They were done in by the versatile AB de Villiers’ smashing knock last night and up next at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Daredevils will be up against the destructive Gayle, who has made a statement with two fifties and century, scoring those runs in his trademark style.
Rahul Tewatia – 7: (24 off 21, 0-6 from 1 over) Supported Shreyas well as the Daredevils fought themselves back into the game, but will be disappointed to lose his wicket just when Delhi were getting back within reach. Despite wickets tumbling around him in the chase, Iyer took the game deep, Dhoni style.
Chris Gayle made his intentions clear when he smashed a 33-ball 63 in his very first outing for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on April 15. Sran bowled his complete quota of four overs and ended up leaking 45 runs in the game. Plunkett admitted that the situation is not ideal for his team, but the England pacer added they need just one victory to get back on track. As a result, Delhi faced a 4 runs defeat on their home ground here on Monday. After dismissing the unsafe KL Rahul with just his third delivery, the 33-year-old went on to claim 3-17; mixing up his pace and variations to finish with 12 dot balls.
The match turned somewhat exciting when KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin chose to hand over the ball to Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rehman in the last over. His young batting lineup could never recover after his 13-ball stay for four runs.
For DD, all eyes will be on Rishab Pant, who scored 85 in the last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), but his efforts went in vain. He mixed his deliveries well and the pick of his spell was when he sent the stumps flying to dismiss Mayank Agarwal with a 146 kph delivery.
Kings XI Punjab is moving towards the IPL title with great speed.
“From the beginning, we knew that the wicket is assisting the bowlers and this was really similar to the turf I played on during the 2016 ICC World T20”. But their bowlers – mainly Ankit Rajput and Andrew Tye – bowled efficiently to keep the opposition at bay. Coach literally says nothing (smiles).
Yuvraj Singh seriously needs to address his game plans ahead of the coming fixtures.
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“When you lose three wickets in the first six overs, it’s always hard”, Gambhir said.