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IPL: Punjab pip Delhi by four runs in nail-biting contest

IPL: Punjab pip Delhi by four runs in nail-biting contest

As a result, Delhi faced a 4 runs defeat on their home ground here on Monday.

While the Delhi team's leadership has been playing hide-n-seek with Christian in terms of his inclusion in the playing XI, Plunkett just earned his first game of IPL 11; he couldn't have had a more memorable first outing in a new season. But, Punjab stands at #2 with 8 points in the IPL points table 2018 while Delhi lags at the last spot with just 2 points.

A heavily-rejigged Daredevils produced a much-improved bowling performance to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 143 for eight but the visitors staged a strong comeback to stop Delhi at 139 for eight.

KXIP bowlers, taking the cue from their Delhi counterparts, only executed the plan better as a unit and along with their spinners - Zadran and captain R Ashwin - managed to choke the hosts to slumped to a four-run defeat on a sluggish pitch.

CSK are finding new heroes with every passing game and they will be well served if they get one more when they travel to Bengaluru for the much-anticipated clash against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Wednesday, April 25.

Pacer Liam Plunkett scalped three wickets while Avesh Khan and Trent Boult chipped in with two each.

Liam Plunkett - 8: (0 off 1, 3-17 from 4 overs) Superb debut. Starts with a dot ball.

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He eventually accounted for Mayank Agarwal (21) and Karun Nair (34). Punjab would try and work on their pace bowling department a little bit- their least effective department so far. Mujeeb, who came in to bowl the last over, kept his nerve, and though Iyer completed his half century, the latter could not take his team over the finishing line.

Delhi needed 17 runs. For the game against Kings XI, they made five changes. After dismissing the unsafe KL Rahul with just his third delivery, the 33-year-old went on to claim 3-17; mixing up his pace and variations to finish with 12 dot balls.

Delhi's Daniel Christian then dismissed David Miller (26). When IPL 2018 started 2 weeks ago, people had a high esteem of the team Delhi with captain Gautam Gambhir who had led the KKR to win the trophy once and a balanced team of batsmen and bowler with coach Pointing.

"The way (Shreyas) Iyer and (Rahul) Tewatia were batting, we needed to break the partnership".

On the other hand, Tewatia also shares the same privilege of being the second most wicket-taker for DD, with six wickets.

Rishabh Pant (85 off 48) and Shreyas Iyer (52 off 31) impressed for Delhi against RCB on Saturday, striking a combined 10 sixes and 10 fours.