IPL 2018: Punjab Stun Delhi, Gambhir's Team In Free Fall

After dismissing the risky KL Rahul with just his third delivery, the 33-year-old went on to claim 3-17; mixing up his pace and variations to finish with 12 dot balls. Skipper R Ashwin threw the ball to Afghanistan offie Mujeeb Ur Rahman for the last over. Among batsmen who have faced 40 balls or more, he has the highest dot-ball percentage (58.92%) and the worst strike rate (89.28).

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With this nail-biting win, Punjab one again have become the table toppers with five wins from six games and 10 points in their kitty.

Seamers Trent Boult (2-21) and Avesh Khan (2-36) also picked up wickets as Punjab lost them at regular intervals to slip to 143-8.

Gayle did not play this match, owing to a sore back.

Aaron Finch (2) returned to the top of the order but fell early after the Punjab franchise were put in to bat. Some are saying that Delhi shouldn't have taken the match till the last over which led to the loss while others have, practically, written off the team.

The task is certainly going to be hard when up against Gayle and Co, with the Jamaican forming a deadly opening combination with K L Rahul. So, Kings XI weren't unstoppable after all in the Powerplay. Another misfeld and the ball races to the boundary. He is striking at just 96.59, thanks mainly to his struggles against pace bowling. While Rahul Tewatia managed to score a six and a four off Barinder Sran in the 17th over, bringing down the equation to 28 off 18, Iyer still delayed teeing off. So, Nair chose to make up for it against pace.

David Miller - who was dropped twice - scored 26 off just 19 balls to provided some sort of respectability to the total. Kings XI Punjab restricted the Gambhir's army to 139 runs.

In the third over, Ankit Rajpoot drew the first blood.

Boult started Daredevils' bowling nicely with two tight overs at the top.

Karun Nair of Kings XI Punjab celebrates wicket of Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders during match eighteen of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Kings XI Punjab held at the Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on the 21st April 2018.

However, the batsman was unable to replicate that kind of showing on Monday, as he chalked up only four before being seen off by Andrew Tye.

  • Joanne Flowers