Kings XI Punjab restrict Delhi Daredevils to 12

Kings XI Punjab put on a disciplined performance against the Delhi Daredevils © PTI

By Prakash Govindasreenivasan

Delhi: Apr 23, 2013

Mediocrity seems to have crept right back into the Delhi Daredevils setup as their batting imploded once again. The home side limped their way to 120/7 in 20 overs against the Kings XI Punjab in the 32nd match of the Indian Premier League 2013.

If the flat wicket at the M Chinaswamy stadium in Bangalore belonged to Chris Gayle & Co., the Feroz Shah Kotla saw the Delhi Daredevils crumble to another low total on a lifeless track.

The home side had a rocky start as skipper Mahela Jayawardene and Roelof Van der Merwe were dismissed early by Praveen Kumar and Parvinder Awana respectively.  Virender Sehwag, who played a blinder in Delhi’s first and only win of the tournament against the Mumbai Indians, had a few anxious moments early on. Punjab bowler Harmeet Singh got a few appeals turned down initially but got the better of the Delhi dasher to send him back for 23 in the seventh over.

Gilchrist brought in spinners to strangle the new batsmen from scoring runs freely. Left-arm spinner Piyush Chawla conceded 1 run in his first over, followed by David Hussey who gave away just three runs as Delhi managed just 54 at the half-way stage.

Warner took the attack to Chawla in the next over, but it wasn’t enough to kickstart a Gayle-like onslaught.  With Warner and Manpreet Juneja starting to settle down, Gilchrist brought back Harmeet Singh into the attack. The move paid rich dividends as Harmeet sent back Juneja and Kedar Jadhav in a space of three deliveries. An over later Bharghav Bhatt dismissed Johan Botha to leave Delhi tottering at 89 for six in the 15th over. With new batsmen in the middle, Gilchrist brought back Hussey for his last over. Hussey gave away just four runs and brought an end to a splendid spell where he kept it tight and conceded just 16 runs.

David Warner was waging a lone battle as he helplessly watched batsmen come and go. Eventually, he perished in the 18th over, thanks to a lovely Yorker from Praveen Kumar. His contribution of 40 from 36 deliveries, was the best effort in the Delhi batting line-up.

The Kings XI Punjab have had a field day with Gilchrist making the right moves at the right time. Harmeet Singh (four for 24) and Praveen Kumar (two for 29) were among the wickets as a disciplined bowling performance has helped them restrict the Delhi Daredevils to 120 for seven in 20 overs.

Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 120 for seven (David Warner 40, Virender Sehwag 23; Harmeet Singh 3 for 24) against Kings XI Punjab

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