A roller-coaster game panned out at Mohali, as the home team, Kings XI Punjab, won the 13th match of IPL 2019 against Delhi Capitals by a margin of 152 runs.
Chasing 167 for a win, the visiting team were well on course to register their second successive win, before a splendid show from Sam Curran, who picked up a hattrick, saw Delhi being dismissed for 152 runs.
"Thought that ball to Ingram was going for six!"
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 2, 2019
As many as 4 uncapped players from both teams took the field, and here is an account of how they fared.
Sarfaraz Khan (Kings XI Punjab)
The youngster impressed one and all with his hitting skills a few seasons ago for RCB, but failed to create an impact last year, which saw him being discarded by the Virat Kohli-led team. He was picked up by KXIP and has managed to live up to his reputation thus far.
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After the early fall of wickets, which saw Punjab slump to 58 for 3, Sarfaraz came together with David Miller to help navigate through the obstacles. Both players attacked the Delhi bowlers, with the youngster hitting 39 off 29 deliveries. Though he failed to hit a six, his ground strikes and his unorthodox shots made the news.
Murugan Ashwin (KXIP)
Unlike the first game of the season that Ashwin played – against Mumbai Indians, where he finished with 2 wickets whilst being economical – the player was expensive against Delhi, conceding 19 runs in 2 overs. He was inconsistent and consistently kept providing width to the batters, which allowed Colin Ingram to hit him for two fours. Rishabh Pant too smashed him for a four as a wide-ish googly provided the Indian keeper with enough width.
Harshal Patel (Delhi Capitals)
Harshal Patel too was coming off a highly successful game against Kolkata Knight Riders, but was expensive on the day, giving away 37 runs in 4 overs. Patel kept varying his pace – switching from 139.8kmph to 117.8kmph with ease, which initially troubled David Miller but as the batter settled down and as Patel’s lines became more and more predictable, he was punished all across the park. The South African hit him for a six and three fours, literally gifting away the boundaries towards the end of the innings.
Avesh Khan (DC)
Coming into the side in place of Amit Mishra, Khan failed to seize onto his chances, as he too was on the expensive side – giving away 10 runs an over in his 3 overs. He was hit for as many as 6 fours in his eighteen deliveries, and though he consistently clocked the 144kmph-mark, the youngster still needs to learn how to control his lines whilst bowling fast.