IPL4: Daredevils bat Kings XI out in a run-fest

Published: Sunday, April 24, 2011, 8:32 [IST]
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Merciless Devils too good for the Kings

Warner set the tone for the Daredevils' innings when he hammered Praveen Kumar for two fours in the first over. Then after the batsman got Harris away for another four in the second over, Virender Sehwag laid into Praveen, sending him to the fence twice, as the score moved to 26/0 in 3 overs. Then Warner smashed Harris for a six after which Sehwag subjected Praveen to some more punishment, clobbering him for three fours, as the Daredevils moved onto 52/0 in 5 overs.

A four and maximum came from Warner off Srivastava in the next over, before the batsman knocked another boundary off Abhishek Nayar and teamed up with Sehwag to each take a boundary off Piyush Chawla. The Warner clobbered a six and a four off Paul Valthaty to take the Daredevils' score past 100 in the 9th over. Two more fours came from Sehwag's bat off Chawla before lthe batsman launched Srivastava for another maximum. But Sehwag was only warming up - he smoked David Hussey for three sixes in the 12th over as the score now read 146 for no loss. But then immediately Sehwag was caught at mid wicket and was out for 77 off 35 balls.

Nagar was the new batsman, who played a quiet over to settle in before knocking a four and a six off Nayar, but the bowler exacted revenge when he had the batsman caught at long on for 11 off 9 balls as the Daredevils slippedd t 164/2 in 14 overs. Warner struck one more six off Chawla before Harris had him caught at long on for 77 off 48 balls. The hosts were still at a healthy 183/3 in 16 over. After Aaron Finch was out for 3 off 5 balls to Chawla, Venugopal Rao and Naman Ojha kocked 3 sixes and 4 fours off the last three overs to take their sid to 231/4 in their 20 overs.

In their reply, the Kings XI Punjab straight away encountered drama when in the first over Adam Gilchrist was dropped by the keeper off Morne Morkel as the ball ran away to the third man boundary. Picking up from where he had left off in the last match, Valthaty smashed two sixes off Irfan Pathan before Gilchrist followed up with a maximum off Morkel, as the score moved onto 25/0 in 3 overs. Though Pathan dismissed Valthaty in the next over for 14 off 10, the following over saw new batsman Shaun Marsh begin his innings on a belligerent note, smashing two fours off Morkel.

Then Gilchrist powered Pathan to the fence three times in the 6th over before Marsh knocked a six and four off Aaron to take the Kings past 50. But Marsh was just beginning his assault as was evident when he clobbered Nagar for two fours and a six before Gilchrist knocked four boundaries off Ajit Agarkar, as the score moved onto 91/1 in 9 overs. But two overs later, Aaron bowled Gilchrist for 42 off 33 balls before Dinesh Karthik settled in with a four off the same bowler to take the Kings past 100.

Marsh took on the role of agressor with relish, smoking a six and a four off James Hopes in the 12th over, but in the next, Agargar saw the back of Karthik for 6. Over the next five overs, Marsh struck three fours and three sixes even as David Hussey, who himself hit a maximum fell by the wayside. Marsh smashed one more six before Morkel spelt his doom for 95 off 46. Abhisehek Nayar tried to keep the flame alive in the last two overs by hitting three fours, but it was a little too late as the Kings wrapped up their innings at 202/6.

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