Finch catch seals dramatic IPL win for Punjab

Finch catch seals dramatic IPL win for Punjab

Finch catch seals dramatic IPL win for Punjab

Played a lone hand with the bat, including some stunning boundaries off Sran, that nearly got Delhi home.

DD has won the toss and elected to bowl first. Aaron Finch was bumped to the top and was undone by the raw pace of Avesh: a 148.7kph lifter forced him to splice a catch to cover. Liam Plunkett gets the wicket in his first over.

Plunkett struck in his first over, having the irrepressible Rahul caught by a diving Avesh Khan at short fine leg.

Veteran Yuvraj Singh (17) once again failed to show his old spark during his tentative 14-ball stay in the middle. Apart from Plunkett, the likes of Trent Boult, Christian was also impressive.

The ploy worked well, as the hosts were able to keep the star-studded KXIP batting line-up quiet and managed to restrict them to a meagre total of 143-8 after 20 overs.

Chasing a low total of just 143, Delhi got off to a bad start losing three wickets in the Powerplay overs. As it turned out, it managed to send back young Prithvi Shaw, an inconsistent Glenn Maxwell, a struggling Gautam Gambhir, the in-form Rishabh Pant and the risky Daniel Christian for just 72 in 12 overs.

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Shreyas Iyer tried his best with 57 off 45 balls, but that was not enough, as the trio of Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye and Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked up two wickets apiece to derail the Daredevils' chase.

"When you lose three wickets in the first six overs, it's always hard, " Gambhir said. Find us on Facebook too! Our bowlers did really well to restrict them but we lost too many wickets in the first six and it's always hard when that happens. However, Shreyas Iyer kept the hope in DD dugout alive as he stitched a partnership of 47 runs with Rahul Tewatia at a crucial time.

Entering the game as a beleaguered unit, the bottom-placed Daredevils made as many as five changes, including handing out IPL debuts to Plunkett and the young Prithvi Shaw.

And Its all over DD need 144 runs to win. "Our bowling was good today, but couldn't cross the line".

In what was the sixth match for both teams, Kings' fifth victory resulted in a fifth loss for Daredevils. "I think Virender Sehwag saved the IPL by picking me (in the January auctions)", said Gayle with a big smile. The coach says nothing.

Credit must be reserved for skipper Ashwin as well, who trusted his bowler's ability to deliver in a crucial point of the game. He bowled an uninterrupted four-over spell with the new ball and returned 2 for 23 with 15 dots to make light work of Daredevils' top order. That was a clear message I gave to the boys and they responded well. "They wanted to attack, which fell into our hands". KXIP are 6/1 in the second over.

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