Finch holds match-winning last-ball catch

Kenny Tucker
April 24, 2018

And the Kotla pitch can go either side today as it's the first here today. But, Punjab stands at #2 with 8 points in the IPL points table 2018 while Delhi lags at the last spot with just 2 points.

Before the commencement of the 11th season of IPL, it was anticipated that Delhi Daredevils will out-perform in this season with the return back of Gautam Gambhir to the home squad.

Delhi's bowling is not their best suit. At one end, Prithvi Shaw (22, 10b) got off to a flier smashing Barinder Sran for 18 runs in one over.

With their backs to the wall, Delhi needed to change things a bit and Captain rung in the changes for their first home game and it proved pivotal. Rahul started well but could not carry on and became the victim of Liam Plunkett.

What starting with pace also did was keep the unsafe Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Ashwin himself for the middle order.

What is going on with Daredevils? The low scoring match saw the fight till the last ball of the match with hosts needing a 6 to seal the game.

On a pitch which offered plenty of pace for the batsmen and even bounce, it seemed like Delhi couldn't go wrong in their pursuit.

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One of the key takeaways from the recently-concluded game had to be the failure of some of the seniors in the team, especially when it was their turn to bat. Their batting is in the bottom three in the Powerplay and middle overs, while their bowlers have been the most expensive among all teams in the Powerplay.

This will be the 22nd match of IPL T20 and will be played at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi. They struggled to accelerate after losing their top three.

Gayle lashed 63 off 33 balls against CSK as he won his slugfest with MS Dhoni, before cracking an unbeaten 104 from 63 - his sixth IPL ton - against Sunrisers and then 62 not out from 38 balls as Kings XI beat KKR in a rain-affected clash on Saturday.

Another problem for Delhi has been that their two most expensive overseas recruits, Glenn Maxwell and Chris Morris, have not fired.

Just when Kings began to entertain hopes of a win, Shreyas (57 off 45 balls) nearly turned the match on its head.

Should Gambhir move down the order? Got Lokesh Rahul with one that bounced a little, and then started bending the ball away from the right handers, knocked over Mayank Agarwal with a straight one, and had Nair caught on the fence. They struggled from the beginning, could never escalate the run rate and played irresponsible shots.

He counted for two big Punjab wickets in the form of Aaron Finch and Yuvraj Singh.

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