David Miller was once again at his best,hitting 44 off 24 balls,while Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh added a 60-run opening stand to help Kings XI Punjab to 171,a total that Delhi Daredevils fell short by seven runs.
Kings XI Punjab still have an outside chance to qualify and the win helped them stay in the race. Miller scored an unbeaten 44 coming in towards the end of the innings. The hero of Punjab’s bowling effort was medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma,who had figures of three for 23.
Sandeep dismissed Irfan Pathan and David Warner in successive balls in the last two deliveries of the fourth over after Delhi had lost Unmukt Chand early. Pathan edged a swinging delivery to Gilchrist behind the stumps and then a ball later,Warner departed without opening his account,caught by Marsh in the slips.
Skipper Mahela Jayawardene and Virender Sehwag added 49 runs off 40 balls for the fourth wicket before the latter edged one to Gilchrist off Parvinder Awana’s bowling.
Sehwag laced his 22-ball innings with six fours. Jayawardene and Ben Rohrer (49) then added quick 50 runs off 5.3 overs to keep Delhi’s hopes alive. The ever-climbing asking rate finally took a toll on Jayawardene,who was caught by Manan Vohra,giving Sandeep his third wicket of the day. He hit three fours and a six during his 42-ball knock. But Rohrer kept Delhi in the hunt as,needing 41 off 12 balls,the left-hander picked up 19 runs of the penultimate over off Azhar Mahmood to bring dowm the equation to 22 off the final six deliveries. Despite Morne Morkel hitting two sixes in the last over,Delhi fell short.
Brief scores: Kings XI Punjab 171/4 in 20 overs (S Marsh 45,D Miller not out 44; A Nehra 2/38,M Morkel 1/22) bt Delhi Daredevils 164/7 in 20 overs (M Jayawardene 39,B Rohrer 49; S Sharma 3/23,P CHawla 2/44)
Hyderabad stay focussed
Coach Tom Moody’s concern at Sunrisers Hyderabad is on winning the next game against Rajasthan Royals in Hyderabad on Friday and not bothering about various calculations to make the play-offs of the Indian Premier League.
“We can look at various calculations but we are not interested in any other thing. I am interested in us focusing on our next game against Rajasthan Royals,interested in executing our skills,” Moody told reporters at a pre-match conference at the Rajiv Gandhi international stadium.
“If we are caught up looking too much what to do to qualify for semi-finals and what other teams need to do to help us qualify for semi-finals,we are making a big mistake. Our focus will be purely on winning the next game,” he added.