That is all from us here. Do join us for the double-header tomorrow. This is Sid V, saying goodbye on behalf of Ajith and Srivathsa.
Warner: It was a great wicket to bat on. I took advantage of the short boundaries and once it was in those areas, I just pounced on it. I backed myself to clear the ropes. I have learnt my game a bit playing in the IPL. I am giving myself some time and carrying on to play a long innings.
David Warner is the MoM for his knock of 77 and for being excellent in the field.
Sehwag: This was the track I wanted. The ball came on nicely to the bat and I enjoyed. It is a tough game for the bowlers. We knew that Punjab would come hard at us once we scored 230. We have plenty of good, fast bowlers and we have to rotate them well. Aaron is a good bowler and he bowled well. He bowls a good length and he fires in a good yorker. The moment he got Gilchrist out, it was special. I hope that we can win a couple of games now.
Gilchrist: It was an exciting day. It was a beautiful wicket. They have produced a belter and the boundaries were shot. Credit to Delhi for batting us out of the match and we chased well. We did a couple of mistakes and Delhi pounced on that. The opening partnership made us go on the back foot for most of the match. There is plenty of things to think about.
Aaron: I had no pressure, the hype surrounding me was the confidence that pushed me forward. I like bowling fast. I have been bowling quick since I was a little kid and I would like to continue that way. Good to be on the winning side. It's good to have Morne and all the others who can bowl quick.
What a humdinger this match has been. With the early departure of Valthaty, the onus was on Marsh to step up to the plate. The partnership of 72 off just 38 balls between Gilchrist and Marsh was the perfect platform from which Punjab launched their chase. However, the Kings XI lost some wickets during the middle overs. Marsh then transformed into a run-machine as he smoked fours and sixes at will. Until he was at the crease, it seemed that Punjab would pull off an unlikely win. However, Morne Morkel denied Marsh a brilliant century and Delhi won the match by 29 runs. Stay tuned for the presentation.
Agarkar to Nayar, 1 leg byes, One of the best games of this year's IPL has come to an end. Delhi are victors and deserving victors too. Nayar backed away to leg and tried to swing it out of the park, couldn't connect and the ball rolled away off the pad, Viru and Co. are all smiles.
Agarkar to Nayar, no run, good thinking from Agarkar, again Nayar tried to repeat the previous stroke, Agarkar dug it in short and Nayar couldn't connect
Agarkar to Nayar, FOUR!!, Morganesque from Nayar, Agarkar misses the length this time, Nayar crouches low, and then reverse scoops it past short third, split the gap to perfection, Viru closes his mouth with his hands and cannot believe how well Nayar executed that
Agarkar to Harris, 1 run, Agarkar is perhaps the best death bowler in India after Zak and he proves it here, the pressure may not be there, but still to target the block-hole ball after ball isn't easy, Harris can only edge it onto his back boot off a low full bunger, is off the mark
Agarkar to Nayar, 1 run, low full toss, swung away to deep square leg, Harris is sent back
Ryan Harris, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Agarkar to Sunny Singh, out Caught by Hopes at long on!! Agarkar has a nervous look after that wicket. Sunny Singh toe ended the low full toss to a sliding Hopes at long on, who grabbed the ball close to his chest. Well caught in the end. Sunny Singh c Hopes b Agarkar 2(4)
Agarkar to Sunny Singh, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
Ajit Agarkar [3.0-0-41-1] is back into the attack
Aaron to Nayar, FOUR!!, Aaron's spell has ended as it had started, a four to end, Nayar miscued the drive wide of a flying Warner at mid off, Warner despite being a fine fielder, went to his right, but it was too wide of him
Aaron to Sunny Singh, 1 run, Aaron has bowled really well after the horrid first couple of balls, right up there, Sunny Singh swings with no power to long on
Aaron to Nayar, 1 run, Aaron is hitting the pitch hard, on a back of a length, and cramping Nayar into the miscued pull, long on keeps it to one
Aaron to Nayar, no run, full and outside off, no room for Nayar to work with, driven to cover with no timing, straight to the fielder
Aaron to Sunny Singh, 1 run, low full toss, Sunny Singh hoicks it down to deep square leg
Aaron to Sunny Singh, no run, swiped across the line to mid wicket, straight to the fielder
Varun Aaron comes into the attack
Morne Morkel to Nayar, no run, hit on the body, again the vicious short delivery from Morne Morkel. Followed a backing away Nayar and Nayar missed the pull, thudded into his body, end of a fab spell from Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel to Nayar, FOUR!!, Nayar has finally connected with the pre-meditated paddle, moves to off and paddles it past short fine, they needed that
Sunny Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Morne Morkel to Marsh, out Caught by Sehwag!! There goes Marsh and with it the hopes of the Punjab side. Lots of disappointed faces in their camp. Marsh backed away and tried to hoick across the line, the splice jarring length of Morne Morkel forces an injudicious stroke, takes the sort of a leading edge and Viru settles under it near mid off, Morne Morkel is relieved and so he should. But what an innings. Sadly fails to become the first man to make 2 tons in the IPL. Marsh c Sehwag b Morne Morkel 95(46) [4s-9 6s-6]
Morne Morkel to Marsh, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
Morne Morkel to Marsh, SIX!!, Marsh will not die wondering, cleared his front leg and whacked it just over the ropes at wide long on, for a while deep mid thought he might have a chance, but no, mistake as the ball eluded him, Marsh is a hit away from becoming the first man to make 2 tons in the IPL
Morne Morkel to Marsh, no run, hurried onto Marsh who mistimed his pull straight to the fielder at mid wicket, does not take the single
Morne Morkel to Marsh, 2 runs, very tardy work from Morne Morkel in the field, that was mistimed to wide long on, Warner threw it back in, Marsh was going back for the 2nd, Morne Morkel didn't collect the throw, if he had, Marsh was gone, what's worse is that he gives away another extra run, brings Marsh back on strike
Morne Morkel [3.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack
Agarkar to Marsh, 1 run, flicked from middle, to deep mid, retains the strike with that run
Agarkar to Nayar, 1 run, that was in the air for ages, Nayar went deep back into his crease, sliced it up in the air, fell right in between both men coming in from long on and long off, Warner didn't dive forward and catch it, let off for Nayar
Agarkar to Marsh, 1 run, low full toss, that is much better, Marsh can only edge the flick down to Viru at the edge of the circle at mid wicket
Agarkar to Marsh, FOUR!!, looked like a miscue at first glance, but it has gone away for a boundary, skewed off the outer half of the bat over cover, long off had no chance
Agarkar to Marsh, SIX!!, can't bowl there, full and a foot short of the yorker, Marsh won't miss out, flicked from off stump way back into the stands at deep mid, he held the pose too as the ball soared over the ropes
Agarkar to Marsh, wide, full and too wide outside off, called a wide, Marsh cannot reach out and slice it
Agarkar to Nayar, 1 run, angled across Nayar who drives in the air, down to sweeper cover
Ajit Agarkar [2.0-0-26-1] is back into the attack
Hopes to Marsh, SIX!!, Marsh is smashing them now, cleared his front leg and tonked it high and hard over long on, again right in the slot for Marsh to hit and he didn't miss out, they needed that to be in the game
Hopes to Nayar, leg byes, 1 run, this one strikes Nayar outside off as another paddle goes wrong, they scamper through for a leg bye
Hopes to Nayar, no run, Nayar shuffles across to paddle that, misses, going down leg, no single too
Hopes to Marsh, 1 run, driven down to long off, brings Nayar on strike
Abhishek Nayar, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Hopes to David Hussey, out Caught by Sehwag at deep mid wicket!! Could be the game. Flicked straight to Viru's right at the fence and he judges the catch to perfection. He has a huge smile as his team-mates come to congratulate him. David Hussey couldn't get the elevation that time. David Hussey c Sehwag b Hopes 20(10) [6s-2]
Hopes to David Hussey, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
Hopes to David Hussey, SIX!!, the biggest 6 of the IPL, a Victorian smashing a Queenslander, it was a gentle half volley, David Hussey teed off and clobbered it way over long on, the ball was travelling and hit the big stand and bounced back into play. 106 metres it says and it was still travelling, what a huge hit that was from David Hussey, David Hussey can hit them and he has launched that.
Aaron to David Hussey, 1 run, full and straight on the stumps, David Hussey hammers it, Morne moves to his right and keeps it down to a single, good over from Aaron in the context of the game and Viru is happy
Aaron to Marsh, 1 run, Marsh backs away and carves over backward point
Aaron to Marsh, no run, Marsh flashes hard at a full ball outside off and misses, it was outside off and Marsh couldn't connect at all
Aaron to Marsh, 2 runs, Morne fumbles at mid on and they come back for the 2nd, mistimed down to him, he lets it go
Aaron to Marsh, FOUR!!, high full toss outside off. Marsh had to get some bat on it and he did, a slashy slash, produces the thick outside edge and runs away to the vacant third man fence, useful runs for Marsh and Punjab
Aaron to David Hussey, 1 run, Aaron comes back on, David Hussey backs away and slices one to sweeper cover
Varun Aaron [2.0-0-20-1] is back into the attack
Hopes to David Hussey, 1 run, good comeback from Hopes, kept it full and on the stumps, David Hussey backed away and toe ended the slap straight down the ground
Hopes to David Hussey, SIX!!, What a hit. David Hussey must be a good golfer, what a swing of the bat as he picked the slower delivery on off stump and sent it miles into the stands at deep mid wicket, terrific sound of ball hitting bat, crunch was the sound and our sound engineer sitting next to me who doubles up as our scorer - Realtime Thiru approved of that shot
Hopes to David Hussey, no run, superb bowling, yorker length delivery and following David Hussey who edges the flick onto his boot
Hopes to Marsh, leg byes, 1 run, big Morne at short third, dives to his right and stops three runs, it went off the body and Morne who let go off consecutive fours in the previous game, makes amends
Hopes to Marsh, 2 runs, excellent running from both the Aussies, low full toss, placed wide of Venu at wide long on, they rush back for the 2nd
Hopes to David Hussey, 1 run, low full toss, David Hussey flicks it down to deep mid wicket
Time for the time-out
Agarkar to Marsh, FOUR!!, CRACKER!, Marsh stood there and belted the ball across the line, hit with lots of venom and it went away to the fence before one could spell Ajit Agarkar in a spelling competition, Marsh can hit them hard and long, but that was some blow
Agarkar to David Hussey, 3 runs, Aaron puts in a very sloppy effort running back from mid wicket, an awkward shot from David Hussey, Simon D on air calls it an overhanded doublehanded smash, David Hussey was crouching and the short ball was heading into the badge of his helmet, David Hussey hooked it over mid wicket, Hopes isn't happy with the effort of Aaron
Agarkar to Marsh, 1 run, pitched up and on off stump, Marsh gets forward and drives to long off
Agarkar to David Hussey, 1 run, flicked away down to fine leg, David Hussey does not come back for the 2nd
Agarkar to Marsh, 1 run, cut away square of the wicket, a single
David Hussey, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Agarkar to Karthik, out Caught by Sehwag at mid wicket!! There comes Agarkar back with a wicket. He has done that all his career, remember he was the quickest to 50 ODI wickets, before Mendis surpassed him. This one is quicker and well directed at Karthik, he went back to pull, top edged the pull and Sehwag at mid wicket takes an overhead catch. Easy one too. Big wicket too as Karthik can be quite dangerous. Karthik c Sehwag b Agarkar 6(5) [4s-1]
Agarkar to Karthik, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
Ajit Agarkar [1.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack
Hopes to Marsh, FOUR!!, Marsh has to be the one who needs to be there till the end if his side have to win this, reaches his 9th IPL FIFTY!! with a short arm pull, it didn't bounce too high and he controlled the front pull, getting it to the vacant deep backward square fence
Hopes to Karthik, leg byes, 1 run, Karthik came down the track, it was a slower one on leg stump, Karthik missed, runs away off the pad
Hopes to Marsh, 1 run, slower one on leg stump, clipped to deep mid wicket, single
Hopes to Karthik, 1 run, good length outside off, Karthik stays beside the line and steers it down to third man
Hopes to Marsh, 1 run, turned through short mid wicket, easy single
Hopes to Marsh, SIX!!, straight and six. Marsh cleared the front leg, it was in the slot, a big swing of the bat and the ball just clears the ropes, the straight boundary is always the place to attack and Marsh knows that well
Aaron to Marsh, 1 run, whipped through mid wicket, retains the strike with that run
Aaron to Marsh, no run, low full toss and outside off, Marsh failed to reach out and slice it, Aaron wants the ball to be thrown back to him
Aaron to Karthik, 1 run, dabbed down to third man, Aaron is generating some good pace now
Aaron to Karthik, FOUR!!, Karthik got some instructions from Gilly as he came in, first ball down the wicket, a leg side full toss has been glanced away fine to get off the mark
Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Aaron to Gilchrist, out Bowled!! Aaron - remember the name. He is roaring in delight after getting Gilchrist out. Irfan Pathan famously dismissed Gilchrist with a full and swinging yorker in a test match in Australia in 2004. This one can't match that enormity. Gilchrist tries to swipe to leg to a ball angling into him from round the wicket, misses and the ball takes out middle stump. Vinay Pathak the well known actor applauds. Gilchrist pre-meditated the swing and missed. Big moment for Aaron. 141 ks and middle stump flattened.Gilchrist b Aaron 42(33) [4s-8 6s-1]
Aaron to Gilchrist, THATS OUT!! Bowled!!
Aaron to Marsh, 1 run, Marsh mistimes the cross batted slap towards long off, a single
Varun Aaron [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
Hopes to Marsh, 1 run, another flick through mid wicket as he connects this time, retains the strike with that run
Hopes to Marsh, no run, Marsh rarely misses out there, full and on the pads, he can't connect on the flick, going down
Hopes to Gilchrist, 1 run, Gilchrist drops it with soft hands into the vacant spaces on the off side, turns the strike over
Hopes to Marsh, 1 run, Marsh backs away and crashes it fiercely to sweeper cover
Hopes to Gilchrist, 1 run, driven to long off, to a full ball
Hopes to Marsh, 1 run, tap and run to short cover to a slower delivery on off
James Hopes, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Agarkar to Gilchrist, no run, Gilchrist swiped a length ball on off, but took the inside edge and rolled to mid wicket, good comeback from Agarkar after 4 consecutive fours
Agarkar to Gilchrist, no run, no he can't. Short and wide, kept low and beat Gilchrist on the late cut
Agarkar to Gilchrist, FOUR!!, this keeps getting better and better for Gilchrist, short and wide outside off, another rooobish ball as Geoffrey would've said, Gilchrist placed the square cut wide of third man, Gilchrist looks good for many more tonight, 6 in a row this over?
Agarkar to Gilchrist, FOUR!!, Gilchrist has turned it on big time, Agarkar just stares at him and then goes back with disappointment, the famous Agarkar stare, ah those were the days and here it is back again, dragged down, Gilchrist swivelled and pulled through square leg, pressure on Agarkar right-away
Agarkar to Gilchrist, FOUR!!, another half volley and that has been crashed through cover, just forward and then meeting it with the full face, sweeper cover retrieves the ball from the ropes, sweet timing from Gilchrist
Agarkar to Gilchrist, FOUR!!, after the break, Agarkar comes on after a long time, good to see him after a long time, but the rustiness shows as he has not played for a long time, full and wide outside off, Gilchrist sliced it over backward point, third man going to his left had no chance, Agarkar bowled it too wide
Ajit Agarkar, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Nagar to Marsh, FOUR!!, what batting from Marsh, Nagar drags the length back, Marsh rocked back and steered it to the right of a diving point, the previous ball he came down, now he has gone back and placed it superbly, 14 off the last 3 balls and that has forced the bowling side to take the time-out
Nagar to Marsh, SIX!!, a bit of a miscue from Marsh, but these are short boundaries, so he clears Warner at long on, Marsh comes down the track and then a bit of an inside edge as he attempted the big hit, Warner leaped high, a small man and he needed to be Joel Garner to catch that
Nagar to Marsh, FOUR!!, Crack of doom from Marsh, it wasn't a bad ball by any means, just the classy footwork of Marsh that made the stroke possible, he rocked back and slapspanked it off the backfoot with sheer force, long off to his right had no chance
Nagar to Marsh, no run, Marsh comes down the track and edges the big hit onto his boot, Nagar is bowling from round the wicket, he runs after it and prevents the single
Nagar to Gilchrist, 1 run, flat delivery on off stump, Gilchrist goes on the backfoot and punches it down to long on, turns the strike over
Nagar to Marsh, 1 run, punched off the backfoot to sweeper cover, a single
Yogesh Nagar, comes into the attack
Aaron to Marsh, 1 run, another half volley on off stump, drilled straight to the fielder at long off, Aaron doesn't look like the bowler who can consistently bowl at 150 ks to me, his action looks a lot like a Sri Lankan bowler, but for now I'm not able to recollect it, watch this space for more
Aaron to Gilchrist, 1 run, full at 141 ks on off stump, Gilchrist shows the full face of the bat and drives hard down to long off
Aaron to Gilchrist, no run, full and on off, Gilchrist drives with no timing to backward point, Marsh has been sent back
Aaron to Marsh, 1 run, Aaron finally lands one in the right length, back of a length on off. Steered with an open face
Aaron to Marsh, SIX!!, two balls from Aaron and 10 it has produced, another half tracker, Marsh employs the short arm jab and the ball lands beyond wide long on, Aaron looks to be a tad nervous, but what a shot by Marsh, he latched onto the short offering and depostied it over the ropes, flat hit too
Aaron to Marsh, FOUR!!, Now the most talked about bowler in recent times in India - Varun Aaron comes on. Can he breach the 150 KMPH barrier?, a false start first up, then comes back to bowl, Marsh is onto in a flash, dragged down by Aaron, at 143 ks, Marsh pulled it hard through square leg and the ball raced away
Varun Aaron, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, well bowled, Gilchrist is a little squared up as he looks to turn to leg, the leading edge lands well short of cover
Pathan to Gilchrist, FOUR!!, edged and four, Gilchrist came down, the ball bounced on him, he flashed hard and the thick edge ran away beating Morne to his right at third man, 3 boundaries in the over for Gilchrist
Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, beaten by the outie, back of a length and moving away, Gilchrist pokes limply and misses even more lamely
Pathan to Gilchrist, FOUR!!, another one from Gilchrist, full and swinging in towards middle, Gilchrist went over mid on again, slightly across the line, but good enough to clear the man, one bounce over the ropes, if he had hit that a little bit harder, he would've crossed the ropes, Gilchrist needs to do a Warner for his side
Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, short of length outside off, cut awawy to the right of point, Gilchrist shouts noooooooooooo so loudly that it must have scared Marsh
Pathan to Gilchrist, FOUR!!, Gilchrist rocked back and saw the length, fraction short outside off, he pulled it with disdain over mid on, Gilchrist's eye is still good
Morne Morkel to Marsh, no run, pitched up and slanted across Marsh who gets forward and shoulders arms, another fine over comes to an end from Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel to Marsh, no run, terrific bowling, hitting Marsh hard on the bat as he came forward to defend
Morne Morkel to Marsh, no run, cuts back in sharply, raps Marsh on the thigh, bouncing over the stumps
Morne Morkel to Marsh, FOUR!!, that has gone to the fence before Ravi Shaz could complete saying Tracer Bullet. Marsh backed away and gave it the full monty, cleared his front leg and smacked the pants off it, the cover fielder dived to his left acrobatically, but went away like lightning, Harsha B accepts that it's a cliche when he says: Even in slow motion that went to the fence like a flash
Morne Morkel to Marsh, no ball, FOUR!!, poor bowling from Morne Morkel, not the ball I'm talking about, but for the reason that he had overstepped, well bowled by Morne Morkel, it was in the corridor of uncertainty, Marsh was a tad square up, took the edge and ran away fine beating third man, free hit coming up
Morne Morkel to Marsh, no run, beaten on the drive, full and outside off, it kept low as well, Marsh got forward to drive, it sneaked under his bat and did not carry to Ojha
Morne Morkel to Marsh, no run, short of length and rising outside off, Marsh cuts but Warner at point dives to his right and saves some runs
Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, pitched up and moving away, Gilchrist mistimes the cover drive, straight to the fielder at cover, WICKET MAIDEN!! for Pathan
Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, full and swinging away, close to a wide, but not close enough
Shaun Marsh, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Pathan to Valthaty, out Caught by Nagar!! End of Valthaty. Pathan had kept the pressure on, by bowling three dots. Now the fourth ball, Valthaty is itching to send into orbit, backs away, it was on a short of length and rising, Valthaty cross batted the slash, it went way up in the air, Nagar settled under it at point easily. You can see how bigger a wicket that is by looking at the celebrations from Pathan and Co. Valthaty c Nagar b Pathan 14(10) [6s-2]
Pathan to Valthaty, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
Pathan to Valthaty, no run, short and angling into the right hander, Valthaty was backing away to hit the pull down to deep mid wicket, was too quick for him, hits the body and Gilchrist sends him back as he doesn't want the quick single
Pathan to Valthaty, no run, trying to hit that too hard is Valthaty, short and wide outside off, Valthaty can't connect on the slash
Pathan to Valthaty, no run, Valthaty shows the full face of the bat and punches it uppishly, Warner dives to his left at mid on and stops it with his left hand, it was going to the fence, but Warner kept it down to a dot
Morne Morkel to Gilchrist, no run, unbelievable leg cutter, Morne Morkel can't believe that it has missed the off stump, the edge and what else, pitched on middle and Gilchrist came forward to drive, it slipped away down the slope and left him groping in thin air, the ball missed everything and thudded into Ojha's gloves, Morne Morkel and Gilchrist have a laugh about it at the end, Gilchrist said something funny and Morne Morkel responded with a big smile, probably the best ball of the tournament
Morne Morkel to Gilchrist, no run, Gilchrist is leaving balls that he would've smashed the day-lights off in his hey-day, another leave
Morne Morkel to Gilchrist, no run, now Gilchrist tries to crash the cut too hard, chopped close to his body, runs down to slip
Morne Morkel to Gilchrist, no run, closer to the off stump, in the corridor of uncertainty, sharp lift from a back of a length, Gilchrist shoulders arms
Morne Morkel to Gilchrist, no run, fuller length and moved away, outside off, left alone
Morne Morkel to Gilchrist, SIX!!, the free hit goes for a 6 and the Punjab openers are up and running, Morne Morkel tried the slower short delivery down leg, Gilchrist swivelled and pulled it over short fine, he was inside the circle, the ball went way over him, Harsha B on air: That's what happens when you have a team owned by a movie star, someone else writes their scripts
Morne Morkel to Gilchrist, no ball, Gilchrist lets it go outside off, but Morne Morkel has overstepped, free hit coming up
Pathan to Valthaty, SIX!!, there you go, massive batting from Valthaty, this man keeps getting better, short arm jab, from Valthaty, just a short arm jab, and the ball just crosses the line at deep mid, consecutive sixes for Valthaty, he is away, special talent this man
Pathan to Valthaty, SIX!!, that's been catablasted into the stands at deep mid wicket, terrific strike from Valthaty, fraction short from Pathan, on middle and leg, Valthaty rocked back and sent the pull way into the stands, crunching sound as ball met bat
Pathan to Valthaty, 2 runs, catch dropped!! by Venu running back from square leg, Valthaty top edged the pull, it went way up in the air, Venu tried to judge it by keeping his eyes on it, but does not even get a finger onto it, it was a tough chance, but should have been taken
Pathan to Valthaty, no run, again swing for Pathan, beautiful delivery, full and on the stumps, Valthaty drives with no timing back to Pathan
Pathan to Valthaty, no run, Pathan is running in and getting it to swing, nice shape back in to Valthaty, who inside edges the on-the-up heave to the on side, a slight misfield, from Venu at square leg, they don't take the single
Pathan to Valthaty, no run, Pathan comes in to share the new ball, it was swinging into the pads of Valthaty, he tries to heave a biggie onto the on side, runs off the pad to leg
Irfan Pathan, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Morne Morkel to Gilchrist, no run, beaten for the 2nd time in the over, Gilchrist is unable to gauge the extra bounce that Morne Morkel is getting from a disconcerting length, it is angled across him, Gilchrist goes back and tries to poke at it, the ball flies to Ojha
Morne Morkel to Gilchrist, no run, another tight backfoot defence from Gilchrist, Morne Morkel is running in hard and hitting the pitch even harder
Morne Morkel to Gilchrist, no run, flay and a miss, it was full and wide outside off, Gilchrist threw his bat at it, doesn't connect
Morne Morkel to Gilchrist, no run, back of a length and on off stump, Gilchrist gets right behind the line and defends
Morne Morkel to Gilchrist, FOUR!!, Naman Ojha has dropped Gilchrist, it was 1st slip's catch, he went to his left, the thick edge was going to Sehwag at 1st slip, for some strange reason, Ojha went and tried to catch it, got a glove and the ball richocheted to the fence, a costly miss? Only time will tell
Morne Morkel to Gilchrist, no run, Morne Morkel starts off with a delivery that is angled across him on a fuller length, Gilchrist mistimes the cover drive to the off side
Gilchrist and Valthaty are at the crease. Gilchrist is on strike. Morne Morkel will open the attack
Warner: We had a bit of fun out there, good to make the crowd happy. The track had a bit of pace and the ball was coming on nicely, the dew also helped. We have got great crowd support, so hopefully we can win and then continue from there.
But the last two overs, Venu and Ojha turned it on once more to take Delhi over 200 - the highest score of this competition and their best ever. It will be a massive chase, although Val and Gilly are there, it will take some getting. Watch out for Varun Aaron when Delhi come in to bowl. We will be back soon for the chase.
Ballistic. Catablastic. Slapspanking. Monstrous. These are some of the words I can think of when describing the Delhi batting. Gilly would've thought after inserting them in on a green track, that he would bowl them out cheaply. That soon turned into a distant dream as Warner and Viru blasted the bowling to all parts of the ground. Sehwag aimed for 6 in a row against David H, but fell in attempting the 4th one. Punjab pulled things back with quick wickets after Sehwag fell.
Harris to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, another yorker length delivery on the leg stump, dug away to the on side, single, they finish their innings at 231 for the loss of four wickets, this will take some chasing!
Harris to Naman Ojha, 1 run, swats one down to long on, Harris has been their best but he doesn't have the bowling figures to justify them
Harris to Naman Ojha, SIX!!, Blimey! How do you describe that one? Looked like a mere slice, but it has got the distance, mightly hit over cover, the crowd are loving it
Harris to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, beautiful yorker, Venugopal Rao jams his bat down, the ball goes nowhere, they pinch a quick single
Harris to Venugopal Rao, FOUR!!, Short ball and punished! The ball is coming onto the bat nicely, swivels and pulls it with venom, there is no fielder in the deep, away she goes!
Harris to Venugopal Rao, 5 wides, more misery to the Kings from Punjab! back of a length, goes downb the leg, Gilly dives but in vain
Harris to Venugopal Rao, FOUR!!, the fielder in the deep seemed to have given it up early, pitched up , Venugopal Rao flays it through mid wicket, Harris is not happy with the effort from the man in the deep, four more!
Shalabh Srivastava to Naman Ojha, SIX!!, Naman Ojha joins the act! Looked like a mis-hit! Naman Ojha slices it over and wide of deep backward point, goes all the way
Shalabh Srivastava to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, too full, Venugopal Rao makes room and slices it over point, but straight to the fielder in the deep, a single is all that he would get
Shalabh Srivastava to Venugopal Rao, no run, banged in short and angled across, Venugopal Rao can't get the pull going, he's not too happy with himself
Shalabh Srivastava to Venugopal Rao, FOUR!!, Venugopal Rao backs away and goes over cover, got under it nicely, uppish cover drive and excellent timing on that one, he's been their consistent man
Shalabh Srivastava to Naman Ojha, 1 run, Naman Ojha misses the pull, goes off the glove to square leg
Alright, that six went 97 mts, can't beat Gayle's biggie!
Shalabh Srivastava to Naman Ojha, no run, banged in short, slower bouncer, Naman Ojha misses the pull
Shalabh Srivastava [3.0-0-34-0] is back into the attack
Harris to Venugopal Rao, SIX!!, Is that the biggest six of the tournament? We'll check and tell you, he's just smacked that to the second tier, Harris had done everything right until now, sends in a length ball and it's been dispatched!
Harris to Venugopal Rao, no run, beautiful yorker outside the off stump, Venugopal Rao gets a thin under edge, on one bounce to the keeper
Harris to Venugopal Rao, 2 runs, Venugopal Rao pulls it to deep backward square, he'll get a couple, 200 a certainty!
Harris to Naman Ojha, 1 run, Naman Ojha tries to get his bat down and gets an under edge, the ball rolls back towards the keeper, quick single
Harris to Naman Ojha, FOUR!!, the outside edge, effective though, back of a length and in the channel outside off, Gilly puts in a dive but can't get to the ball, it races away to the third man boundary
Harris to Naman Ojha, no run, good delivery that, cuts back in, stays a bit low, Naman Ojha misses it completely
Ryan Harris [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
Naman Ojha, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Chawla to Finch, out Caught by Karthik!! Chawla finally has something to cheer! He cleared his front leg and was looking to hit that squarer, ends up slicing it in the air, doesn't go far from the fielder at deep point, went too high in the air and Karthik didn't have to move an inch! Finch c Karthik b Chawla 3(5)
Chawla to Finch, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
Chawla to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, Venugopal Rao comes down the wicket and flicks it to deep mid for a single
Chawla to Finch, 1 run, Finch goes back, glides it down to third man
Chawla to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, a lot quicker from Chawla, just nurdled to the on side for a single
Chawla to Finch, 1 run, to long on, fuller one, drilled down to long on
Chawla to Finch, no run, turns in from outside off, goes off the pad, Finch was looking to turn it across
Praveen Kumar to Finch, 1 run, good delivery to bowl to a new comer, nipped back in, Finch was looking to play across, gets a leading edge to mid off
Aaron Finch, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Praveen Kumar to Warner, out Caught by Harris!! Ah! The carnage was suppossed to end at some point, wasn't it? Superb innings from him, he wanted to send this one out of the park as well, got down on his knee and slogged the slower one across the line, it goes straight down the throat of long on, Harris has been kept busy out there. Warner c Harris b Praveen Kumar 77(48) [4s-8 6s-3]
Praveen Kumar to Warner, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
Praveen Kumar to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, back of a length and Venugopal Rao just angles it down to third man, good sensible batting!
Praveen Kumar to Warner, 3 runs, brilliant stuff from Marsh at mid off! He dived to his left and got some hands to it, that was driven powerfully, and wait a minute, if that was brilliant, this one in the deep by David Hussey is spectacular! Dives full length to his right and saves a run, it all matters folks
Praveen Kumar to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, short of length, Venugopal Rao gets behind it and just works it wide of the bowler towards mid on
Praveen Kumar to Warner, 1 run, Warner steers one to short third man, takes a quick single, the throw came down to the bowler's end, no harm done
Praveen Kumar [3.0-0-38-0] is back into the attack
Chawla to Warner, 1 run, just pushes it gently to cover for a single
Chawla to Warner, SIX!!, Oh ho ho ho hooooo! The googly from Chawla and Warner picks it up, gets down on his knee and slog sweeps it over deep mid wicket, that's probably the biggest he's hit today, Warner is the showstopper here, bring more!
Chawla to Warner, no run, looked like a top spinner, on the off and middle, Warner dabs it to the off side, well bowled
Chawla to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, Venugopal Rao paddles a fuller one to fine leg after getting across, gets off the mark with that single
Chawla to Warner, 1 run, Warner gets forward and pushes one to sweeper cover
Chawla to Warner, no run, Warner caresses it to cover
Piyush Chawla [2.0-0-23-0] is back into the attack
Nayar to Nagar, out Caught by Harris!! That was struck so hard, but he hasn't got enough distance on it. Leans on his knee and swats it over mid off, can't clear Harris at long off, but he was about to make a mess of it, hits him on the chest and was about to pop out, but he manages to hold onto it in the second attempt. Nagar c Harris b Nayar 11(9) [4s-1 6s-1]
Nayar to Nagar, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
Nayar to Warner, 1 run, punched off the backfoot by Warner to cover point, he's taking a breather perhaps, happy with the singles at the moment
Nayar to Nagar, 1 run, Nagar opens the face and pushes it to sweeper cover
Nayar to Nagar, SIX!!, a full toss, perfect gift! Nagar smacks that over the long on boundary, he might have had a slow start but is surely capitalising, good batting this!
Nayar to Nagar, FOUR!!, too short, too wide, sheer power from Nagar, cuts that and sends it cracking through backward point, that was travelling at the rate of knots
Nayar to Warner, 1 run, a wide half volley, Warner leans and mistimes an off drive to mid off, the scoring rate has dipped considerably once Sehwag fell
Abhishek Nayar [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack
Alright, another strategy break, the batting side has opted for it.
Shalabh Srivastava to Nagar, no run, just four runs off the over! Nagar steps down the wicket, Shalabh Srivastava does well by not dragging it short, an inside edge and the ball goes past the leg stump, Gilly stops it by diving forward to his left
Shalabh Srivastava to Nagar, no run, Nagar cuts a short ball to backward point, straight to the fielder, where are the runs I say?
Shalabh Srivastava to Nagar, wide, another short ball, too harsh from the umpire, Nagar seems to be happy to be leaving those
Shalabh Srivastava to Nagar, no run, banged in short, pushed across, Nagar seems to be in a relaxed mood, drops his wrists and lets it go
Shalabh Srivastava to Nagar, no run, short and close to the off stump, good rising delivery, Nagar gets on top and fends it just to the right of the wicket, a rare dot ball
Shalabh Srivastava to Warner, 1 run, Warner flicks a fuller one to mid wicket, the fielder sends in a direct hit and concedes a run
Shalabh Srivastava to Warner, 2 runs, short of a good length and angled across, Warner dabs it towards cover, he knew exactly at what pace the ball was travelling, quick running helps them come back for two
David Hussey to Nagar, no run, Nagar has been sent to keep up the scoring rate, he sweeps but misses
David Hussey to Warner, 1 run, too close but Warner pulls the short ball to long on
Yogesh Nagar, right handed bat, comes to the crease
David Hussey to Sehwag, out Caught by Karthik!! Sehwag perishes trying to get another big hit! He went for one too many, Sehwag danced down the wicket, looking to go for one too square, doesn't time it, hoicks it straight to Karthik at deep mid wicket, he bends down to take an easy one, end of a superb freeflowing knock. Sehwag c Karthik b David Hussey 77(35) [4s-8 6s-4]
David Hussey to Sehwag, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
David Hussey to Sehwag, SIX!!, ladies and gentlemen, beware! Sehwag is on a rampage! Heaves across the line, goes over deep mid again, out of the meat of the blade, 3 in a row!
David Hussey to Sehwag, SIX!!, Sehwag, you beauty! Gets down and slog sweeps it over deep mid wicket, it was fired in, it was short, Sehwag has gone crazy
David Hussey to Sehwag, SIX!!, thwack! well flighted, Sehwag goes over long on, got underneath it and just sent it sailing
David Hussey, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Shalabh Srivastava to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag gets an inside edge as he looks to play with a slant bat, the ball went nowhere, just to the left of the leg stump off the inside edge, Warner takes a quick single
Shalabh Srivastava to Sehwag, 2 runs, cracked off the frontfoot through extra cover, a quick couple
Shalabh Srivastava to Sehwag, SIX!!, WOAH! Delhi crowd have gone berserk, banged in short, Sehwag pulls, for a moment it looked like the fielder in the deep would be interested, but it has just eluded him
Shalabh Srivastava to Sehwag, 2 runs, FIFTY!! What an innings, a nice little competition going on between Sehwag and Warner, tucked again off the pads, goes wide of square leg and they run back, Sehwag puts in a dive and Gilly removes the bails with his elbow, it was all too late
They wanted to take two, Sehwag had to put in a dive, third umpire called for. Looks like he's safe!
Shalabh Srivastava to Warner, 1 run, that's been cut square of the wicket on the off side, deep point will keep it down to one
Shalabh Srivastava to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag goes back and works it to fine leg, nice use of the wrists
Shalabh Srivastava [1.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack
Chawla to Warner, no run, googly from Chawla, Warner was looking for the late cut, beaten!
Chawla to Sehwag, 1 run, short ball turning away, Sehwag pulls it, gets it to deep mid wicket
Chawla to Sehwag, FOUR!!, The inside out shot! Wonderful to watch, it was tossed up by Chawla and Sehwag cleared his front leg go loft it over the infield, long off couldn't get there, one bounce over the ropes
Chawla to Warner, 1 run, Warner just nurdles it to short fine
Chawla to Sehwag, 1 run, worked off the pads, had enough time after going back, gets it wide of mid wicket to long on
Chawla to Sehwag, FOUR!!, absolute carnage! They are on a roll here, the Delhi openers! poor ball, on the leg stump, Sehwag turns it gleefully and times it perfectly, fine shot!
Valthaty to Sehwag, 1 run, just dragged from outside off, played off the backfoot and they get a single
Valthaty to Warner, 1 run, fuller, Warner eases it through the gap at cover, settles for a single
Valthaty to Warner, FOUR!!, nicely done! Slight room given and it was all enough for Warner to steer it between backward point and short third man, another boundary to Warner
Valthaty to Warner, no run, close to the off stump, Warner dabs it straight to backward point
Valthaty to Warner, SIX!!, MASSIVE! Short ball and Warner has gone back to pull it out of the meat of the blade, the swing of the bat enabled him to get more power on that one, the crowd does some catching
Valthaty to Sehwag, 1 run, the lucky bloke for the Kings, Valthaty comes on, on a length, driven on the up to long on
Paul Valthaty, comes into the attack
Chawla to Warner, no run, flatter and a bit more pace on it, Warner dabs it to the off side
Chawla to Warner, 2 runs, Warner flicks the fuller one off his pads through mid wicket for a quick couple
Chawla to Sehwag, 1 run, leans on it and pushes it to sweeper
Chawla to Sehwag, FOUR!!, that's a rank half tracker! Poor stuff to be honest, especially when someone like Sehwag is out there, he had all the time in the world to rock back and pull that through mid wicket, that had only one way to go, the deep mid wicket fence
Chawla to Warner, 1 run, not too much air, goes straight, Warner gets the bat down and nudges it to sweeper cover
Chawla to Warner, FOUR!!, turns in from the off stump, it was short enough, not a good start from Chawla, Warner goes on the backfoot and pulls it through square leg, wide of the man behind square in the deep, top shot!
Piyush Chawla, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Nayar to Warner, 1 run, Warner clips it off his pads to deep mid wicket, good fielding in the deep, they could have run two, but they take only a single
Nayar to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag tucks it off his pads to mid wicket
Nayar to Warner, 1 run, Warner gets forward and pushes it to extra cover
Nayar to Warner, FOUR!!, on the leg stump, asking for trouble with fine leg in, Warner gets it fine, just gets a faint dab and it runs down
Nayar to Sehwag, 1 run, back of a length and on the off and middle, punched off the backfoot to long on
Nayar to Warner, 1 run, Warner cracks it off the frontfoot through cover, there is a fielder in the deep
Abhishek Nayar, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
After the beating that the openers have handed out to the Kings, they take a time-out!
Shalabh Srivastava to Warner, 1 run, Warner tucks one behind square on the on side, retains the strike with that run
Shalabh Srivastava to Warner, FOUR!, Edged, and safe! Warner was done in by the pace, Warner was hanging his bat, goes off the thick outside edge, was in the air and down to the third man boundary
Shalabh Srivastava to Warner, SIX!!, HUMONGOUS! Elegant, wondrous, spectacular! It looks really good when left handers play those, gets down on his knee and lofts it straight over the bowler's head and sends it behind the sight-screen, and now nobody can sight the ball! Oh, they've got it back!
Shalabh Srivastava to Sehwag, 1 run, just pushes one towards point and takes a quick single, good running
Shalabh Srivastava to Sehwag, 5 wides, not able to control the movement, shapes back in down the leg after pitching on leg, too wide for Gilchrist, the dive was of little use, it rolls down to the fine leg boundary
Shalabh Srivastava to Warner, leg byes, 1 run, nips back in sharply, traps Warner on the pad as he's cramped for room, ricochets towards point, a YES NO situation out there, Warner was sent back, he puts in a dive to avoid a run out, and they sneak in a run courtesy the overthrow
Shalabh Srivastava to Warner, no run, back of a length and close to the off stump, Warner looks to swat it cross batted, hit high on the bat, and goes to mid off
Shalabh Srivastava, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Praveen Kumar to Sehwag, FOUR!!, tracer bullet? Naa, that's slower than a normal bullet, so lets call it a bullet and make Srivathsa happy! Short and width on offer, Sehwag cuts hard and that went rocketing through point, zooooooooooooom!
Praveen Kumar to Warner, 1 run, fuller and slightly outside off, driven to mid off
Praveen Kumar to Sehwag, 1 run, he's bowling good alternate deliveries today, Praveen Kumar. gets one to come back in, just short of a good length and Sehwag dabs it towards point for a single, he would have been a goner had he missed that
Praveen Kumar to Sehwag, 2 runs, full and on the pads, Sehwag flicks it off his toes in style, there is a man at deep square, he will dive and keep it down to two
Praveen Kumar to Sehwag, wide, bad ball! Pressure or Frustration? Can't pick, but it's a wide nevertheless, well down the leg
Praveen Kumar to Sehwag, FOUR!!, Awww, one has to feel for PK! He comes back with a beauty, gets one to nip away after pitching on middle and off, Sehwag was looking to play across, gets an edge and it goes wide of Gilly, no slips in place and it will run all the way
Praveen Kumar to Sehwag, FOUR!!, Does Praveen Kumar think it's Sehwag's birthday? Coz he's given him a gift and the gift can't get better! For a batsman who is struggling to strike the ball, he sends in a full toss on off, Sehwag just chipped it over the bowler, that was enough, the straighter side is the safest!
Harris to Warner, SIX!!, That's not six, that deserves an eight! He's pounced on it like a tiger, short ball, Warner was quick to swivel back and pull it over deep mid wicket, 10 to 20 rows behind in the stands, top shot!
Harris to Warner, no run, too close to the body to cut, not a high backlift but slaps it to point
Harris to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag is not looking comfortable! Closes the face of the bat a touch early, gets a leading edge as he's early into the shot, the ball goes rolling down to third man
Harris to Sehwag, no run, almost chopped back! sharp bounce again from a length, cuts back in, Sehwag gets a thick inner edge that went just over the leg stump
Harris to Warner, 1 run, shorter one outside the off stump, Warner slashes at it and gets it over backward point for a single
Harris to Sehwag, 1 run, good bouncer that, jags back in, kicked off a length and Sehwag is hit on the glove as he looks to fend it
Praveen Kumar to Warner, no run, a slower one from Praveen Kumar, fuller as well, Warner caresses it to cover point
Praveen Kumar to Warner, wide, back of a length and swinging down the leg, the line isn't working for Praveen Kumar, he has to bowl that again, good take by Gilly beind the stumps
Praveen Kumar to Sehwag, leg byes, 1 run, on the leg stump, goes off the front pad to the on side for a single
Praveen Kumar to Sehwag, FOUR!!, 'Take more' he says, short and wide, Sehwag gets under the bounce and cuts it over point, one bounce over the ropes, the Daredevils are off to a rollicking start
Praveen Kumar to Sehwag, FOUR!!, that's the Sehwag we all know! Wonderful use of the wrists, flicks it through mid wicket off the backfoot, excellent timing
Praveen Kumar to Sehwag, 2 runs, Sehwag looks to go over mid off, doesn't time it well, perhaps hit the bat slightly higher, was in the air, Chawla at mid off was interested for a while, he ran back but couldn't cover ground
Praveen Kumar to Sehwag, no run, outside the off stump, Sehwag gets forward and defends one to the off side
Harris to Warner, FOUR!!, edged, safe! Wonderful delivery from Harris, got the ball to nip away, Warner was on the backfoot hanging his bat at it, gets a thick outside edge, done in by the extra bounce and it goes wide of the slip cordon, he'll get four runs nevertheless
Harris to Warner, no run, Oops! the commentator's curse? Almost an edge, it was a beautiful delivery, banged in short, jags away and it was at an awkward height, whistles past the top of the bat
Harris to Warner, no run, good looking cover drive, but Warner has failed to beat the packed offside field yet again, nice feet movement, he's looking good out there, Warner!
Harris to Warner, no run, leans on the fuller one and looks to drive, the ball moves away from him, doesn't make contact
Harris to Warner, no run, brutal slap! That looked like running away, but Warner hasn't found the gap, off the backfoot, he just gave it a whacking, straight to cover
Harris to Warner, no run, pitches it up, Warner was looking to play with a slant bat, goes off the inside edge to mid on
Ryan Harris, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Praveen Kumar to Sehwag, no run, peach! absolute beauty! Lures Sehwag forward and gets it to shape away, in the corridor of uncertainty, beaten! Didn't miss the outside edge by much
Praveen Kumar to Sehwag, no run, back of a length and around the off stump, better line and length, Sehwag presents the full face of the bat and defends it down the wicket off the backfoot
Praveen Kumar to Warner, 1 run, on the pads again, clipped to deep backward square leg, straight to the fielder this time around
Praveen Kumar to Warner, FOUR!!, crunch! Width on offer and Warner won't miss out on those, cracked off the backfoot, extra cover and mid off just watch the ball go racing into the fence
Praveen Kumar to Warner, FOUR!!, rocket-pace! too short, leg stumpish, no swing whatsoever, Warner rocks back and pulls it with utter disdain, didn't go too wide of the fielder at deep backward square leg, he had to move only three to four steps to his right, but by the time he got there the ball had gone past and he could only get some hand to it, no use!
Praveen Kumar to Warner, wide, not the right line this time around, going down the leg, Warner goes across and watches the keeper collect it
Praveen Kumar to Warner, no run, Praveen Kumar starts off well, just short of a good length and on the middle and leg, not much movement first up, Warner goes back and defends it to the on side
Warner and Sehwag are at the crease. Warner is on strike. Praveen Kumar will open the attack
Oh! I'm just reminded that this is the 200th match of the IPL. Before we start off, let me introduce myself again. Ajith is the name, and I'll be with you for the entire first innings.
Delhi Daredevils (Playing XI): Virender Sehwag(c), David Warner, Naman Ojha(w), Aaron Finch, Venugopal Rao, Irfan Pathan, James Hopes, Ajit Agarkar, Morne Morkel, Yogesh Nagar, Varun Aaron
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Adam Gilchrist(w/c), Paul Valthaty, Shaun Marsh, Dinesh Karthik, Shalabh Srivastava, David Hussey, Abhishek Nayar, Sunny Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ryan Harris, Praveen Kumar
Gilchrist: We'll bowl first. We have made two changes, we have David Hussey and Shalab Srivastava coming in for Ryan McLaren and Bhargav Bhat.
Sehwag: There is grass on the wicket, the wicket will remain the same and the toss doesn't really matter much. We have two changes, Ajit Agarkar and Varun Aaron are playing.
Pitch report: Green grass, there will be some good carry for the fast bowlers. There will be a better contest between the bat and ball. The batsmen will be able to time the ball better since it comes onto the bat better.
Kings XI Punjab have won the toss and elected to field
Hello folks! Welcome to the live coverage of Match 26 between the Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab from the Feroz Shah Kotla. Harsha Bhogle reckons that these are the two weakest teams on paper, but Kings XI have found a winning momentum and it would take a special effort from Sehwag and Co. to stop them. This is Ajith and I'll take you through along with Sid V and Srivathsa. Don't go away, we'll be back with some updates.
by Saurabh Somani
One is a team on a roll, the other is already struggling to avoid the wooden-spooner tag in this IPL. After the auctions, both Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils were looked at as 'potentially weak on paper'. What each franchise lacked were lots of active big name international stars and what they needed was for the local Indian buys to step up. Punjab have done that beautifully - Delhi have not. And so far in the IPL, that is the reason why one finds itself near the top of the table and one finds itself at the bottom.
Kings XI Punjab:
Adam Gilchrist may not be as flamboyant a leader of men as Shane Warne, but there is little doubt that he is just as effective as his team-mate of many years. He came into the IPL without much batting, having had an average IPL-3, and given new challenge with a new team, led them brilliantly. On the way, his own form also seems to have returned. Paul Valthaty has of course been the find of the IPL and there is little chance of anyone upstaging his performances even if he [Valthaty] has only middling results from now.
Punjab have now got two of the key departments of T20 cricket covered - the opening pair in batting and bowling. Gilchrist and Valthaty are as power-packed as they come and Praveen Kumar has been outstanding in most of his opening spells. To top that, Shaun Marsh came spectacularly back to form against Rajasthan and that has given Punjab's top order a very solid look. If a spot can be found for David Hussey, then the batting will be even more strong, though that would come at the expense of Ryan McLaren and weaken the bowling somewhat.
Delhi's squad looks unbalanced at first sight with the most glaring being the lack of any quality spinner in the ranks. The only one who has some claim to fame is Roelof van der Merwe, and he hasn't been very impressive. Local boy S Nadeem has been better in the matches he has got, but the rest of Delhi's bowlers are all pacemen. And Morne Morkel apart, none of the other pacemen have the class or speed to give too many worries to international batsmen. The inclusion of James Hopes in the playing eleven has made a difference though with Delhi appearing much more balanced.
Given their lack of bowling fire-power, Delhi's plans inevitably will revolve around their batting. The combination of Virender Sehwag and David Warner is enough to give bowlers nightmares, but they both need to build a huge stand and actually translate those nightmares into reality. Warner has had a couple of good outings with the bat, but Sehwag has not delivered the single-handed game-changing performance he is capable of. Delhi's bowlers will have to rely on discipline with Morkel being given the license to attack.
Watch out for
Irfan Pathan: He will be playing against his old franchise and might want to look at Chris Gayle for inspiration on how to play against one's old side! That said, Irfan's performance so far in the IPL have been very under-whelming. He has battled injury in the past and is on a come-back trail but if he wants to realise his ultimate ambition of donning Indian colours again, he needs the performances to back his case - not to speak of the enormous amount of money Delhi have spent in procuring his services.
Head to Head
The Kings XI Punjab enjoy a good record against the Delhi Daredevils having won four out of six matches that the two sides have played.
Delhi Daredevils (From): Virender Sehwag(c), David Warner, Colin Ingram, Venugopal Rao, Naman Ojha(w), James Hopes, Ajit Agarkar, Yogesh Nagar, Morne Morkel, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Travis Birt, Robin Bist, Unmukt Chand, Ajit Chandila, Ashok Dinda, Aaron Finch, Robert Frylinck, Andrew McDonald, Shahbaz Nadeem, Prashant Naik, Irfan Pathan, Rajesh Pawar, Aavishkar Salvi, Sridharan Sriram, Roelof van der Merwe, Vikas Mishra, Matthew Wade, Tejashwi Yadav, Vivek Yadav
Kings XI Punjab (From): Adam Gilchrist(w/c), Paul Valthaty, Shaun Marsh, Dinesh Karthik, Sunny Singh, Abhishek Nayar, Ryan McLaren, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Ryan Harris, Vikramjeet Malik, Bhargav Bhatt, Love Ablish, Amit Yadav, Bipul Sharma, Siddharth Chitnis, Paras Dogra, David Hussey, Mandeep Singh, Nathan Rimmington, Nitin Saini, Shalabh Srivastava, Stuart Broad, David Miller