Manan Vohra grew in confidence with Virender Sehwag. Playing only his second match of the season, the 20-year-old scored a 19-ball 42 to set the platform for the Kings XI Punjab’s victory over Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Monday.
Vohra’s striking even made Sehwag happy, the senior India opener encouraging the youngster with every boundary hit, four of them being along the ground and three over the rope. Vohra, who made 47 in the previous match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, dominated the opening partnership with Sehwag (23) as KXIP, chasing 165 to win, won by four wickets with two balls to spare.
Though there was a sudden slide with four wickets falling in the space of 27 runs and 3.1 overs, KXIP saved captain George Bailey for the last. Glenn Maxwell was off colour, falling for 14 while David Miller fell for just two.
It was during this period when the Daredevils were expected to win. However, another 20-year-old, Akshar Patel (42*, 35b, 5x4, 1x6), arrested the slide by keeping cool and taking KXIP home.
Earlier, Daredevils posted 164/7, thanks to captain Kevin Pietersen’s 49 (32b, 6x4, 1x6) and his deputy Dinesh Karthik’s attacking 69 (44b, 7x4, 3x6). The two shared 71 for the second wicket in eight overs. KXIP opening bowlers Sandeep Sharma (3/35) and Beuran Hendricks (3/36) took wickets regularly in the last five overs to stop Daredevils from posting a bigger total.
Brief scores: Delhi Daredevils 164/7 in 20 overs (K Pietersen 49, D Karthik 69; S Sharma 3/35, B Hendricks 3/36) lost to Kings XI Punjab 165/6 in 19.4 overs (M Vohra 42, A Patel 42*; I Tahir 3/22, JP Duminy 2/27) by four wickets