It was again a tight game of twenty-20 cricket. Delhi Daredevils managed to post a 5 wicket victory against Kings XI Punjab in the third match of the IPL season 3. After winning the toss Gautam Gambhir had opted to field first. The teams played with new captains and it was a test for both of them.
Gambhir’s decision was proved right by some brilliant bowling performance by Dirk Nannes and Maharoof. Kings XI lost their wickets at regular interval. Only Ravi Bopara tried to do some work for Kings XI. He lost partners and ran short of them. But still he managed to score a fifty run. Sreesanth’s 15 powered the Kings XI team to cross the 140-run mark in 20 overs.
Sreesanth was full of confident on the day. He managed to take two important wickets of Virendar Sehwag and Tilakaratne Dilshan at the early stage of the game. After the loss of AB Devilliers wicket, Gambhir decide to win the match by himself. He played a captain’s knock of 72 runs and guided his team to the victory lane. Mithun Manhas also played a big part in Delhi innings as he made a good partnership with the captain in a crucial time.
At the end Kings XI was completely outplayed by Delhi Daredevils and had won the match by 5 wickets.
• Kings XI Punjab- 142/9 in 20 overs.
• Delhi Daredevils- 146/5 in 19.5 overs.
• Delhi Daredevils won the match by 5 wickets.