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Delhi Daredevils proved their supremacy against Kings XI Punjab

Zia Rana May 15, 2012

Delhi Daredevils 140-5 (Mahela Jayawardene 56*, Naman Ojha 34, Parvinder Awana 3-22) beat Kings XI Punjab 136-8 (David Hussey 40*, Mandeep Singh 21, Umesh Yadav 3-21) by 5 wickets.

Umesh Yadav - 'Player of the match' for his splendid bowling

Umesh Yadav - 'Player of the match' for his splendid bowling

Umesh Yadav bowled magnificently and Mahela Jayawardene completed the task for Delhi Daredevils as Kings XI Punjab surrendered in the 64th match of the IPL 2012.

Kings XI Punjab managed 136 runs after losing 8 wickets in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Delhi Daredevils overpowered them by thrashing 140 runs with five wickets in hand and 6 balls to spare.

Umesh Yadav (Delhi Daredevils) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his destructive bowling while grasping three important wickets.

The 64th match of the Indian Premier League 2012 was played on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

Earlier, the captain of Kings XI Punjab, David Hussey won the toss and opted to bat keeping in mind the nature of the home surface. The innings was opened in style by Mandeep Singh and Shaun Marsh as the latter posted 3 fours in the second over off Venugopal Rao. They collected 24 runs in the first three overs as Marsh was smartly caught behind by the wicketkeeper Naman Ojha off Varun Aaron for 13.

Nitin Saini joined in next as Mandeep Singh dispatched three fours in the fifth over of Morne Morkel but lost his wicket on the third ball of the sixth over for 21 off 12 balls with 5 fours. David Hussey came in next and secured one end with the little assistance from the incoming batsmen. The bowlers of Delhi Daredevils took over as the wickets started tumbling and they were reeling at 80-5 in 11.5 overs. Gurkeerat Singh gathered a couple of fours in the 13th over and became the sixth victim with the addition of eight runs in the total.

Hussy kept on cruising with few odd boundaries as Piyush Chawla gave him some assistance by contributing 10 runs. The skipper remained unbeaten for 40 off 35 deliveries comprising 1 six and 5 fours as Kings XI Punjab could reach at 136 runs with two wickets remaining.

Umesh Yadav was the main striker with three wickets, Varun Aaron held two as Pawan Negi claimed one wicket.

Delhi Draedevils had a horrible beginning as they lost their four top order batsmen for 37 runs in 5.4 overs especially against the lethal bowling of Parvinder Awana. The batsmen who went back to the pavilion included the hard hitting David Warner, the skipper Virender Sehwag, Venugopal Rao and the smart batman Ross Taylor.

Mahela Jayawardene and Naman Ojha steadied the ship and added 11 runs in the 9th over as the latter took over the game. Ojha punished Piyush Chawla for a couple of huge sixes in the 11th over followed by two fours in the next over off Harmeet Singh. He got a life when dropped by Piyush Chawla off Azhar Mahmood  at long on for 32 runs.

The fifth wicket partnership brought the required stability in the innings and enhanced the score to 95. Naman Ojha was caught by Mandeep Singh at deep mid wicket off Chawla for 34 off 29 balls with 2 grand sixes and 3 fours as Irfan Pathan associated in the centre with the smooth going Jayawardene. Delhi Daredevils required 42 runs to win from 36 balls with five wickets in hand as the batting duo did not panic and carried on their calculated march towards the destination.

Irfan Pathan made life easy for the home side by accumulating 14 runs in the 18th over with three speedy fours. Mahela Jayawardene smashed his much needed fifty with a couple of fours in the 19th over and achieved the target with another four on the last ball of the same over. Delhi Daredevils took over the score of Kings XI Punjab by amassing 140 runs with one over to spare and won the match by five wickets while maintaining their top position in the tournament.

Parvinder Aawana grabbed three wickets whereas Praveen Kumar and Piyush Chawla shared one wicket each.

Points secured by both teams at the end of the 64th match of the Indian Premier League 2012:

Delhi Daredevils  –  20 from 14 games at a net run rate of +0.715.

Kings XI Punjab   – 14 from 14 games at a net run rate of -0.293.

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