Finch catch seals dramatic IPL win for Punjab

Aaron Finch took the winning catch as Kings XI Punjab claimed a dramatic last-ball win over fellow Australian Glenn Maxwell's Delhi Daredevils to go top in the Indian Premier League.

Delhi, chasing 144 to win, needed five runs off the final delivery but as Shreyas Iyer went for the glory hit he holed out to Finch at long off, leaving his side beaten by four runs and bottom of the table with just one win from five matches.

For the last over, Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin had given the ball to 17-year-old spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman of Afghanistan with Delhi needing 17 for victory. Rahman conceded 12 runs in his first five balls, but Finch made sure when he claimed Iyer's hit with a fine reverse-cupped take.

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"If we were serious about winning, this is a game we needed to win," Ashwin said. "They wanted to attack, which fell into our hands."

Punjab were without West Indies blaster Chris Gayle at the top of the order, rested after three big knocks in his team's three successive wins.

The other in-form Punjab opener, Lokesh Rahul (23), fell inside the batting powerplay when he tried to scoop Englishman Liam Plunkett (3-17) but was caught at short fine leg.

Karun Nair (34) and Mayank Agarwal (21) both got starts before falling to Plunkett, who made a dream debut in Delhi's four-man seam attack only after Kagiso Rabada was ruled out of the IPL because of a back injury.


Seamers Trent Boult (2-21) and Avesh Khan (2-36) also picked up wickets as Punjab lost them at regular intervals to slip to 8-143.

But Delhi paid the price for dropping South African David Miller on six and 10 in successive overs as he went on to score 26 off 19 balls.

Delhi's chase ran into early trouble when it lost Maxwell (22) and captain Gautam Gambhir (four) inside the first five overs to be reeling at 3-42.

Mujeeb then clean-bowled dangerman Rishabh Pant (four) off his first delivery and, when Aussie Daniel Christian was run out for six, Delhi had lost half of the side for 76 in 12 overs.

Iyer and Tewatia brought Delhi back with a 47-run stand, then Australian quick Andrew Tye (2-25) deceived Tewatia off a slower delivery and had him caught behind.

Iyer raised his half-century with a straight six off Mujeeb in the last over, but his valiant 57 went in vain on the last ball of the match as they ended on 8-139.


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