It was a rather interesting and disappointing day for the Kings XI Punjab team and Preity Zinta would not have known whom to blame at the end of the day in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Delhi Daredevils finished their first game of the IPL 2 strongly. But it was not all providence that played its part. It was also the “strategy break” that proved the turning point of the match.
Kings XI Punjab team started well with the opening pair of Ravindra Bopara and Karan Goel putting up a strong sixty-seven run partnership before the mandatory break after ten overs allowed the Delhi Daredevils to regroup and strike back. Goel, in particular, was ruthless in his innings in his thirty-eight. But once Daniel Vettori secured the breakthrough and spun his web around the Mohali team and picking up three for fifteen, not even Yuvraj Singh’s mini blitzkrieg was going to do the trick.
From a promising start, the Kings XI team ended up making 104 in twelve overs. That’s right – twelve overs. That was the number of overs the Twenty20 match was reduced to after rain delayed the match and repeatedly intervened. But the rain was not done. When the Delhi Daredevils came out to bat, Virender Sehwag’s thirty-eight proved a handful for the Mohali team who were forced not only to digest the Daredevils’ delirious batting but also, of the fact that their innings was only five overs old, had fify-eight runs on board and won them the match by the Duckworth Lewis method.