Indian T20 League, Punjab vs Delhi latest updates: Curran hat-trick seals miraculous Punjab win
Both R Ashwin and Shreyas Iyer have led their respective teams to two wins out of three matches.

End of Over 20: It’s a HAT-TRICK for Sam Curran, who finishes the match off the first two balls of the final over. Timber – first Rabada and then Lamichhane, as Punjab come back from the dead to win this match by 14 runs. Delhi lose their final SEVEN wickets for EIGHT runs. Yes, 7 for 8. Remarkable from Punjab. It’s a Miracle in Mohali!

End of Over 19: Down to the final over. Delhi need 15 runs with two wickets in hand after Shami cleaned up Vihari and Harshal Patel in that over. This is Punjab’s game to lose from here onward. No specialist batsman left.

End of Over 18: What a turnaround! The complexion has changed completely, folks. Another double-wicket over from Sam Curran has brought Punjab right back in the game. From 144 for 3, Delhi have slipped to 148 for 7. Four wickets for four runs. Incredible stuff. Delhi need 19 off the last two overs.

End of Over 17: Wait! Just hang on. It’s not yet over. A two-wicket over keeps Punjab alive. Rishabh Pant began the over with a SIX but Shami cleaned him up the next ball. What more? Two balls later, Ashwin got a direct-hit to send Morris back. Delhi 144 for 5.

End of Over 16: Another SIX, this time from Pant. The 50 partnership comes up between him and Ingram off 32 balls. Delhi 137 for 3, need 30 off the final four overs.

End of Over 15: Another good over as Ingram and Pant help Delhi take 11 off it. Ingram dances down to Mujeeb and deposits the ball into the sidescreen, and Pant follows it with a cut for  FOUR. The chase is getting really easy now for Delhi, who are 128 for 3.

End of Over 14: Delhi 117 for 3. Pant gives himself room and clears a diving Mandeep Singh at extra cover to grab a boundary. Two balls later, he nearly gets run-out but puts the dive back in after Ingram refused him a single. Ingram caps off the over with a crunching boundary through the covers. 11 come off it and Delhi seem to be on track.

End of Over 13: Lucky reprieve for Ingram as he survives an LBW call which was at first declared out Having struck the fourth ball for a boundary, Hardus Viljoen was celebrating his second wicket. But the ball seemed to have pitched outside leg, which was confirmed when Ingram went upstairs and the call was upheld. Delhi 106 for 3.

End of Over 12: Murugan Ashwin gives away 8 runs in his first over. Drifts one down Ingram’s legs and the South African sweeps it for a boundary. Have Punjab missed a trick in introducing M Ashwin this late? Remember he got a couple of crucial wickets against Mumbai early in the innings. Delhi 98 for 3, need 69 off 48 balls.

End of Over 11: Delhi 90 for 3. Ingram cuts Mujeeb for his first boundary. But Dhawan’s wicket seems to have lifted Punjab’s spirits. Plenty of appealing and the fielders throwing themselves around in the field.

End of Over 10: Ashwin strikes again. Shikhar Dhawan out leg before wicket. That was plumb – the carrom ball, one Dhawan has played plenty of times in the nets for India. Doesn’t get his bat down in time and the finger goes up. Delhi 83 for 3 and Punjab are right back in this.

End of Over 9: Mujeeb flights the ball and Pant goes leg side, smashes it towards deep midwicket to collect his first boundary. And later does the sensitive thing of ensuring that the strike is rotated. Delhi 77 for 2 and with that, the strategic time-out is taken.

End of Over 8: OUT! Iyer plays on. Having dispatched the first ball for a thunderous boundary, the Delhi skipper inside edges the next onto his stumps. Hardus Viljoen is PUMPED, and right fully so. It’s his first IPL wicket. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant gets a boundary off a leg bye. Delhi 67 for 2.

End of Over 7: Dhawan using the width provided by Mujeeb Ur Rahman and cuts it between point and gully for another boundary. Delhi 56 for 1. This has been a good stand between Dhawan and Iyer having lost Shaw first ball of the innings.

End of Over 6: Dhawan and Iyer take Shami on. The opener goes over the infield for a cracking boundary, while Iyer slashes a wide bouncer towards backward point. Delhi 49 for 1.

End of Over 5: Delhi 39 for 1. That’s more like Shreyas Iyer. Consecutive overs off Hardus Viljoen off the first two balls to give the over a promising stand and put the allrounder under pressure. However, Viljoen comes back well with four dot balls.

End of Over 4: Six scored off Mohammed Shami’s first. Dhawan and Iyer making steady progress. The required rate is over 8 but there’s plenty of time remaining. Delhi 31 for 1

End of Over 3: Nine runs off the over as Shikhar Dhawan caresses the ball through the offside for his second boundary. Ashwin gives away a couple of wides as Delhi reach 25 for 1, needing another 142 to win.

End of Over 2: Shreyas Iyer guides a ball from Sam Curran past short third man to collect his first boundary. Delhi 16 for 1. Iyer is coming off stellar form in the Syed Mushtaq Ali. Is tonight when he lights up the Indian T20 League?

End of Over 1: What a start! Punjab strike first ball. A 99 in the previous game and a first-ball duck here for Prithvi Shaw. Drives away from his body and KL Rahul holds on to take a fine catch. Shaw in disbelief but has to depart. A streaky boundary off the edge of Dhawan’s bat takes Delhi to 7 for 1.

Delhi innings underway…

End of Over 20: Mandeep finishes with a BANG, a FOUR and SIX to wind up the innings. Punjab finish on 166 for 9. Or one can say, Delhi restrict Punjab to 166/9, because at the 12-over mark, the 100 was up for Punjab, and they primed to get at least 180 the way David Miller and Sarfaraz Khan were batting. But it all went downhill from the moment Miller departed with Punjab losing their next five wickets for 19 runs.

End of Over 19: Full and straight, and Ashwin plays all over it. Chris Morris picks up his third wicket as Punjab slip to 152 for 7. They’re crumbling in a bid to accelerate.

End of Over 18: Punjab 148 for 6. Just 7 runs and a wicket in that over. Delhi must be mighty pleased. Punjab lost their sixth when Hardus Viljoen lobbed a simple catch to Morris at cover. Mandeep Singh had begun the over with a boundary which could have been prevented had Ayappa not been sloppy running in from deep midwicket.

End of Over 17: WICKET! Miller goes for 43. Just when it was time for him to hit out, he skies a ball from Chris Morris before a good catch taken by Rishabh Pant sends him back. Punjab lose another wicket at the wrong time. He goes for 43 off 30. Punjab

End of Over 16: Miller turns on the heat. Another full toss and another cracking boundary off his bat. Harshal Patel the bowler this time. If Punjab are to get to 180 or even closer to it, this man, Miller, has to remain there till the end. He is 43 off 29 and Punjab 136 for 4.

End of Over 15: It had been a tidy over from Avesh Khan until that final delivery. A low full toss and Miller cashes in by lifting it over the infield and sending it to the boundary. Punjab 129 for 5. 

End of Over 14: WICKET! Breakthrough for Delhi as Sarfaraz Khan offers a faint nick to Rishabh Pant, who almost spills it. Second wicket for Lamichhane, Punjab lose their fourth wicket for 120.

End of Over 13: The FIFTY partnership comes up for the fourth wicket between David Miller and Sarfaraz Khan. Slower bouncer and Miller pulls it to pick up his first boundary. Next ball, he runs the ball down to third man for another FOUR. To add more drama, Harshal nearly pulls off a caught and bowled off the next ball. It’s all happening out there, folks. Punjab 117 for 3.

End of Over 12: Lamichhane brings out his variations. Every ball is different from the other, some quick and some s,low. However, Miller reads the final delivery well and smokes it for his second six. Punjab move to 105 for 3.

End of Over 11: Hanuma Vihari gave away five singles before Sarfaraz squeezed in a boundary off the final delivery of his first over. Punjab 95 for 3.

End of Over 10: Slower one from Harshal Patel and David Miller takes full toll. Wide and full outside off and Miller clears the sweeper cover. Half-way through the mark and Punjab advance to 86 for 3 with that 12-run over.

End of Over 9: Sarfaraz is the man for Punjab; uses the pace of Avesh Khan to collect consecutive boundaries, though both completely contrasting to each other. The first one is pierced through point and gully while the next one came off a Dilscoop. Punjab 75 for 3.

End of Over 8: Mayank Agarwal is RUN-OUT! Sarfaraz Khan drove Harshal Patel straight to cover, where Shikhar Dhawan picked up the ball and aimed a direct-hit at the non-striker’s end. Unfortunately for Punjab, Agarwal was backing up way too much. The ball hits the stumps and Agarwal departs. Punjab benefit from FIVE wides two balls later to move to 65 for 3.

End of Over 7: Tight over from Lamichhane, just four singles off it. Punjab reach 58 for 2.

End of Over 6: Sarfaraz looking in great nick. Takes Morris for back-t0-back boundaries in that over to bring up the FIFTY for Punjab. A cover drive followed by a four towards midwicket off a juicy full toss. Morris responds with a bouncer. He’s struggled to find his line so far tonight. Punjab 54 for 2.

End of Over 5: Punjab 44 fo 2, scoring at a healthy rate of over 8 runs an over. Young Sarfaraz Khan is off the mark with a boundary off his second ball. Half-volley onto the pads and it’s bread and butter for Indian batsmen. Rabada really cranking it up. The previous delivery was fired in at almost 149 clicks. Direct-hit appeal of the last ball  but Agarwal was safely home.

End of Over 4: GONE! Sam Curran’s little cameo comes to an end. The gamble from Punjab seemed to be paying off even further with Curran smoking Sandeep Lamichhhane for a SIX. But the legspinner foxed him the next delivery with the straighter one. He goes for 20 off 10 as Punjab lose their second wicket for 36.

End of Over 3: Finally, Sam Curran gets the strike after two overs and he is up and running with three boundaries off five balls, all wonderfully-executed cover drives. 12 off that over. Punjab 27 for 1.

End of Over 2: OUT! First wicket down for Punjab as Chris Morris traps KL Rahul LBW for 15. Rahul was looking sublime touch having hit a boundary and a SIX earlier in that over. But Morris came back strong to get his man. The first impression was of the ball going down leg, more so because no except Morris appealed. But up went the umpire’s finger to the joy of the South Africa allrounder. Rahul reviewed but the tracker showed the ball striking the leg stump. Punjab 15 for 2.

End of Over 1: Punjab 5 without loss. After two dot balls, KL Rahul got off the mark with a boundary via a flick towards midwicket. Harshal Patel chased it till the very end but the ball beat him. Rahul finishes the over with a single towards fine leg.

7:58PM: Play about to begin. Kagiso Rabada as the new ball and Punjab have a new opening pair in KL Rahul and wait for it… Sam Curran. Punjab shaking things up, by first dropping Gayle and making the England allrounder open. Mayank Agarwal will continue to bat at No.3

TEAMS

Delhi Playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (capt), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Hanuma Vihari, Harshal Patel, Chris Morris, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan

Kings XI Punjab Playing XI: KL Rahul (wk), Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (capt), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Captain’s Corner

Shreyas Iyer: The game (super over) went too far that night, but the guys are very excited after winning that game. We are going to bowl first. It was a good wicket to bat on, and the boys are energetic. Avesh Khan comes in for Amit Mishra. Rabada being the leader of the attack, and bowling that super over was fantastic. Sandeep Lamichhanne was amazing last time, bowling two Powerplay overs for us as well.

Surprise Surprise! Kings XI Punjab will be without Chris Gayle for reasons unknown. This means that all the focus will be on KL Rahul, who last year had scored the fastest fifty in history of the tournament against Delhi at the PCA Stadium.

R Ashwin: It’s about getting used to a particular ground, like the wind direction etc. If you’ve played in a venue before you know that the small things matter big. We have punched well as a unit, and I’m pretty pleased with how it is going at the moment. If you go at 10 an over in the slog (last 4 overs), you would take it any day as a captain.

Delhi Capitals win toss and skipper Shreyas Iyer opts to bowl against Punjab. One change for Delhi as fast bowler Avesh Khan replaces legspinner Amit Mishra.

Hello and a warm welcome to all our readers. Welcome to CricketCountry‘s coverage of Match 13 of the Indian T20 League in which Punjab host Delhi at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.

Both Punjab and Delhi are high on confidence after morale-boosting wins. Punjab were clinical in their eight-wicket victory over Mumbai, while Delhi, who won the first Super Over this season, stymied Kolkata’s two-match winning run, and will want to carry the momentum.

Delhi can take a lot of heart from the way young Prithvi Shaw batted. The U-19 World Cup-winning captain fell one run short of a century which would have made him the youngest centurion in the history of the tournament. South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada, the star of the Super Over, was expensive and will look to improve on Monday.