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Delhi off the mark in IPL 2016

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Amit Mishra span Delhi Daredevils to their first IPL win of 2016, taking 4-11 in an eight-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab. 

Having restricted Kings XI to just 111-9 on Thursday, the Daredevils chased it down for the loss of just two wickets in 14th over as Quinton de Kock hit an unbeaten 59.

Kings XI's innings got off to an ominous start when a terrible mix up saw Murali Vijay (1) run out in the second over after Manan Vohra had been given a life by Zaheer Khan, who dropped a simple chance at extra cover.

Fourteen runs from the final over of the powerplay saw Kings XI reach 37-1 but they lost a second wicket off the first ball of the seventh over, Mishra beating Shaun Marsh (13) in the flight as the batsman advanced, allowing De Kock to whip off the bails and complete a straightforward stumping.

It was the leg-spinner's second over that really did the damage though, as he got rid of Kings XI's two big dangermen - first, trapping David Miller (9) lbw and then having Glenn Maxwell caught at long on for a three-ball duck.

Vohra (32) was Mishra's next victim, the opener completely undone by a googly that pegged back his leg stump to leave Punjab reeling at 59-5 in the 11th over.

Wriddhiman Saha (3) was back in the hutch soon after, brilliantly run out by JP Duminy's direct hit - the South African running in from backward point and finding his mark with just one stump to aim at.

Pardeep Sahu (18 not out) did his best to at least ensure the innings ended with a flourish but despite taking 12 from the final over, Delhi were left needing just 112 for victory.

Kings XI did give themselves hope as they had Shreyas Iyer caught behind down the legside in the second over of Delhi's reply, Sandeep Sharma the bowler.

After being bowled out for 98 in their first game, the nerves of the Daredevils batsmen was clear to see early on and in the fifth over, De Kock over was relieved to see Vijay, running in from deep midwicket, spill a catch.

The opener was riding his luck and walked past a Sadu leg-break, but survived again as the ball whizzed past Saha behind the stumps too.

De Kock soon began to take advantage, hitting three fours from the next over to take the score past 50. Sanju Samson then got in on the act, launching the last ball of ninth over over long on for a maximum.

That stroke seemed to get Samson going, as he bludgeoned Mohit Sharma back over his head for four before hitting successive boundaries off Maxwell.

Not wanting to be outdone, De Kock then smashed Mitchell Johnson back over his head for a one-bounce four, pulled the next ball away to the fence over midwicket before bringing up his half-century with a hook shot into the stands.

After Samson (33) was bowled by Axar Patel, it was left to Pawan Negi to hit the winning runs, launching a six over midwicket.

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