Kings XI Punjab emerged winner by four runs as Delhi Daredevils’ woeful run of form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) continued despite a change in venue and many changes in the team.
Daredevils produced a much-improved bowling performance to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 143 for eight but the visitors staged a strong comeback to stop Delhi at 139 for eight.
Shreyas Iyer tried his bit with 57 off 45 balls, but that was not enough, as the trio of Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye and Mujeeb ur Rahman picked up two wickets apiece to derail Daredevils’ chase.
The hosts were off to a brisk start with the highly-talented Prithvi Shaw eking out a few boundaries, including one fine shot through point. But, while going for one too many, the youngster lost his wicket to pacer Ankit Rajpoot, who bowled with fire to return figures of 2/23 in four overs.
Rajpoot followed that up by claiming the big fish Glenn Maxwell (12), and the Daredevils’ chase seemed to be floundering when skipper Gautam Gambhir (4), looking woefully out of form, got a leading edge to make the long walk back to the dugout.
In-form Rishabh Pant (4) and Shreyas Iyer, both coming off smashing half centuries, but 17-year-old spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman from Afghanistan had other ideas as he struck with his very first ball.
Tye dismissed Tewatia (24 off 21 balls) as Daredevils needed 21 in the last two overs. Plunkett came and went back for a golden duck, leaving Daredevils with an arduous task of scoring 17 in six balls. Delhi failed to do so despite Iyer whacking Mujeeb for a straight six and a four.
Watch the video of thrilling last over between DD and KXIP here-
KXIP 143/8 (20 ov) | K Nair 34 (32) | Boult 2/21, Plunkett 3/17
DD 139/8 (20 ov) | Iyer 57 (45) | Rajpoot 2/23, Tye 2/25
Result: Kings XI Punjab won by 4 runs 1 of 1