Delhi Daredevils (DD) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by a huge margin of 51 runs in Kotla in the 15th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday. Delhi side outperformed Punjab in every department of the game. They batted brilliantly to put up a big score on the board and then defended brilliantly. This was the second win of the season for Delhi side who started the tournament with a loss. Since then they have performed brilliantly in each department of the game. On the other hand, this was the second loss for Punjab side. They have two matches of the four that they have played so far in the season.
On the other hand, this was the second loss for Punjab side. They have two matches of the four that they have played so far in the season. Get IPL 2017 HighlIghts, DD Vs KXIP Match 15 here.
The match started with Delhi winning the toss and much to everybody’s surprise they decided to bat first. They are probably the only side in the IPL so far that were happy to bat first and won the game twice. They match started much to the liking of Delhi Daredevil. Both of their opening batsmen played brilliantly to give their side a wonderful start. But as soon as Sanju was removed the wickets fell in quick succession.
It seemed like Punjab were going to restrict Delhi to a much low score. But, Anderson had other ideas. He came out to bat with the intention to help his side post a big total on the board. He also with Chris Morris and then Pat Cummins scored at a fast rate to help Delhi post the total of 188/6 inI their 20 overs. Corey Anderson made 39 of 22 balls with Morris making 16 of 8 and Cummins 12 of 6 to help their side.
Punjab started the chase on a very bad note. It seemed like they were in a hurry to finish the match. The huge scoreboard pressure played on their batsman as they threw their wickets away. Miller and Morgan were the only batsman that looked threatening but they were also dismissed when they looked to accelerate the innings. The main setback for Punjab side was the dismissal of their inform captain on the duck. Maxwell was dismissed on the second delivery that he faced by Amit Mishra.
Axar Patel did hit some big blows to give some hope to Punjab side there was no one to support him from the other side. Punjab was only able to make 137/9 in their 20 overs. They would be devastated with their batting performance in this game as they had many star batsman that could have chased this total.
Delhi’s decision to bat first has paid off in last two games. It seems like they have understood that bowling is their strength and they are better at defending the total. They would take a lot of positive from this game. The man of the match was Corey Anderson who made 39 runs and also picked one wicket.