A sudden batting collapse from Delhi Capitals (DC) at the end and Sam Curran’s four-wicket haul helped Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to register another win in Mohali on April 1st. 

DC won the toss and elected to field first. Put into bat, after two boundaries and a maximum, Punjab’s in-form opener KL Rahul got dismissed by Chris Morris. Due to Chris Gayle’s absence, Sam Curran opened the innings with Rahul but couldn’t contribute much as he too got out for 20 off 10.

A batting collapse was about to see as Mayank Agarwal also fell for 6. But Sarfaraz Khan’s 39, David Miller’s 43 and Mandeep Singh’s unbeaten 29 powered them to 166/9 in 20 overs.

Chasing the total, Delhi lost their in-form opener Prithvi Shaw for a duck. Later Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer added 61 runs and later a 62-run partnership between Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram guided them to 144/4 in 16.4 overs. They were pretty much in the game then but a sudden collapse ended their innings within 152 on board; where Sam Curran claimed a hat-trick.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Harshal Patel’s missed dismissal chance of Miller

David Miller has been in a formidable form in the ongoing IPL season. On yesterday’s match, he came into bat when Punjab was 58/3 in 7.1 overs. He started hitting from the beginning and was soon stepping out to hit Lamichhane over long-on for a maximum.

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In the 13th over, when Harshal Patel returned to the attack, Miller hit consecutive boundaries. The first one went through square leg and the next one went through the third-man for another boundary. The next one was a sure dismissal as he hit hard it down the ground but Harshal failed to grab the difficult return catch. Harshal was late to react and missed the opportunity to dismiss Miller.

Miller later fell for 43 off 30 which included four boundaries and two maximums.

Rishabh Pant’s dismissal and Delhi’s batting collapse

Mohammed Shami has been in a great form in the ongoing IPL. Delhi was in a strong position. 23 required in the last 3 overs. Rishabh Pant was batting at 39. But Shami has turned the table for his side. 

Pant hit Mohammed Shami for a maximum in the 17th over before Shami bowled him out. His dismissal was the turning point of the game as the next ball showed Chris Morris’ easy run-out. Sam Curran picked up Collin Ingram and Harshal Patel in the next over while conceding only 4 runs. 

Shami came back to bowl the 19th over and crashed the stumps of Hanuma Vihari while conceding only four runs and left Delhi struggling at 152/8.

Sam Curran’s hat-trick

While 23 required from 21 balls and seven wickets in hand, Delhi could have won the game with ease. But Sam Curran had certainly some other plans. 

After Rishabh Pant and Chris Morris’ dismissal in the consecutive balls off Shami, Curran removed Colin Ingram and Harshal Patel in the same over and reduced them to 148/7. Curran came to bowl in the final over and cleaned up Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane and finished with figures of 4/11; which included a hat-trick across two overs.

Earlier, he had dismissed Harshal Patel off the last ball of the 18th over and then cleared Rabada and Lamichhane in the first two consecutive deliveries of the final over and completed a hat-trick.

If Delhi played a little cautiously, they could have won the game, instead, they threw the wickets carelessly which caused them the defeat.

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