Image via WikipediaKings XI Punjab beat the Deccan
Chargers by one run at the Wanderers.In the day's second match the
Delhi Daredevils strengthened their hold on top of the standings by
cruising past the Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs in Bloemfontein.
Delhi opened up a three-point lead in the standings while Punjab move
into fourth place.
Deccan hold on to third place while the defending champion Royals are
in fifth place.
After Punjab had posted 134 for seven, Yuvraj picked up the wickets of
Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Symonds and Venugopal Rao with the last ball
of the 12th over and the first two deliveries of the 14th as Deccan
fell agonisingly close to victory as they reached 133 for eight.
Deccan, who had slipped to 79 for five, were rescued by Rohit Sharma
who blasted 42 off 26 balls before falling in the last over of the
Chargers' innings with Deccan needing four runs to win off three
Left-arm swing bowler Irfan Pathan held his nerve as he conceded just
two runs while taking a wicket off the last three balls while Yuvraj
ended with three for 13 off four overs.
Punjab's total was built around a half-century from Kumar Sangakkara
with the Sri Lankan stroking his way to 56 off 43 balls while left-arm
seamer Rudra Pratap Singh was Deccan's stand-out performer with the
ball as he captured three for 26.
Delhi scored 150 for three with AB de Villiers carving d his way to an
unbeaten 79 off 55 balls.
The South African became the second batsman, after Chennai's Australia
Matthew Hayden, to pass 400 runs In reply, Rajasthan could muster only
36 for nine off their 20 overs.
De Villiers and Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan (33) set Delhi on
their way to a big total with a third-wicket stand of 87 runs off 83
balls before Dilshan was bowled by off spinner Johan Botha
De Villiers and right-handed wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik (23 not out)
then plundered an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 48 runs off 21
Rajasthan were never in the contest with their top-score coming from
the right-handed Botha who made 37 runs off 31 balls.