Kings XI sneak past the DareDevils
A superlative 52-ball 75 by Australian Simon Katich and aggressive 40 not out by captain Yuvraj Singh helped Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils by four wickets in the Indian Premier League match in Mohali on Sunday.
It was the Mohali team's second win in the competition in four matches and the Delhi team's first defeat in three matches.
Katich's aggressive knock included 11 boundaries and a six while Yuvraj's innings contained three fours and two huge sixes.
The Australian, in the team in place of West Indian Ramnaresh Sarwan [Images], was also involved in two crucial partnerships. His 58-run stand for the third wicket with Mahela Jayawardene (15) helped Kings XI recover from a shabby start which saw them lose two wickets with just 11 runs on board.
And his 50-run partnership with Yuvraj set his team en route to their second staright win. Glenn McGrath, Mohammad Asif and Shoaib Malik took a wicket each but Delhi never had enough runs on the board.
Earlier, a brilliant effort by their paceman helped Kings XI Punjab restrict Delhi Daredevils to a modest 158 for eight.
Having electing to bat, the Delhi team had a poor start as skipper Virender Sehwag was sent back by Irfan Pathan in the second over of the innings.
The top-order collapsed soon as four more batsmen were cooling their heels in the pavilion with the scorecard reading just 54, courtesy the pace trio of VRV Singh (3/29), Brett Lee (1/33) and Pathan (2/26).
The Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary (39) and Dinesh Karthik (24) then played useful knocks to repair the innings.
Delhi middle order's lack of exposure in the tournament was evident as their openers had dominated in their earlier wins in the tournament.
On the other hand, the Yuvraj Singh-led team looked unfazed by the row between their pacer S Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh which resulted in the latter's suspension from the IPL, on Saturday.
They looked determined on the field and have earned themselves a chance to register their second successive win.