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Dharmsala: Riding on a brilliant unbeaten 95 by Shikhar Dhawan and a disciplined bowling performance, iced with Amit Mishra’s hat-trick, Deccan Chargers registered an emphatic 82 runs victory over Kings XI Punjab at Dharmsala.
KXIP were bundled out for 116 in 19 overs. Skipper Adam Gilchrist top scored for Punjab with 51 runs whereas the next high score for KXIP was just 13 runs by Shaun Marsh and Piyush Chawla.
Amit Mishra ended with remarkable figures of 4-16-9-4. Dan Christian picked up two wickets and held equal number of catches. Mishra’s miserly spell helped him notch up the second hat trick in IPL when Ryan Harris tried to cut the ball ending up edging it to Dhawan at first slip.
Gilchrist was the only batsman to put up some kind of a fight, but his wicket opened the floodgates for Deccan Chargers, as in the space of five overs, the entire middle order was wiped out by Pragyan Ojha and Mishra.
Right after the strategic time-out, Dan Christian had delivered a double blow in the 10th over with the wickets of Captain Adam Gilchrist and Dinesh Karthik. Adam Gilchrist got out immediately after scoring a half century, hitting the ball straight to extra cover whereas Karthik was holed out at deep point trying to cut a wide ball.
Despite the early hiccups, KXIP seemed to be on right track in the mammoth chase of 198 as Gilchrist showed glimpses of his belligerent form he was in against RCB. Dinesh Karthik played the second fiddle to the south paw rotating the strike at regular intervals.
Chasing a total of 198, Kings XI Punjab were off to the worst start possible, as man in form Shaun Marsh and opener Paul Valthaty were dismissed within the first 6 overs.
Marsh looked good as he clobbered the very first ball he faced to the cover boundary followed by clinical cut shots to the fence off Jean Paul Duminy. But Duminy had the last laugh when Marsh misjudged a flighted delivery, edging a simple catch to short third man the very next ball.
In the first innings, Shikhar Dhawan remained unbeaten at 95 (57 balls) as Deccan Chargers put up a mammoth score of 198 against Kings XI Punjab.
Dhawan was at his blistering best, starting off with some late cuts and elegant nudges off the pads then clobbering the bowling in the slog overs. Stand in captain Cameroon White too joined Dhawan in the middle to remain unbeaten at 15.
Kings XI Punjab bowling was not up to the mark as their two main spinners Bhargav Bhatt and Piyush Chawla went for more than 10 runs per over. Ryan Harris and Ryan Maclaren came back well to finish with respectable figures but the biggest let down was the King’s lackluster fielding.
Jean Paul Duminy’s last IPL 4 innings summed up his miserable season when he was out for just 12 runs while trying to up the run rate, caught in the deep by Shaun Marsh. .
Dwarka Ravi Teja had departed in the 13th over after scoring a risky 41 ball 60 off Paul Valthathy, taken in the deep by Abhishek Nayyar. Both the openers were living dangerously and well assisted by the butterfingers of Kings XI fielders. As many as six catches were dropped by the Punjab outfit.
Riding on this luck, Dhawan and Teja had completed the first century partnership for Deccan this season. Shikhar was particularly severe on the leg side and the south paw milked 17 runs of one Piyush Chawla over.
Punjab were forced to take an early strategic time out in the 7th over itself. Batting sensibly in the first 7 overs, both the openers amassed 67 runs at a run rate of 9.57. Both the openers got early reprieves when a run out chance and a straight forward catch was dropped in the first over itself.
Earlier, Kings XI Punjab captain, Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bat first against Deccan Chargers at Dharmshala. In this crucial encounter, Kings XI Punjab needed a win to have any hopes to qualify for the play offs. On the other hand Deccan Chargers looked to end their dismal IPL season on a winning note.
Kings XI Punjab
AC Gilchrist(C), PC Valthaty, SE Marsh, KD Karthik, Mandeep Singh, R McLaren, AM Nayar, PP Chawla, P Kumar, RJ Harris, BA Bhatt .
S Dhawan, KH Devdhar, B Chipli, CL White(C), JP Duminy, DT Christian, DB Ravi Teja, PP Ojha, A Mishra, DW Steyn, Anand Rajan.