The Indian Premier League [IPL 2012] match played between Delhi Daredevils [DD] and Kings XI Punjab [KXIP] has ended in favour of Virender Sehwag, as Delhi Daredevils has won the match by 5 wickets played at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi 15 May 2012 – day/night (20-over match)
However, the Kings XI Punjab skipper backed his team even after a loss against Delhi Daredevils.
Hussey said, “I don’t think so we are short of firepower. We fought the game out really well. Full credit to Irfan and Mahela. He ran the show beautifully.”
Delhi Daredevils cricketers Mahela Jayawardene and Irfan Pathan grabbed the victory from Kings XI Punjab, Mahela Jayawardene played 56 runs from 49 balls with eight fours and Irfan played 19 runs from 10 balls with three fours.
Punjab skipper Hussey said, “Delhi are a very talented team. But we have shown the fans that we fight till the end and can still chase the finals.”
Umesh Yadav is the Man of the Match. he said, “Normally, Viru pa gives us the ball and tells us to bowl according to ourselves. It is the short format, you keep going for fours and sixes even off good balls. I was getting some swing.”
Delhi Daredevils [DD] skipper Sehwag said, “There was little movement for the fast bowlers, Varun and Umesh bowled beautifully, took early wickets and put pressure on Kings XI. We were expecting that Mahela could play till the end and finish the game. It is difficult to go in and play your shots; he took his time.”
KLings XI Punjab [KXIP] skipper Hussey said, “We fought the game out really well. Full credit to Irfan and Mahela. Delhi are a very talented team. Awana’s sort of come from nowhere, he’s been the find of the tournament for us as far as bowling is concerned.”
Kings XI Punjab: Mandeep c Sehwag b Aaron 21 (12b, 5×4), S. Marsh c Ojha b Aaron 13 (15b, 3×4), N. Saini c Sehwag b Yadav 15
(15b, 2×4), D. Hussey (not out) 40 (35b, 5×4, 1×6), D. Miller (run out) 4 (7b), A. Mahmood c Irfan b Yadav 9 (7b, 1×4), Gurkeerat st. Ojha b Negi 8 (5b, 2×4), P. Chawla c Ojha b Yadav 10 (14b), Praveen (run out) 8 (5b, 1×4), P. Awana (not out) 5 (4b); Extras (lb-3, w-1): 4; Total (for eight wkts. in 20 overs): 136.
Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Marsh), 2-43 (Mandeep), 3-54 (Saini), 4-63 (Miller), 5-80 (Mahmood), 6-88 (Gurkeerat), 7-117 (Chawla), 8-126 (Praveen).
Delhi Daredevils bowling: Irfan 4-0-24-0, Venugopala Rao 1-0-13-0, M. Morkel 4-0-32-0, Aaron 4-0-19-2, Negi 3-0-24-1, Yadav 4-0-21-3.
Delhi Daredevils: D. Warner c Mahmood b Praveen 14 (8b, 3×4), V. Sehwag b Awana 8 (9b, 1×6), Venugopala c Saini b Awana 7 (7b, 1×4), M. Jayawardene (not out) 56 (49b, 8×4), R. Taylor c Saini b Awana 0 (2b), N. Ojha c Mandeep b Chawla 34 (29b, 3×4, 2×6), Irfan (not out) 19 (10b, 3×4); Extras (lb-1, w-1): 2; Total (for five wkts. in 19 overs): 140.
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Warner), 2-28 (Sehwag), 3-37 (Venugopala), 4-37 (Taylor), 5-95 (Ojha).
Kings XI Punjab bowling: Praveen 4-0-28-1, Mahmood 4-0-34-0, Awana 4-0-22-3, Chawla 4-1-33-1, Harmeet 3-0-22-0.
Man-of-the-Match: Umesh Yadav.
Umpires HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire SS Shamsuddin
Match referee AJ Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire R Risodkar