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King’s XI Eliminated after Loss against Delhi Daredevils

  • By PTI

  • May 19, 2012
Umesh Yadav struck early blows, upending the King’s XI. (PTI)
  • DHARAMSALA, Himachal Pradesh, India

    Pacers Umesh Yadav and Morne shared seven wickets between them before David Warner slammed 79 as Delhi Daredevils registered a comprehensive six-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab to push them out of the Indian Premier League on Saturday. 

    Delhi overhauled the 142-run target with 10 balls to spare and ensured that they end the league engagements on top of the table with 22 points, which means that they will have two chances to make it to the title clash. 

    Punjab needed to win Saturday's contest to stay in play-off contention but putting up just 141 for eight did not help their cause. 

    Delhi's win has also ensured Mumbai's entry into the knockout stage. Even if Mumbai lose Sunday's match against Rajasthan Royals, they will end with 18 points, which is enough to get fourth position in the table. 

    Delhi's win also kept CSK in the hunt. If Bangalore lose on Sunday, they will be tied on 17 points with Chennai and the defending champions will sneak into the next stage on a better net run rate. 

    It was Delhi's pacers, who set up the win as Umesh Yadav (3/19) ripped apart the Punjab top-order and Morkel (4/20) rocked the middle and lower order. 

    Punjab owed their total to Siddhath Chitnis (38), Azhar Mahmood (36) and Gurkeerat Singh (26), who lifted the side to a fighting score from a precarious 20 for four at one stage. 

    Delhi openers Warner and Unmukt Chand (18) came out all guns blazing and put on an 82-run stand in nine overs to set the tone for easy win. 

    Warner's blistering 44-ball knock was studded with 10 fours and four sixes while youngster Chand supported him well with his 24-ball knock, containing two sixes. 

    Warner was quite harsh on Parvinder Awana, whom he hit for three sixes and four in the seventh over. The Australian was dropped in the last ball of that over when he was on 46. 

    Mahmood dismissed Chand and later Ryan Harris (2/19) accounted for Warner and Irfan Pathan (5) but Y Venugopal Rao (21) batted sensibly to guide the side to finish line. 

    When the Punjab side batted, the wicket at the HPCA stadium helped the pacers as the bowl swung and bounced a lot but it eased out when Warner and co. took guard. 

    Earlier, electing to field, Delhi bowlers stuck to their task from the onset, barring a few overs in the middle, to stop Punjab from posting a big total at the HPCA stadium. 

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