Kings XI Punjab crash out of IPL

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Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav did the initial damage before a characteristic blitz from David Warner saw the Delhi Daredevils scream to victory over the Kings XI Punjab.

Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav did the initial damage before a characteristic blitz from David Warner saw the Delhi Daredevils scream to victory over the Kings XI Punjab in Saturday's Indian Premier League clash at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala.

The result increased Delhi's lead at the top of the nine-team standings, while the Punjab outfit joined the Rajasthan Royals, Pune Warriors and Deccan Chargers in their inability to qualify for the tournament play-offs.

The Kings XI's innings endured an awful start, falling to 20 for four inside its first six overs. Key to the languid tally were the early dismissals of Adam Gilchrist and David Hussey. The Australian duo managed just 12 runs between them, both falling to Yadav.

It was left to Punjab's homegrown talent to rectify proceedings. Siddharth Chitnis and Gurkeerat Singh dutifully obliged to the tune of 38 and 26 respectively. Pakistan recruit Azhar Mahmood, meanwhile, weighed in with a complementary 36.

The trio's collective effort afforded the total an air of respectability until Morkel's return to the attack restored Delhi's dominance. The South African seamer – and the 2012 IPL's top wicket-taker – clinched three scalps in one over to finish with figures of four for 20.

Surprisingly, Morkel didn't land the Man of the Match award. The accolade instead went to Yadav, whose removal of three top-order batsmen was deemed a superior effort than that of his fellow right-arm seamer.

Delhi's pursuit of a modest 142-run target was a veritable breeze on the back of Warner's savagery. The hard-hitting left-hander, shrugging off a menacing bouncer that struck his helmet and later the recipient of a dropped catch, orchestrated a quickfire 79 from just 44 balls.

Three of his four sixes were struck off the bowling of Parvinder Awana. The poor medium-pacer fetched all of 40 runs from his three-over burst.

The Daredevils weathered a minor wobble as Irfan Pathan and Mahela Jayawardene, leading the side in the absence of the ill Virender Sehwag, fell in single figures. But Naman Ojha was soon at hand to strike the winning runs and seal the deal with 10 deliveries to spare.

While Saturday's outcome meant Delhi will avoid the Eliminator match and kicked the Kings XI out of the competition entirely, it also kept Chennai in contention. With just eight wins to show for their 16 matches, the defending champions are at the mercy of other results ahead of next week's qualifying clashes.

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