IPL 2014 Match 45: Vohra and Patel prove too much for Delhi to handle

Patel excelled with both the bat and ball

Patel excelled with both the bat and ball

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Kings XI Punjab opening batsman Manan Vohra blitzed his way to 42 and all-rounder Akshar Patel smashed 42 as well, while also taking one wicket, to lead their side to a four-wicket win over the Delhi Daredevils.

Punjab captain George Bailey would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first as Delhi opening batsman Murali Vijay was caught by Beuran Hendricks at deep square leg off the bowling of Sandeep Sharma for five runs.

Delhi skipper Kevin Pietersen and Dinesh Karthik made up for the early loss of Vijay with a 71-run partnership before Pietersen was clean bowled by Patel for 49 off 32 balls, which included six boundaries and a six.

Karthik and Jean Paul (JP) Duminy kept the runs flowing with a 56-run partnership, during which Karthik brought up his half-century, before Duminy was caught by Glenn Maxwell at wide long-on off the bowling of Hendricks for 17.

Following Duminy’s dismissal, Delhi’s middle order completely collapsed as they went from 140/3 to 158/7.

Thanks to Karthik’s 69 off 44 balls, which included seven boundaries and three sixes, Delhi finished on 164/7 off their 20 overs.

Karthik scored a valiant 69

Karthik scored a valiant 69

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Sharma and Hendricks picked up three wickets apiece, while Patel chipped in with one.

Chasing 165 to win, Punjab got off to a superb start as Vohra and Virender Sehwag amassed a 67-run partnership before Vohra was caught by Vijay at long-off off the bowling of Imran Tahir.

Vohra’s brilliant knock of 42 came off just 19 balls and included four boundaries and three sixes.

Vohra demolished Delhi's bowling attack

Vohra demolished Delhi’s bowling attack

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Sehwag went on to make 23 before he was caught by Manoj Tiwary off the bowling of Duminy.

Maxwell failed to impress as he was clean bowled by Tahir for 14 runs.

South Africa batsman David Miller fared no better as he was cleaned up by Duminy for two runs.

Wriddhiman Saha only made 13 runs before he was caught by Wayne Parnell at short cover off the bowling of Mohammed Shami.

George Bailey did not have a good time with the bat as he was caught by Kedar Jadhav at deep midwicket to become Tahir’s third victim of the match.

Patel and Rishi Dhawan mopped up the remaining runs to give Punjab a four-wicket win.

Patel finished on 42 off 35 balls, which included five boundaries and a six, while Dhawan remained undefeated on eight off five deliveries, which included one boundary.

Tahir was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Duminy snapped up two and Shami claimed one.

Pietersen was disappointed to have lost yet another match, and said: “Incredibly tough to get over that one, our strength has been our batting in the last five-six games, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Hopefully, we can finish well. Today was a team effort.”

Bailey was ecstatic with his team’s performance, and said: “I thought they got a better start than they should have, they were probably under par but only just.”

Patel was named Man of the Match, and said: “If you want to play cricket for a long time, you have to perform in the pressure situations. I have told the captain that I don’t mind bowling at any stage of the innings, I want to prove myself here.”

 

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