Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab: Who will win tonight?

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Delhi Daredevils have won the toss, and will bowl first.

It was meant to be a grand homecoming for Gautam Gambhir and, along with that, a change in Delhi Daredevils' fortunes when the season was starting.

While Avesh, Mishra and Christian have IPL experience in their kitties, Plunkett, alongside Prithvi Shaw, was in on his first stint and the English paceman was largely responsible for Punjab's sputtering. However, it was a combination of pace and spin that did the trick for Kings XI Punjab as they overcame a Shreyas Iyer half-century to top the table with a four-run win. Shreyas Iyer, the lone warrior, tried his bit with 57 off 45 balls, but that was not enough.

The rampaging Chris Gayle was forced to sit out the game due to a sore back and his absence was certainly felt by Kings XI Punjab.

As the low-scoring issue went to the final over with Delhi needing 17 runs, Iyer six off the first delivery gave Delhi a ray of hope. Mujeeb was the man with the ball in hand, and right away there was some pressure as Iyer belted a six off the second delivery and collected a four off the penultimate ball. From 59 for two in seven overs, the side could add only 17 off the next five overs, with Yuvraj Singh's poor touch not helping matters.

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But, while going for one shot too many, the youngster lost his wicket to pacer Rajpoot, who then also claimed the big fish Glenn Maxwell for 12.

Chasing 144 for victory, Delhi were restricted to 139 for 8 in 20 overs thanks to some superb bowling by fast bowlers Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot and Barinder Sran.

Seamers Trent Boult (2-21) and Avesh Khan (2-36) also picked up wickets as Punjab lost them at regular intervals to slip to 8-143.

"When you lose three wickets in the first six overs, it's always hard, " Gambhir said.

"If we were serious about winning, this is a game we needed to win, " Ashwin said. They wanted to attack upfront in the first six and it actually fell into our hands because it wasn't such a wicket where you can come and take off and lay your hands on it. Still, Miller went on make only 26 from 19 before spooning Christian to Plunkett at sweeper cover in the 18th over. "Good part is that our bowling was really good today but our batsmen couldn't complete the job".

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