New Delhi: Punjab’s Kings XI got their act right at Mohali on 27 April. Just get rid of the rock solid foundation and the rest of the team will crumble like a pack of cards.
That’s exactly what Irfan Pathan of Kings did when he trapped Delhi Daredevil Virendra Sehwag for a paltry six runs. The statistics say it all. Bundled out as they were for 158, the Daredevils only managed to hit the ball over the top on two ocassions. Only two batsmen — top scorer Manoj Tiwary (39, with six boundaries against his name) and K Karthik (24) — were able to score more than a score, literally.
In contrast, when the Kings XI came in to bat, the show was completely dominated by Simon Katich’s brilliant 75 and Yuvraj’s 40.
There were a few scares in between, but the Kings finally wrapped it all up 3 balls short of 20 overs.