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All-round DD end KXIP’s playoff aspirations; MI qualify
By IPL desk
Mumbai 19 May 2012
The Delhi Daredevils came up with an all-round show to knock Kings XI Punjab out of DLF IPL 2012. After the DD pacers, led by Umesh Yadavand Morne Morkel, restricted KXIP to 141, David Warner powered his side to a six-wicket win with a blustery 44-ball 79. The result also means that the third place Mumbai Indians (18 points) are through to the playoffs.
With Virender Sehwag unwell, Mahela Jayawardene captained the Daredevils and put the hosts in to bat first. That decision by Jayawardene soon paid dividends as Umesh Yadav struck thrice in as many overs to leave Kings XI wobbling at 20 for four in 5.5 overs. The Delhi pacer accounted for Mandeep Singh (0), Adam Gilchrist (9) and David Hussey (3) through a combination of fast, accurate, short-pitched bowling. He ended up posting figures of 3-1-4-3 at the end of his first spell. Morne Morkel took the only other wicket – Paul Valthaty (2) – to fall in this passage of play.
The hosts, nevertheless, staged a comeback. Siddharth Chitnis and Azhar Mahmood struck a 57-run stand for the fifth wicket. Chitnis’ feisty 32-ball 38 helped KXIP improve their run-rate. Irfan Pathan then took a brilliant one-handed catch, while running backwards, off Andre Russell’s bowling in the 15th over to bring an end to Chitnis’ innings. Mahmood and Gurkeerat Singh then stitched together a 45-run stand that took Kings XI past the 100-run mark in the 17th over. The two batsmen even combined to plunder Andre Russell for 22 runs in the same over, courtesy five hits to the fence.
Morkel, however, struck thrice for DD in the 19th over to remove Mahmood (36), Gurkeerat (26 off 11 balls) and Piyush Chawla (1). Ryan Harris’ six-ball 15 run unbeaten cameo, nonetheless, helped Kings XI to 141 for the loss of eight wickets.
Chasing 142 to win, David Warner and Unmukt Chand hit a few fours and sixes to take DD to 44 for no loss at the end of the mandatory powerplay overs. Warner then stepped up the assault as he hit Parvinder Awana for three sixes and a four off the first five balls of the seventh over. Awana could have had his revenge with the last ball, but Mandeep Singh, standing at deep square-leg, failed to latch on to a pull shot hit straight to him by Warner.
Warner went on to hit Piyush Chawla for a couple of fours in the very next over. The Australian added 82 for the first wicket with Unmukt Chand (18), before the latter miscued a pull shot only to be caught by Adam Gilchrist off Azhar Mahmood, in the ninth over. Warner, nevertheless, continued to find the boundary at will and scored 79 off just 44 deliveries, until he was finally caught by Mandeep Singh at point off Ryan Harris. DD were 109 for two in 12.5 overs at the fall of Warner’s wicket.
The Daredevils lost two more wickets – Irfan Pathan (5) and Jayawardene (8) – towards the end of the run chase. But with Venugopal Rao remaining unbeaten on 21, the visitors cruised home with 10 deliveries to spare.
DD’s win also means that the Chennai Super Kings and the Royal Challengers Bangalore are now competing for the final playoff spot. This will be decided after RCB finish playing Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad tomorrow.
After a string of losses the Deccan Chargers comprehensively beat theRajasthan Royalsat the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. While their five-wicket victory gave DC a reason to cheer, it squashed the Royals’ hopes to make it to the playoffs of IPL 2012.
Let down by their batting, the Royals posted their lowest total of the season so far, after opting to bat first. Despite poor fielding, the Chargers were able to restrict RR to 126 thanks to a good bowling display.
RR’s in-form batsman, Ajinkya Rahane (6), was the first to walk back to the dressing room in the second over. Soon after being dropped, the opener was caught in the slips by Shikar Dhawan off a Dale Steyn delivery. Shane Watson (13) then joined skipper Rahul Dravid at the crease. But Amit Mishra, who was brought into the attack at the end of the powerplay, rattled the Australian’s stumps to give the hosts an important breakthrough. In his next over, the leg-spinner castled Stuart Binny (7) to leave RR struggling at 54 for three.
Dravid was then joined by Owais Shah, who was back in the team in place of Brad Hodge. But, the duo added only 19 runs until Dravid departed while attempting to take the aerial route. The RR captain was sent back by Manpreet Gony for 39. The Chargers’ kept up the pressure by picking wickets at regular intervals and not allowing RR to build partnerships.
Ashok Menaria (20) and Shah then stitched together a 35-run partnership, before the former handed a catch to Dhawan off Veer Pratap Singh. In the next over, DC’s pace spearhead, Dale Steyn took a superb return catch to claim Johan Botha (3).
In the final over, the Royals lost two more wickets off the last two balls of the innings; Shreevats Goswami (3) was bowled by Pratap Singh, while Shah (28) was run-out off the last ball trying to sneak in a single.
Chasing 127, DC got off to a good start thanks to a 63-run opening stand between Akshath Reddy (42) and Dhawan. Botha got rid of Dhawan (26), who was caught by Ajit Chandila. 20-runs later, his opening partner followed him back to the dugout, after missing out on a well deserved half-century.
At 88 for three, debutant Chris Lynn then joined JP Duminy and in the middle. A while later, Lynn (6) was caught by Watson near the ropes off Trivedi. DC, who were once coasting to a easy win, were now under pressure. With the fourth scalp in their kitty, the Royals sniffed a chance of turning the game in their favour.
With the home-team requiring 25 runs off 25 balls, Parthiv Patel came in to bat. With the match heading to a tight finish, the wicketkeeper-batsman got off the mark with three runs of Botha. He then hit Binny to the boundary. And just as it looked like Patel and Duminy (24) would take DC safely across the line, the latter found Shah at long-on off Binny. But, Ashish Reddy (10), who replaced him in the middle, won the match for the Deccan Chargers with eight balls to spare.
Scorecard Man-of-the-Match: Dale Steyn for his match-winning bowling performance (4-0-16-2)