DHARAMSALA, May 15 (PTI): Kings XI Punjab produced a clinical all-round performance to score a comprehensive 29-run win over bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils to keep their play-off hopes alive in the Indian Premier League here today.
The Punjab side first notched up 170 for six after being sent into bat with Paul Valthaty (62) and Shaun Marsh (47) scoring the bulk of the runs and later restricted Delhi to 141 for eight at the picturesque HPCA Stadium.
Chasing 171 for a win, Delhi felt the absence of captain Virender Sehwag, who had to leave the team for a shoulder surgery, as their batsmen failed to make any substantial contribution. David Warner top-scored with a run-a-ball 29.
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, who was left out of India’s ODI squad for the West Indies tour, grabbed an impressive 3/16 while Shalabh Srivastava took two wickets for 39 runs. Praveen Kumar, Ryan Harris and Valthaty chipped in a wicket apiece on a pitch which offered help to pacers and spinners alike.
With the win today, their third on the trot, KXIP have collected 12 points from 12 matches to remain in the hunt for a top four finish.
The Delhi openers were denied a strong start with the KXIP bowlers sticking to a disciplined line and length and extracting bounce and turn from the pitch.
Naman Ojha (28) and Warner could hit just a four and a six in the first five overs though the former hit two sixes and a four off Srivastava to take 17 runs from the sixth over.
Ojha’s struggle ended in the eighth over as Srivastava had the last laugh by inducing him an outside edge to Gilchrist behind the stumps.
Hard-hitting Warner hit two fours off Valthaty in the ninth over but perished in the next over while trying to accelerate scoring rate.
The Australian danced down the track to hoick a Srivastava delivery only to get the leading edge and ballooned high into the air for Gilchrist to take the catch.
Sridharan Sriram (4) was then done in by a Piyush Chawla googly and the batsman top-edged while attempting a sweep shot for Dinesh Karthik to take the catch.
Kings XI Punjab: Paul Valthaty b Pathan 62, Adam Gilchrist c Warner b Morkel 9, Shaun Marsh c Morkel b Pathan 46, Dinesh Karthik c Hopes b Salvi 27, David Hussey c Hopes b Salvi 3, Mandeep Singh b Pathan 11, Ryan Harris not out 2, Piysh Chawla not out 1. Extras: (LB 2, W 7) 9. Total: (for 6 wickets in 20 overs) 170. Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-123, 3-123, 4-138, 5-156, 6-168. Bowling: Irfan Pathan 4-0-28-3, Morne Morkel 4-0-22-1, Varun Aaron 4-0-26-0, Aaviskar Salvi 4-0-40-2, James Hopes 3-0-27-0, Sridharan Sriram 1-0-25-0.
Delhi Daredevils: Naman Ojha c Gilchrist b Srivastava 28, David Warner c Gilchrist b Srivastava 29, Y Venugopal Rao c Harris b Chawla 16, Sridharan Sriram c Karthik b Chawla 4, Irfan Pathan c Mandeep Singh b Valthaty 3, James Hopes c Gilchrist b Chawla 7, Travis Birt c Harris b Kumar 16, Yogesh Nagar lbw b Harris 10, Morne Morkel not out 16, Varun Aaron not out 0. Extras: (LB 4, W 8) 12. Total: (for 8 wickets in 20 overs) 141. Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-67, 3-72, 4-90, 5-92, 6-97, 7-116, 8-128. Bowling: Praveen Kumar 4-1-32-1, Ryan Harris 4-0-16-1, Shalabh Srivastava 4-0-39-2, Piyush Chawla 4-0-16-3, Paul Valthaty 4-0-34-1.