Kings XI Punjab one of the low profile teams in the Indian Premier League managed to stay alive in the tournament till the last week, but luck ran out for them yesterday when they took on Delhi Daredevils in a do or die match at Dharamsala.
Delhi were at their brutal best and after some fiery bowling performance they put an attacking display of batting to knock Punjab out of the tournament and maintain their stronghold at the top of the tournament.
Chasing a target of 141, Delhi raced to the target with six wickets to spare and 10 balls remaining.
Here are some of the hits and flops of the match:
Hits and flops of Delhi Daredevils:
Morne Morkel: The pitch in Dharamsala always had something for the bowlers and Morne Morkel made full use of it. He bowled an unplayable line and swung the ball both ways. He took four wickets by giving away just 20 runs and his spell helped him reclaim the purple cap.
Umesh Yadav: Umesh Yadav was Morne’s partner in crime. He made sure that he exploited the conditions well and looked all pumped up. He was bowling at great pace and scalped three wickets for 19 runs.
David Warner: Warner was at his brutal best and did not allow any of the Punjab bowlers to settle who bowled brilliantly against Chennai two days back. He scored a brilliant 79 of 44 deliveries which included 10 fours and four sixes. He ensured that Delhi did not face any hiccups and cruised to a comfortable win.
Andre Russell: On a day when runs where hard to come by Andre Russell was way too generous and gave away 51 runs in four overs. He was wayward with his line and was carted by the Punjab lower order.
Hits and flops of Kings XI Punjab:
Siddharth Chitnis: He played an important role down the order and made sure that his team reach a decent score of 141 and pose some challenge. He scored 38 of 32 deliveries which included five fours and one six.
Gurkeerat Singh: Gurkeerat Singh was the most aggressive of the Punjab batsmen and scored 26 of 11 deliveries which included four fours and a six. It was his late blitz that helped Punjab posting a respectable score.
Parvinder Awana: Parvinder Awana bowled with great aggression in their match against Chennai Super Kings. Same was expected of him in yesterday’s match but he failed. He was taken to the cleaners by Warner and gave away 40 runs in three overs.
By Indian Sports News Network