Kings XI Punjab Defeats Delhi Daredevils At Their Home Ground


New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils suffered a nail-biting four-run defeat against Kings XI Punjab in their first home game of the Indian Premier League 2018 at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Monday.
After posting their fifth win in six games, Kings XI Punjab jumped to top of the IPL standings with ten points. And with five defeats in six matches, Daredevils languished at the bottom of the pile.
Needing 17 off the final over, ShreyasIyer scored 12 runs off the first five balls but young spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman got the better of him and dismissed the right-hander in the final delivery of the match to stop Daredevils on 139/8.
Iyer top-scored for the hosts with 57 off 45 balls, which included a six and five fours. While AnkitRajpoot (2/23), Andrew Tye (2/25), Mujeeb (2/25) and BarinderSran(1/45) were among the wickets for the victors.

Chasing 144-run target, Prithvi Shaw gave Delhi a whirlwind start as he hit three boundaries off Sran and took the score to 24/0 after two overs. But while going for another big shot in the next over, Shaw was castled by Rajpoot. Shaw, in his maiden IPL innings, scored a quick-fire 22 off 10 balls with the help of four boundaries - though few of them came through edges.
Rajpoot then removed big-hitter Glenn Maxwell (12) in his next over to jolt the run chase. Four balls later, Tye bagged the big wicket of GautamGambhir, who was struggling to time the ball as the skipper managed to score just 4 off 13 balls.
Daredevils were reduced to 61/4 in 8.1 overs when Rishabh Pant was clean bowled by Mujeeb with his first delivery of the match. The situation worsen for the hosts as they lost Daniel Christian, run out while going for a second run, in the 12th over. The equation though was a manageable 68 off 48 balls.
Iyer, who successfully overturned a caught behind decision on 26 in the 13th over, kept the scoreboard ticking for Daredevils by hitting odd boundaries. He was well supported by Rahul Tewatia, who scored a valuable 24 off 21 balls with the help of a six and a four. They added 47 runs for the sixth wicket in six overs and took Daredevils to 123/6 after 18 overs. But Sran's penultimate over in which he took a wicket and gave away just four singles changed the scenario as Delhi fell short by four runs.

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