the bat turned as he made contact, ends up mistiming it high and towards long-on. Rabada c Shaun Marsh b Sandeep Sharma 11(20). Mohammad Shami is on the crease.
Sandeep Mishra is back into the attack.
One run and and one wicket off the over. Delhi are sinking!
Aaron to Corey Anderson, out Bowled!! Aaron strikes with his first ball as well, this was full and just outside off, Anderson went with hard hands on the drive, the feet went nowhere and the inside edge clattered back onto the stumps. He was their last hope to get past 100 and DD are now struggling for the final push. Corey Anderson b Aaron 18(25). Amit Mishra walks in.
Varun Aaron, right arm fast, is the new bowler into the attack.
DD : 58/6, 13.0 overs
Last ball for Axar in the match. Axar to Rabada, FOUR, handy boundary for Rabada, comes down the track, gets close to the ball and drills it back over his partner’s head, a couple of bounces and over the ropes. Seven off the over, Axar finishes with figures of 2-22.
Axar to bowl his last over.
Maxwell in for his third over. Does not give much room, just five off the over.
Axar is back for his third over. SIX off the last ball, lovely shot, much needed blow for the Daredevils – but they need plenty of thse more. Came down the track, doesn’t get too close to the ball, allows him to free his arms – plays with the turn and deposits the ball way into the stands at long-on. Nine off the over.
Low key over, just four off it. Delhi are headed to a small score.
Maxwell to bowl the tenth over.
DD : 33/6 ,9.0 overs; Delhi Collapse In a Heap
Two runs and a wicket off the over for Axar.
Axar to Chris Morris, out Caught&Bowled!! That’s another soft dismissal and DD are seriously threatening RCB’s score of 49. Catching practice for Axar, this was pushed through slower and just outside of. Chris Morris c and b Axar 2(5). Kagiso Rabada comes to the crease.
Axar is back into the attack.
Maxwell to Pant, out Lbw!! The lovely drift of Maxwell has accounted for yet another young Indian batsman. He came from round the wicket, got this one to slide one with the angle. The impact was in front of middle-stump, at worst, would have been crashing into leg. Easy call for the umpire and DD continue to slump. Pant lbw b Maxwell 3(6). Chris Morris, right handed bat, comes onto the crease.
Skipper Maxwell into the bowling attack.
Just four off the over, and a wicket, this is an excellent first over by Axar.
Axar to Nair, out Bowled!! Axar has struck first ball and it’s been a free-fall for the Daredevils. This was the quicker ball from Axar, pitched on off and went straight on, Karun was playing for a bit of turn, ended up playing inside the line and missed it completely. DD are in a heap of trouble now. Nair b Axar 11(10). Corey Anderson walks in.
Axar Patel, left arm orthodox, has been introduced into the attack.
DD : 25/3, 6.0 overs; Delhi Struggle From Early Strikes
Tight bowling, pressure is firmly on Delhi. Just three runs off this over.
Mohit Sharma is the new bowler into the attack.
Sandeep Sharma to Shreyas Iyer, out Caught&Bowled!! That’s a spectacular return catch from Sandeep, but Shreyas isn’t going anywhere. The third umpire has been called for and the soft signal is OUT. That’s as clean as one gets, the decision remains OUT. The Mohali crowd go bonkers as their southern neighbours lose another. Shreyas Iyer c and b Sandeep Sharma 6(7). Rishabh Pant, left handed bat, is on the crease.
Sandeep Sharma to Nair, SIX, cracking shot, banged in short and just outside off, Karun was early into the pull and nailed it high and in front of square on the on-side. Takes some pressure off Delhi.
Sandeep Sharma is in for his third over. He has two wickets already.
T Natarajan to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR, lovely shot, overpitched and wide outside off, Shreyas leans forward, meets the ball on top of the bounce and drives it crisply past cover.
Natarajan will bowl his second over.
Sandeep Sharma to Samson, out Caught by Mohit Sharma!! Sandeep has two now and the Daredevils have lost both openers. On a good length and a hint of shape away from outside off, Samson took a step down the track and was looking to work it towards the on-side, closed the bat-face early, gets a thick leading edge – high and towards mid-off. Samson c Mohit Sharma b Sandeep Sharma 5(14). Shreyas Iyer walks in.
Four! Nicely played by Samson, that should get him going, fraction short and wide of off, he leans forward, plays with a flat-bat and gets it in the gap – wide of extra-cover
Sandeep Sharma will bowl his second over.
DD : 2/1, 2.0 overs; Billings falls off Sandeep
Excellent bowling, five consecutive dots. The pressure is showing on Delhi Daredevils. Just a wide off the fifth ball, one run off the over.
T Natarajan will bowl the second over.
Sandeep Sharma to Billings, out Caught by Saha!! Edged and caught! The perfect start for KXIP, a nothing shot from Billings and he has to take the long walk back to the hut. Sandeep shortened his length outside off and got the ball to shape away slightly, drew Billings into playing at that. The Daredevils have been rocked early. Billings c Saha b Sandeep Sharma 0(2). Karun Nair, right handed bat, walks in.
Samson and Billings are at the crease. Samson is on strike. Sandeep Sharma will open the attack
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Hashim Amla, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell(c), Wriddhiman Saha(w), Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Delhi Daredevils (Playing XI): Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Corey Anderson, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami
Karun: The injuries have been a bit frustrating, but the boys are well prepared and ready for today’s match. We have three changes. Zak, Cummins and Bawne miss out, Nadeem, Shami and Sam Billings are back in.
Maxwell: We will bowl. It’s a fresh pitch, there was a little bit of rain yesterday, should be helpful for our pacers. We have had a couple of injuries, but they are fresh and ready. Hashim Amla and Natarajan are back in, so is Varun Aaron and someone else (he forgot the name).
Punjab have won the toss and elected to field first!
KXIP and DD clash today at the PCA Stadium in Mohali in a battle of the minnows. Both teams are coming off convincing defeats, and have struggled to find the right combination of bowlers and batsmen throughout the competition. Both teams need to win today to stay alive in this competition. In fact, it is goodbye for Delhi if they lose today.