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IPL 2018

Kings rule Delhi in low-scoring affair

24 April 2018
MATCH REPORT

Kings make it two wins in a row against cellar-dwelling Daredevils after defending meagre total in Delhi

IPL 2018, Match 22

DEL
KXI

The Result: Kings XI Punjab 8-143 (Nair 34, Rajpoot 2-23) beat Delhi Daredevils 8-139 (Iyer 57, Plunkett 3-17) by 4 runs.

The match in a tweet: Kings rule Delhi in low-scoring affair as Daredevils' poor run of form continues at home #DDvKXI

 

The Debut: Making his IPL debut for the Daredevils, England white-ball specialist Liam Plunkett looked right at home in front of the Delhi crowd from the outset. After dismissing the dangerous KL Rahul with just his third delivery, the 33-year-old went on to claim 3-17; mixing up his pace and variations to finish with 12 dot balls. The performance helped restrict Kings XI to a subpar 143 and should have helped them to their second win of the tournament, only for the home side to falter in the run chase.

The Banker: After only making his state cricket debut in 2013, Andrew Tye's ascension to one of the world's premier white-ball bowlers has been nothing short of meteoric, and the 31-year-old seems to only getting better with age. Another strangling spell that yielded figures of 2-25 has the West Australian sitting atop the IPL leading wickettakers charts with nine scalps to his name at a respectable 7.91 economy, so far justifying his hefty $1.4 million price tag as opposition batsmen continue to struggle with his variations. With the Kings a strong chance of contending for the title come the pointy end of the tournament, they'll be hoping their star recruit can continue his current form until then.

Andrew Tye sits atop the leading wicket-takers charts with 9 // BCCI
Andrew Tye tops the leading wicket-takers charts with 9 // BCCI

The Headache: Daredevils coach and Australian legend Ricky Ponting will be tearing his hair out after another frustrating loss for the Daredevils, with a number of big guns all failing to fire with the bat despite keeping the visitors' total in check. The loss means the Daredevils are now in clear last position at the bottom of the table with a 1-5 record, while Glenn Maxwell's failure to fire in the second innings added another poor return to the Aussies's 2018 IPL campaign.

The Next Stop: The table-topping Kings travel to Hyderabad to take on the Sunrisers on Thursday, while the cellar-dwelling Daredevils look to turn their fortunes around against Chris Lynn's Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday

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