IPL 2018: Punjab Edge Delhi In Thriller At Kotla

by Jared Lewis April 25, 2018, 9:28
IPL 2018: Punjab Edge Delhi In Thriller At Kotla

The Punjab side is carrying a winning momentum with being victorious in the last three matches played.

Despite the absence of Gayle, Punjab did well to reach 42 in just 4.3 overs with some big hitting by in-form Rahul. Entering the game as a beleaguered unit, the bottom-placed Daredevils made as many as five changes, including handing out IPL debuts to Liam Plunkett and the young Prithvi Shaw. None of the Kings XI batsmen were able to post big totals as they seemed to miss their big hitter Chris Gayle who was left out of the squad due to injury concerns.

Chasing the modest total, Delhi began on a positive note.

Rajpoot won the Man of the Match for his lively spell of 2 for 23.

Shaw played a nice little cameo of 22 runs off just 10 deliveries at the top of the order. The hosts were 25/1 in 2.3 overs. He managed just four from 13 balls. Never a big smasher of the ball, his figures this season as a returning captain have been strikingly sore. Pant went for four as Delhi were 61/4.

Shreyas Iyer was the batsman of the match as he kept the Daredevils hopes alive till the very last over. Ashwin entered the attack in the over after the powerplay and Mujeeb came on soon after. Delhi were in all kind of trouble at 76/5 in 12 overs.

Notably in the 17th over, Tewatia struck a six and a four off Sran. He hit the third to long-off, refused the single, and hoicked the fourth to deep midwicket for two to retain the strike and narrow the equation to nine off two balls. For Punjab, Rajpoot, Rahman and Andrew Tye bagged two wickets apiece while Barinder Sran took one wicket.

Earlier, it was all about Plunkett's debut. DD vs KXIP Video Highlights IPL 2018: Bowlers Help Kings XI Punjab Outplay Delhi Daredevils. (On the positives, especially Iyer) Yes, he was brilliant and also Avesh did really well.

Finch's poor form continued as he was dismissed for 2. Karun Nair came up with a hard-working innings but he couldn't finish it off well towards the end of the innings.

Sran returned with expensive bowling figures as he kept offering length balls to the batsmen despite the fact that they were hitting it easily. Once you defend a low score, then you can bank on anybody and everybody to go the distance.

Veteran Yuvraj Singh (17) once again failed to show his old spark during his tentative 14-ball stay in the middle. He gave away just 17 runs and also took the important wicket of David Miller.

Another problem for Delhi has been that their two most expensive overseas recruits, Glenn Maxwell and Chris Morris, have not fired.

He made Delhi pay for it, striking a massive six off Mishra in the same over.

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