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Delhi Daredevils wallops Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets


Persistent rain forced the match between Kings XI Punjab & Delhi Daredevils to be shortened to a 12 over affair.

Sehwag won the toss and elected to bowl first.

The choice was made to look extremely silly in the first half of the Kings XI Punjab innings, with Karan Goel and Ravi Bopara going beserk. Goel got out off the last ball of the 6th over, with the score a dreadful 67 for 1.

From there things started to go downward for Punjab as they managed only more 37 runs for the loss of 6 more wickets in the next 6 overs.

Spin was king again through Daniel Vettori turning in a spell of 3-0-15-3. His spell also saw two of Punjab's batsmen run themselves out unnecessarily - with Yuvraj Singh being the offender on one occasion and Piyush Chawla suffering on account of Irfan Pathan's reckless call.

Punjab finally ended up on a fairly decent 104 for 7, but it was at least 20 runs short of where they should have ended after the start they got.

When Delhi Daredevils came out to bat, what Punjab needed was wickets. What they got was 11 balls of a Gauti-Viru special, before the skies opened up with rain than there had been all day. The opening pair in the business blasted four 4s and a six in those eleven balls to take Delhi to 24 without loss.

When play started again, the target had been modified to 54 from 6 overs - which meant Delhi had just 30 more to get from 25 balls, with a rampage Sehwag and an equally aggressive Gambhir at the crease.

The break did nothing to stem the flow of runs, and Delhi needed only 18 more balls (3 overs) to knock off the runs. At the end Sehwag was unbeaten on a furious 38 off 16 balls, while Gambhir looked positively snail-like on 16 off 13 balls, while Delhi had won at a canter by 10 wickets. It says much for the might of the Delhi team that they won comfortably even though they rested McGrath and didn't pick Twenty20 specialist Warner.

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