Delhi Capitals secured just their second home win in the Indian Premier League this season, beating the Kings XI Punjab by five wickets to bolster their play-off hopes.

The Capitals had lost three of their previous four games at the Feroz Shah Kotla, including a 40-run defeat against Mumbai Indians last time out that saw them struggle to chase a target of 169.

However, they had no such problems in replying to the Kings XI's total of 163-7 on Saturday, a half-century up front from Shikhar Dhawan putting them on course.

While they rather limped over the line, not helped by losing two late wickets, captain Shreyas Iyer (58 not out) saw his team to victory with two balls to spare as he passed the personal milestone of 1,500 runs in the competition.

Chris Gayle had earlier blasted 69 from 37 deliveries but Kings XI failed to capitalise on the opener's onslaught, Delhi spin duo Sandeep Lamichhane (3-40) and Axar Patel (2-22) impressing for the hosts.

The Capitals now have 12 points from 10 games to sit third in the standings. The franchise have not finished higher than sixth at the end of the round-robin stage of an IPL campaign since 2012.

LAMI TO THE SLAUGHTER? NOT QUITE!

Gayle gave Kings XI early impetus in their innings, including finding the boundary four times in one over from Lamichhane during the powerplay.

Yet the Nepal international had the last word in his personal duel with the left-hander, benefiting from a relay catch in the deep as Colin Ingram cleverly threw the ball across to team-mate Axar before stepping over the rope.

The clever piece of fielding sent Gayle on his way, with Lamichhane also accounting for Sam Curran - deceived by a glorious googly - four balls later.

 

DELHI RUN INTO TROUBLE

Dhawan shared a 92-run stand for the second wicket with Iyer after cutting short his opening stand with Prithvi Shaw.

The pair had plundered 24 runs from the first three overs before a Dhawan drive to cover led to confusion. Shaw responded to an initial call for a single, only to be sent back. Stranded out of his ground, he could only watch on as Mandeep produced a direct hit.

There was also an unnecessary run out towards the end of Delhi's innings too, Axar colliding with bowler Mohammed Shami as he turned for a risky second. The contact, while minimal, cost him any chance of making it back, meaning his only delivery at the crease saw him score one run and yet still be dismissed.

Hardik and Krunal Pandya's fine stand preceded a superb showing with the ball from Rahul Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah as Mumbai Indians cemented their top-four spot with a comprehensive 40-run win over Delhi Capitals.

Only net run-rate separated these two sides in the Indian Premier League standings before Thursday's meeting in Delhi.

But it was the visitors who leapfrogged their opponents into second in the table with Hardik's 32 off 15 balls and Krunal's unbeaten 37 boosting Mumbai to a competitive 168-5 on a slow track.

The Capitals made a decent start in reply with Shikhar Dhawan (35 off 22) and Prithvi Shaw (20) putting on 49 for the first wicket.

Chahar (3-19) accounted for both men, though, and the wickets fell at regular intervals with Bumrah (2-18) playing his part in shutting out the hosts as the Capitals limped to 128-9.

 

SPINNERS GIVE CAPITALS A CHANCE

On a pitch that played slow and low, the spin of Axar Patel (1-17) and Amit Mishra (1-18) ensured the Capitals kept Mumbai's run-rate down.

Mishra took the crucial wicket of Rohit Sharma, who played around a delivery having struck three fours and a six in his 22-ball 30, which helped him past 8,000 T20 runs.

 

PANDYA BROS TAKE A STAND

Quinton de Kock's 35 off 27 and Suryakumar Yadav's 26 built on Rohit's early knock, before the Pandya brothers took Mumbai to a competitive score with a late flurry.

Hardik smacked three sixes in an electric cameo before edging Kagiso Rabada behind, while Krunal found the boundary on five occasions.

Together the duo put on 54, and 50 runs in the last three overs crucially boosted the tally.

 

CHAHAR, BUMRAH DO THE DAMAGE

The turning point of the Capitals' chase came when a Chahar delivery ricocheted off Dhawan's pads and onto the stumps.

Shaw then sent a catch off the same man to Hardik at long-on and Chahar also claimed Shreyas Iyer with a beauty that hit the top of off.

Bumrah snared the big wicket of Rishabh Pant with one that nipped back and he later took out Axar (26) as the Capitals were not given a sniff.

Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered a dramatic batting collapse to lose by 39 runs against Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

Chasing 156 to the do the double over the Capitals this season, Hyderabad were 101-2 at one stage in their reply with captain David Warner going well.

However, they lost their last eight wickets in a hurry for 15 runs to be bowled out for 116, only Warner - who made 51 - and opening partner Jonny Bairstow (41) reaching double figures.

Keemo Paul posted impressive figures of 3-17 while there were also a trio of wickets apiece for South African duo Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada.

Earlier, Shreyas Iyer top scored for Delhi with 45, while Colin Munro was the only batsmen who managed to play fluently in the contest, making 40 from just 24 deliveries.

The Capitals finished up on 155-7, a total their seam-dominated attack comfortably defended as they condemned the fading Sunrisers to a third successive loss.

 

MUNRO GETS THINGS MOVING

Delhi found the going tough after being asked to bat, not helped by Khaleel Ahmed dismissing openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan cheaply.

Leg-spinner Rashid Khan restricted the Capitals further during his impressive four-over stint, giving up only 22 runs while picking up the wicket of all-rounder Morris, who was bowled by a delivery that hurried through off the pitch.

However, Munro's blitz - he scored 34 of his runs in boundaries - lifted the pace. Iyer's innings spanned 40 balls, while the usually aggressive Rishabh Pant was restricted to 23 from 19.

 

FROM (HYDERA)BAD TO WORSE

While Warner and Bairstow put on 72 for the first wicket, Hyderabad's progress was steady rather than spectacular.

Paul broke the stand when he tempted Bairstow with a slower delivery that ended up in the hands of Rabada in the deep, with the West Indies all-rounder following up with the dismissal of Kane Williamson.

With the pressure building, Morris capitalised. The seamer claimed three wickets in an eventful 18th over as Hyderabad's chase fell apart, meaning they were bowled out with eight balls remaining.

The impressive victory - their fifth in eight outings so far - moves Delhi up to second in the table.

Shikhar Dhawan made a sublime 97 not out as he combined with Rishabh Pant to steer the Delhi Capitals to a seven-wicket win over the Kolkata Knight Riders.

India star Dhawan brilliantly carried his bat, though he fell agonisingly short of three figures at Eden Gardens, as the Capitals chased down a target of 179 with seven balls remaining.

International team-mate Pant provided able assistance in a swashbuckling partnership before holing out to the long-on boundary in the 18th over, but the Capitals earned back-to-back wins to move into fourth position in the Indian Premier League standings.

Earlier, Shubman Gill made 65 off 39 and the electric Andre Russell 45 off 21, but the Knight Riders will be disappointed by a total of 178-7 when at one stage it looked as though a score closer to 200 was achievable.


RUSSELL DISMISSAL HALTS KNIGHT RIDERS' MOMENTUM

On a track suited to high scoring, the Knight Riders were ticking along nicely.

Gill made a fluent half-century with seven fours and two sixes after England's Ashes hopeful Joe Denly, playing in the IPL rather than in the County Championship for Kent, was bowled first ball on debut by Ishant Sharma.

Gill was unfortunate that a clean-looking strike off Keemo Paul went straight to the hands of Axar Patel, who took a sharp catch at short fine leg.

The big-hitting Russell was typically aggressive in his approach, with four sixes and three fours smashed in 21 deliveries. However, he slashed a Chris Morris full toss straight to third man in the penultimate over.


DHAWAN, PANT SHOW CAPITALS ARE UP FOR THE CHASE

The Capitals have seen a couple of disappointing chases slip through their fingers, but it was a textbook effort on this occasion.

Dhawan may have missed out on a maiden IPL century but it was an assured 63-ball knock from the left-hander that included 11 fours and a pair of sixes.

Pant will hope for a spot in India’s squad for the Cricket World Cup later this year and this knock will only have enhanced his chances.

His 46 runs came off 31 balls as he proved the able foil for Dhawan in a 105-run partnership that was crucial to the Capitals' success.

Delhi Capitals sauntered to a 150-run chase to seal their four-wicket away win against struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

Virat Kohli's RCB have now lost six games from six in this year's competition and their miserable run continued as they were on the back foot from the outset.

The skipper top-scored with a steady 41, but his was far from a spectacular innings and his side scarcely looked like recovering the situation with ball in hand.

Kagiso Rabada starred with 4-21 for Delhi in the RCB innings, before his captain Shreyas Iyer smashed past the home side with ease after arriving at the crease early.

Shreyas made 67 off 50, with eight fours and two maximums, and even a shaky finale could not stop the Capitals from sealing victory with seven balls to spare.

 

LABOURED START

RCB struggled to find any real momentum early on and instead saw batsmen depart each time they looked to push the pace.

Parthiv Patel (9) was caught by Sandeep Lamichhane in the deep, while compatriots Rabada and Colin Ingram accounted for AB de Villiers (17).

Marcus Stoinis (15) also went after it and picked out Rahul Tewatia, leaving captain Kohli frustrated at the other end of the pitch as he too scored slowly.

BIG-HITTERS HALTED

Moeen Ali took the same approach as those who went before him and briefly enjoyed some success, smashing three sixes and making 32 off just 18 until Lamichhane's googly tempted him forwards and he was stumped.

Kohli belatedly went on the offensive, yet was similarly punished when he came face to face with Rabada, who then tore through the RCB order. The South Africa star also accounted for Akshdeep Nath (19) and Pawan Negi (0) in a sensational 3-5 over.

However, the home side's more aggressive end to the innings saw them at least reach a respectable total of 149-8.

SHREYAS SHINES

There was no rush for the Capitals in their response, but consistently sloppy RCB fielding allowed the visitors to produce handy totals.

Any hope RCB gained from Shikhar Dhawan's first-ball departure was brutally extinguished by Shreyas' superb batting display.

Kohli wore a look of resignation as Shreyas repeatedly found the gaps in a boundary-laden performance and his departure came too late - even with Rishabh Pant (18) and Chris Morris (0) quickly following - as an Axar Patel four completed the chase with seven balls and four wickets remaining.

Mohammad Nabi again starred for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they beat Delhi Capitals by five wickets to claim a third consecutive Indian Premier League win.

Nabi came in for injured captain Kane Williamson against Royal Challengers Bangalore last week and contributed an outstanding 4-11 - and he was again the key man in the Sunrisers' bowling effort on Thursday.

He took 2-21 and made a pair of catches as the Capitals were reduced to 129-8, with home skipper Shreyas Iyer scoring 43 in vain.

The Capitals' stingy bowling still threatened to make something of the match after the big-hitting Jonny Bairstow went for 48, but Nabi was there again with an unbeaten 17 to complete a successful chase with nine balls to spare.

 

NABI NABS EARLY WICKETS

Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed the dangerous Prithvi Shaw's off stump when he was on 11 and the Capitals mustered only a modest 36-2 in the powerplay.

Shikhar Dhawan (12) departed with a mistimed sweep from Nabi's delivery and the bowler collected his second wicket when Rishabh Pant (5) failed to beat Deepak Hooda on the boundary.

Delhi continued to struggle to score at any real rate and Nabi kept making inroads, this time comfortably catching a shot from Rahul Tewatia (5) in the field, having been denied the same man's wicket in the previous over due to umpire's call on lbw.

RASHID ENDS IYER RESISTANCE

There was little improvement from the Capitals as their innings wore on and Manish Pandey took a superb stooping catch to send back Colin Ingram on five.

Rashid Khan - economical like his team-mates - was still waiting for a wicket, but the breakthrough finally came and it was a big one as he removed Delhi captain Iyer - the only man to put up any sort of fight - seven short of his half-century when the ball crept under his bat into off stump.

Chris Morris (17) picked out Bhuvneshwar off Nabi, yet a late effort from Axar Patel (23 not out) - which included two maximums - at least gave the hosts hope of an unlikely turnaround.

NERVES AFTER BAIRSTOW GOES

Bairstow hit the ground running, with one lovely delicate lob over the fielders for four the highlight of a dominant powerplay. Sunrisers were 62-0, with 47 runs from Bairstow, through six overs.

The England star departed lbw before reaching his 50 and the scoring slowed considerably, as David Warner (10), Vijay Shankar (16), Pandey (10) and Hooda (10) each reached double figures but failed to build a big total.

Delhi's defence of their meagre total suddenly looked possible, only for Nabi and Yusuf Pathan to plunder some late boundaries and seal victory.

Match-winner Sam Curran said he did not even realise he had claimed a hat-trick in a sensational finale to Kings XI Punjab's 14-run victory over Delhi Capitals.

Playing only his second Indian Premier League match, England all-rounder Curran claimed wickets with each of his last three balls and finished with 4-11 from 2.2 overs as the Kings XI pulled off a remarkable heist in Chandigarh.

The Capitals were cruising at 144-3 in the 17th over as they pursued a target of 167, but they then lost seven wickets for eight runs in 17 legal deliveries, with Curran and Mohammed Shami (2-27) doing the bulk of the damage.

After dismissing Harshal Patel with the final ball of the 18th over and then Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane at the start of the 20th, Curran said: "Someone just told me that I got a hat-trick; I didn't really know towards the end.

"The crowd actually got so loud, I couldn't hear myself think or anything like that.

"The boys were all out there helping me and Ash [Kings XI skipper Ravichandran Ashwin] just told me to do what I do and just try and focus on me and the batsman and nothing else. I nailed a few yorkers and we won.

"Shami bowled two amazing overs at the end there, which helped as well."

Curran had earlier made a brief impact with the bat, thumping 20 from 10 balls in the unfamiliar role of opener with Chris Gayle out injured.

"I have opened in school cricket, but I think that was the first time in professional cricket that I've opened the batting," said Curran. "I've been working on my batting a lot over the last few months.

"I really enjoyed it and I'm sure Chris will be straight back in the side, but it's a great squad that we've got and hopefully we can keep winning games."

Sam Curran claimed an incredible hat-trick as Delhi Capitals suffered a dreadful collapse in a dramatic defeat to Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League on Monday.

The Capitals looked to be well in command as they hunted down a target of 167 and needed just 23 runs off 21 balls with seven wickets in hand.

However, the departure of Rishabh Pant, who had looked in dangerous form, for 39 prompted an unbelievable meltdown.

Including Pant's dismissal, the Capitals lost seven wickets and added just eight runs in 17 legal deliveries with Curran (4-11) the hero for Kings XI.

The England left-arm seamer picked up four in five legal balls, claiming a hat-trick with the wicket of Sandeep Lamichhane that saw Delhi lose by 14 runs as they were bowled out for 152.

Earlier, David Miller (43 off 30) and Sarfaraz Khan (39 off 29) played pivotal roles in the Kings XI innings.

The fine death bowling of Kagiso Rabada (2-32) and Chris Morris (3-30) kept them to 166-9 but the South African stars were outdone by Curran's remarkable late show.

RABADA REINS IN KINGS XI

Kings XI entered the 18th over well positioned to put up a much more challenging target on 141-5.

However, Rabada frustrated them, a delivery short of a length proving too quick for Hardus Viljoen. Morris removed Ravichandran Ashwin before Murugan Ashwin became the next victim of Rabada, who then ran out Mohammed Shami at the non-striker's end.

What was set to be a wonderful final over for the Proteas star was somewhat tarnished, however, as Mandeep Singh crashed the last two balls for four and six.

 

CURRAN SPARKS CAPITALS COLLAPSE

Few could have envisaged the Capitals losing this encounter late in the chase, even after Shami knocked over Pant's middle stump.

Yet Morris was run out by Ravichandran Ashwin at the non-striker's end and Delhi never recovered from there as they wilted in the face of an outstanding spell from Curran.

Colin Ingram (38 off 29) hit him to substitute fielder Karun Nair and Harshal Patel edged behind to leave Delhi seven down.

Shami removed Hanuma Vihari in the penultimate over and Curran never gave Delhi a hope of taking 15 off the last, successive yorkers seeing the end of Rabada and Lamichhane to complete a terrific turnaround that sent the Mohali crowd into raptures.

Dwayne Bravo put the brakes on Delhi Capitals to set up a six-wicket Indian Premier League win for Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. 

The Super Kings produced a brilliant bowling performance to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first match of the tournament, bowling their opponents out for 70, and they were on the money again to make it two victories out of two. 

Delhi lost their way on a slow and low track at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground after Bravo (3-33) dismissed the dangerous Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram in the 16th over. 

There was to be no late onslaught for a Capitals side that won their first game, Shikhar Dhawan also falling to Bravo for 51 in their total of 147-6. 

Ravindra Jadeja recorded figures of 1-23 from his four overs after Deepak Chahar put the squeeze on at the start of the Delhi innings, claiming 1-20. 

Shane Watson made 44 to get Chennai off to a strong start and MS Dhoni was unbeaten on 32, with Bravo hitting the winning runs in the final over.

 

CHAHAR SETS THE TONE

While Bravo claimed key wickets later in the innings, it was a disciplined spell from Chahar that kept Delhi in check. 

The seamer bowled his four-over allocation straight through, conceding just two boundaries and limiting the Capitals' gains with 12 dot balls. 

Chahar deserved more than just the one wicket he claimed, which came in the fifth over when Prithvi Shaw (24) was taken by Watson at midwicket.

 

BRAVO BURST TOPPLES CAPITALS

All-rounder Bravo's first over went for 17 runs as Dhawan and Pant attempted to provide some impetus to the innings. 

Bravo responded by removing Pant - who had made a match-winning 78 not out against Mumbai Indians - for 25, with Shardul Thakur taking the catch at deep square leg to prompt a dance from the West Indian. 

Ingram followed two balls later, picking out Suresh Raina in the covers to leave Delhi on 122-4, and Thakur clung on again to see the back of Dhawan, who hit seven boundaries in his half-century.

 

WATSON WHIRLWIND, DHONI DELIVERS YET AGAIN

Watson and Dhoni showed there is no substitute for experience in the Super Kings' successful run chase. 

Former Australia all-rounder Watson flexed his muscles at the top of the order, smashing three sixes in a swashbuckling 26-ball knock before he was brilliantly stumped by Pant off Amit Mishra (2-35). 

Raina and Kedar Jadhav chipped in with 30 and 27 respectively, but it was Dhoni who thrived in the role of finisher yet again, frustrating Delhi on a testing track before Bravo whipped Kagiso Rabada for four to win it with two balls to spare.

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