Why is everyone praising R Ashwin's captaincy? After dismissing the unsafe KL Rahul with just his third delivery, the 33-year-old went on to claim 3-17; mixing up his pace and variations to finish with 12 dot balls.
Kings XI Punjab go top of the table with this win. Without an iota of doubt, the Daredevils have been the least impressive of all teams in the past few seasons of the cash-rich extravaganza, only managing to finish at the bottom half of the pecking order. Plunkett wrapped up his spell of four overs by taking three wickets for just 17 runs, with an economy rate of 4.25. His partnership with Rahul Tewatia helped bring Delhi back in the chase of the modest 144-run target, with Iyer himself showing a lot of maturity under pressure as he paced his innings according to the situation.
It was a shame given how well their bowlers, Liam Plunkett in particular, had dictated the tempo of the contest up until the end of the first innings.
The match turned somewhat exciting when KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin made a decision to hand over the ball to Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rehman in the last over.
Rishabh Pant - 5: (4 off 7) No shame in being dismissed by Mujeeb's stunning first ball, started cautiously and was just getting into his stride. In the last two seasons, the Daredevils finished their crusade at 6th position, were a place down in 2015 and completed last the prior year, in 2014. "It is really frustrating for all of us", Plunkett said at the post-match press conference.
So what has been going wrong?
One of the key takeaways from the recently-concluded game had to be the failure of some of the seniors in the team, especially when it was their turn to bat. However, their bowlers need to be more consistent.
Generally we all know that by playing at the home venue, every team used to play with full confidence along with ground support and so, they undoubtedly regarded as the favourite team. Delhi had it all on a platter, and still, they managed to make it hard on themselves. Delhi Daredevils are suddenly a little more lively. DD has won only one game out of the five played so far in the tournament this season.
Gautam Gambhir hasn't really fired up to his potential. Wickets continued to fall, those of Christian (6) and Plunkett, who got out for a duck. But the pair of KL Rahul and Aaron Finch are capable of some big shots early on and Gambhir will be wary of that.
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