x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

IPL: Delhi Daredevils suffer five wicket defeat to Kings XI Punjab

Delhi slumped to defeat against Kings XI Punjab in a match which could not avoid being overshadowed by Chris Gayle's heroics elsewhere.

Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during IPL 2012. Saurabh Das / AP Photo
Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during IPL 2012. Saurabh Das / AP Photo

Delhi Daredevils 120-7 (20 overs)
Warner 40, Harmeet 3-24

Kings XI Punjab 121-5 (20 overs)
Miller 34

Chris Gayle's record-breaking innings ensured that the second match of the day, between Delhi Daredevils and the Kings XI Punjab, was reduced to a sideshow.

For the record, Delhi lost again, setting Punjab a modest target of 121, something that was overhauled with five wickets and three overs to spare.

Darren Lehmann, the Punjab coach, expected more from his foreign players and they delivered at a crucial stage. David Hussey (20) and David Miller (34 not out) put together a vital 40-run stand for the fifth wicket, and in doing so, they eased a sense of panic in the camp.

Delhi's 120 for seven in 20 overs after being asked to bat was never likely to be enough. David Warner top-scored with a 36-ball 40, while other batsmen fell to a rash of misguided and miscued strokes.

Virender Sehwag, coming off a blistering 95 off 57 balls in the previous game, teased the crowd with two fours and a six on the way to 23, but the pressure of losing quick wickets up front consumed him. With the next-best score being 14, Delhi never had any momentum.

The all-round bowling effort by Punjab was led by Harmeet Singh, making his first appearance this year. His triple strike accounted for Sehwag, the in-form Kedhar Jadhav, and Manprit Juneja.

Punjab showed their intentions at the outset, the confidence of having chased 186 in their previous match against Pune Warriors India clearly visible. Mandeep Singh (24) and Luke Pomersbach (18) went berserk despite losing Adam Gilchrist in the first over.

They knocked off 50 runs in just 4.3 overs before Pomersbach and Mandeep fell off consecutive deliveries to infuse life into the Delhi camp. At 50 for three, Delhi had a sniff but that was thwarted by the in-form Miller, who continued his good run of form. His 41-ball 80 was followed by an unbeaten 34 to take the team home.