Friday, May 15, 2009

Kings XI Punjab vs delhi dare devils:Kings XI Punjab stay alive with tense victory

 delhidaredevils batting


 A brilliant all-round display from Irfan Pathan helped Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils by six wickets in a low-scoring contest of the Indian Premier League here on Friday.

Pathan, who picked up 2-22 during the Delhi Daredevils innings, blasted three sixes in his 11-ball unbeaten 21 and along with Kumar Sangakkara (43 not out off 47 balls), guided Punjab through with five balls balls to spare.

This was a match Kings XI Punjab needed to win to keep their semi-final hopes alive but chasing 121 for victory they put themselves into all sorts of trouble and at one point it looked their bowlers good work would come to nought.The Punjab pace trio of Brett Lee (3-15), S Sreesanth (2-20) and Pathan vindicated skipper Yuvraj Singh's decision to field first by restricting the marauding Delhi Daredevils batsmen to 120 for nine.

With the wicket keeping low and slow the Delhi batsmen struggled and had it not been for the 50-run partnership between Dinesh Karthik and Mithun Manhas, they would have been in even more trouble.

Top-scorer Karthik (32 off 29 balls) and Manhas (26 off 25) fell trying to clear the ropes.

Lee, who gave away seven runs in his first over, bowled a superb spell, giving away just eight in his next three and picking up three wickets.

Sreesanth and Pathan too joined in with two wickets each that put the spanner in Delhi's innings. But 121 was not an easy target as Punjab found out much to their dismay.

Simon Katich (20), Sunny Sohal (3) and Luke Pomersbach (9) departed with just 35 on board.

Sohal's leg stump was sent cartwheeling by an Ashish Nehra (1-6) beauty while AB de Villiers picked up a great catch at slip to remove Pomersbach off Farveez Maharoof, who finished with 2-29.

Yuvraj (18 off 31) was lucky after he was put down at slip by Gautam Gambhir off Nehra when he was yet to open his account. He added 53 runs for the fourth wicket with Kumar Sangakkara but perished chasing a widish delivery.

And with the run rate mounting, it was left to Sangakkara - he hit six fours - and Pathan to finish off the job.

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