Kings XI Punjab v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, Mohali May 13, 2012

Punjab keep pace with last-ball victory


Kings XI Punjab 194 for 6 (D Hussey 65*, Gurkeerat 29*) beat Deccan Chargers 190 for 4 (Dhawan 71, White 67) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

For the second match in a day, the hero was a cricketer who was a complete unknown, playing his second game of the tournament. In the afternoon, Rajasthan Royals' offspinner Ajit Chandila took the first hat-trick of the season and the wind out of Pune Warriors' chase and in the second game, it was 21-year-old Gurkeerat Singh who handed Deccan Chargers their fifth last-over defeat of the season with an ice-cool display of hitting.

Chargers seemed to have the game in control for much of the time. First, their two most consistent batsmen, Shikhar Dhawan and Cameron White, added to their rapidly growing collection of half-centuries this season to lift Chargers to their second highest total of 2012. And soon after Azhar Mahmood was dismissed in the 13th over of the chase, the asking-rate was rocketing past 13, with David Hussey as the only recognised batsman remaining. Still, as they have so often this season, Chargers managed to make a hash of it, and end up on the losing side.

The first signs of trouble for Chargers came in the 15th over from Amit Mishra, when Hussey hammered a couple of leg-side sixes as Kings XI looted 21 off it. Madhya Pradesh seamer TP Sudhindra then seemed to have pulled things back with a yorker-filled over that went only for five in the first five deliveries, but he missed his length off the final ball and Hussey promptly dispatched it for a straight six.

Fifty needed off four overs and time for Chargers to turn to their most potent weapon, Dale Steyn. He delivered with two wickets in his comeback over, though Piyush Chawla got a couple of audacious boundaries off it. When Hussey muscled a slower one from Daniel Christian for six early in the 18th over, everyone thought the outcome of the game would depend on Hussey. Instead, there were no more boundaries from Hussey and most of the runs came from Gurkeerat.

First, Christian was drilled down the ground for four and then a fearless attempt to paddle a ball from outside off resulted in a streaky four off the thigh pad. Steyn has combusted on a couple of occasions at the death this season, and has been unhittable on others. This time he was back at his best-bowler-in-the-world mode, conceding just four singles off the first five balls, though the pressure on him was evident from the expletive-infused outburst at a fielder for shying at the stumps. The last ball of the over was a low full toss that Gurkeerat somehow squeezed behind point for a boundary, making it 16 required off the final over.

With Christian and Steyn having bowled out, Kumar Sangakkara had to choose between legspinner Mishra and quick bowler Manpreet Gony, and he picked Gony. Chargers' fielding seemed to have cost them on the first ball when a fumble allowed Hussey to return for two and retain the strike, but Hussey could only take a single off the next.

Gurkeerat was unfazed by the task at hand, clubbing the next ball over midwicket for six before placing the fourth delivery to the sweeper cover boundary. Two more were taken off the penultimate delivery, levelling the scores. Sangakkara brought in all his fielders, but Gony opted to go with the bouncer, which was probably the wrong option as Hussey could have scampered a bye even if Gurkeerat missed. Gurkeerat didn't though, getting an edge as he pulled it to the fine leg boundary to deliver victory that tightens the table - the top seven teams are only four points apart.

The late heroics were needed as Christian had taken two early wickets, including the crucial one of Shaun Marsh, to stall the chase. Mahmood then helped Kings XI gain ground with a quick 31, then the baton was taken by Hussey who speeded up the innings further before Gurkeerat provided the final burst.

Earlier - considering the three tough games remaining for them - Kings XI seemed to have blown their chances with an amateurish effort in the field. Two simple catches offered by White were put down and there were numerous fumbles as Chargers built up a big score.

Parthiv Patel featured in a brisk opening stand and Christian showed off his hitting skills at the death, but the innings revolved around a 96-run stand between Dhawan and White. The pair set a scorching pace, scoring at nearly 10 an over, and despite another underwhelming performance from Sangakkara, Chargers put up what looked like a winning score. Once again, though, repeating a familiar story from their season, they managed to go down despite controlling a big chunk of the match.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    My comments won't be posted but i thought I'd have my say anyway. D.C need to get some players that can catch the ball, don't blame the bowlers. the whole season consists of dropped catches and bad fielding. People should watch the game and stop blaming bowlers for all the runs given away when the fielders can't catch the bloody ball. Ajitdj, how many IPL games have you played, you proberbly field the same has the rest of some of those local players playing for D.C, and then blame someone else.Have a good day.

  • mani on May 14, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    @pjny gilly has jus said in press conference tat even if he is fit thrs no guarantee tat he l play bcoz the boys r doin well.....i don think he l play against delhi...realy bad

  • mani on May 14, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    @pjny ya i do agree wit everythn u say....last yr punjab finished 5th wit a team tat had nothn...thr was no azhar awana gurkeerat...even hussey did nothn..gilly s a legend...if gilly is fit tomorow it wud b a sin to not play is he fit?

  • Prasad on May 14, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    @Pathiyal... It was Gilly who built this team and currently inspiring from the backend. Remember Hussey was a total failure last season...but Gilly had faith in Hussey. Its just that Gilly was injured after Azhar came in. Without a balanced team Gilly did wonders last season. Now with such a balanced team...Gilly can win IPL5 championship. See how overconfident was hussey in this game...he brought himself in the first 6 overs and deccan smashed him. Earlier we lost a match coz he brought chawla in the 19th over.

    So far Hussey is ok and good....but for the big games and playoffs..Gilly's experience is needed. Dont forget Gilly has 3 World cup winner medals. Hope Gilly would be back for the big games

  • Vinod on May 14, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    hussey's innings and the way he inspired the youngsters were some of the best moments in the entire IPL5. ill luck is following DC closely this season. no matter how good they bat....and steyn, how can the luck deceive him!!!!! :-)

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Foundation for Kings was laid by great DC's own Amit Mishra in an over where Hussey clobbared him for 2 consecutive sixes and few fours. BCCI should pass a resolution that now or in future, a player with name Amith Mishra should never even be considered for selection. Also Steyn spoiled my day yesterday. I was hoping to see the epic battle b/w chawla and amith.

  • Prasad on May 14, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Champion Kings XI team: Best team:

    Adam Gilchrist* Mandeep Singh Shaun Marsh Azhar Mahmood David Hussey Paul Valthaty Gurukeerat Singh Piyush Chawla Parwinder Awana Praveen Kumar Harmeet singh/Bipul Sharma/Bhargav Bhat (Depending on the pitch)

  • Pavan on May 14, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    A last ball finish and last ball upsets are very common in t20's. But hold on a second!!! Losing at the last ball of the match for 6 times????? There is no way this can be possible!!! I mean its ridiculous!!!!!When are they going to learn???? When they will learn that when a batsmen is backing away towards the leg side either you need to follow the batsmen not to free his arms or just bowl it fast and full wide of off-stump so dat he gets beaten!! Come on DC ...use some logic!! Commonsense!! They just get over-confident once they see that 16 of 6 balls and if the first ball goes for a single only!! The performance of DC bowlers is seriously and utterly pathetic!!!!! 196,190,181,170....these are some good and solid PAR scores to win a match , you don't need a top class bowling performance to defend this....a normal decent performance supported by good fielding will do it 9 out of 10 times!!

  • Phani on May 14, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    For all who have been writing, there is absolutely no problem with DC. May be just back plan is not there. But there biggest mistake is taking Sanga in team. He never looked like confident himself....when young bowler like Gony is being hit all over the park... Sanga never bothered to go to him,speak, give him confidence. The last ball, when all the field is up, Gony bowled a bouncer? Sanga being so much experienced, didn't even had a talk. Its like, when your captian is a disaster, blaming young team members is no point

  • ABDULLAH on May 14, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    theron and styen should play together or they will even lose a match by scoring 2000000

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