Sam Billings’ first fifty of the season, followed by a late blitz from Corey Anderson (39 off 22) took Delhi Daredevils to a competitive 188 at the Feroz Shah Kotla. In response Kings XI Punjab kept losing wickets on regular occasions as Delhi notched up a comfortable victory by 51 runs.
Here are the player ratings for the game:
Sam Billings - (8/10)
The English opener displayed his power hitting abilities as he notched up his first half-century of the season, scoring 55 off just 40 balls to give Punjab a decent start despite the early loss of his opening partner, Sanju Samson. He also held onto the catches of Hashim Amla and Glenn Maxwell.
Sanju Samson - (6/10)
The centurion from the last game once again looked in good touch and was timing the ball well until he mistimed one into the hands of Eoin Morgan.
Karun Nair - (3/10)
Nair’s dismal run of form with the bat continued as he failed to get off the mark and was dismissed for a duck by Varun Aaron. Going by his performances so far, the Karnataka batsman may not find himself in the squad for the upcoming fixtures.
Shreyas Iyer - (6/10)
Iyer managed to get off to a start scoring 22 off 17 balls but fell to Mohit Sharma as he looked to up the ante for his team.
Rishabh Pant - (6/10)
The wicketkeeper-batsman did not have much to do after scoring 15 off just 9 balls with the bat.
Chris Morris - (8/10)
Delhi’s star from the last game once again came in and played a brief blinder scoring 16 off just 8 deliveries to propel Delhi to a score of 188 that looked improbable at one stage. He also picked up the scalps of scalps of Hashim Amla, Axar Patel and KC Cariappa to cap off a fine all-round performance.
Corey Anderson - (9/10)
The explosive Kiwi struggled to find his timing in the early stages of his innings but found his groove in the last four as he along with Morris and Cummins single-handedly took the game away from Punjab towards the end of the Delhi innings. He then virtually ended the game by trapping David Miller plumb in front with the ball.
Pat Cummins - (8/10)
Cummins was also effective with both bat and ball as he followed up a cameo of 16 from 8 balls with the bat, with the wickets of Eoin Morgan and Mohit Sharma during Punjab’s dismal showing with the bat.
Amit Mishra - (7/10)
The leggie once again went about his business quietly finishing with figures of 1/16 in his three overs after scalping the big wicket of Glenn Maxwell.
Zaheer Khan - (8/10)
Though the Delhi skipper was expensive with the ball today finishing with figures of 0/38 in his four overs, he was masterful in leading his troops to a second win on the bounce. Moreover, he also took an excellent catch to dismiss the dangerous Wriddhiman Saha off the bowling of Nadeem.
Shahbaz Nadeem - (8/10)
The 27-year-old was exceptional in the domestic season and he has continued his form into the IPL as well. Although he was given just 2 overs today, Nadeem picked up the first two wickets to set Delhi on their way
Kings XI Punjab
Hashim Amla - (5/10)
The South African, yet again, got off to a good start scoring 19 off 12 balls. But as he has done time and again in the IPL so far, Amla failed to follow it through and get a big score on the board. This is turning into a habit he has to drop quickly or Morgan might just be ready to take his place.
Manan Vohra - (4/10)
He just couldn’t get going today. After failing to pick up Zaheer Khan, Nadeem proved to be the final challenge as he was caught plumb in front of his stumps in the second over.
Wriddhiman Saha - (4/10)
The newest player to be tested out at the No. 3 spot after
David Miller - (3/10)
He is struggling, and struggling big time! With his team needing to score over 10 runs an over, Miller was unable to score at even a run a ball. He finished as the second highest scorer for Punjab on the day, but if Axar Patel can score 44 off 29 balls, more is expected from ‘Killer Miller’.
Eoin Morgan - (5/10)
For his first game in the IPL, he didn’t actually do too much wrong. He kept rotating strike but the misfiring Miller put too much pressure on him. In the end, he gave away his wicket with a mistimed cut shot straight to point.
Glenn Maxwell - (4/10)
While one can understand the fact that he tried to give Morgan and Miller more time at the crease to settle down, Punjab needed their best player as soon as possible. By the time he came in, the required run rate was over 12
Axar Patel - (7/10)
The only player in the Punjab team who can feel a sense of content with his performance. Not only did he have the best figures among the main bowlers of his team,
KC Cariappa - (5/10)
Playing his first game of the season, the 23-year-old bowled three overs at an economy of 7.66. A decent debut but more will be expected from him as the season progresses.
Mohit Sharma - (3/10)
Scored at almost a run a ball in his 45-run partnership with
Varun Aaron - (4/10)
Sandeep Sharma - (4/10)
The 23-year old has done well this season for the Kings picking up 3 wickets in as many games. Today, however, he looked a bit off and that last over against Anderson just destroyed his numbers for the day.
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