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DD bowlers restrict Kings XI to 141 for 8

Pacers Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav shared seven wickets between them as Delhi Daredevils restricted Kings XI Punjab to 141 for eight in their Indian Premier League match here on Saturday.

Morkel had figures of four for 20 while he was well-supported by Umesh who ran through Punjab's top-order with three for 19.

Electing to field, Delhi bowlers stuck to their task from the onset, barring a few overs in the middle, to stop Punjab from posting a big total at the HPCA (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium) stadium.

Siddharth Chitnis top-scored for Punjab with a 32-ball 38 and, together with Azhar Mahmood (36), added 57 runs for the fifth wicket which was the only highlight of the hosts' innings.

Punjab were off to a worst possible start in their must-win last league fixture as they slumped to 20 for four inside the mandatory powerplay. The hosts were never allowed to get off the hook by the Delhi bowlers.

Punjab lost opener Mandeep Singh (0) in the second over of the match to Umesh, who induced an edge that was taken by wicketkeeper Naman Ojha.

Skipper Adam Gilchrist (9) departed in the fourth over bowled by Umesh when he went for the pull but only ending up getting a top-edge that was lapped up by Varun Aaron at mid-on.

Paul Valthaty's miserable run in the tournament continued as he was caught by Irfan Pathan at third-man off Morkel while trying an upper cut.

Umesh made the matter worse for the hosts as he got the dangerman David Hussey (3) caught at mid-on by Pathan to leave Punjab tottering at 20 for four.
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