IPL 2014 Match 55: Vohra and Miller decimate Delhi

Vohra was named Man of the Match for his wonderful knock of 47

Vohra was named Man of the Match for his wonderful knock of 47

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The Kings XI Punjab’s batting duo of Manan Vohra and David Miller both scored 47 runs to help their side decimate the Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets in Mohali.

Punjab captain George Bailey would have been ecstatic after choosing to bowl first since Delhi opener Mayank Agarwal was caught by Virender Sehwag at slip off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson for two runs.

Dinesh Karthik only made 13 runs before he was caught by Akshar Patel at point off the bowling of Parvinder Awana.

Awana struck again just four balls later when Kedar Jadhav was caught by Vohra at mid-off for a duck.

Manoj Tiwary fared no better as he was run out by Bailey for just eight runs.

Jean Paul (JP) Duminy scored eight runs before he was caught by Patel at cover off the bowling of Karanveer Singh.

Delhi skipper Kevin Pietersen was the standout performer with the bat as he scored 58 off 41 balls, which included nine boundaries, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Rishi Dhawan.

Pietersen made his first half-century in the 2014 IPL season

Pietersen made his first half-century in the 2014 IPL season

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Following Pietersen’s dismissal, Delhi’s lower order completely collapsed as they went from 93/6 to 115 all out.

Awana, Patel, Johnson and Singh picked up two wickets apiece, while Dhawan chipped in with one.

Chasing 116 to win, Punjab got off to a poor start as Sehwag was caught behind off the bowling of Mohammed Shami for nine runs.

Glenn Maxwell failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Pietersen at mid-off off the bowling of Jaydev Unadkat.

Vohra and Miller steadied the innings with a 96-run partnership before Vohra was clean bowled by Imran Tahir for 47 off 38 balls, which included four boundaries and two sixes.

Miller remained undefeated on 47 off 34 deliveries, which included four boundaries and two sixes, as Punjab crossed the finish line with more than six overs to spare.

Miller saw Punjab home with an unbeaten knock of 47

Miller saw Punjab home with an unbeaten knock of 47

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Shami, Unadkat and Tahir claimed one wicket each.

Pietersen was frustrated to have lost yet another match, and said: “It’s been an enjoyable experience, but on the field there’s been a lot of not-so-good stuff.”

Bailey was pleased with his team’s performance, and said: “The way Awana and Mitchie bowled, that set the tone. We’ll go back to basics now. It doesn’t matter what order you finish. Everyone starts from zero come finals time.”

Vohra was named Man of the Match, and said: “It’s my home ground, so it’s always fun to bat out there. I guess the management had a better plan for me. I was just waiting for my turn. I knew when I get a chance I could do something special. Players like Maxwell, David Miller, George, Viru pa. They’re strokeplayers, and it gives me the freedom to go after the bowling.”

 

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