Imran Tahir impressed in his second spell © IANS
Imran Tahir impressed in his second spell © IANS

Delhi Daredevils (DD) registered their first Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 win as they defeated Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by five wickets at Pune. Sudatta Mukherjee brings the highlights from the tenth match of the IPL 8 tournament. Full update: KXIP vs DD IPL 2015 Match 10

Virender Sehwag and Wriddhiman Saha’s partnership: Experienced batsman Virender Sehwag and the star for Kings XI Punjab from the IPL 2014 final,  Wriddhiman Saha were involved in a fast-paced partnership of 71 runs, after the home side lost Murali Vijay early in the match. The partnership between the two was also responsible in setting the tone for a respectable total in the game. After Saha and Sehwag departed, KXIP started losing wickets at regular intervals, failing to make most of the opportunity provided by Sehwag and Saha. Full Scorecard: KXIP vs DD IPL 2015 Match 10

Imran Tahir’s comeback: The Delhi Daredevils’ spinner went for 18 runs in his first over. However, Tahir came back  later and removed the dangerous Glenn Maxwell, despite giving away 16 runs in his second over. In his third, Tahir conceded only six runs and in his final he conceded three runs and picked up two more wickets. His comeback helped Delhi restrict KXIP from posting a large total, especially by removing the all important wicket of Maxwell. Virender Sehwag reaches 4,000 T20 runs during KXIP vs DD IPL 2015 match at Pune

JP Duminy’s wizardry with the ball: All of us remember how JP Duminy has been influential with the ball for South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. It was not a surprise when the Delhi captain decided to bowl, just after David Miller came on to bat. Duminy gave away 10 runs before finally removing the all set Sehwag. In his next over, he tricked his South African teammate and bowled him out, as a result removing yet another batsman, who can really be dangerous on his given day. Duminy bowled two overs, conceded 16 runs but took two crucial wickets. Full Scorecard

JP Duminy’s bizarre dismissal: The Delhi Daredevils captain has been one of the pillars in the side’s batting line-up. He scored an unbeaten 44 against Mumbai Indians and after Shreyas Gopal departed early in the match against KXIP, it was upon Duminy to form a partnership at the top with Mayank Agarwal. However, a bad judgment and Akshar Patel ran him out in an unusual way. Agarwal hit a shot straight back and Akshar collected it on time and threw it towards the wicket. But, Duminy was outside the crease on non-striker’s end and he could not get back on time, as he toppled over with Akshar on the way.

Mayank Agarwal’s half-century: The young 24-year-old Delhi opener held his nerve as he slammed his second IPL fifty. Mixing his shots, Agarwal went after Mitchell Johnson in one over, smashing two fours and one six, bringing his fifty. While Shreyas Gopal and JP Duminy faltered under pressure following their past defeats, Agarwal played his natural game. In the middle overs he rotated his strike and also gave Yuvraj Singh enough time to put runs on the board, rather going after the bowlers consistently.

Yuvraj Singh’s ninth IPL half-century: On Wednesday, the crowd at Pune got to see some vintage Yuvraj Singh shots as the ICC World Cup 2011 Player of the Tournament brought his half-century well within 33 balls. He whacked the bowlers whenever they bowled loose. He did not overdo and played his natural game. It was a pleasure for the eyes when Yuvraj lofted Johnson for boundaries more than one time.

(Sudatta Mukherjee is a reporter with CricketCountry. Other than writing on cricket, she spends penning random thoughts on her blog. When she is not writing, you will catch her at a movie theatre or watching some English television show on her laptop. Her Twitter handle is @blackrosegal)