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  • Delhi Daredevils skipper Zaheer Khan lauds openers after second successive win

    first_imgZaheer Khan is a happy captain as his team, Delhi Daredevils, are running like a well-oiled machine at the moment and most of the players have hit form early in the tournament. (IPL 2017: All-round Delhi Daredevils tame Kings XI Punjab by 51 runs at Kotla)Delhi’s all-round performance saw them hammer Kings XI Punjab by 51 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla which helped them climb up to the third spot in the IPL points table. (Scorecard)Openers Sam Billings (55) and Sanju Samson (19) once again provided Delhi with a brisk start after which a late flourish in the death overs by Corey Anderson (39*) and the lower middle-order helped the team post 188/6 in 20 overs. In reply, Punjab could never recover from the three early jolts for just 31 runs and were restricted to 137/9. (We failed in all three facts of the game, rues Kings XI Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell)”Just doing the basics right. Got a decent start, not losing wickets in the first six. The wicket was on the slower side and we executed our plans well. On that wicket, it was important we gained momentum at the right time. (IPL 2017, DD vs KXIP: Match Highlights)”Sanju and Billings provided a good start. We have good batters at the end, we have to provide a good foundation for them,” Zaheer said at the post-match presentation.Defending on the small ground at the Kotla is quite a challenge but Delhi bowlers lived up to the expectations in front of the home crowd. Chris Morris finished with three wickets while Pat Cummins and Shahbaz Nadeem picked up two wickets each. Nadeem’s performance in particular drew praise from the skipper.advertisement”The way Nadeem bowled was crucial. It was important not to give away runs. I bowled a lot of cutters too. Happy with the way things are going. So far so good,” Zaheer added.last_img read more

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