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.