Mumbai Police has seized "what appear to be" the belongings of Sreesanth and Jiju Janardhan - both arrested by Delhi Police on spot-fixing allegations - from hotel rooms booked in their names at a five-star hotel in Mumbai. The police has received legal permission to take mirror images of the laptop and also CCTV footage from the hotel to further investigate into the whole scandal. Items seized include laptops, iPads, mobile phones, diaries written in English and "what appears to be" Malayalam, and cricket kits. Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime) in Mumbai, said they had reason to believe the items belonged to Sreesanth and Janardhan, and that they will be important clues in the ongoing investigations. Sreesanth's room was not in the hotel where the Rajasthan Royals team stayed for their match against Mumbai Indians. Sreesanth was reportedly told in Jaipur that he was not playing the match, and only a compact group of 13 or 14 players was to travel. "Yesterday we received information that Sreesanth had independently booked himself into a five-star hotel," Roy said. "I say independent because this is not where his team stayed. "We worked out that information. Yesterday we searched two rooms, which were issued in the names of Sreesanth and Jiju Janardhan. The search of Sreesanth's room shows that it was lived in, it was inhabited. We have recovered a laptop, which is here before you, an iPad, a mobile phone, cash, a data card, some diaries which appear to be in the handwriting of Sreesanth - some [in] English, some [in] what appears to be Malayalam. We have also recovered some cricket kit, clothing etc. "The search of the other room shows it was lived in. We have recovered an iPad, a mobile phone and some personal belongings." Roy didn't rule out asking for the custody of Sreesanth and Janardhan depending on what their investigations further reveal. Roy said the hotel rooms were booked by Tamarind Tours and Travels. "We have tried to recreate events that led to the booking of this room," Roy said. "We have reason to believe Sreeanth and Jiju checked into the hotel late in the night on the 13th of this month. We are recreating their movements on the 14th and the 15th. "We are also in the process of obtaining CCTV feed to understand who are the visitors, if any, who visited him when he was staying there. What were his movements? We have obtained the permission to take a mirror image of the laptops and phones, so that we can begin the process of analysing these gadgets to further aid our investigation. We believe seizure is important given the direction in which the spot-fixing investigations are headed." On May 14 - more than a day before the three cricketers were arrested - police also arrested an alleged bookmaker called Ramesh Vyas from Mumbai's Kalbadevi area. The items seized there, Roy said, led them to names of bookies who are also being investigated by Delhi Police. Roy said 13 of the 92 mobile phones seized from Vyas' premises "were used by him to facilitate connecting Indian bookies with bookies in Pakistan via conference call". Roy said the police has arrested two more bookies - named Praveen Bera and Pankaj Shah (alias Lotus, alias Pappu) - subsequent to that first arrest. "The interrogation of Ramesh Vyas revealed that he was in touch with certain bookies whose names had figured in the current IPL fixing issue," Roy said. "We followed this lead, and we also found that the same bookies not only figure in calls made by Ramesh Vyas, but his account books also have transactions in them that lead to common bookies. "After we arrested Ramesh Vyas, we recovered his accounts book, which showed names of bookies that the Delhi Police is also investigating. Some of those bookies, it is reported, have been in touch with these players." Cases have been registered under the Gambling Act and Indian Penal Code sections that pertain to cheating and forgery. All charges are non-bailable, Roy said.
England will return to the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua for the first time since their Test against West Indies in 2009 was abandoned after 10 balls due to a dangerous outfield consisting largely of sand. Alastair Cook, who opened the batting with Andrew Strauss in that match, will take his ODI team to West Indies for three ODIs beginning at the end of February all of which will be held at North Sound. Three Twenty20s then follow, which will be staged in Barbados, as preparation for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh which is due to start in mid-March. The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium returned to the international scene in May 2010, 14 months after the abandonment involving England, after the outfield was relayed for a second time and has since held matches in all formats. The brief tour of the Caribbean is part of a period full of ODI and Twenty20 cricket for England in the early part of 2014 following the conclusion of the Ashes in Sydney in early January.
Tom Moody, Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach, was delighted with his team's performance against Rajasthan Royals Friday night, and made special mention of Biplab Samantray and Hanuma Vihari. "I am very pleased. It was [an] extremely important game for us and after [the] early setback the team showed character as a playing group," Moody said. "And more importantly, the two inexperienced and young cricketers [Samantray and Vihari] took us to a position where we could compete in the second half of the game." Moody was also all praise for James Faulkner, who took 5 for 16 in his four overs, his second five-for of the season. "His bowling is exceptional. The great thing is his ability to move the new ball around. He also has the ability to bowl very good slow balls, and yorkers on command. When you have [these] three ingredients, it makes you [a] pretty useful bowler at any stage of the game." Rahul Dravid, captain of Rajasthan Royals, has faced a tough last few days in the wake of the spot-fixing allegations that have surrounded his team. However, he chose not to use the ongoing drama as an excuse for Royals' poor showing against Sunrisers. "We bowled well to restrict them to 136 but were probably a spinner light on the day," Dravid said. "And while we were batting, Amit Mishra was fantastic for them, but we got bogged down in the middle overs." Dravid hoped to play on less sluggish pitches in the playoffs. "In the playoffs we will be a lot better hopefully. We also hope for better wickets in the playoffs as we have struggled on slow, low ones."
Chanaka Welegedara is in doubt for the Champions Trophy after sustaining a foot injury during Rest of Sri Lanka's List A match against Sri Lanka A on Friday. Welegedara bowled only 2.4 overs, before leaving the field with pain in his right foot and ankle. Sri Lanka leave for England on May 26, and are scheduled to play their first warm-up match on May 30 against Pakistan. "Welegedara came off immediately and is currently unable to put any weight on his right foot," a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) release said. "He is getting scans over the weekend and will have the results by Monday. He will not take part in the final of the SLC President's trophy, to be played on Monday." Welegedara, 32, had been the leader of Sri Lanka's Test-match pace attack, but has been plagued by injury in the last 12 months, in which he only completed one Test match. He strained his groin playing England in March last year, before tearing a shoulder muscle before the Pakistan series in July. He recovered in time to travel to Australia at year's end, but tore a hamstring early in the second Test in Melbourne, and has not played any international cricket since. Largely regarded a Test specialist, Welegedara had not played limited-overs international cricket since June 2010. He is one of four specialist fast bowlers named in the 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy, with Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga and Nuwan Kulasekara also picked. Farveez Maharoof, who is not in the national squad but may have been a potential replacement, was also injured during the match and will likely be unavailable for two weeks.
On the last day of Adam Gilchrist's IPL career, another veteran, Azhar Mahmood, scored 80 off 44 balls to give Kings XI Punjab a consolation win over Mumbai Indians. Gilchrist, though, had the last word on the night. When Mumbai needed 51 off the last over, Gilchrist asked Praveen Kumar to keep wicket, and bowled offbreaks. Offbreak, to be more precise, because Harbhajan - the last man because Dhawal Kulkarni wasn't batting - lofted the first ball he bowled to long-on. Cue laughter, celebration, joy, and from Gilchrist an improvised version of Harbhajan's version of Gangnam-style The match held absolutely no bearing on the rest of the tournament. Mumbai had already qualified in the top two, and Kings XI had already been knocked out. Mumbai now go to Delhi to play Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier, and even if they lose it they get another shot at making it to the final. Assisting the veteran Mahmood was the Kings XI Punjab veteran, Shaun Marsh, who scores a fifty every third IPL innings. Today's 63 off 47 was his 17th in 49 efforts. Along with Mahmood he helped Kings XI recover from the early troube of 6 for 2 in the third over. Marsh took the early lead, hitting six fours in the Powerplay, reaching 28 off 20. He dominated the strike too: Mahmood was yet to get off the mark. When Mahmood did open up, he took on the best Mumbai bowler, Lasith Malinga. A top-edged pull for six was followed by three boundaries, a slice past point, a drive through cover, and a glance fine of fine leg. By now 6 for 2 had become 63 for 2 in eight overs. Mumbai weren't helped by Dhawal Kulklarni's walking off with a back trouble. They are already struggling with injury to Sachin Tendulkar. Even Dwayne Smith hasn't played the last two games. The fifth bowler, a combine of Kulkarni, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Glenn Maxwell, went for 53 runs. Maxwell paid the worst price, going for 18 in the 13th over with Mahmood hitting him for six, six and four in consecutive deliveries. In the next over, both the batsmen got reprieves, dropped by IPL debutant Nathan Coulter-Nile and Harbhajan Singh. Coulter-Nile came back to be smacked for consecutive fours by Mahmood. The century was on for Mahmood when he missed a Malinga full toss in the 18th over. Kings XI got a satisfactory 27 off the last 16 balls. Mumbai's non-regular openers, Maxwell and Aditya Tare fell inside the first four overs. Ambati Rayudu, promoted because he generally doesn't get to bat much, couldn't covert his start and gloved a bouncer through to Gilchrist. A Dinesh Karthik duck later, it was down to regular Mumbai saviours, Rohit and Pollard. Piyush Chawla bowled Rohit with a quicker delivery, and Pollard fell under the pressure of rising asking rate. Mahmood signed off the night with his 200th T20 wicket when he bowled Coulter-Nile in the 19th over.
Former England captain Andrew Strauss said Friday it was important for the side's Ashes prospects that star batsman Kevin Pietersen regained full fitness. Pietersen is currently sidelined with a knee problem and in his absence England struggled to 232 all out in the first innings of the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's. Strauss retired from all cricket following a 2-0 series defeat by South Africa last year where Pietersen was dropped from the team for sending text messages critical of his captain to Proteas players. But Strauss, who succeeded Pietersen as England captain, always insisted the texts had not hastened his retirement. And on Friday, in an interview with Sky Sports at Lord's, the former opening batsman said Pietersen was the “best player” he'd played with . “The vast majority of the time he's very easy to manage because he works really hard, he's very professional in the way he goes about his business,” Strauss said. “And we all know what he brings. As far as I'm concerned he's the best player I've ever played with, in terms of sheer talent, in terms of the ability to take the game away from the opposition Ä he's outstanding,” added Strauss, set to join five other ex-England captains in the Sky commentary box for the Ashes. “But you know what you're getting with someone like Kevin, obviously. He has got a big ego, and he likes to be the centre of attention and that's always going to rub some people up the wrong way. “But that is one of a challenges of captaincy Ä bringing a disparate group of people together and making sure they all have a common purpose.” Former opening batsman Strauss added: “I think we've seen in this Test how much he (Pietersen) can change the tempo Ä I think we're missing him in this game...It's important for England he's fit.” Three-times an Ashes-winner, Strauss led England to a 3-1 series victory the last time cricket's oldest rivals met in Australia in 2010/11. In July, England will begin their bid for a third Ashes triumph in a row – something they last managed back in the 1950s. However, Strauss said an England team now captained by his former opening partner Alastair Cook would have their work cut out against Australia's pacemen. “They have got a really a really good bowling attack Ä it will be interesting to see how Mitchell Starc goes over here. “But the area where they are weakest, you'd say, is their batting. “Some of these guys haven't played much in England before and there are a lot of left handers in there. “(England off-spinner) Graeme Swann will be licking his lips at the possibility of playing these guys on turning wickets. “It's going to be closely contested series - Ashes always are and this one will be no different.”
One more bookie having links with alleged international cricket betting racket busted two days ago here has been arrested from suburban Bhandup, police said. The bookie Pravin Behra was caught from his hideout in suburban Bhandup last night and ten mobile phones and a laptop were recovered from him, police said. On Wednesday, city police had busted an alleged international cricket betting racket and arrested three bookies identified as Ramesh Vyas (52), Pandurang Kadam (41) and Ashok Vyas (32). After interrogating the trio, Behra was caught, police said. Ramesh Vyas and his accomplices had allegedly accepted bets on the ongoing IPL cricket matches and used to connect the calls from Pakistan and Dubai to bookies in India. 92 mobile phones, out of which, 32 were exclusively used to get in touch with bookies in Dubai and Pakistan, 18 SIM cards, a television set and a laptop had been seized from the trio, police said.
Pakistani batsmen are infamous for collapsing frequently but they cannot expect their bowlers to save the day. But against Scotland the story could be different with Pkaistan winning the opening match would be hunting for their second straight win to sweep the series here at the Grange Cricket Club, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, Scotland. In their previous meetings, Pakistan has won three matches with Scotland having no win and Pakistan would be looking to maintain the feast. As of the conditions, it rained on Thursday and it poured on Saturday but cricket was scheduled for Friday and now on Sunday. Overcast conditions are in forecast but a full day of cricket is expected with a high of 16C. Winds have simmered down to a very mild 5 km/h. Founded in 1832, with a seating capacity of 5000, the Grange Cricket Club is one of Scotland’s leading cricket clubs. The picturesque ground is located in the Stockbridge area of central Edinburgh. Misbah became only the second captain on this ground to win the toss and bat first; clearly Pakistan feels the need to give their batsmen more time out in the middle. Pakistan fielded their strongest team in their first game of a month-long tour in the United Kingdom. What appeared to be a comfortable win in the end was in fact a hard fought battle in the earlier half of the day. With Pakistan reeling at 115 -5, it was business as usual. Captain Misbah was the mainstay of the Pakistani batting line as he has so often been in the last couple of years. He rotated the strike with uncharacteristic ease, getting to his half century with just two boundaries while maintaining a strike rate of over 80 throughout his innings. It comes across as a definite change in mindset and a conscious effort to alter his strategy. Pakistan has a fragile batting order that is backed up by a potent bowling attack, yet, Shoaib Malik is the only reserve batsman they have on tour, while they have three extra bowlers in the squad. This gives them little room to play with their batting line. Umar Amin has been on the fringes of national selection since his accolades for the Under-19 team but he has not been able to show stomach for international cricket as yet. Mohammad Hafeez has always found it difficult to perform with the bat in alienating conditions but there has been resistance to drop him down the order. The constant shuffling of batting positions does not help the team’s cause but it needs to be further tweaked before the start of the Champions Trophy. With constant rain in Edinburgh, the outfield has considerably slowed down and hitting boundaries will be very difficult. However, the pitch looked good and Pakistan would feel they were at least 30 to 40 runs short of an acceptable first inning total. Scotland will take heart from the fight they showed in the first innings and will try to capitalize on it if they find themselves in a similar position of strength. Their inability to tackle the Pakistani spinners will remain a cause of concern while Kyle Coetzer will look to lead his team from the front. Saeed Ajmal has needed to provide his services with the bat on numerous occasions for Pakistan and it seems their tail has to consistently perform for them to find respectability on the scoreboard. Pre-Game Talk: “If Ireland had restricted Pakistan to 231, they would have gone out there expecting to win.. we blew a golden chance.” Majid Haq ruing the missed opportunity. “The key will be to adjust to the conditions. Pakistan can easily defend a score of over 240 against any opposition.” Wasim Bari backing the Pakistani bowlers. Last XI Fielded Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (capt), Richie Berrington, NM Carter, JH Davey, Moneeb Iqbal, MW Machan, D Murphy (wk), RM Haq, PL Mommsen, RML Taylor, I Wardlaw. Last XI Fielded Pakistanis: Imran Frahat, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin, Misbah-ul-Haq(capt), Asad Shafiq, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal (wk), Ehsan Adil, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan. Possible Changes: Scotland: In a team that is going through a rebuilding phase, Scotland will search for consistency after a strong performance on Friday. Pakistan: The games versus Scotland and later against Ireland give Pakistan the perfect opportunity to test their bench strength and some experimentation is likely to happen. Final Words: Pakistani batsmen are infamous for collapsing frequently but they cannot expect their bowlers to save the day.
The Delhi Police is likely to quiz Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid and co-owners Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra in the IPL spot-fixing case. All three have to appear before Delhi Police on May 21. Three players of Rajasthan Royals — Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by Delhi police on Thursday on the charges of spot-fixing. S Sreesanth and Chavan confessed to spot-fixing on Friday morning, police said. "Sreesanth has confessed to spot-fixing. He was teary eyed during interrogation," a Delhi Police official said. Ajit Chandila, has not yet accepted the charges. The three were sent to five-day police custody on Thursday after being brought to Delhi from Mumbai, where they were arrested. Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar has hinted at possibility of several IPL matches being fixed. According to Times Now, the May 3 match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders at EdenGardens has come under police scanner for match-fixing. KKR won the match by eight wickets. Rajasthan had fielded only two spinners - Ankeet Chavan and Brad Hogg — on the spin friendly Eden track.
One of the bookies arrested, and named as Amit Kumar, is actually Amit Singh, a former Rajasthan Royals player who was released by the franchise last year. ESPNcricinfo reported that that Singh, a fast bowler who played in several matches in the 2012 season, was picked up for questioning five days ago but was formally arrested on Thursday in connection with the spot-fixing case that also allegedly involves three current Royals players. Singh, 31, has been identified in the first information report (FIR) as "Amit Kumar r/o Ahmedabad, Gujarat". Singh has now been suspended by the BCCI pending inquiry. Singh, who resides in the Bopal suburb of Ahmedabad, played 23 IPL games for the Royals between 2009-2012. He was also part of the Gujarat Ranji Trophy team in the 2012-13 season, last playing against Saurashtra. He'd been in the news for having been reported twice for a suspect action during the 2009 IPL.
A day after suspending three Rajasthan Royals cricketers who were arrested for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the IPL, the BCCI has convened an emergency meeting of its working committee, the panel responsible for its functioning, in Chennai on Sunday. "The Working Committee will discuss, among other things, the fallout of the spot-fixing controversy in the ongoing IPL, in which three players have been arrested by the Delhi Police," BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement issued on Friday. Jagdale also confirmed the arrest and suspension of Amit Singh, the Gujarat and former Rajasthan Royals cricketer who was caught in the spot-fixing scandal as a bookie. Despite the Delhi Police interrogating all the four cricketers that have been arrested so far, there is a growing feeling among the BCCI members that all the players should be "banned for life" even before the investigations are over. "These players have tarnished the image of the game so much that it would take a long time for us to restore it," a member told ESPNcricinfo, preferring anonymity. "It would be prudent to act swiftly and not lose the BCCI's and Indian cricket's credibility any further." However, the BCCI president N Srinivasan is likely to play it safe and constitute an internal inquiry panel that will work with BCCI's disciplinary committee. IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla, addressing the media for the first time since the controversy erupted, stated that the board would take action against players found guilty of spot-fixing. "We will be taking some important decisions [at the working committee meeting]. The strongest possible action will be taken against the guilty. Whoever is found to be involved in spot-fixing will not be spared," Shukla said. Shukla also revealed that BCCI's anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU), headed by Ravi Sawani, has been asked to investigate the matter and submit its report. "If we have Sawani's preliminary report by Sunday, we will go through it and discuss it," Shukla said. It has also been learned that Srinivasan has also asked the ACSU to be represented at the meeting. While Srinivasan had started consultations with his colleagues for the Chennai meeting, the city also had a lot of action on the spot-fixing front since Thursday night. The Tamil Nadu police took a cue from their Delhi counterparts and conducted several raids on bookies, arresting six of them, besides seizing numerous gadgets and Rs 40 lakh (US$73,000) in cash. However, the Chennai Police clarified in a media briefing that their raids had revealed only "betting" syndicates and hadn't established links between the bookies and IPL players.
Former Pakistan players feel that the recent spot-fixing scandal has further tarnished the image of the game of cricket and has rocked the ongoing Indian Premier League. Former Test captain Zaheer Abbas reported to have said that he was shocked by the scandal involving Indian Test player, S Sreesanth and two others -- Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan. "What worries me is that this apparently is just the tip of the iceberg as fas as corruption in cricket is concerned. There have always been fears that the IPL was a soft target for bookmakers but no one took this seriously," he said. He pointed out that the involvement of players in spot fixing or any sort of corruption had badly tainted the image of the sport. "It doesn't matter which country you belong to but if you are corrupt you are causing irreparable damage to cricket." Abbas said that the spot fixing scandal had only confirmed the fact that Asia had become a hotbed for cricket bookmakers and gamblers who were always out to lure and corrupt players. "This menace is only increasing in Asia and everyone now needs to come out with strong legislation and measures to ensure this menace doesn't spread further," he added. Former captain Wasim Bari blamed the influx of money into cricket as the primary reason for the growing greed among some players. "It is shameful what has happened. It is a sad day that again we have a situation where players might be sent to jail for corruption." Bari, who heads the anti-corruption and education wing of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said he was appalled that despite several measures taken by the ICC to educate players, there are some who still risk everything for a few bucks. "This incident is not only a blot on the IPL but also on cricket as a whole," he said. Former wicketkeeper-batsman Moin Khan said cricket had suffered more damage with the latest spot fixing scandal.
A late onslaught by Ben Rohrer was not enough for the Delhi Daredevils as they slumped to a seven-run defeat against the Kings XI Punjab in the Pepsi Indian Premier League clash at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on Thursday. Full Scorecard: Punjab v Delhi After being sent in to bat, Punjab posted 171 for four in their 20 overs thanks to an undefeated 44 from South African David Miller. Delhi were down and out, but a late surge from the Australian, Rohrer (49), brought Delhi close, as they ended on 164 for seven, with Sandeep Sharma claiming 3-23 in four overs, which put the visitors on the back foot. Adam Gilchrist (42) and fellow Australian Shaun Marsh (45) made the perfect start for the home side as they added 60 for the first wicket off just 46 deliveries. Gilchrist hit five fours and two sixes in his 26-ball innings, after being dropped on eight by Umesh Yadav off Morne Morkel in the third over. Azhar Mahmood (nine) struggled before being brilliantly caught by Siddarth Kaul on the boundary. Once Mahmood departed, Miller and Marsh added 34 for the third wicket before Marsh's pedestrian innings came to an end, being caught by Irfan Pathan off Morkel (1-22). The departure of Marsh signalled the beginning of the Miller onslaught, as the big-hitting Proteas batsman and Rajagopal Sathish (22) smashed 47 off only 21 balls for the fourth wicket. Morkel and Pathan (1-28) were the only bowlers to escape the wrath of Miller and Sathish as Kaul (0-39), Yadav (0-38) and Ashish Nehra (2-38) all conceded more than nine runs to the over. This video is not available in your region The Delhi reply began slowly, with Mahela Jayawardene (39) and Unmukt Chand (seven) scoring 11 off 16 balls before Chand was cleaned bowled by Praveen Kumar (1-19) in the third over. Sharma then struck twice in his first over, claiming the wickets of Pathan (one) and David Warner, with successive deliveries. The Daredevils had slumped to 12 for three at the end of the fourth over. The visitors struggled to regroup, with Jayawardene consistently leaving the ball outside off-stump. A 49-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Jayawardene and his regular opening partner, Virender Sehwag (30), brought some respectability to the score. Parvinder Awana (1-28) then got Sehwag to edge one to Gilchrist behind the stumps, giving the former Australian wicketkeeper his second catch of the night. Rohrer then joined his captain and added a quick-fire 50 off 34 balls for the fifth wicket. Jayawardene, who had been dropped three times already in the innings, was eventually caught by Manan Vohra on the deep square-leg boundary off Sharma, giving the 19-year old right-arm medium bowler his third wicket on the night. Muralidharen Gautam (12 not out) then joined Rohrer for a swash-buckling 39 off only 18 deliveries. With 41 runs needed off the final two overs, Delhi seemed well short, but then Rohrer clobbered Mahmood (0-40) for two consecutive sixes, as the former Pakistan all-rounder conceded 19 runs off his final over. The leg-break bowler, Piyush Chawla (2-44) then cleaned bowled Rohrer with the first ball of the final over. Rohrer faced just 29 balls for his 49, hitting four fours and three maximums along the way. His dismissal brought Morkel to the crease, who then promptly smashed Chawla back over his head for six. Two balls later, the Proteas bowler smashed the spinner for another six over long-on. But Morkel was then caught by Miller on the long-on boundary off the final delivery, handing victory to the hosts by just seven runs. Morkel faced just four balls for his 13 runs. This victory keeps the Kings XI Punjab in contention for a playoff position, provided other results go their way. Delhi have now suffered their fifth consecutive defeat and go into their final match hoping to better the result of the Pune Warriors, so as to avoid ending bottom of the log. KINGS XI PUNJAB: AC Gilchrist (capt & wk), SE Marsh, Mandeep Singh, Azhar Mahmood, DA Miller, M Vohra, R Sathish, PP Chawla, P Kumar, P Awana, Sandeep Sharma DELHI DAREDEVILS: DPMD Jayawardene (capt), V Sehwag, UBT Chand, DA Warner, BJ Rohrer, CM Gautam (wk), IK Pathan, M Morkel, S Kaul, UT Yadav, A Nehra