Delhi finally won a match after 11 losses.
Delhi Daredevils registered their first win in IPL 8, and with that raised hopes of making winning their habit. It was a tough day for Kings XI Punjab, because Delhi had outperformed them in all the 3 departments. J.P Duminy, the captain of DD, bowled 2 overs and scalped 2 wickets. Mayank Aggarwal was the highest scorer, 68 runs off 48 balls. For Punjab, Mitchell Johnson proved to be most expensive, giving away 43 runs in his 4 overs. Virender Sehwag seemed to be on his song, scoring 47 in 41 deliveries.
Of the 7 wickets of Kings XI Punjab, 6 were against the name of spinners. This match re-established that spinners cannot be ignored in the subcontinent, be it any format of the game. Duminy got 2 wickets, Imran scalped up 3 batsmen, Amit Mishra chipped in with one when bowled out.
Like the previous two games, Delhi Daredevils, successfully dragged the game till the last over, needing merely 1 run off the last two deliveries. Punjab bowlers made a comeback after the miserable failure in the middle overs. Anureet Singh shook the Daredevils by dismissing Yuvraj Singh and Mayank Aggarwal in the 18th over. But Angelo Mathews managed to score the winning runs, and got Delhi their first victory in IPL 2015.
When Delhi players came out to bat, Shreyas Iyer handed an easy catch to third man, and out came J.P. Duminy. Both of them tried to build a partnership but Axar Patel’s quick reflexes got Duminy run out. An unfortunate event. Next to bat, most expensive batsman this season, Yuvraj Singh. Before this match his price and his game had no comparison, but this innings he justified his price. During his 55 runs innings we saw some extravagant shots, effortlessly hit over the top and into the stands.
Punjab bowlers failed to take wickets in the middle overs. The pair of Mayank Aggarwal and Yuvraj Singh kept rotating strike, hitting the big shots. All the bowlers had economy rate of above 7 and Mitchell Johnson had above 10! He was take apart by the batsmen. Umpires missed two no-balls, still the Punjab bowlers gave away 10 extras to make things easier for Delhi batsmen.