Virender Sehwag (38 not out) and Gautam Gambhir (15 not out) made short work of their 54-run target to help Delhi Daredevils beat Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets in the third match of the Indian Premier League in Cape Town on Sunday.
Gambhir and Sehwag went on the offensive from the first ball itself.
While the former directed two balls in Irfan Pathan’s first over to the fence, the latter went a step ahead.
The Delhi captain hit the first ball of the second over to fine leg for the maximum and followed it up with two boundaries.
The Delhi batsmen had faced just 11 balls, scoring 24, when the rains came down again.
When play eventually resumed the target had been reduced to 54 runs (in just six overs) � 30 runs in 25 balls.
The Delhi players made the intentions clear with Gambhir hitting the first ball after resumption to the fence, albeit helped by VRV Singh’s tacky fielding.
Sehwag hit Vikramjeet Singh Malik for a six and four in the next over to reduce the requirement to just 13.
And then finished it all up with a huge six of Piyush Chawla.
Earlier, an aggressive opening partnership of 67, in just six overs, between Karan Goel (38) and Ravi Bopara (22) helped Kings XI Punjab put on 104 for seven.
The match was initially reduced to 12 overs-per-side because of rain delays.
Goel was in a belligerent mood slamming 38 runs of just 21 balls, a knock that included three hits to the fence and three huge ones over it. All of Goel’s three sixes came of the bowling of Yo Mahesh.
He completely dominated the hapless Delhi bowlers before hitting a Yo Mahesh delivery straight to Daniel Vettori.
The New Zealand captain trapped Bopara in front in the first ball of the next over to ensure Delhi a double breakthrough.
Bopara’s knock came of 15 balls and included two huge sixes, both of Pradeep Sangwan.
The England all-rounder survived chances of successive balls after his second six, Virender Sehwag didn’t try hard enough in the first case while Sangwan dropped a difficult return chance in the second.
The Punjab team then lost their way.
Vettori accounted for Kumar Sangakkara (8) in his second over to reduce Punjab to 77 for three.
Captain Yuvraj Singh (16) hit a couple of lusty blows before being run out by Vettori, in his third over, the innings’ penultimate.
The New Zealander had Mahela Jayawardene (six) caught by Tillekeratne Dilshan at long-off two balls later for his third wicket. And in the next ball, the last of that over, fell the third wicket (of that over) when Chawla (0) was run out.
Irfan (six) was caught by Dilshan at long-on to give Aavishkar Salvi his lone wicket of the innings.
Vettori once again proved why he is so highly rated with enviable figures of three for 15.
His efforts won him the man-of-the-match award.