Kings XI Punjab chased down the target of 165 in a last over finish with four wickets in hand against Delhi Daredevils.
KXIP got off to a flying start as openers Manan Vohra and Virender Sehwag notched up 66 runs in power play overs at a colossal run rate of 11.00.
Vohra played some extraordinary strokes early on and took attack to the DD bowlers. He clobbered some stunning sixes over cover and straight down the ground. Sehwag too showed his class as duo complimented each other.
After the drubbing in first six overs KP brought Imran Tahir into the attack and he straightaway removed dangerous Vohra who smashed 19-ball 42 to hand his team an early advantage. In next over Sehwag (23) after hitting JP Duminy for six, he holed out to Manoj Tiwary off his next ball.
Glenn Maxwell (14) started with his trademark shotand soon perished when Tahir had him bowled off wrong-un. Spinners started to get purchase from the wicket and Duminy snapped David Miller (2) who tried to go down-town but missed to see his stumps clatter.KXIP at that stage were 94-4 after 10 overs.
George Bailey kept himself back and sent Akshar Patel ahead of him. Patel along with Wriddhiman Saha played sensibly to see KXIP move closer to the target. Mohahamad Shami came back and removed Saha (13) after he had shared 33-run partnership for the 5th with Patel.
When Bailey came out to bat KXIP needed 38 runs from five overs. He did not have much of strike as Patel was busy taking doubles, but in 19th over captain looking to heave on the leg side found Kedhar Jadhav in the deep and he was caught for just six runs giving Tahir his third wicket of the night.
KXIP needed nine runs from last over and Wayne Parnell was the handed the ball. Patel took single off first ball and then Rishi Dhawan (8*)after scampering for twoconsecutive doubles hit the winning boundary to seal the deal for KXIP by four wickets. Akshar Patel played a well composed knock of unbeaten 42 runs off35 balls hitting five 4s and a six.
DD bowling was once again hammered and only stand-out performers were spinners Imran Tahir (3-22) and JP Duminy (2-27).
Earlier, Delhi Daredevils after losing Murali Vijay early on courtesy Dinesh Karthik and Kevin Pietersen’s effortscored reasonable 164. At one stage it looked like DD will end up close to 200 on board but in last two overs quick wickets pegged them back.
Akshar Patel (1-18) was economical in his four overs while Sandeep Sharma (3-35) and Beuran Hendricks (3-36)were expensive despite picking three wickets each.
Man of the Match: Akshar Patel
Brief Scores: KXIP 165-6 (A. Patel 42*, I. Tahir 3-22) beat DD 164-7 (D. Karthik 69, S. Sharma 3-35) by four wickets.