IPL 2019: when Keemo Paul returned to harass Khaleel Ahmed
NEW DELHI: Wednesday Night, Capitals Of Delhi (DC) Achieved His First Victory In A Premier League India (IPL) Play-off Match In Five Attempts In 12 Years. A Eliminator Who Bites His Nails Saw Them Expelling Sunrisers Hyderabad (SSR) With A Victory Of Two Windows. Now They Will Face Chennai Super Kings In The Second Classification On Friday To Decide The Opponents Of The Mumbai Indians In The Final On Sunday.
A Game Of Fortunes That Oscillates Wildly, Was Reduced To The End And Delhi Maintained Its Value To Reach Home With A Leftover Ball. However, In Some Way, There Was An Air Of Familiarity About The Outcome And How Things Developed, Especially For DC Keemo Paul And Those Of SSR Khaleel Ahmed .
In the league-stage match against Hyderabad on April 14, Paul's figures of 4-0-17-3, including the big wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson, earned him the Man-of-the-Match award as Delhi earned a crucial away win by 39 runs .
SRH should have remembered. Paul may not have been the 'Man of the Match' in Wednesday's Eliminator but he was all over Hyderabad .
The West Indian medium-pacer prized out three wickets yet again. Chasing SRH's 162, Delhi seemed to have the match in the bag but Paul was called on to bat with the equation reading 12 off 11. A couple of wickets later, it had come down to two off two balls. Khaleel wasn't easy to face with his cutters. But then Paul fittingly smashed the penultimate ball of the innings for a boundary .
The situation was somewhat similar on February 14, 2016. And Khaleel should have remembered that .
It was the final of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup between India and West Indies in Dhaka. Paul had wiped out India's tail, bowling them out in 45.1 overs for 145. Even as West Indies wobbled in the chase at 77/5, Paul joined Keacy Carty to stitch an unbeaten 69-run partnership for the sixth wicket. The last over then was also bowed by Khaleel, with West Indies needing three runs. And it was Paul who scored the winning runs, as West Indies won with three balls to spare to secure their maiden U-19 World Cup title .