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.

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.

Peter Handscomb hit his maiden one-day ton before Ashton Turner hammered Australia to a record-breaking four-wicket win over India, levelling the series at 2-2 with a game to play.

Shikhar Dhawan hit a career-best 143 and Rohit Sharma made 95 as India posted 358-9, the second-highest score posted in Mohali at the halfway stage of the contest.

Yet Australia impressively overhauled their opponents' total with 13 balls to spare, Handscomb setting up the chase with 117 as he and Usman Khawaja (91) shared a stand worth 192 after coming together at 12-2.

Still, the tourists required a stunning late onslaught from Turner, who cleared the ropes six times as he capitalised on three reprieves to help his team complete their highest ever run chase in the 50-over format.

The all-rounder hit an unbeaten 84 from just 43 deliveries to set up a series-deciding showdown in the fifth and final ODI, which takes place in Delhi on Wednesday.

Pat Cummins had earlier claimed his first five-wicket haul in the format, yet India still managed to post a sizeable score after opting to bat first.

Dhawan had scored just 22 runs in the first three games but returned to form with his 16th one-day ton, the left-hander putting on 193 with opening partner Rohit, who looked set to reach three figures himself until holing out to deep midwicket.

After centuries in his last two knocks, Virat Kohli made just seven as wickets tumbled in the closing overs, Cummins taking four of them in his final two overs to finish with figures of 5-70.

Australia's task in reply suffered a disastrous start when they lost skipper Aaron Finch - cleaned up by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a two-ball duck - and Shaun Marsh (6) early.

Khawaja and Handscomb combined superbly to put the pressure back on their opponents, though the former missed out on a second successive hundred when a running Kuldeep Yadav held on to a top edge. 

Glenn Maxwell made a breezy 23 but the wicket of Handscomb, whose attempt to hit Yuzvendra Chahal over the rope presented a simple catch to long off, appeared to put India in control of the contest. 

Turner, however, had other ideas. Making the most of a missed stumping by Pant - as well as two drops in the outfield - he hit a barrage of boundaries, flipping what at one stage seemed a taxing equation into a formality.

Mohammed Shami took his 100th ODI wicket in record time and Shikhar Dhawan passed 5000 runs as India started their tour with an eight-wicket hammering of New Zealand after sun stopped play in Napier. 

India, on a high after a successful tour of Australia, skittled the Black Caps out for only 157 in the day-night match at McLean Park on Wednesday, captain Kane Williamson (64) making the only significant contribution. 

Shami (3-19) set the tone with a magnificent new-ball burst to become the fastest India bowler to reach 100 wickets in his 56th ODI, before spinners Kuldeep Yadav (4-39) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2-43) came to the fore. 

Dhawan was dropped on 31 and finished unbeaten on 75 after becoming the fifth-quickest to the 5000 landmark in his 118th ODI innings, which was stopped for over half an hour when the sun set at an awkward angle. 

Virat Kohli made 45 as the tourists reached a revised Duckworth-Lewis-Stern target of 156 with 85 balls to spare in a one-sided beginning to the five-match series.

A probing Shami had New Zealand in trouble on 18-2 to break Irfan Pathan's record after Willamson won the toss, Martin Guptill playing on before the Colin Munro was cleaned up off the seamer's first ball from around the wicket. 

Williamson was given a life when he was put down by Kedar Jadhav on 20, but the wickets continued to tumble, with Chahal snaring Ross Taylor and Tom Latham caught and bowled. 

Henry Nicholls was superbly caught by Kuldeep off Jadhav and Santner fell leg before as Williamson ticked along at the other end and reached 50 from 63 balls, but was running out of partners. 

New Zealand lost their last four wickets for only 11 runs, Williamson dismissed by Kuldeep, who also saw the back of Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult in a flash. 

Rohit Sharma missed out when he edged Doug Bracewell to Guptill before India's run chase was halted due to the sun - not for the first time at this venue. 

Dhawan was put down by wicketkeeper Latham when he misjudged a hook after play resumed and the opener took advantage of that stroke of luck. 

The left-hander struck six boundaries put on 91 with Kohli as India eased to victory, the skipper edging Ferguson behind five short of a half-century, leaving Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu to finish it. 

India scrambled a single off the last ball to seal a six-wicket victory and complete a whitewash of West Indies after Shikhar Dhawan made his highest Twenty20 international score in Chennai.

The Windies have had trouble getting out India skipper Virat Kohli, and they may be relieved not to see him in the 12-man squad they will face in a T20I series that begins tomorrow at Eden Gardens. 

Centuries from Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan saw India to a record nine-wicket win over fierce rivals Pakistan that sealed their spot in the Asia Cup final.

An opening stand of 174 was not enough for Hong Kong to claim a shock win over India in the Asia Cup as they were beaten by 26 runs.

India handed a debut to rising star Rishabh Pant as one of three changes to their team for the third Test with England at Trent Bridge. 

India's top order have been urged to do some soul-searching by captain Virat Kohli after the first-Test loss to England at Edgbaston.

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