Delhi Daredevils vs. Kings XI Punjab, IPL 7: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMay 19, 2014

Kevin Pietersen of Delhi Daredevils leaves the field, out for 50 runs, during their Twenty20 semi-final against the Highveld Lions in Durban, South Africa, Thursday, Oct 25, 2012. (AP Photo)
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Kings XI Punjab cemented their place at the top of the Indian Premier League with a four-wicket victory over the struggling Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.

The Daredevils fell away from a solid start to reach 164-7 from their 20 overs, and a lightning start from the Kings XI meant that they were able to withstand a wobble to reach their target with a couple of deliveries to spare.

Punjab have plenty to play for, while Delhi's tournament is effectively over—and it showed in the result.

Delhi Daredevils Scorecard
Murali Vijayc Beuran Hendricks b Sandeep Sharma5862.5010
Kevin Pietersenb Akshar Patel4932153.1261
Dinesh Karthikc Rishi Dhawan b Beuran Hendricks6944156.8173
JP Duminyc Glenn Maxwell b Beuran Hendricks172180.9510
Kedar Jadhavc Glenn Maxwell b Sandeep Sharma010.0000
Mayank Agarwalb Sandeep Sharma62300.0001
Manoj TiwaryNOT OUT108125.0010
Wayne Parnellc Glenn Maxwell b Beuran Hendricks22100.0000
Mohammed ShamiNOT OUT1250.0000
EXTRAS (w 4, lb 1)5
TOTAL (7 wickets; 20 overs)164TOTAL
Sandeep Sharma43538.7511
Beuran Hendricks43639.009
Akshar Patel41814.5012
Rishi Dhawan442010.506
Shivam Sharma43208.005
IPL Official

Delhi began well; Murali Vijay was an early casualty, but the combination of Kevin Pietersen and Dinesh Karthik laid a solid foundation.

Pietersen was the first to open up, unfurling some of his trademark shots on his way to his highest score of the tournament. When he fell for 49, Karthik kicked on, his score of 69 from 44 balls enhanced by three maximums.

But Delhi have all too often lost their way in the seventh edition of the IPL, and this innings was no exception.

JP Duminy was ponderous, while the rest of the middle and lower order simply lost their momentum altogether.

A score that threatened to be close to 200 ended up a more vulnerable 164-7.

Kings XI Punjab Scorecard
Virender Sehwagc Manoj Tiwary b JP Duminy2322104.5421
Manan Vohrac Murali Vijay b Imran Tahir4219221.0543
Glenn Maxwellb Imran Tahir1411127.2701
David Millerb JP Duminy2633.3300
Wriddhiman Sahac Wayne Parnell b Mohammed Shami1313100.0010
Akshar PatelNOT OUT4235120.0051
George Baileyc Kedar Jadhav b Imran Tahir6785.7100
Rishi DhawanNOT OUT85160.0010
EXTRAS (w 11, lb 4)15
TOTAL (6 wickets; 19.4 overs)165
Wayne Parnell3.442011.458
Mohammed Shami43919.7511
Jaidev Unadkat43107.7510
Imran Tahir42235.5011
JP Duminy42726.757
IPL Official

Kings XI have relied on the middle order fulcrum of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller during the tournament, but when Manon Vohra and Virender Sehwag blasted 66 runs from the first six overs, it seemed as if they would scarcely be required.

Vohra's hitting in his 19-ball 42 was impeccable—a six lofted over the off side on the back foot was particularly brilliant.

But when he picked out long-off, the impetus of the Kings XI innings was lost: 66-0 became 94-4, with Maxwell and Miller in and then out.

It required some composure to rebuild the innings, but the required run rate was already in Punjab's favour—Wriddhiman Saha and Akshar Patel needed 71 from 60 balls.

Together they combined for 32 of those runs, but Saha presented a catch to Wayne Parnell off the bowling of Mohammed Shami—an incident initially completely dismissed by the umpires as a bump ball until Parnell objected.

Kings XI captain George Bailey had held himself back, and he played foil to Patel as the finishing line came into sight.

A rush of blood to the head saw him hole out to become Imran Tahir's third victim, and with nine required from the final over, there was just a sliver of hope for Delhi once more.

But winning and losing are habits, and Rishi Dhawan was nerveless in the final over, exploiting a rusty Parnell and clubbing a four over midwicket to get his side over the line once more.