Quinton de Kock remained not on 59 © AFP

Quinton de Kock and Sanju Samson ensured that Delhi Daredevils (DD) gained a comfortable 8-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) chasing a low total of 112. De Kock and Samson started off slowly went into to third gear once they had their eye settled in. DD lost their first wicket of Shreyas Iyer at the score of just 9, where Iyer added just 3 runs. He was picked up by Sandeep Sharma who got him to nick one to the keeper. De Kock went on to score his fifty in 38 balls hitting 8 fours and one six along the way. Samson on the other hand went on his merry ways  making 33 off 32 balls. Both batsmen constructed a partnership of 91 run which is also the highest for second wicket for DD . Live Cricket Scorecard: Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2016 Match 7 at Delhi

Samson in a attempt to score quick got out misses a simple ball by Akshar Patel, giving him his first wicket of the match. Pawan Negi came into bat at No.4 made 8 runs from 2 balls hitting one six. De Kock remained not-out on 59* from 42 balls. Best bowler for KXIP was Sandeep Sharma who gave just 6 runs in his 2 overs picking up one wicket. Mohit Sharma also bowled well giving 10 runs in his 2 overs. Mitchell Johnson went for runs giving away 28 runs in his 3 overs.

Earlier, it was Amit Mishra who bamboozled the KXIP batsmen picking up as many as four wickets which hampered their run rate. It was only Manan Vohra and Pardeep Sahu who contributed with the bat. Vohra made a valiant 32, while Sahu chipped in with 18 runs at the bottom half of the innings. DD skipper Zaheer Khan on winning decided to bowl first on a decent pitch which was to assist the spinners. DD made one change to their team, bringing in JP Duminy for Nathan Coulter-Nile, while KXIP was brought in Shaun Marsh in place of Marcus Stoinis.

Brief Scores:

Kings XI Punjab: 111 for 9 in 20 Overs (Manan Vohra 32, Pardeep Sahu 18 ;Amit Mishra 4 for 11) lost to Delhi Daredevils 113 for 2 (Quinton de Kock 59* , Sanju Samson 33, Akshar Patel 1 for 25) by 8 wickets.


(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry, who enjoys his weekly dose of anime, and plays cricket once a white moon. His twitter handle is @vishal_oxyjinn.)