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The KXIP batsmen did their bit to take the team past 180 © AFP

Marcus Stoinis and Wriddhiman Saha scored terrific half-centuries as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) surged to a competitive 181 for 5 against Delhi Daredevils (DD) in Match 36 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at Mohali on Saturday. Murali Vijay gave KXIP some early momentum, hitting 4 fours in a 16-ball 25. He was dismissed after being brilliantly caught by Carlos Brathwaite off Chris Morris. IPL debutant Hashim Amla was then run out for 1 as KXIP fell to a disappointing 48 for 2 after 7 overs. Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2016 Match 36 at Mohali

Stoinis may have scored a half-century but he was far from perfect. In Shahbaz Nadeem’s third over, which was the seventh of the innings, Stoinis and Amla were nearly out once respectively thanks to some terrible miscommunication. They were both saved because of mistakes by the fielders. Sadly for Amla, he was finally run out off the final ball of that same over. Live Cricket Blog: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2016 Match 36 at Mohali

That brought in Wriddhiman Saha at No. 4, ahead of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller. Saha repaid the faith shown by the KXIP management by scoring a 29-ball half-century. His knock was almost flawless and contained technically sound shots to all ends of the Mohali ground. Stoinis too scored a good 52, but took 44 balls to make it. Stoinis was out hitting Zaheer Khan to Sanju Samson at long on after hitting 3 fours and 2 sixes in his innings.

Glenn Maxwell hit a customary six but was soon bowled by Chris Morris with a leg-stump yorker. Saha too followed soon after, top-edging one from Mohammed Shami to Morris for 52 off 33 balls. KXIP had lost both their set batsmen and were now 152 for 5 with just about 2 overs remaining, and the dangerous duo of David Miller and Akshar Patel in the middle. Miller managed a boundary off Shami but it was Akshar who hit 2 sixes to help take KXIP past the 180-run barrier.

Brief scores:

Kings XI Punjab 181 for 5 in 20 overs (Marcus Stoinis 52, Wriddhiman Saha 52; Chris Morris 2 for 30) vs Delhi Daredevils.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is an animal lover and comic, film and TV geek. A fast bowler at heart, he enjoys watching a good, low-scoring game of cricket. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)