Liam Plunkett | Sportzwiki's Man of the Match | Delhi Daredevils | IPL 2018
Liam Plunkett IPL 2018
Liam Plunkett took three wickets in his debut game for Delhi Daredevils. Image Courtesy: BCCI

IPL 2018: Sportzwiki’s Man of the Match – Liam Plunkett

Playing his first game of the IPL, Liam Plunkett was on the money from the very start.

The Delhi Daredevils were desperate for a win and playing their first game at Kotla this season; they had every hope.

Gautam Gambhir IPL 2018
Gautam Gambhir says Delhi needs to win their all the games to make it to the playoffs. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Sadly, it didn’t turn out as per plan, as Kings XI Punjab kept up with their brilliant form in the ongoing season, to clinch a last-over win.

The visitors posted 143 runs on the board. The Delhi bowlers did a good job and their skipper Gautam Gambhir too, appreciated the effort.

DD vs KXIP IPL 2018
Punjab beat Delhi by four runs at Feroz Shah Kotla.

Plunkett impresses at Kotla

Plunkett scalped three wickets. He got Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair and the in-form KL Rahul. The seasoned English bowler conceded just 17 runs off his four overs. Delhi though, couldn’t make good use of the finish, as they struggled to put runs on the board.

Gambhir got dismissed for four off 13 balls, and the ‘big-show’ Glenn Maxwell departed in no time.

Prithvi Shaw showed glimpses of what he is capable of. Opening the batting, Shaw hit four boundaries and ran hard between the wicket before being bowled by Ankit Rajpoot.

Shreyas Iyer, who didn’t fire in the ongoing season, came good and played a good hand of 57. He hit five fours and a six but failed to hit a boundary in the last ball to snatch a win.

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Karun Nair was the top scorer for Kings XI. Image Courtesy: BCCI

It seemed like Delhi batted with only gears at the extreme ends. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Barinder Sran, who had an average day with the ball overall, bowled an impressive 19th over to hand Punjab the advantage. Sran was expensive, going for over 11 runs per over but bowled a tight last over, where he conceded just four runs to bring the equation down to 17 off six balls.

For Delhi, there are many positives to take for, but the franchise is still chasing a win, sitting at the bottom of the table.