Kings floor Daredevils by 29 runs

Published: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 19:48 [IST]
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Kings floor Daredevils by 29 runs

Delhi Daredevils' opener buddies David Warner and Naman Ojha gave Delhi a sluggish start, though the first boundary came in the first over off wides from Praveen Kumar. Ojha then smacked Ryan Harris for a four in the second over. After a boundary-less 3rd and 4th over, Warner smoked Praveen over third man for a six, marking the the end of the 5th over at 25/0 in 5 overs.

Then it was Ojha's turn to loosen up, smashing Srivastava for a four and two sixes as the score surged to 42/0 in 6 overs. Then after Warner hammered Piyush Chawla for a four and the Daredevils moved past 50, Ojha ran out of steam, getting caught behind off Srivastava for 28 off 28 balls. The score was 52/1 at that juncture. In the following over, Warner smacked Valthaty for two fours and took anther boundary of Srivastava before getting caught behind for 29 off 29 balls.

With the Daredevils at 67/2, Sriram and Venugopal Rao tried to consolidate, but just two overs alter Chalwa sent the former batsman packing for 4 off 7 balls. Just as Venugopal tried to launch a counter-offensive by smoking Valthaty for a four and six, a middle order collapse ensused. Chawla saw the back off Venugopal, before Valthaty removed Irfan Pathan for 3 off 7 balls and Chawla had James Hopes caught behind for 7 off 7 balls.

The Daredevils had slumped to 97/5 before Travis Birt took the side past 100 in the 16th over. But in the 18th over, Birt lofted Praveen for a six before the bowler had himbatsman brilliantly caught at the boundary by Ryan Harris for 16. The score at that point was 117/7. New batsman Abhishek Nagar rounded off the over with two fours as victory equation read : 46 runs required off 12 balls.

But the Daredvils problems were only compounded when Harris trapped Yogesh Nagar for 10 off 7 balls as the Daredevils slumped to 128/8, requiring 43 ruhns off the last over. Morne Morkel wenht down fighting, smashing Srivastava for a six

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