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Kings XI stay afloat with narrow 7 run win over Delhi

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In a swim or sink tie, Punjab held their nerve to down Delhi on a greenish pitch at the tranquil Dharamshala and with it hang on to their Play-offs chances by the thinnest of threads. Kings XI's batting could be summed up as- explosion 1.0, stupor and explosion 2.0. David Miller, transforming the sparks created by Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh into raging flames, struck in the 'V' again to propel Punjab to 171. In response,Delhi made a fist of the challenge before eventually falling shy by 7 runs.

The biggest talking point of the day though was the shocking Rs 40 crore match fixing scam involving three Rajasthan players- S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan. Rumours are rife that these match fixing trails lead to the doorstep of the Mumbai underworld.

Punjab enjoyed an ideal start to their defense with Praveen Kumar removing Unmukt Chand(7) via a classic in-dipper. The promising Sandeep Sharma aggravated Delhi's woes with a double strike-Irfan Pathan(1), David Warner(0)- in the next over. The beleaguered Daredevils sprung up surprise after surprise but to no avail. While Mahela Jayawardene was back as skipper, Warner and Virender Sehwag were shunted down the batting order.

Sehwag(30) and Mahela(39) got starts only to fade away. Piyush Chawla effectively sealed the deal when he flummoxed the dangerous looking Ben Rohrer(49) with a 117 kph fizzer in the last over.

Born and bred on hard bouncy tracks, the Aussie left-hand duo of Adam Gilchrist(43) and Shaun Marsh(45) showcased their class as Kings XI scooted to 53-0 at the conclusion of the mandatory powerplay.

Lady luck continued to smile on Gilly. A couple of days ago, he survived a plumb lbw against Muttiah Muralitharan before cashing in to carry Punjab past the finish line. Tonight Umesh Yadav committed the cardinal sin of spilling Gilchrist early on but Irfan pulled off a stunning high catch off his own bowling to cut short Gilly's bright knock in the 8th over. Azhar Mahmood(9) soon followed suit as Delhi's all-pace attack staged a riposte.The mid-innings meltdown caused Shaun Marsh to hole out in the deep.

Punjab desperately needed Miller to fire in the telling death overs. And 'Killer Miller' obliged with a charming cameo that would perhaps hand him a role in Priety Zinta's next movie. Miller was ably assisted by Rajagopal Satish's cheeky improvisations before the latter fell to Nehra in a tight 6-run last over.

Kings XI's qualification for Play-offs seems possible but highly improbable. They not only have to beat Mumbai at the same venue in their final league match on Saturday but will also pray that SRH and RCB lose their remaining fixtures to sneak in through the back door.

Teams:

KXIP: A Gilchrist(c&wk), S Marsh, M Singh, A Mahmood, D Miller, R Sathish, M Vohra, P Chawla, P Kumar, S Sharma, P Awana.

DD:  V Sehwag, M Jayawardene(c), David Warner, B Rohrer, U Chand, CM Gautham(wk),  I Pathan, S Kaul, M Morkel, A Nehra, U Yadav.

 

Mini Scorecard:

Kings XI Punjab 171-4 (20 overs, 8.55rpo)

S Marsh 45(44) A Nehra 2-38

D Miller 44(24) M Morkel 1-22

Delhi Daredevils 164-7 (20 overs, 8.2rpo)

B Rohrer 49(29)  S Sharma 3-23

M Jayawardene 39(42) P Chawla 2-44

 

KXIP win by 7 runs