IPL 8: Yuvraj Singh roars back to form as Delhi Daredevils stun Kings XI by 5 wickets

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Desperate to end their horror run of losing 11 matches on the trot in the IPL , Delhi Daredevils finally managed to get a win under their best. And for that they have to thank opener Mayank Aggarwal and the costliest player in IPL8  Yuvraj Singh .  Both  struck impressive half centuries as Delhi Daredevils stunned the highly favoured Kings XI Punjab by five wickets .

 Chasing a challenging 166 for a win, Aggarwal (68) and Yuvraj (55) were brilliant  as they shared 106 runs for the third wicket to help Delhi win the match with one ball to spare at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Aggarwal, who was dropped on 42 by Sandeep Sharma of the bowling of Mitchell Johnson, hit seven fours and two sixes in his 48-ball knock while Yuvraj smashed five boundaries and three sixes in his 39-ball innings. Yuvraj it seemed rolled back the years during his knock.  Yuvraj showed glimpses of his old form with some exquisite shots as Delhi reached 169 for five in 19.5 overs.

However , both Aggarwal and Yuvraj were out in consecutive deliveries in the 19th over but by that time, Delhi needed just seven runs to win from 10 balls. Angelo Mathews knocked off the winning run — a four — of the bowling of Axar Patel. It was the  first win for Delhi in 12 matches over two seasons. They had lost their last nine matches of the previous edition last year before starting this season with two losses before this match against the Kings XI.Coming together in the eighth over at team score of 53 for two when captain Jean-Paul Duminy (21) was run out in a bizarre way, Yuvraj and Aggarwal hit some lusty blows against Kings XI bowlers after getting themselves in.

 Aggarwal smashed Johnson for two fours and a six in the 15th over and then Yuvraj joined the party by hitting two sixes off Axar Patel next over. The asking rate fell below six in the 18th over and Delhi knocked off the remaining runs. Captain Duminy was unlucky to be run out after a promising start as he fail to reach the crease after a collision with Axar Patel who slid the ball onto the stumps. Duminy was thrown off balance and lost his bat and landed on his gloves. The TV umpire, after a long review, ruled that Duminy was short of his crease. For Kings XI, Anureet Singh grabbed two wickets while Sandeep Sharma and Axar Patel took one wicket each.

Earlier KXIP had set DD a stiff target of 166.  KXIP got off to a decent start, courtesy of some sensible batting from openers Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag played sensible cricket. Vijay was the first to go for 19 off 18 deliveries as he top edged a ball in the air, which fell into the grateful hands of Duminy off the bowling of Angelo Mathews. Meanwhile, Sehwag became the seventh Indian player to teach 4,000 T20 runs. The fall of the wicket brought Wriddhiman Saha at No.3 and he too looked in an aggressive mood and he raced to a quick-fire 29-ball 39, before he was cleaned up by Amit Mishra. This was an important wicket for DD as the partnership was looking extremely threatening.  Sehwag went about his business and managed to reach 47 off 41 deliveries before he played an aggressive shot and holed out to Coulter-Nile at deep cover of skipper JP Duminy’s bowling.

As far as the DD bowlers are concerned, Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled extremely well in the beginning. Imran Tahir went for 18 in his first over and was immediately taken out of the attack. The Kings XI banked on the dangerous pair of  David Miller and Glenn Maxwell but they flopped. Maxwell once again displayed his poor cricketing  sense needlessly going for the third six after he had  hit  two sixes of that over by Tahir. Duminy struck soon getting the dangerous Miller for five. Thus sealing the Kings chances of posting big score.
Skipper George Bailey now was entrusted with the responsibility of getting KXIP to a good position, but there wasn’t much batting left. Akshar Patel has the capability to hang around a bit but after he struck a huge six of Mishra, he managed to rotate the strike and kept giving strike back to Bailey.  Tahir bowled an excellent last over, which included two wickets off the last two deliveries to give DD the momentum going into the break.

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