Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Capitals Highlights:
- Picking up Delhi’s 7 wicket for 8 runs in 17 balls, Punjab won their fourth match of the IPL by 14 runs
- Chasing 166, Delhi were dismissed for 152 in 19.2 overs after earlier finding themselves on a comfortable 144-3
- Shami picked up 2-27 and Curran returned figures of 4-11 to craft an extremely unlikely win for Punjab which takes them to second place in the table with 6 points
IPL 2019 Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Capitals match review
Want a guide in how to throw a match away? Then turn your attention no further away than to the Delhi Capitals who for the second match in a row managed to turn a winning situation around into a losing one. Lucky to escape with a win in the super over against KKR, the capital-based franchisee wasn’t so fortuitous this time around after a pathetic batting collapse by their lower middle-order saw them lose 7 wickets for 8 runs in 17 balls to first a 14 run win to Kings XI Punjab.
With Ingram and Pant well set in the middle, crafting an extremely well-constructed partnership of 62 runs, the win looked to be but a mere formality away for Delhi. Everything was in Delhi’s favor and with the Punjab support being muted, the writing was all but certain for the hosts for whom the match was slipping away with each passing over.
However, a T20 encounter is never over till the last ball is bowled and that is exactly what was on display in Punjab. Pant once again threw his wicket away, trying to go for the lavish lash at the leg side region, floundering to the shot for the second match on a bounce which yet again didn’t turn out to be the right approach for him. The 144km/h delivery by Shami was too hot for him to handle and he walked back for 39 runs, it was an unsavory way to end what could have been match-winning innings.
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From there on, Delhi’s approach to the chase was a perplexed one. Morris, Ingram (38) and Vihari all decided to go for the spectacular, throwing their bat at everything rather than deciding to work around what should have been a relatively easy chase for the tourists. Wickets fell one after the other with Shami and Curran’s deadly trajectory incurring a huge collapse in Delhi’s chase with the wicket to wicket bowling ruthless doing the trick for Punjab.
With figures of 4-11, Curran became the first hattrick taker in the league, dismissing Rabada and Avesh for first ball 0s in the final over to end Delhi’s innings on 152.
Earlier in the day, the Capitals had put in an extremely well disciplined and responsible bowling effort to restrict the home side to just 166, well below the requisite total needed on a batting friendly track. Miller (43) was the only reason Punjab managed to breach the 160 run mark as Delhi worked their bowling effort around immaculately to move a step further to what could have been only their second win in Punjab out of 7 matches.
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