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Valthaty touches a high as Daredevils plunge

cricket Updated: May 16, 2011 02:18 IST
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
Hindustan Times
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It was neck and neck at the half-way mark. Delhi Daredevils had inched to 67 for two, while Kings XI at that stage had been 70 for 1.

Paul Valthaty bowled the 11th over and kept it tight, conceding five runs. Leg spinner Piyush Chawla followed it up, conceding just three off the next six balls. The gap continued to increase and after that as it was all downhill for Daredevils.

At the 15-over mark, the game was virtually over as Delhi were left with the task of having to score 74 off 30 balls with five wickets in hand - at a required run rate of 14.80. Chawla ended the visitors' bleak hopes by claiming the wicket of skipper James Hopes with the first ball of the 16th over. With the match in Kings XI's pocket, the teams went through the motions in the last few overs before the hosts wrapped it up by 29 runs.

Valthaty hit a half-century, Shaun Marsh smashed a 28-ball 46 and Piyush Chawla claimed three wickets for 16 runs to share the day's honours as Kings XI completed a confidence-boosting win to stay alive in the race for a playoff spot. Replying to Kings XI's total of 170 for six, Daredevils finished on 141 for eight.

The win took Kings XI's points tally to 12 from as many games. They need to win their remaining two matches and hope the results in other games go their way to have a chance of making it to the play-offs.

Confidence booster
Royal Challengers are on 17 points, ahead of Chennai and Mumbai Indians (16 each) while Knight Riders are on 14 --- all off 12 games.

"The win will give the team more confidence for the remaining two matches. We can only give our best, and of course, we will be watching the other games with interest," said Kings XI skipper Adam Gilchrist.

Daredevils paid the price for their sloppy display in the field. Two of Kings XI's chief run-getters, Valthaty and Dinesh Karthik, were reprieved at crucial stages. Valthaty was on 10 when Morne Morkel looked in disbelief as Venugopal Rao put down a straightforward chance at slips. The Kings XI opener made the most of it, scoring 62 off 50 balls (six fours, three sixes). Karthik was on two when 'keeper Naman Ojha failed to latch on to his edge off pacer Varun Aaron. The India discard contributed a 19-ball 27 to provide the finishing touch to the innings.