New look but same old story for Daredevils

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Apr 2018 12:08:00



A HEAVILY-REJIGGED Delhi Daredevils produced a much-improved bowling performance and, but for a cricketing shot, the batsmen almost took them home, here on Monday night.After restricting Kings XI Punjab to 143 for eight in their Indian Premier League match, the hosts ended their innings at 139 for eight. With 21 needed from last 12 balls, Barinder Sran bowled a tight 19th over conceding just four runs taking a wicket. Skipper R Ashwin threw the ball to Afghanistan offie Mujeeb Ur Rahman for the last over. Shreyas Iyer hit him for a six and a four. Now, five were required off the last ball. Iyer holed out in the deep to Aaron Finch as Delhi misery continued.The win helped Punjab go atop the points table with ten points.

Earlier, opting to field after winning the toss, Delhi Daredevils quickly snuffed out the wicket of Finch through Avesh Khan. 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.
And what a debut it turned out to be for Plunkett, who returned terrific figures of 3/17 in his full quota of four overs. Trent Boult (2/21) and Avesh Khan (2/36) had two wickets apiece.

KIXP batsmen got the starts but could not go to make big scores, with Karun Nair emerging as the top-scorer with 34 off 32 balls.The move to make many changes worked as the hosts managed to keep the in-form Kings XI Punjab to a modest total.The rampaging Chris Gayle was forced to sit out the game due to a sore back and his absence was certainly felt by Kings XI Punjab.Despite missing their big-hitting opener and losing and early wicket, Kings XI Punjab did well to 42 in 4.3 overs when the in-form KL Rahul was dismissed.Playing in his maiden IPL game, Plunkett impressed on this occasion as he foxed Rahul with a slower off-cutter, handing Delhi the momentum with the big wicket at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium.The Kotla was packed but one of the stands, which failed to meet SDMC norms, wore a deserted look.Before Rahul’s dismissal meanwhile, Khan banged one short and Finch’s miscued pull went to Shreyas Iyer.