Punjab beat Delhi

Punjab beat Delhi

New Delhi (PTI): Kings XI Punjab batsmen complemented a fine display by their bowling colleagues as they scored an easy five-wicket victory over Delhi...

dav2New Delhi (PTI): Kings XI Punjab batsmen complemented a fine display by their bowling colleagues as they scored an easy five-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils in their Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Tuesday. The KXIP bowlers restricted the Delhi side to a meagre 120 for seven after putting the home side in and then their batsmen chased down the target with three overs to spare in a match that produced few exciting moments for the almost full- house crowd at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium.

None of the visiting batsmen scored big but most of them made small contributions to chase down the small target. Last match hero, David Miller top-scored with an unbeaten 39-ball 34 while opener Mandeep Singh chipped in with a 15-ball 24.

KXIP's run chase was built on the rollicking 44-run stand for the second wicket between Mandeep and Luke Pomersbach (18) from just 4.1 overs. Though KXIP lost two quick wickets after the initial burst, the small total meant that they romped home easily as they reached 121 for five in 17 overs.

It was, however, another bad day for Kings XI Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist who continued with his woeful form in the tournament. He failed yet again as he was dismissed by Irfan Pathan for just six in the third ball of his side's run chase.

But two wickets - in the form of Pomersbach and Mandeep � in two balls suddenly led to the game coming to life as KXIP were reduced to 51 for three at the end of five overs.A The two quick jolts forced KXIP to slow down with Miller and Manan Vohra (8) playing cautiously as they scored in singles to preserve wickets. Vohra, however, perished while playing an unnecessary shot as he tried to slog sweep Johan Botha only to find the top-edge of his bat for the bowler to take a return catch.

The small target and the initial burst from Mandeep and Pomersbach still gave advantage to KXIP as they reached 77 for four at the halfway stage. Miller and David Hussey (20) then stitched 40 runs from 6.3 overs through mostly singles to take their side closer to victory.A When Hussey was out in the 16th over, KXIP needed just 11 runs from 4.1 overs. Earlier, Delhi failed to make an impact as a batting unit as they scored a paltry total after being put in to bat.

After their crushing victory over heavyweights Mumbai Indians on Sunday, much was expected from the home side batsmen, but they could only post a small total.

Brief scores: Delhi Daredevils 120 for seven (David Warner 40, Harmeet Singh 3/24) lost to Kings XI Punjab 121for five (David Miller 34 no).

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