Playing in only his fifth IPL game, the 22-year-old made full use of the helpful conditions on offer in Pune to rock Kings XI Punjab’s top-order.
The Proteas youngster dismissed Chris Gayle for a duck in his very first over after forcing the Jamaican to glove one down the leg side before generating some sharp in-swing to uproot KL Rahul’s stumps after the in-form opener shouldered arms.
The South African pacer’s first three overs went for just seven runs and he returned to wreak further havoc on the Kings XI batting line-up with his final over.
Ngidi dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin after the Kings XI skipper feathered an edge through to MS Dhoni while trying to run the ball down the third man. Two deliveries later, he had his fourth victim of the night when Andrew Tye chipped the ball straight into the hands of Suresh Raina at mid off.
The pacer’s final over yielded only three runs as he finished with figures of 4-10, which was only behind Punjab pacer Ankit Rajpoot’s 5-14 against Sunrisers.
Ngidi’s efforts saw Kings XI Punjab bowled out for 153 runs after being made to bat first in the final league fixture of the IPL this year.
In yet another thrilling encounter in IPL 2018, the Delhi Daredevils got some revenge on bitter rivals Mumbai Indians, ending their season with a heart-stopping 11-run victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground.
Here we look at some of the talking points from the game:
ONE MIRACLE TOO MANY FOR MUMBAI
The Indians looked like pulling off yet another great escape after Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting brought them back from the brink with a swash-buckling 37 runs off 20 balls to leave them needing just 12 runs off the final five balls.
But just when it looked like the Indians would steal into the play-offs the tall Queenslander mis-cued a hoik down the ground off Harshal Patel and was caught by his Australian team mate Glenn Maxwell.
Cutting however can’t be blamed as his lone hand almost rescued the Indians after they seemed dead and buried at 7 for 122 in the 14th over.
The target of 175 was very gettable on a fast pitch with a bone dry outfield and it was the failure of the batsmen up the order who must bare the brunt.
Ishan Kishan (5), Kieron Pollard (7), Rohit Sharma (13) and Krunal Pandya (4), batting in the key positions No3 to No6, contributed just 29 runs between them from 34 balls. once again heaping pressure on the batsmen late in the innings.
Despite Cutting’s best efforts, this time Mumbai ran out of miracles.
RISHABH PANT SHINES AGAIN
It is certainly no fault of the elegant left-hander that Delhi collected the wooden spoon.
Pant was the top scorer in the preliminary rounds with 684 runs from 14 matches (SR: 173.6), including a superb 128 not out against the Sunrisers off just 63 balls – the highest score of the tournament to date.
He is also did a tidy job for Delhi behind the stumps.
If the rest of his team mates had performed anywhere like Pant, Delhi would be preparing for the playoffs now – not preparing holiday plans.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN
Both Mumbai and Delhi will be sitting with heads hung low this evening.
The Daredevils were desperate to be the party-pooper for the Mumbai Indians, which they achieved, but they will take little consolation from that as the last two matches have simply shown what they could have achieved.
Delhi have defeated the playoffs bound Chennai as well as Mumbai in their last two matches, and if they had performed at these levels earlier in the tournament who knows where they may have finished.
Similarly Mumbai who lost five of their first six matches, simply leaving themselves too much to do.
The Indians know they could have gone all the way except for their slow start.
The 17-year-old Nepalese leg-spinner took three top order wickets (3-32) to break the back of Mumbai Indians’ batting. Lamichhane opened the bowling and didn’t flinch despite being targeted by Mumbai opener Suryakumar Yadav.
Lamichhane deceived Yadav in the opening over to have him caught at long-on while he also accounted for the scalps of the dangerous Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya to finish the season on a high.
It was just the third match of the tournament for the teenager but he has only gotten better with each outing.
RUNS CONCEDED: 36
Lamichhane didn’t get affected by the attacking style of Mumbai opener Suryakumar Yadav. The opening batsman hit the spinner for a four and a six off the first two balls of the innings but the Lamichhane hit back in the same over, getting the batsman to miscue a leg-side shot towards long on.
In his next over, he got two big scalps. Pollard mishit the spinner down the ground where tag-team work by fielders Glenn Maxwell and Trent Boult accounted for the West Indian. And in the same over, Lamichhane got Krunal to miscue a drive towards cover off a googly. Job done.
Lamichhane was attacked the first two balls he bowled but he didn’t take a step back. He continued to try out his variations and got his reward in the first over with he help of a googly. He complemented the other leg-spinner in the attack – Amit Mishra (3-19) – brilliantly and it were his crucial wickets at the top that kept Delhi ahead. Mumbai eventually lost by just 11 runs, which make his dismissals of Pollard and Krunal even more crucial. His final over went for just four runs, which was brilliant.
If anything, his run rate was on the higher side. Leg-spinner Mishra went for just 19 runs, which makes Lamichhane’s analysis look a bit expensive. However, on its own it was a superb effort from the Nepal spinner compared to Mishra who is one of the all-time leading wicket-takers in IPL.
The teenager has a bright future ahead and his three games in IPL will hold him in good stead.
Mishra, Lamichhane, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Rahman, Markande -- leggies have been the flavour and stars of this IPL season— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 20, 2018
Another brilliant showing from Lamichhane. The young spinner proved beyond doubt that Delhi made a mistake by not fielding him earlier in the tournament, especially when their qualification hopes were alive. Leg-spinners have ruled the roost this IPL and Lamichhane would have given Delhi the extra edge along with Mishra. It’s lesson learnt for the Daredevils and a shot in the arm for Lamichhane and Nepal cricket.