Delhi dares, finally

Delhi dares, finally
Riding on fine half-centuries by opener Mayank Agarwal (68) and Yuvraj Singh (55), Delhi Daredevils posted its maiden victory in IPL-8 by drubbing Kings XI Punjab by five wickets on Wednesday. Chasing a fighting 165, Delhi romped home in 19.5 overs with five wickets to spare and Angelo Mathews (6*) and Manoj Tiwary (0*) at the crease.

Earlier, Virender Sehwag top-scored with a 41-ball 47 as Kings XI Punjab posted a competitive 165 for the loss of seven wickets. The highlight of the Kings XI innings was the 71-run partnership for the second wicket between opener Sehwag and Wriddhiman Saha (39) after Murali Vijay was out for 19 after the Punjab side opted to bat first at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

Sehwag hit four boundaries and two sixes in his useful knock. He hit a six and two fours off successive balls bowled by Delhi premier spinner Imran Tahir in the ninth over. Sehwag was out in the 15th over after he went for his second six in as many balls off Delhi captain Jean Paul Duminy only to hole out to Coulter-Nile.

Kings XI were 73 for one at the halfway mark and they added 92 runs from the second 10 overs for the loss of six wickets. Their middle-order batsmen did not have big scores nor any substantial partnership but each of them made quick and useful runs even as wickets fell at regular intervals.

Big hitter Glenn Maxwell made 15 from just five balls with the help of two sixes while captain George Bailey contributed 19 off 11 deliveries. Young Axar Patel scored 13 from 10 balls. For Delhi, leg-spinner Tahir grabbed three wickets though he was expensive by conceding 43 runs while captain Jean-Paul Duminy got two wickets. Amit Mishra and Angelo Mathews took a wicket each. Duminy used as many as seven bowlers in the Kings XI innings.
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