Mohali: Sandeep Sharma and Martin Guptill stole the show at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali as Kings XI Punjab dismantled Delhi Daredevils by 10 wickets in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League on Sunday.
Chasing a paltry target of 67, KXIP openers Martin Guptill and Hashim Amla started hitting boundaries from the word go. Guptill hit two fours in the first Mohammad Shami over to announce his intentions of finishing the match early.
Kagiso Rabada wasn't spared by the Kiwi either as he bludgeoned two fours in the South African's first over of the innings as well. Guptill then hit a huge six off the bowling of Chris Morris as Punjab were flying towards their designated target of 68 runs. At this point, Amla was playing second-fiddle and kept giving the strike back to Guptill, who seemed to be in the form of his life.
IPL 2017, Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils: As It Happened
Shami was re-introduced into the attack but he was again took to the cleaners by Guptill, as the Kiwi hit back to back boundaries to help Punjab cross the 50-run mark in just the sixth over of the innings.
Guptill then welcomed Amit Mishra to the bowling by hitting the ball over the mid-wicket boundary. The score was tied after Gutill hit a huge six off the bowling of Shahbaz Nadeem over the mid-wicket boundary again.
The 30-year-old took a single off the penultimate ball of the eight over to notch up his maiden IPL half-century and also help Punjab record a resounding 10-wicket win over a hapless Delhi side.
[blurb]Earlier, medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma wreaked havoc by dismissing four Daredevils batsmen as the visitors were bundled out for the third lowest team score in IPL history.[/blurb]
Delhi had the worst start possible as opener Sam Billings was dismissed in the first over of the innings itself by Sandeep. The Englishman edged a wide delivery outside the off-stump and it was easily caught by wicket-keeper Wriddhhiman Saha.
In his next over, Sandeep removed in-form batsman Sanju Samson who gave an easy catch to Mohit Sharma at mid-off.
Stand-in-skipper Karun Nair hit a huge six off the bowling of Sandeep to release some pressure off the visitors. However, Sandeep wasn't done yet as he dismissed youngster Shreyas Iyer for 6 to further peg back Delhi. The 23-year-old pulled-off a stunning one hand catch off his own bowling to send Iyer back.
Axar Patel then joined the party as the left-hander castled Karun Nair for 11. When Nair left the crease, Delhi score read 25/4 in the seventh over.
[blurb]In the next over, Rishab Pant was sent back into the hut as he was adjudged plumb LBW off the bowling Glenn Maxwell for just 3.[/blurb]
Chris Morris too couldn't stay at the wicket for long as he gave away an easy catch to bowler Axar Patel who scalped his second wicket of the innings.
Corey Anderson and Kagiso Rabada showed some fight and hit few boundaries to take DD's score past the 50-run mark. But the 26-run partnership was ended by pacer Varun Aaron, who castled the southpaw for 18.
Rabada became Sandeep's fourth scalp of the innings as he gave away an easy catch to Shaun Marsh who was fielding at long-on. The final two wickets fell in a span of two balls as the Daredevils' innings folded for 67 runs in the 18th over in Mohali.