IPL 2018 witnessed yet another last ball finish as this time Kings XI Punjab defeated the Delhi Daredevils by 4 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla. After this win, they move at the top of the Points Table while Delhi remains at the last spot.
The match started after the hosts (DD) won the toss and chose to bowl first. Delhi made a lot of changes as they played Avesh Khan, Prithvi Shaw, Liam plunkett, Amit Mishra and Dan Christian who were not there in the last match. For Punjab, Miller came in for Chris Gayle which allowed Finch to open the batting.
Delhi started very well with the ball as they got the wicket of Finch (2) in the second over. After that, many players like Rahul (23), Agarwal (21), Nair (34) and Miller (23) got starts but no one was able to score big runs as Liam Plunkett who was making his IPL debut achieved the match figures of 4-0-17-3. Other bowlers like Boult, Avesh Khan and Christian supported him well as Punjab could only score 143/8 in their 20 overs.
Debutant Prithvi Shaw and Skipper Gautam Gambhir opened the batting for DD as Prithvi played some really good shots in his knock of 22(10). But wickets kept on falling at one end as the other end was held by Shreyas Iyer. Delhi was reduced to 76-5 at the 12th over. After that Iyer and Tewatia played well to hold the innings but the required run rate went way too high.
17 runs were needed in the last over with Iyer on strike and Mujeeb came to bowl and defended the target as Punjab won the match by just 4 runs. Shreyas Iyer played a matured knock of 57 runs off 45 balls but there was no other batsman to support him. Ankit Rajpoot won the ‘Man of the Match’ for his bowling figures of 4-0-23-2. But other bowlers like Ashwin, Tye and Zadran bowled equally well which allows Punjab to defend such a small target.