Result
38th Match (N), Dubai (DSC), Oct 20 2020, Indian Premier League
164/5
(19/20 ov, target 165)
167/5
Kings XI won by 5 wickets
Player Of The Match
Delhi Capitals
6d
• Hemant Brar

Pooran, bowlers give Kings XI playoffs boost with third straight win

Shikhar Dhawan's second hundred in a row went in vain for the Capitals

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Sidharth Monga
Scorecard summary
Delhi Capitals164/5(20 overs)
Kings XI Punjab167/5(19 overs)
end of over 1910 runs
KXIP: 167/5CRR: 8.78 
James Neesham10 (8)
Deepak Hooda15 (22)
Daniel Sams4-0-30-0
Axar Patel4-0-27-1

And with that, KXIP have reached No. 5 on the table with eight points. One win behind KKR and two behind RCB. They have beaten three big teams in their last three games, and they now have three games against SRH, CSK and RR. Not underestimating anyone, but they should be easier than beaten MI, DC and RCB. With that thought, we leave you tonight. Thanks for joining us. See you tomorrow

Shikhar Dhawan, the Man of the Match: "The boys have been playing well in other games. Today I had to take the responsibility on myself. I really enjoyed it today. It is good that I am scoring consistently so you carry it into the next games. We are going to have a discussion and see where we can improve. Of course it is going to be a learning. This is not going to put us down. Just take our lessons, and come back stronger."

KL Rahul: "My heart keeps reaching new limits every game but yeah it is nice to finish it in the 19th over for once. I did wonder, I won't lie, especially when you are playing with six batsmen and an allrounder. It is something every team talks about: the set batsman has to finish off the game. One of the top four does that. We have to correct that. They have been bowling really well. Shami obviously is coming in with confidence from the last game. He is our senior bowler, and an international, and he is getting better and better every game. Arshdeep bowled two overs in the Powerplay and one at the death. To nail six out of six yorkers is great. Shows you the work he and the coaches have been putting in. Glenn is a great team man. He has been batting well in the nets. It was important to back him. It was good to see him get time in the middle. Hopefully he carries this good work into the coming games I didn't sleep a whole lot after that Sunday game. Took a long time to sink in. Kept thinking all night how we could have closed it off before the Super Over. But it keeps us humble; the game is bigger than any of us."

Nicholas Pooran: "Wonderful game. We spoke about being consistent. Get better in areas that we have not been good. Really happy we didn't go to the last over again. I have been working really hard, and hitting it well. I didn't finish off, which is disappointing for me. I am a natural aggressive player. if it is in my zone, I hit it. Simple."

Shreyas Iyer: I feel we fell 10 runs short. Nevertheless we have got a lot of learnings from this game. Shikhar batted brilliantly, that is a positive. Tushar leaked a lot of runs, but this has happened to the best of all. So he will learn a lot from him. The message from Shikhar to the new batsmen was that the wicket was stopping a little bit. I am really glad this this happened because the boys will be really motivated in the next game. The fielding wasn't up to the mark. So we will learn from this and come back."

KXIP have now beaten three top teams this IPL in their last three games. This has been a strange game from DC. When they were batting, only Dhawan scored. When they were bowling, one bowler undid all the good work. However, it is very questionable the times Deshpande was used at. When Gayle is new to the wicket, when Ashwin has been taking wickets in the Powerplay for fun, they brought Deshpande ahead of Ashwin. Gayle murdered that over. And then when they had just taken a double-strike, DC went back to Deshpande. This time Pooran got stuck in. So Deshpande conceded 25% of the total in just two overs, 10% of the overs. Once again my Man of the Match is Shami with 4-0-28-2 on a good wicket. Two of those overs bowled at the death. Impeccable yorkers

18.6
6
Sams to Neesham, SIX runs
Sams, as he has done all night, slips one in too full without meaning to bowl a yorker, and Neesham loves the slot ball. Slogs it over midwicket. And KXIP have won this without taking it into the last over
18.5
1
Sams to Hooda, 1 run
oh man. KXIP trying their best to take this into the Super Over, but DC say no thanks, we will let you have an easy one. Hooda goes for a big shot to a length ball, it seems like a slight offcutter, and he skies it to extra cover where Stoinis drops him
18.4
Sams to Hooda, no run
short of a length, just outside off, pushed to cover-point who is in tight on the single
18.3
1
Sams to Neesham, 1 run
short of a length, into the body, tucked away to long leg
18.2
1
Sams to Hooda, 1 run
length ball, outside off, driven to deep cover for one more
18.1
1
Sams to Neesham, 1 run
more blips on the way, though, as Neesham looks for a big shot down the ground and gets a thick outside edge for a single to third man

Sams to bowl

end of over 186 runs
KXIP: 157/5CRR: 8.72 • RRR: 4.00 • Need 8 from 12b
Deepak Hooda13 (19)
James Neesham2 (5)
Axar Patel4-0-27-1
Ravichandran Ashwin4-0-27-1

DC's best bowlers done, and KXIP needs just eight off the last two with five wickets in hand. Surely they can't go to Super Over from here?

17.6
Patel to Hooda, no run
down the wicket, yorks himself up, pushes this to midwicket
17.5
4
Patel to Hooda, FOUR runs
that should be the shot that does it for KXIP. Just a little short of length, and he goes deep into the crease to whip it over midwicket and into the gap on the leg side
17.4
1
Patel to Neesham, 1 run
sweeps this from around off for a single to deep square leg
17.3
Patel to Neesham, no run
quicker, into the pads, and this time he hits it back to Patel
17.2
Patel to Neesham, no run
full, outside off, driven down the ground, but can't beat the short straight extra cover
17.1
1
Patel to Hooda, 1 run
length ball, into the pads, worked to leg for one

Patel is DC's last bet

end of over 173 runs
KXIP: 151/5CRR: 8.88 • RRR: 4.66 • Need 14 from 18b
Deepak Hooda8 (16)
James Neesham1 (2)
Ravichandran Ashwin4-0-27-1
Kagiso Rabada4-0-27-2

Ashwin done too

16.6
1lb
Ashwin to Hooda, 1 leg bye
nearly a stumping. Ashwin bowls a legbreak, beats him in the flight as he skips down the wicket. Oh this is a wrong'un in fact. He has done him in twice in one ball, but he gets his pad in the way and it deflects out of Pant's reach
16.5
1
Ashwin to Neesham, 1 run
slows this one down, offbreak on middle and off, he waits for it to turn and works this to leg for one
16.4
Ashwin to Neesham, no run
full, outside off, 96ks, which is quick for Ashwin. Defended to cover
16.3
1
Ashwin to Hooda, 1 run
short of a length, outside off, cut away past point for one
16.2
Ashwin to Hooda, no run
opens the face on this but short third man is tight on the single
16.1
Ashwin to Hooda, no run
carrom ball, front edge to the left of Ashwin, who puts in a dive to save the single

Ashwin it is

A new left-hand batsman at the wicket. Time for Ashwin? But Neesham is still not on strike

Best performances - batsmen
S Dhawan
106 runs (61)
12 fours
3 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
slog sweep
19 runs
0 fours
3 sixes
16414732111111
N Pooran
53 runs (28)
6 fours
3 sixes
Control74%
Productive shot
pull
16 runs
1 fours
2 sixes
4557146012
Best performances - bowlers
K Rabada
O
4
M
0
R
27
W
2
Eco
6.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Mohammed Shami
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
2
Eco
7.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossDelhi Capitals , elected to bat first
SeriesIndian Premier League 2020
Player Of The Match
Shikhar Dhawan
Season2020/21
Hours of play (local time)18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.30, Interval 19.30-19.50, Second Session 19.50- 21.20
Match days20 October 2020 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Chettithody Shamshuddin
Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
KN Ananthapadmanabhan
Reserve Umpire
Krishnamachari Srinivasan
Match Referee
Prakash Bhatt
PointsKings XI Punjab 2, Delhi Capitals 0