Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE blog of this evening's Indian Premier League 2019 clash between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals from the PCA Stadium in Mohali.
Oh Curran, you beauty! Completes a hat-trick to bowl Punjab to a brilliant win. Kings XI wins by 14 runs. Unbelievable scenes at the PCA stadium in Mohali.
Curran can do no wrong tonight, cleans up Sandeep Lamichhane with the first ball off his last over and that should be curtains on Delhi's challenge, surely.
DC requires 15 runs with 6 balls remaining and two wickets in hand. Sam Curran to bowl the final over.
Another one bites the dust and it's Shami who has rattled Vihari's stumps. What a spell of fast bowling this has been from Curran and Shami. The two gave away just 11 runs between them in the 17th and 18th over, picking up four wickets. Delhi Capitals needs 19 runs in 9 balls.
OH DEAR! Delhi is committing harakiri in Mohali. A full-pitched delivery from Sam Curran, and Ingram has hit it straight to substitute Karun Nair near the boundary rope. Two balls later, Curran snaps up Harshal Patel and Delhi has lost the plot. Kings XI the favourites from here. Delhi Capitals needs 19 runs in 12 balls
SHAMI STRIKES TWICE! First Pant loses his stumps off a fullish delivery, second, Chris Morris is run out thanks to a direct hit from skipper Ashwin. DC has lost two in two. Huge moment in the match. Can Punjab sneak its way back? DC 144/5 in 17 overs
Pant brings up the 50-run partnership with a lusty maximum over deep mid-wicket; Ashwin under the pump as Pant and Ingram take the game way from the host side. DC 137/3 after 16 overs. Ashwin bags two for 31 from his four. Delhi Capitals needs 30 runs in 24 balls
Ingram steps foot on the pedal, shimmies down the track and launches a Mujeeb delivery over long-off for six before Pant piles further misery on the Afghan spinner, with a boundary towards third-man. DC now riding the momentum. Mujeeb returns figures of 4-0-36-0. DC 128/3 after 15 overs
The match is evenly poised at the moment. Another wicket here will tilt the scale completely in favour of Punjab and it will be wary of the threat Pant poses. The keeper-batsman dismisses Murugan Ashwin towards sweeper cover for four, bringing the equation down to 56 off 40 balls. Ingram was earlier adjudged lbw by umpire Anil Chaudhary. But the batsman reviewed and replays showed the ball pitching outside leg. Ingram survives. DC 117/3 after 14 overs. Delhi Capitals needs 50 runs in 36 balls.
The onus will be on Pant and Ingram. Murugan Ashwin and Mujeeb bowling in tandem. Ingram collects a boundary off M Ashwin's first over. DC 98/3 after 12 overs
Ashwin gets his second wicket, and it's the big one of Dhawan, who is adjudged lbw off the carrom ball! He departs for 30. That brings Colin Ingram to the middle. Punjab well and truly on top here. Delhi Capitals needs 83 runs in 59 balls with seven wickets in hand.
BOWLED' EM! Viljoen has his revenge. Iyer drives a full length delivery from the South African through the cover before being clean bowled off the next delivery; once again a length delivery but this one jags back in. Just as Delhi's chase was gaining momentum, Punjab has struck. In-form Rishabh Pant is at the crease. DC 67/2 after 7 overs
Hardus Viljoen, right-arm fast medium, is bowling the fifth over and the Protean has been welcomed by Shreyas Iyer with two successive boundaries towards backward point and backward square leg respectively. But Viljoen makes a good comeback and finishes the over with four successive dots. Meanwhile, Shami has been dispatched by Dhawan towards long-off. Iyer, too, joins the fun cutting a short delivery over point for four as Delhi gets a move on at the fag end of the Powerplay. DC 49/1 after 6 overs
Dhawan gets a much needed boundary off Ashwin towards deep extra cover. The Punjab skipper gave the ball ample air outside off, and the southpaw latches is not one to miss out on such gifts, carves it for his second four of the match. Mohammed Shami, right-arm fast medium, has been introduced into the attack. The Indian speedster concedes only six. DC 31/1 after 4 overs
Pace and Spin in tandem from Kings XI. Delhi needs a partnership here. While the target may not be huge, another wicket here will put the Kings on top. Shreyas Iyer, meanwhile, helps an away going Sam Curran delivery towards square third man for four. DC 16/1 after 2 overs
WICKET! And what a way to start things off! First ball and Ravi Ashwin gets it rollling. Prithvi Shaw, who scored 99 in his last match against KKR, goes for a duck! Edged and caught behind. DC 0/1
Credit goes to the Delhi bowlers for bowling well at the death overs as David Miller and Sarfaraz Khan were looking dangerous. Punjab lost wickets at regular intervals and although 166 is not a bad total, Delhi start as favourites to chase down the target. Will be back for the chase shortly.
SIX - Mandeep Singh smacks one over the bowler's head as Punjab post 166/9.
WICKET - Rabada gets his third wicket as Murugan Ashwin departs. Gets a top-edge and Prithvi Shaw and Avesh Khan almost had a collision, both got their hands on the ball but finally Avesh takes the catch.
Murugal Ashwin is the new man in.
WICKET - Chris Morris cleans up R Ashwin as the Punjab skipper misses a low full toss and the off-stump takes a beating.
150 is up for Punjab but they would ideally look to score more than 170.
Two overs remaining and the Delhi bowlers have done an excellent job at the death. But it will be interesting to see how much Punjab can garner from here.
WICKET - Another one bites the dust and Kagiso Rabada strikes. Hardus Viljoen gets a leading edge and Chris Morris takes a simple catch.
WICKET - Chris Morris does the trick as he sends down a slower delivery, Miller goes for a wild slog but ends up getting a top-edge as Rishabh Pant settles under the skier.
At the end of 15 overs, Punjab is 129/4 and with David Miller having found his feet, Punjab would like to up the ante.
WICKET - Sandeep Lamichhane strikes as he removes Sarfaraz Khan and breaks an important partnership. Sarfaraz opens the face of his bat and tried to guide it past the keeper but ended up getting a faint edge as Rishabh Pant takes a good catch. Another opportunity goes down begging for Sarfaraz.
Dropped - Harshal Patel almost had David Miller but drops a return catch. Delhi will hope this drop doesn't cost them much.
100 up for Punjab and Miller brings up in style by smashing Lamichhane over the long-on boundary.
Hanuma Vihari into the attack.
SIX - Miller goes big and connects it beautifully as the ball sails over extra covers. Picks the length and hits through the line.
We are back from it will be Harshal Patel to Sarfaraz Khan.
And it's time for the strategic time-out.
FOUR - Sarfaraz releases the pressure by fetching a boundary as he uses the pace of the ball and guides it through the point. Top class!
After 8 overs, Punjab 65/3.
David Miller walks in and Punjab needs a partnership going.
WICKET - Oh dear! Shikhar Dhawan with a direct hit packs off Mayank Agarwal. Sarfaraz punches one towards covers, Mayank was off to a quick start but Dhawan with a direct hit caught the batsmen short of his.
Harshal Patel into the attack.
50 up for Punjab - Sarfaraz Khan brings up the team's fifty with a delightful boundary.
FOUR - Confident start from Sarfaraz as Rabada bowls on the pads and the batsman flicks it to the square leg boundary.
Sarfaraz Khan joins Mayank Agarwal.
WICKET - Sandeep Lamichhane makes a brilliant comeback as he traps the dangerous Sam Curran. Pitched in line, straightened up a little and Sam Curran tried to play it across the line but was trapped plumb. Punjab 37/2 after 4 overs.
SIX - Second six of the evening and this time Sam Curran dances down the track, picks the googly and smacks it into the stands.
Mayank Agarwal gets off the mark with a single towards long-on.
Spin into the attack and it will be leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane.
FOUR - Sam Curran is on song as this time he dispatches one through the covers. Punjab 27/1 after 3 overs.
FOUR - This time through the covers and Avesh Khan pays the price for pitching it outside off. He needs to alter his length quickly.
FOUR - Sam Curran opens his account with a crisp boundary as he drives a length delivery on the up towards mid-off boundary.
Mayank Agarwal is the new man in.
WICKET- Chris Morris strikes as he traps an in-form K.L. Rahul for a 11-ball 15. KXIP 15/1 in 1.5 overs.
SIX- First six of the evening and KL Rahul dispatches a short delivery over the dee mid-wicket. He is looking in good touch.
FOUR - Chris Morris strays down the leg side and KL Rahul is more than happy to flick it to the mid-wicket boundary.
After the first over, Punjab is 5/0 with Sam Curran yet to open his account.
FOUR - First runs on the board as K.L Rahul flicks a length delivery towards mid-wicket and the ball wins the race.
The umpires make their way to the middle and so as K.L. Rahul along with Sam Curran as Chris Gayle misses out. It will be Kagiso Rabada who will start proceedings for Delhi. The countdown has begun and here we go!
We are just five minutes away from the start and both teams are geared up in what promises to be cracker of a contest.
This is Hari Kishore M and along with my colleague Ayan Acharya, we bring you the best from Mohali.
Toss update: Delhi Capitals has won the toss and will bowl first.
It is a surprise that Shreyas Iyer has won the toss and has chosen to bowl first. The history and records show that the teams batting first have an advantage. Iyer wants to rewrite history!
Delhi Capitals : Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (cap), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Hanuma Vihari, Harshal Patel, Chris Morris, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada and Avesh Khan.
TEAM NEWS: For Delhi Capitals, Avesh Khan comes in for Amit Mishra .
Ian Bishop with the pitch report: The pitch has been a good one. It has a sprinkling of live grass, which will assist some pace. There is a disparity in the boundary sizes — and that'll work in the favour of Chris Gayle. They've got to bowl short at him. The Capitals have Rabada, one of the quickest — they have to make Gayle hit Rabada into the bigger side and into the wind.
Oh, by the way, Iceland's Kato Jonsson could become the first cricketer from a Nordic country to play in the IPL if his trials go well at the Kings XI Punjab. You can read more about his trials here .
The 22-yards in Mohali favours the teams batting first. Only four out of the last 14 games played here have been won by sides chasing. So, the choice is clear when a team wins the toss!!
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The live streaming of the match is on HotStar.