IPL 2013: Punjab script narrow win over Delhi

Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils by 7 runs in Dharamsala.

updated: May 17, 2013 00:06 IST
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The pall of gloom cast by the giant shadow of the spot-fixing scandal that exploded earlier in the day was temporarily lifted by a popular, if nervy, home win at one of cricket's more scenic venues.

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The HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala was hardly packed to the rafters as it welcomed the Pepsi IPL back on a pleasant Thursday (May 16) night, but that seemed to matter little as a rejuvenated Kings XI Punjab kept their slender playoff hopes alive with a nervy seven-run win.

Up against Delhi Daredevils, one step off the foot of the table and playing for the most part like a team lying eighth out of nine, Punjab produced a splendid batting display with Adam Gilchrist and David Miller in the forefront, then choked Delhi early on with their assortment of pacers.

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