Top Billings: Batsman's fifty and Anderson's unbeaten cameo aid Delhi post 188/6
Sam Billings (55) struck his second IPL half-century before Corey Anderson (39 not out) provided late fireworks as Delhi Daredevils posted a respectable 188 for six against Kings XI Punjab here on Saturday.
The hosts, after a surprise decision to bat first, enjoyed their best start of the season through Billings and Sanju Samson (19) but intermittent wickets hurt them.
Delhi were 83 for two at half-way mark after the opening pair's 53-run stand but from overs 10 to 15, the hosts managed only 37 runs and lost the set pair of Shreyas Iyer (22) and Billings. From there on, Chris Morris (16 off 8 balls) and Anderson took the onus to get Delhi to a fighting total, hitting some lusty hits towards the end of innings. Morris' cameo together with Anderson's calculated approach negated the good work done by Punjab spinners Axar Patel (1/33) and K C Cariappa (1/23). Anderson, who hit three fours and as many shots over the ropes in his unbeaten knock off 22 balls, ended the innings with a six off Sandeep Sharma. The hosts collected 68 runs from the last five overs, with the final one yielding 19.
Both Punjab pacers Sandeep and Mohit Sharma were largely disciplined but a marginal error was enough for Samson and Billings to steal boundaries. Billings, who had been struggling for form so far, took some time to find his rhythm but gradually came into his zone.
Samson carried on with his tremendous touch after hammering his maiden IPL ton against Pune and began with two fours off Sandeep.
Punjab fielded five specialist bowlers and skipper Glenn Maxwell quickly shuffled them around. The Punjab pacemen though proved ineffective.
Billings made Varun Aaron look pedestrian with a hat-trick of fours in the fifth over.
Brief Scores: Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI PunjabDelhi: 188 for 6 in 20 overs (Sam Billings 55, Corey Anderson 39).Punjab: Aaron (2/45).