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Kings XI Punjab prevail as DD continue to lose

25 April 2018

Kings XI jumped to the top of the table with this win and have 10 points from 6 games while Delhi continue to languish at the bottom with just one win.

Chasing a low total of 143 runs, Delhi got off to a disastrous start as they lost three wickets in the first six overs.

Returning to form, the "Universe Boss" will be looking to take full advantage of the weak bowling attack Delhi is using in its recent matches in IPL 2018.

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The other in-form Punjab opener Lokesh Rahul (23) fell inside the batting powerplay when he tried to scoop Liam Plunkett (3-17) but was caught at short fine leg. Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (6) and Andrew Tye (3) meant Punjab managed to put on 143, which in the end proved to be enough to give them a well-deserved win.

The Kings XI's bowling effort saw them keep a much tighter ship with only Barinder Sran (1/45) conceding runs at greater than the rate required.

Kings XI Punjab continued with their winning momentum despite facing significant hiccups in the match against Delhi Daredevils. The rampaging Chris Gayle was forced to sit out the game due to a sore back and his absence was certainly felt by Kings XI.

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"It was a conscious decision to give the ball to Mujeeb".

And it was Iyer who faced the final ball of the match needing five runs to win or four to force the super over, having kept his team's hopes alive with a boundary from the penultimate delivery.

Spinner Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman accounted for Rishabh Pant with a attractive googly, which Pant failed to read. In that matches, DD has won five matches and KXIp has won four matches.

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Both the teams have met totally 21 times and in that matches, DD has won 9 matches and KXIP has won 12 matches. Liam Plunket took the most three wickets from Delhi Daredevils side, whether from Punjab's side Karun Nair made 34 highest runs in the match. He mixed his deliveries well and the pick of his spell was when he sent the stumps flying to dismiss Mayank Agarwal with a 146 kph delivery. A Chris Gayle-less Kings XI Punjab had a tough time posting a decent total on the board after being invited to bat first by Delhi skipper Gautam Gambhir. After Delhi chose to bowl first, they reaped rich dividends by making wholesale changes in their bowling line-up. All these bowlers are complementing KXIP's best bowler Andrew Tye. The coach says nothing. However, the South African, too, departed for 26 as Dan Christian got his first wicket. He clean bowled Shaw with a beauty. "We've got to win seven games". Our bowlers did really well to restrict them but we lost too many wickets in the first six and it's always hard when that happens.

Kings XI Punjab prevail as DD continue to lose