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IPL 8: Nathan Coulter-Nile stars as Delhi beat Punjab

Aussie pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile takes 4-20 to demolish Punjab’s batting as Delhi Daredevils win comfortably by nine wickets

New Delhi: Led by pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile, Delhi Daredevils demolished Kings XI Punjab’s batting order before chasing down a paltry total with nine wickets in hand at the Feroz Shah Kotla to earn their fourth win from eight matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in New Delhi on Friday.

Delhi Daredevils’ Nathan Coulter-Nile celebrates the wicket of Kings XI Punjab’s Thisara Perera at Feroz Shah Kotla yesterday. PIC/BCCI
Delhi Daredevils’ Nathan Coulter-Nile celebrates the wicket of Kings XI Punjab’s Thisara Perera at Feroz Shah Kotla yesterday. PIC/BCCI

A brilliant bowling performance, led by Coulter-Nile helped Daredevils restrict Kings XI Punjab to 118-8 in 20 overs. In reply, the hosts chased down the target in only 13.5 overs to rise to fourth spot in the eight-team league, where Kings XI still lie last.

Put in to bat, Kings XI were reduced to 10-4 by the fourth over as the visitors’ top-4 failed to click and got out for single-digits.

They were further tottering at 45-6 in the 10th over but South Africa-s David Miller (42) led a revival as he anchored the innings to help his side cross the 100-run mark. Miller’s 41-ball innings included four boundaries and a six.

Captain George Bailey (18) and Axar Patel (22) also made small contributions when all other batsman failed to reach double-digits.

Daredevils bowlers were on the spot as Coulter-Nile picked up a fantastic 4-20 from his four overs. The Australian was given good backing by veteran Indian pacer Zaheer Khan, who returned to the playing XI with impressive figures of 4-0-17-2.

Captain JP Duminy and spinner Amit Mishra also picked up a wicket each for the hosts, who played the last match of the 2015 season here.

In reply, Daredevils hardly broke a sweat in chasing down the target with absolute ease. Openers Mayank Agarwal (52 not out) and Shreyas Iyer’s (54) struck half-centuries to guide their team home.

Brief scores
Kings XI Punjab: 118-8 in 20 overs (D Miller 42; N Coulter-Nile 4-20, Z Khan 2-17) lost to Delhi Daredevils: 119-1 in 13.5 overs (S Iyer 54, M Agarwal 52*; S Thakur 1-38) by 9 wickets

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