MATCH REPORT: A Sam Billings fifty enabled Delhi Daredevils scored their second successive IPL 2017 win as they beat Kings XI Punjab by 51 runs at Ferozeshah Kotla.
For the Daredevils Sanju Samson and Sam Billings added 49 runs in the powerplay overs, but shortly afterwards Samson was caught at long-off. Karun Nair followed four balls later, but were put back on track immediately by a 41-run stand between Billings and the returning Shreyas Iyer. Iyer was caught at long-on.
Billings obviously has talent, but he’s a frustrating player. The Englishman makes too many 20s and 30s without making the opposition truly suffer. Today was a better day as he posted his second career IPL fifty. His 55 came from 40 balls.
Rishabh Pant made 15 from 9 balls, Chris Morris (16 from 8) and Corey Anderson hit Axar Patel for successive sixes in the nineteenth over, and hit Sandeep Sharma for a four and a six off the last two deliveries of the innings to reach 39 from 22 balls. Pat Cummins struck two boundaries in his six-ball cameo as Delhi added 78 runs in the final six overs to end on 188 for six.
Varun Aaron (2-45) was the most successful bowler for KXIP, while Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Axar Patel and KC Cariappa all chipped with a wicket each.
KXIP lost three wickets in the powerplay overs and never looked in contention. Eoin Morgan (22), David Miller (24) and Glenn Maxwell (0) were unable to find the winning hand, while Axar Patel’s (44) came too late to make a difference. KXIP finished at 137 for nine.
Chris Morris claimed three wickets.
Delhi Daredevils: 188-6 (Sam Billings 55, Corey Anderson 39*, Varun Aaron 2-45)
Kings XI Punjab:137-9 (AxarPatel 44, Chris Morris 3-23)
Man of the Match: Corey Anderson
IPL 2017 TABLE AFTER SATURDAY’S MATCHES
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