Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2017, Delhi April 15, 2017

Billings, Anderson dismantle Kings XI

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Delhi Daredevils 188 for 6 (Billings 55, Anderson 39*) beat Kings XI Punjab 137 for 9 (Miller 24, Morris 3-23) by 51 runs
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Highlights - Daredevils revel at home

No side had chased down 189 to win an IPL game at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Having conceded 28 more than the average first-innings score at this venue, Kings XI Punjab needed their batsmen to pull off a heist. Instead, they sunk to 64 for 5 in the 11th over, with Glenn Maxwell, Eoin Morgan and Hashim Amla all dismissed. From there on, it was a no-contest and Delhi Daredevils won their first home game of the season by 51 runs.

Shahbaz Nadeem, the left-arm spinner, did the early damage by removing Manan Vohra and Wriddhiman Saha. Amit Mishra used the Kotla surface well, and got rid of Maxwell for the fourth time in five innings. The Kings XI captain came in at No. 6 and fell for a duck. The final nail was though was hammered by Corey Anderson, who trapped David Miller lbw for 24 off 28 balls, to go along with a robust cameo earlier in the day. Axar Patel pocketed his highest IPL score of 44, but it was merely academic.

Kings XI 'Indians' control first half

Daredevils have preferred to invest in young Indian batsmen to take charge upfront. Kings XI Punjab have done the same on the bowling front. This was therefore a contest within a contest.

While Karun Nair was snaffled down the leg side for a duck, continuing his wretched form since scoring a Test triple century in December, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant wasted starts. With Daredevils reduced to 120 for 5 in the 16th over, it was left to Chris Morris and Corey Anderson to provide the final flourish.

Until the last five overs, Kings XI had won the battle of the Indian players, with all of Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel and KC Cariappa among the wickets. But doing half a job is rarely good enough.

Daredevils' overseas players deliver

The platform was set by Sam Billings, who found 40 of his 55 runs on the leg side. He hit six of his nine fours in the Powerplay - all on the leg side - and his belligerence was crucial to Daredevils posting a massive total on a slow pitch.

Billings was not the only batsman who defied the surface though. Anderson, who missed the previous season after going unsold, along with Chris Morris and Pat Cummins had great success muscling the ball in the slog overs. Anderson's unbeaten 39 off 22 balls was particularly damaging for Kings XI. He came in at 103 for 4 in the 13th over and turned it into 188, with three sixes and a four in the last 12 balls of the innings.

Aaron gamble fails

Varun Aaron had an IPL economy rate of 8.79 across 39 matches prior to this game and despite two average outings this season, he was persisted. His erratic lengths, often on the shorter side, were perfect for batsmen looking to exploit the shorter legside boundary.

Billings hit Aaron for three successive fours in his first over - two pulls and a flick behind square leg. Then Iyer hit him for two fours in three deliveries soon after Nair's dismissal. It meant Kings XI couldn't build momentum despite getting wickets.

Aaron conceded 45 off his four overs, with two wickets being scant consolation. Eventually Kings XI paid the price for conceding 68 off the last five overs.

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • espn41818330 on April 17, 2017, 17:30 GMT

    Can someone tell me why is darren sammy not on the kings XI? They. An seriiusly use his captaining experience

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on April 16, 2017, 21:26 GMT

    @sreeram which team Doesn't relay on Overseas players ? coming to win matches its a combined effort SRH has best bowling cos of indian bowlers too. Management loves Indian players cos of steadiness and overseas for X factor both in batting and bowling. Remember MI once played 5 overseas players in champions League stating surya kumar yadav who was mumbai player then as injured, unfortunately he scored ranji century that very same day. SRH has given life to Indian players like bhuvi ,yuvi and nehra to get back into indian team. dhawans poor form harms srh more then other franchises.

  • viswa_93 on April 16, 2017, 13:26 GMT

    Rahul Dravid keeps making same mistake again and again. Sorry to say. He always shuffles batting order. When Pant is playing well at 4, yesterday Pant was moved to 5. Karun Nair is not a great batsman. Shreyas iyer must bat at 3. Pant at 4. Anderson at 5. If they keep shuffling their batting order , then I am sure delhi will end up placed at 5th or 6th , missing the playoffs just by a margin.

  • espn41818330 on April 16, 2017, 11:38 GMT

    Where is Darren Sammy??? Is he on the side? Why isnt he playing?? Can someone please answer me that??

  • Danial on April 16, 2017, 11:28 GMT

    maxwell should come at no.3. all of punjab's innings created perfect oppurtunities for him to come at no.3

  • cricfan98717155 on April 16, 2017, 10:39 GMT

    I think Chris Morris has been very consistant with ball and good in bat as well.

  • cricfan9910943627 on April 16, 2017, 8:36 GMT

    DD still need to win 6 more wins for playoffs, they should look to win every game now. They should have reached playoffs last time too, they need to keep winning & young players need to step up big time.

  • ALLROUNDCRICKET on April 16, 2017, 8:13 GMT

    Shows you just why T20 is cricket"s equivalent of the Ultimate Natural selection where bowlers with just 1 Single skill set fail. Take KXIP for example:

    1. Sandeep Sharma (Wicked swing to start of with but needs to go yo the gym and bulk up to add more Pace. Else het hit in the finalovers) 2. Varun Aaron ( Weak Wrist and left arm in follow through so lost his pace and conttrol. No seam or swing short of length wayward is batsman's delight!) 3. Mohit Sharma (only slower ball and 136 kmph seam up. Where are the cutters and yorkers? Very predictable hittable bowling) 4. Ishant ( needs to nail his yorkers and learn to bowl slower ball and cutters else he too is a predictable hittable bowler) 5. Cariappa ( how about Actually TURNING and Flighting the ball? Else it's slow hit me for 6 ball)

  • abhigl on April 16, 2017, 8:11 GMT

    For kings they should have Stoinis(open),vohra,saha,maxwell,Miller, gurkeerat,axar,matt henry,natrajan,sandeep,cariappa or mohit. This playing 11 will have both batting and bowling depth

  • paramnp9 on April 16, 2017, 8:05 GMT

    Some young Indian pacers are coming up. Thampi and Thakur looked good the other day. Quite sharp. Both Bhuvaneswar and Umesh are in excellent form. Sandeep Sharma is good in the opening spell. Hope that Siraj and Milind will also get their chances. Natrajan seem to need more exposure. Hopefully, we can look beyond Dinda, Dhawal and Nehra at least now. In spin, Kuldeep, Axar and Nadeem are good. Chahar is a budding leg spinner. Some other young bowlers like Nagarkoti, Warrier, Lamror and Abhiskek Sharma will also hopefully get their chances in future.

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