Kings XI Punjab became the first team in IPL 7 to book a place in the playoffs after defeating Delhi Daredevils by four wickets on Monday. Catch all the highlights here. (Scorecard | Commentary | Schedule | Points Table)
Akshar Patel, Man-of-the-Match: I wanted to do well in pressure situations. I am game to prove myself all the time, so I have asked the captain to let me bowl in any situation.
That's the end of this game. Another double header on Tuesday.
George Bailey, Kings XI Punjab captain: Akshar batted reasonably well. We just wanted to give the left-right combo going and that's why he batted ahead of me. The pitch was turning a bit and we did well to pull things back after Delhi got off to a good start. It was a good chase. The team made some good selections at the auctions.
Kevin Pietersen, Delhi Daredevils captain: This defeat is incredibly tough to swallow. Our strength has been our batting in the last five-six, but it just wasn't meant to be. It will take a while to get over this loss. We did not get enough runs but we have to keep doing the right stuff. Today was a fighting effort.
Kings XI Punjab win by four wickets and confirm a spot in the playoffs. Set 165 to win, the Kings XI got off to a spectacular start, thanks to Vohra, who smacked 42 off 19 and Virender Sehwag (23). Maxwell and Miller failed to do anything substantial tonight, but Akshar Patel (42 no) stood up with a matured innings. Imran Tahir (3/22) was the best bowler for the Daredevils.
23:15 IST: KXIP are on course for another win as Akshar Patel takes three boundaries off Wayne Parnell; Punjab finish over no. 16 on 139/5 with 26 needed from 24 balls.
23:02 IST: KXIP are 121/4 from 14 overs. Saha and Patel are in the middle and they still have some batting to come, with Bailey and Rishi Dhawan due next. Just 44 needed from 6 overs for the visitors and little wonder then, that they have a very happy co-owner.
22:44 IST: WICKET! Another one goes down as Duminy removes Miller for 2. KXIP are 95/4 off 10 overs as Akshar Patel joins Saha in the middle. They still have Bailey to bat, but could this be trouble for the Kings XI?
22:40 IST: WICKET! Big one for the Daredevils and Tahir, who has removed Maxwell with the wrong'un. KXIP are 92/3 after nine overs and they are still in the drivers' seat but Delhu will see a bright ray of hope here. Saha joins Miller in the middle.
22:34 IST: WICKET! Sehwag had just smashed Duminy for a six but holed out in the deep in the next ball as KXIP slipped to 84/2 off 7.5 overs. David Miller joins Maxwell at the crease.
22:29 IST: SIX! Maxwell clobbers Imran Tahir for a huge one, out of the park. KXIP 75/1 off 7 overs
22:27 IST: WICKET! Imran Tahir came on after the timeout and removed Vohra for a 19-balll 42, but not before he had taken KXIP to a rollicking start. Glenn Maxwell walks in with KXIP on 67/1 in 6.2 overs
22:21: KXIP are 66/0 after the end of the powerplay. Vohra not out on 42 and Sehwag is batting on 15. Strategic timeout.
22:10 IST: Vohra is setting the Kotla on fire; he blasts Shami for two successive sixes as KXIP reach 46/0 off 4 overs.
22:05 IST: Manan Vohra hits 4, 6, 4 off Wayne Parnell as KXIP reach 33/0 off 3 overs, chasing 165. This is a good start here for the Kings XI.
22:00 IST: Expensive first over from Shami as Sehwag takes two boundaries and KXIP reach 18/0 after 2 overs, chasing 165 to win.
21:54 IST: KXIP openers Sehwag and Vohra start watchfully; take six off the first over from Wayne Parnell.
Delhi Daredevils post 164/7 off their 20 overs, thanks to Dinesh Karthik (69) and Kevin Pietersen (49) despite Kings XI Punjab pulling things back with some late wickets. Sandeep Sharma and Beuran Hendricks picked up three wickets apiece as the visitors bounced back after a good middle-order stand between Karthik and JP Duminy. However, 164 may not yet be enough against a strong KXIP batting line-up.
21:30 IST:WICKET! Another one goes down as Maxwell takes a brilliant catch near the boundary ropes. Spectacular fielding effort. DD 158/7 off 18.4 overs
21:28 IST: WICKET! Karthik perishes to Hendricks for 69 as DD lose their way towards the end; but they are still in with a chance to post a strong total.
21:22 IST: DD were cruising along but lost two quick wickets in Duminy and Jadhav. But with Karthik looking good, they would be eyeing a competitive total.
21:10 IST: DD are 134/2 after 16 overs. Strategic timeout
21:06 IST: Dinesh Karthik cracked Dhawan for a six and four as he raced away to his ninth IPL fifty, the third of the season, off 35 balls. With DD on 121/2 off 15 overs, they have a strong platform to target a big score.
21:02 IST: DD have the chance to go for the final assault here; 104/2 off 14 overs with Karthik set and Duminy dangerous; he will pick up boundaries at will, that's the kind of form he is in.
20:50 IST: WICKET! Top ball from Akshar Patel, as it turned and gripped, going through Kevin Pietersen's defence. The DD skipper falls for 49 as DD finish the 11th over with 84/2.
22:44 IST: Karthik slams a boundary off the first ball from Dhawan after the timeout. DD 78/1 after 9 overs.
20:36 IST: DD are 71/1 after 8 overs. Strategic timeout
20:33 IST: Expensive first over from Rishi Dhawan, who gives away 11 runs; Pietersen creams two successive boundaries as DD reach 66/1 off 7.
20:25 IST: Dinesh Karthik slams Sandeep Sharma for SIX as DD reach 47/1 off 5 overs. A great start despite an early loss.
20:20 IST: KP followed up that earlier boundary with another that came off the edge and a SIX! as DD reached 37/1 off 4 overs
20:17 IST: FOUR! Another top shot from Pietersen as Hendricks continues in the attack. The DD captain is looking in fine touch tonight.
20:15 IST: FOUR! Cracking shot by Pietersen as Sandeep errs in line - KP will keep doing that to any bad ball.
20:14 IST: WICKET! Murali Vijay mistimed a shot off Sandeep Sharma and Beuran Hendricks took a good catch with the ball swirling high in the air. DD 13/1 off 2.3 overs. Dinesh Karthik joins KP in the middle.
20:09 IST: Pietersen cracked Beuran Hendricks to the fence off his second ball but the South African came back well, giving away just one more after that as DD reached 11/0 after two overs.
20:05 IST: Good, first over from Sandeep Sharma, who gives away just six runs. Watchful start from Vijay and Pietersen. DD 6/0 after 1.
19:38 IST: Here are the playing XIs:
Delhi Daredevils: KP Pietersen (Captain), M Vijay, MA Agarwal, KD Karthik (WK), JP Duminy, MK Tiwary, KM Jadhav, WD Parnell, Imran Tahir, Mohammed Shami, JD Unadkat
Kings XI Punjab: V Sehwag, M Vohra, WP Saha (WK), GJ Maxwell, DA Miller, GJ Bailey (Captain), AR Patel, BE Hendricks, Shivam Sharma, R Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma
19:34 IST:Kings XI Punjab decide to bowl vs DD. Team changes: KXIP leave out Johnson for Hendricks. Four team changes for DD: Parnell, Shami, Unadkat and Vijay back in.
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Delhi Daredevils:KP Pietersen (Captain), MA Agarwal, Q de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, KM Jadhav, KD Karthik (WK), S Kaul, Milind Kumar, Mohammed Shami, S Nadeem, JDS Neesham, WD Parnell, HS Sharath, R Sharma, LR Shukla, R Shukla, LRPL Taylor, MK Tiwary, SS Tiwary, JD Unadkat, M Vijay, J Yadav
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