Dharamsala, May 19: Delhi Daredevils thrash Kings XI Punjab by six wickets with 10 balls to spare to register their 11th win in the tournament and finish at the top of the table and knock Adam Gilchrist's side out of IPL 5 during their clash at Dharamsala on Saturday.
David Warner, yet again proved he is a destructive batsman, as he scored a 44-ball 79 which included 4 huge hits to the stands and 10 boundaries to help Delhi reach the target within 18.2 overs.
Warner and Unmukt Chand added 82 runs off 9 overs for the first wicket, to collect runs at 9.11 runs per over before Azhar Mahmood dismissed Chand for 18.
With 55 runs to win off 10 overs, Delhi Daredevils had to score at just 5.5 runs per over, as Warner blazed his way to 79 off just 44 balls to help Delhi reach the three digit mark injust 11.2 overs. When it looked like Warner would finish the match within 15 overs, he was dismissed by Ryan Harris in the 13th over as the score read 113/2.
Irfan Pathan (5) was promoted up the order ahead of skipper Mahela Jayawardene but the move did not click as he was dismissed by Harris in the 15th over.
Venugopal Rao (6) and skipper Jayawardene (8) took their time to settle down and guided the team to a six wicket win as they reached the target with 10 balls to spare.
Kings XI Punjab's Innings Report: Bowlers give Delhi Daredevils an edge over Kings XI Punjab as they restricted the Adam Gilchrist's men to 141/8 in 20 overs during a crucial IPL 5 match played at Dharamsala on Saturday.
Adam Gilchrist (9), Mandeep Singh (0), Paul Valthaty (2) and David Hussey (3) everyone disappointed as Punjab got off to a shaky start after they were sent to bat by Delhi Daredevils in game 69 of IPL 5.
Umesh Yadav struck with the first ball, as he removed Mandeep Singh for a nought, while he followed it up with the most precious wicket of Gilchrist in the 4th over while Morkel picked Valthaty's wicket to give Daredevils an upper hand.
Morne Morkel too, was excellent as he picked up four wickets (Valthaty (2), Azhar Mahmood (36), Gurkeerat Singh (26), Piyush Chawla (0)) to finish with figures of 4/20 in 4 overs. Interestingly, Morkel picked three wickets in his 4th over, 19th over of the innings.
Another interesting fact is that Yadav's wickets also follows a fancy number, as he picked his first wicket off 1.1 overs, followed it up by 3.3 and 5.5 respectively.
Ryan Harris' last minute heroics help Punjab post a decent total on the board as he hit a 6-ball 15 that included a six and a four off Yadav's last over, which conceded 15 runs.
Yadav had conceded only 4 runs off his first three overs, while his fourth over gave away 15 runs, to finish with 3/19 off his four overs.
With a target of 142, Kings XI would look to dismiss the openers and get rid of the top order soon, to fancy their chances to qualify for the play-offs, while Delhi already through to the play-offs, will look to secure two points from this game to stay ahead of the rest of the teams in the points table.
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (captain and wicketkeeper), David Hussey, Gurkeerat Singh, Siddarth Chitnis, Parvinder Awana, Azhar Mahmood, Piyush Chawla, Paul Valthaty, Mandeep Singh, Praveen Kumar, Ryan Harris
Delhi Daredevils: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), David Warner, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Naman Ojha (wicketkeeper), Venugopal Rao, Pawan Negi, Varun Aaron, Morne Morkel, Unmukt Chand, Andre Russell.
Umpires: Billy Bowden (New Zealand) and Vineet Kulkarni (India)
Third Umpire: Shavir Tarapore (India)
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)