IPL 10, Match 36, KXIP vs DD – Kings XI Punjab Player Ratings

Kings steamrolled DD in a one-sided affair.

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Kings XI Punjab player celebrate fall of a wicket. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Kings XI Punjab needed a win today. They started off extremely well before losing a string of matches and giving away the early advantage. Delhi also had a similar story to tell, sitting at the bottom of the league table with a net run-rate extremely high if compared to the teams above them. However, today’s game was very important if they wanted to have a go at one of the playoff positions.

Delhi named Karun Nair as their captain for today as Zaheer Khan was out with a hamstring injury. A bold move from Rahul Dravid as the young man was already struggling with his batting form. The move turned out to be a disaster as his team was bowled out for just 67 registering 3rd lowest total in the history of the IPL. Kings XI Punjab bowled extremely well as they were looking to register their first win at Mohali this season.

Punjab won the game within 8 overs and without losing a wicket. This was a huge boost for them as many of their players showed their class on the day. Let us all have a look at their ratings.

Martin Guptill – 8/10

A total of 67 was never going to trouble Punjab as they had some fantastic hitters in them capable of chasing any total on the day but Guptill made it even easier. He came out and hit a blistering 50 scoring 80 percent of the runs and winning the game for Punjab within 8 overs. This also helped their net run rate immensely. He scored 50 of just 27 deliveries today.

Hashim Amla – 6/10

Amla, otherwise a classy batter was a mere onlooker today. He was just watching Guptill finish the game from the other end. Amla hardly plays a second fiddle to anyone but today the total was not so threatening and he decided to stroll through to the finish line. He scored 16 of 20 deliveries hitting just 1 boundary in the process.

Manan Vohra – 3/10

Vohra had very little to do even in the field. His team bowled exceptionally well as Delhi never really arrived at the stadium. They just overhauled their opposition with utmost simplicity and won the game within a flash. Vohra didn’t get a chance to bat and was a mere spectator throughout the game.

Glenn Maxwell – 6.5/10

Maxwell didn’t get to bat today but he marshaled his troops extremely well to win the game today. He rotated his bowlers quite well as he himself bowled a perfect line and length during his spell. Maxwell bowled 4 overs and gave away just 12 runs picking up 1 wicket at an economy rate of just 3. This was one of the best bowling performances of the season.

Shaun Marsh – 4/10

There’s little to talk about this man as he had absolutely nothing to do today. His bowlers did the job in the field and his openers finished the job leaving him nothing. However, Marsh is in superb form and had he got a chance today, he would have helped his team chase whatever total Delhi would have put up.

Wriddhiman Saha – 4.5/10

Saha had a lot to do behind the stumps today, especially off the fast bowlers, as they were beating the outside edge time and again leaving the batsmen all jumbled. He took one catch behind the stumps and didn’t get a chance to bat. But he has been struggling with the bat and the long Test season must be one of the reasons for his struggle.

Axar Patel – 7/10

Patel bowled a great line and length and was spot on today with his pace as well. A wicket that had everything for a fast bowler, this spinner managed to pick up two wickets. Bowling 4 overs and giving away just 22 runs for a spinner is a great bowling job. He picked up the wickets of Chris Morris and stand-in captain Karun Nair.

Mohit Sharma – 6.5/10

Mohit Sharma bowled just 7 balls in the whole game and picked up a wicket giving away just 3 runs. It was the last man who he sent back. He caught him off his own bowling and finished a miserable batting performance of Delhi Daredevils. No bowler went for more than 6 runs per over today and Sharma was no exception.

Varun Aaron – 7/10

Aaron bowled 2 overs, gave away just 3 runs at an economy rate of 1.50 and in addition to this he picked up 2 wickets. A wonderful bowling performance from a forgotten Indian fast bowler. Aaron, known for his pace and aggression was spot on with his bowling today. He disrupted Corey Anderson’s wicket and did the formality of picking up Mohammad Shami’s wicket.

T Natarajan – 5/10

The young man made the headlines for getting a contract in auctions earlier this year and was already playing in his 4th game today. He had picked up just one wicket before today and sadly that did not change. Even on a fantastic bowling performance, he was the only one with no wickets but he bowled extremely well. He bowled 2 overs and gave away just 7 runs.

Sandeep Sharma – 9/10

Sandeep Sharma ran havoc through the batting lineup of Delhi Daredevils. He was on top of his game from ball one, as he swung the ball in and out perfectly. His first victim was Sam Billings as he followed that up with Sanju Samson’s wicket and then Shreyas Iyer. He picked up the wickets of all the batters that made runs for Delhi and they were left bamboozled with the same. Sharma bowled four overs, giving away just 20 runs at an economy rate of 5 and picked up 4 of the most important wickets as Punjab beat Delhi comprehensively by 10 wickets.

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