May 1, 2015 3:28:24 pm
Zaheer Khan made an impressive comeback from a year-long hiatus complementing Nathan Coulter-Nile brilliantly as Delhi Daredevils spanked Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets in an Indian Premier League cricket tournament match, in New Delhi on Friday. (Full Coverage| Fixtures|Points Table)
Chasing a paltry target of 119, Daredevils romped home with 6.1 overs to spare as openers Mayank Agarwal (52 not out) and Shreyas Iyer (54) put on a comfortable 106-run partnership for the first wicket to seal the issue in style. Read full match report here.
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What went wrong: Delhi didn’t reach three-figures. Only three of their batsmen got into double-figures. They lost all 10 wickets with eight balls still remaining in their innings. Their big-money buys, Yuvraj Singh—who was once again found wanting against pace and bounce, this time from Varun Aaron—and Angelo Mathews, lasted all of six balls and totalled two runs. Delhi showed just why they have been perennial wooden-spooners in the IPL with their bowlers failing to take a single wicket and stop RCB from chasing down their target with almost 10 overs to spare.
What went wrong: Manan Vohra came in for Virender Sehwag and failed to provide Punjab with the kind of ferocious impetus that they brought into vogue last season. Murali Vijay once again failed to make the most of a start, getting run-out for 12.
Last year, the Punjab spinners had played a major role in taking the side to the final of the IPL, but this time it looks that it is not going their way. Axar Patel talks to the Indian Express and explains where it is all going wrong for KXIP.
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