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DD slump to a loss, again

New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils (DD) suffered their seventh consecutive loss this IPL season, as they went down to table-toppers Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by four wickets in their last game at the Kotla, here on Monday.

Chasing 165 for victory, KXIP rode a breezy 67-run opening stand between Virender Sehwag (23) and Manan Vohra (42 off 19 balls) to overhaul the target in 19.4 overs.

Vohra dazzled with four fours and three sixes to entertain the packed house at the Kotla, as the Punjab outfit opening duo scored 66 runs in the powerplay overs.

South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir (3/22) struck after the drinks — in the seventh over — to deny Vohra his fifty.

But, Glenn Maxwell soon brought the crowd to its feet as the orange-cap holder effortless swiped Tahir for a huge six between mid-wicket and long-on. Feeling at home till now, Sehwag also tried to follow Maxwell and did hit a six, but soon he chased an outside-the-off-stump delivery to be caught by Manoj Tiwary.

Maxwell’s (14) stay was also short-lived as Tahir cleaned him up with a perfect googly and celebrated the prized wicket with a little run in the inner circle. DD were hungry for more as Duminy, from the other end, came around the wicket to fox an in-form David Miller (2) as the hosts sensed an upset with KXIP at 94 for four.

Wriddhiman Saha (13) and Akshar Patel (42 not out) then stitched together a 33-run fifth-wicket partnership to take KXIP closer to their target.