Billings, Anderson dismantle Kings XI

The Delhi Daredevils posted their second win of VIVO IPL 2017 after they defended the 188 they posted after opting to bat first on a dry-looking surface at the FerozeshahKotla.

M15 - DD vs KXIP

In the second half of the match, Kings XI Punjab lost their top three in the first six overs and never really posed a threat; the visitors eventually finished at 137-9 – 51 short of what DD had got earlier in the evening.

Kings XI ‘Indians’ control first half

Daredevils have preferred to invest in young Indian batsmen to take charge upfront. Kings XI Punjab have done the same on the bowling front. This was therefore a contest within a contest.

While Karun Nair was snaffled down the leg side for a duck, continuing his wretched form since scoring a Test triple century in December, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant wasted starts. With Daredevils reduced to 120 for 5 in the 16th over, it was left to Chris Morris and Corey Anderson to provide the final flourish.

Until the last five overs, Kings XI had won the battle of the Indian players, with all of Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel and KC Cariappa among the wickets. But doing half a job is rarely good enough.

Daredevils’ overseas players deliver

The platform was set by Sam Billings, who found 40 of his 55 runs on the leg side. He hit six of his nine fours in the Powerplay – all on the leg side – and his belligerence was crucial to Daredevils posting a massive total on a slow pitch.

 Billings was not the only batsman who defied the surface though. Anderson, who missed the previous season after going unsold, along with Chris Morris and Pat Cummins had great success muscling the ball in the slog overs. Anderson’s unbeaten 39 off 22 balls was particularly damaging for Kings XI. He came in at 103 for 4 in the 13th over and turned it into 188, with three sixes and a four in the last 12 balls of the innings.

Aaron gamble fails

Varun Aaron had an IPL economy rate of 8.79 across 39 matches prior to this game and despite two average outings this season, he was persisted. His erratic lengths, often on the shorter side, were perfect for batsmen looking to exploit the shorter legside boundary.

Billings hit Aaron for three successive fours in his first over – two pulls and a flick behind square leg. Then Iyer hit him for two fours in three deliveries soon after Nair’s dismissal. It meant Kings XI couldn’t build momentum despite getting wickets.

Aaron conceded 45 off his four overs, with two wickets being scant consolation. Eventually Kings XI paid the price for conceding 68 off the last five overs.

Brief Scores

Delhi Daredevils: 188-6 (Sam Billings 55, Corey Anderson 39*, Varun Aaron 2-45) beat Kings XI Punjab: 137-9 (AxarPatel 44, Chris Morris 3-23) by 51 runs

Man of the Match: Corey Anderson


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