Delhi Daredevils beat Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets at the Feroshah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi few moments ago. It was a dominating display by Delhi Daredevils team who outplayed Kings XI Punjab. Delhi Daredevils played excellent cricket in the match and created pressure on the Kings XI Punjab right from the start.
Top-order failure and no good partnership
Delhi Daredevils won the toss and elected to field. Kings XI Punjab got off to a worse start losing the wicket of Murali Vijay for 1 run. Marsh and Manan Vohra tried to steady the innings with 25 runs stand for the second wicket. Kings XI Punjab lost wickets at regular intervals. Manan Vohra was the only batsmen to provide some kind of resistance with 32 runs. Their star batsmen Miller, Maxwell did not contribute much with the bat. Mohit Sharma and Sahu reached double figures which helped them to cross 100 runs.
Amit Mishra splendid spell
Amit Mishra bowled a brilliant spell for Delhi Daredevils. He came to bowling crease in the 7th over and picked the wicket of Shaun Marsh. In his next over he picked 2 crucial wickets of Miller and Maxwell in the same over which put pressure on the Kings XI Punjab batsmen. Vohra who was providing some resistance was dismissed by Amit Mishra which broke the backbone of Kings XI Punjab batting line-up. By the 12th over Kings XI Punjab were struggling at 58 for 5. He was not given the final over. He bowled 3 overs giving away only 11 runs and picked 4 crucial wickets which helped them to restrict to 111 for 9.
Quinton De Kock stability at the top
Chasing a total of 112 runs, Delhi Daredevils lost the early wicket of Iyer in the 3rd over. After that, De Kock survived 2 chances. De Kock started the innings slowly and after that, he played some wonderful strokes of fast bowlers and also the spinners. He made the batting look easy and put the bad balls away for boundaries which put pressure on the Kings XI Punjab bowlers. De Kock played brilliantly. He completed his half-century by playing a pull stroke of Mitchell Johnson bowling. He remained not out on 56 and helped Delhi to register their first victory.
Partnership between Sanju Samson and De Kock
After the early loss Iyer wicket, Sanju Samson, and De Kock took the time to settle. Both of them played brilliant cricket. They smashed the bad balls away for boundaries and sixes. Delhi Daredevils required one sensible partnership. De Kock and Samson put on 91 runs for the second wicket. Sanju Samson was dismissed for 33 before putting Delhi on course for a victory. Sanju Samson looked in good touch and De Kock also played brilliant shots.
Poor fielding by Kings XI Punjab
Defending a total of 112, the Kings XI Punjab needed some excellent fielding. Murali Vijay dropped a catch of Quinton De Kock when he was on 7. He was given another life as the keeper missed a stumping chance of De Kock. De Kock went on to complete his half-century and guide Delhi Daredevils to win the match with ease. It was a poor display of fielding and bowling by Kings XI Punjab players.