Javinder Singh | cricket20
Virender Sehwag and David Warner were in scintillating form to help the Delhi DareDevils record their best ever IPL total as they punished a disappointing Kings XI Punjab bowling attack.
Sehwag (77) lead the way, smashing 8 fours and 4 sixes as the India international made an impact for the first time in this year’s tournament to help the DareDevils set the Kings XI a mammoth run chase of 232.
The Kings XI conceded 20 fours and 12 sixes as their bowlers were tormented by Warner (77) and Sehwag who smashed them around the Feroz Shah Kotla with ease.
Having been put into bat the DareDevils got off a flying start thanks to David Warner and Sehwag who registered their best start in this year’s tournament with an opening stand of 146.
The pair made amends for a number of poor starts by taking their frustrations out on the Kings XI bowlers who struggled to control the ball on a green tinted wicket which favoured the batsman.
The DareDevils skipper made up for his dire run of form in the tournament by breaking free of the shackles to smash 77 from just 35 deliveries before his explosive innings was brought to an end by David Hussey in the 12th over.
Sehwag registered his first half century in this year’s tournament in the 11th over before he launched an astonishing blitz which saw him dispatch Hussey for 3 consecutive sixes before he picked out Dinesh Karthik at deep midwicket from Hussey’s 4th delivery.
Despite the loss Warner continued to set the pace before he fell in the 16th over to leave the DareDevils 179-3 with still 4 overs remaining in their innings.
Although Yogesh Nagar (11) and Aaron Finch (3) failed with the bat after a long wait in the dug out, Venugopal Rao continued his rich vain of form to help the DareDevils reach 231-4.
The 29 year old smashed 28 from just 15 deliveries to halt the Kings XI recovery to leave the visitors chasing a mammoth 232 runs to register their fourth straight victory.