Venugopal Rao and Naman Ojha stayed unbeaten on 21 and 5 respectively to help Delhi chase down 142 run target in 18.2 overs.
With Delhi’s victory, Mumbai Indians, who are third on the table so far, qualified for the play-off stage as only Royal Challengers Bangalore will have a chance to surpass their 18 points. The result of the Sunday’s match between Bangalore and Deccan Chargers will decide the fourth team.
Punjab finished their campaign with 16 points which kept Chennai Super Kings in play-off contention, who secured 17 points from their 16 matches.
Ryan Harris ended Warner’s scintillating knock of 79 off just 44 balls, smashing 10 fours and four sixes. Warner cracked 25-ball fifty to lead Delhi Daredevils chase. Harris struck again in his next over to remove Irfan Pathan
Azhar Mahmood gave Punjab first breakthrough, dismissing Unmukt Chand, who shared 82-run stand with Warner to put Kings XI on backfoot.
Warner hammered five fours and four sixes to reach his half-century. Warner and Chand started off well for Delhi as they added 50 runs in just 37 balls to set the tone for Daredevils.
Earlier, Kings XI Punjab bounced back strongly with late heroics by Gurkeerat Singh and Azhar Mahmood as they set the competitive 142-run target for Delhi Daredevils.
Gurkeerat played a fine cameo, smashing 26 runs off just 11 balls with the help of fours boundaries and a six to help Punjab achieve 141/8 in 20 overs. Azhar Mahmood also played composed knock of 36, adding 45 runs in 24 balls with Gurkeerat.
Morne Morkel scalped three wickets in the penultimate over of the innings, removing Mahmood, Gurkeerat, Piyush Chawla as he finished with 20/4 to become new holder of Purple Cap.
Kings XI Punjab lost Siddharth Chitnis when Andre Russell broke the crucial 57-run stand between the former and Mahmood. The duo revived Punjab’s innings after losing four quick wickets at the score of 20.
Yadav was on fire, claiming his third wicket to put Kings XI on backfoot early in the game. Yadav sent David Hussey back to the pavilion to get his third scalp.
Paul Valthaty, who got the nod ahead of Nitin Saini, failed to capitalize the chance as he just scored 2 before went back to the pavilion. Morne Morkel scalped the batsman to reduce Punjab 18/3 in just 4.3 overs.
Earlier, Delhi Daredevils stand-in skipper Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and opted to bowl against Kings XI Punjab in the 69th match of the tournament.
Nitin Saini has made the way for Paul Valthaty in Punjab’s playing eleven.
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist, Mandeep Singh, Paul Valthaty, David Hussey, Azhar Mahmood, Gurkeerat Singh, Siddharth Chitnis, Piyush Chawla, Ryan Harris, Praveen Kumar, Parvinder Awana
Delhi Daredevils: David Warner, Unmukt Chand, Mahela Jayawardene, Naman Ojha, Y Venugopal Rao, Irfan Pathan, Andre Russell, Pawan Negi, Varun Aaron, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav
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