Incredible turnaround! Last 17 balls: 8 runs | 7 wickets. Sam Curran bags a hat-trick! Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Capitals by 14 runs. Chasing a below-par score, the Capitals lost the in-form Prithvi off the very first ball. But the duo of Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer weathered the storm with a half-century partnership.
The crowd in Mohali has gone berserk. No one can believe what was just happened. Don't think even Punjab would have dreamt about this. Pant and Ingram at the crease. Morris, Vihari and Rabada to come - yet the bowling team wins. Some exceptional bowling performance this by the home side, registering its 6th successive home win and Sam Curran strutting his stuff in the death.
There could be two opinions in where the game turned - Pant's dismissal by Shami? A ball before, he tonked one out of the park. The next, the stumps were sent flying. Next ball, Morris was run out for a golden duck. Then Sam Curran struck twice in the space of 3 balls next over and the game was snatched from the jaws of defeat. Curran took a hat-trick as well, picking up 4 wickets in his last 5 balls! Nothing much to write about the other bowlers though Ravichandran Ashwin did take a couple of wickets. Punjab's game to miss for the first 16 overs - then theirs to lose in the next 17 balls. Unbelievable.
What can we say about Delhi? Restricted Punjab to a below-par total, got dew, took full toll of the same, coasted to what looked like an easy win but then... Again, the blame falls on Pant, like in that game against Kolkata. One individual half century would have done the job. They got 4 scores in the range of 28-39. 6 single-digit scores, 5 OF THEM BEING DUCKS.
Delhi skipper, Shreyas Iyer, says that they are really disappointed to lose from a great position. Adds that they didn't play smartly and Punjab were very calm and composed. Mentions that it was an important match and can hurt them later on in the tournament. States that the equation was very simple but losing wickets in succession and batsmen not taking initiative to finish the game off cost them, something he thinks they need to work on. On the pitch, Iyer feels that they didn't bowl well but mentions that they pulled things back towards the end. Believes that they need to stay motivated and train themselves mentally on how to finish matches.
Victorious Punjab captain, Ravichandran Ashwin, smiles and says that they got out of jail. Adds that they just hung in there and credits Curran and Shami for bowling brilliantly. Feels they were about 25 short but backed themselves to defend it with their spinners. Mentions that dew also came in and it got easier to bat but he is delighted that they hung in really well. Informs that they would have batted first had they won the toss and given license to Curran to bat up front in the absence of Gayle. Feels there was some grip in the surface for the bowlers. Mentions that they have a great bunch of boys with a nice mix of experience and youth and they are enjoying every moment. Praises all the fans for following and supporting them.
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul(w), Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Ingram, Hanuma Vihari, Harshal Patel, Chris Morris, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan