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Kings XI beat Daredevils by 6 runs via D-L method
Amlan Chakraborty | May 18, 2008 01:35 IST
Last Updated: May 18, 2008 10:07 IST
Invaluable unbeaten cameos from Mahela Jayawardene [Images] (36) and Luke Pomersbach (25) helped Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils by six runs via the Duckworth-Lewis system in a weather-truncated Indian Premier League match in New Delhi on Saturday night.
Chasing a revised target of 123 in 11 overs, the Punjab side batted braving a light drizzle early in their innings and eventually finished at 94 for three in eight overs when play was suspended with the visitors six runs ahead of the hosts.
Jayawardene's 17-ball 36 included three sixes and two fours, while Pomersbach's 25 came off 12 balls.
Earlier, Sehwag slammed an unbeaten half century as Delhi Daredevils finished on 118 for four in 11 overs. Sehwag's brief violent knock included two fours and five sixes, while Gautam Gambhir [Images] chipped in with a 28-ball 40.
Kings XI Punjab received an early jolt in the second over when Pradeep Sangwan removed in-form Shaun Marsh (2), Shikhar Dhawan running backwards to take a blinder.
Next-man in Yuvraj Singh [Images] hoicked Sangwan over the ropes and hit Glenn McGrath for back-to-back sixes but the Australian had the last laugh when Farveez Maharoof took a brilliant catch to send back the left-hander after an eight-ball sizzler of 23.
Jame Hopes (4) too could not make a mark but Jayawardene and Pomersbach played smart cricket to see their side through.
Electing bat after winning the toss, Sehwag thrived on the largesse of opposite number Yuvraj, who missed a skier when the batsman was on six.
The gleeful Delhi captain made most of the life before the heavens opened up and cut short his batting pyrotechnics.
After a drizzle-delayed start, the Ferozeshah Kotla's near-capacity crowd expected that it would rain fours and sixes as Sehwag and Gambhir walked in to open the innings.
Instead, the crowd twice had their hearts in the mouth as both the batsmen got a life each in a dramatic third over from S Sreesanth [Images].
Sreesanth, the slap-gate protagonist, had been tormenting Sehwag all along and he finally managed to induce a skier from the swashbuckler, then on six, only to see Yuvraj, of all people, spill it at mid-off.
Two balls later, Gambhir's slash flew to VRV Singh at third man but the fielder was in two minds whether to go for the catch or stop the boundary and he ended up doing neither.
Given his volatile temper, Sreesanth did well to retain his smile at the end of the over even though it seemed sarcastic and the visitors looked in horror as sloppy fielding spread like a rash.
Sehwag responded by milking 22 off VRV's first over, following up back-to-back sixes with a four, even though Gambhir lost his furniture to IPL debutant Ramesh Powar [Images] after a breezy 40, having featured in a 75-run opening stand.
Sehwag was in no mood to relent as he went after the spin twins of Powar and Piyush Chawla, hitting them over the ropes with characteristic nonchalance.
Neither Sreesanth's probing line, nor Chawla's guile could stop Sehwag - it eventually required a heavenly intervention to halt the Delhi skipper's progress.
By the time play resumed, it was truncated to an 11-overs-a-side affair and Shikhar Dhawan (8) perished trying to up the ante, as did Tillakaratne Dilshan (8) and Farveez Maharoof (0).