Corey Anderson got the nod for the Delhi Daredevils' opening home game on Saturday due to his ability to bat hard and the New Zealander proved he could be quite a handful, propelling the host to 188 for six wickets with some lusty hitting towards the end after KXIP bowlers had managed to fight their way back into the game at the Ferozeshah Kotla.
Punjab's 50 came as late as in the ninth over while EoinMorgan (22) departed at the half-way mark, caught by KarunNair off Cummins. With David Miller and skipper GlennMaxwell around it was not impossible but Daredevils had too good an attack. Chris Morris took three wickets while Pat Cummins and Shahbaz Nadeem got two apiece.
Corey Anderson and Pat Cummins (12) provided a lively finish to the innings when they smashed Sandeep Sharma (1-41) for 19 runs in the last over.
Daredevils routed Pune by 97 runs, following Sanju Samson's maiden IPL ton and Chris Morris' nine-ball 38 with a disciplined bowling performance and will look to continue in like vein against the Punjab unit, who went down in Kolkata by a whopping eight wickets.
KXIP: 5/1, Manan Vohra (1.4 overs); 21/2, Wriddhiman Saha (3.2 overs); 31/3, Hashim Amla (4.4 overs); 64/4, Eoin Morgan (10 overs); 65/5, Glenn Maxwell (10.3 overs); 88/6, David Miller (13.4 overs); 133/7, Mohit Sharma (18.5 overs); 134/8, KC Cariappa (19.1 overs); 137/9, Axar Patel (20 overs). So Punjab has a chance today as their batsmen are in form. KXIP will need to bring in more match awareness and react quicker on the field quicker than they did against KKR the other night if and when they are challenged. The Punjab pacemen though proved ineffective. In the bowling department, spinner Axar Patel will be likely seen today.
Incoming batsman Shreyas Iyer joined Billings at the crease and the duo steadied the ship for DD.
Leg-spinner Cariappa, who came in for Ishant Sharma, one to provided the breakthrough by scalping Samson, who miss one to long-off.
In the next over, Aaron dealt another jolt to the hosts with the wicket of Karun Nair (0), whose poor run with the willow continued. When 15 April 2017, 2000 Hrs IST Where FerozeshahKotla, Delhi The Protagonists There will be many more eyes following Sanju Samson - after his hundred on Tuesday. As Delhi lost wickets in pairs, it was Billings's contribution that eventually turned out to be a big difference.
The onus was on young Rishabh Pant (15) to take the side to a fighting total but he too fell soon.