IPL 2017: KXIP vs DD, 5 talking points
Delhi seek out their second win of the tournament and KXIP lose two on the trot.
The Delhi Daredevils registered their second successive win of IPL 2017 by defeating the Kings XI Punjab by a comprehensive margin of 51 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla to go up to third place in the standings. Having opted to bat first, a 40-ball 55 from Sam Billings assisted by a quick-fire 22-ball 39 from Corey Anderson and crucial chippings from Chris Morris and Pat Cummins took DD to a total of 188/6 in their allotted 20 overs.
In reply, Punjab were never in the game as the Delhi bowlers kept on piling pressure on them by taking wickets at regular intervals. KXIP could only manage 137/9 from their 20 overs as they slumped to their second successive defeat of the tournament after winning their opening two games.
Chris Morris was the pick of the Delhi bowlers, picking up three wickets for 23 runs from his four overs while Shahbaz Nadeem and Pat Cummins picked up two apiece. Corey Anderson was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 39 and taking the wicket of the dangerous David Miller.
Here are the five biggest talking points of the match.
#1 The Indian bowlers disappoint for the Kings XI
The Kings XI Punjab were pretty sloppy with the ball and gave away too many runs at the end which led the Daredevils to put up a strong total of 188. Punjab deployed a total of 6 six bowlers, five of whom were Indians and barring KC Cariappa, all of them went for more than eight runs an over.
Even though most of Delhi’s wickets were taken by pacers, they were the very same people who conceded heavily. The likes of Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, and Varun Aaron were extremely expensive, conceding 41, 37, and 45 runs from their respective four overs.
Amongst the spinners, Axar Patel bowled a spell of 1/33 from his four overs but was not as effective as we have seen him be with the ball during the match. Nevertheless, the Indian bowling department will have to regroup and work on their shortcomings if Kings XI Punjab are to come back to winning ways.