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Daredevils restrict hapless KXIP to 136/8

Umesh Yadav (3/21) and Varun Aaron (2/19) shared five wickets between as a fine performance by Delhi Daredevils bowlers helped them restrict Kings XI Punjab to manageable 136 for eight in an IPL match, here today.

Barring skipper David Hussey (40 not out), it was a combination of poor shot selection and some disciplined effort by the home team bowlers that enabled them to keep the score under check.

There were no significant partnership as Hussey was the only batsmen trying to take the attack back to the opposition camp but he needed to be complemented from the other side which unfortunately didn't happen.

Speed merchants Yadav (3/21) and Aaron (2/19) shared the bulk of the spoils.

Shaun Marsh (13, 3x4) hit three boundaries in the region between cover and extra cover off part-time off-spinner Venugopal Rao who only managed to bowl half-trackers.

He survived a confident leg-before appeal off Morne Morkel's bowling but was gone in the very next over bowled by Aaron.

The India international angled one into Marsh who tried to play it off his hips only for Naman Ojha to take a good catch down leg-side.

Mandeep Singh (21) hit a few streaky boundaries but the compulsive pull-shot player in him brought his downfall as he tried a horizontal bat shot off Aaron. He couldn't get required elevation only to be smartly pouched by short mid-wicket by Sehwag.

Nitin Saini (15) also didn't last long as Umesh Yadav sent him back into the dug-out. The ball pitched on the off-stump channel and moved a shade as the Haryana lad pushed at it. Sehwag took a low tumbling catch to make it 54 for three.
It didn't take much time before it was 63 for four as David Miller backed too far from the non-striker?s end going for a non-existent single as Pawan Negi at mid-on made no mistake with all three stumps to aim at.

Skipper Hussey and Azhar Mahmood (9) tried to do a repair job. Mahmood dispatched a short ball from Umesh with a well-timed pull-shot.

However, Umesh made a good comeback in the next few deliveries as started bowling at fuller length. Mahmood tried to hoist him over long-off only to be holed out at the boundary ropes.

With half of the side gone for 80, it was always supposed to be an uphill task for Kings XI to post a big total.

Last match's hero Gurkeerat Singh Ahluwalia (8) hit two boundaries but then a classical left-arm spinner's delivery from Negi. He invited the batsman to come out for a drive and the ball spun away with Ojha whipping off the bails in a flash to make it 88 for six.

From there on KXIP tried to build something on the score as Piyush Chawla hung in for some time with Hussey to cross the 100 mark for Punjab.


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