MOHALI, April 1: Kings XI Punjab�s costliest buy Sam Curran proved his worth with an incredible spell at the back end as the home team pulled off a miraculous 14-run victory against Delhi Capitals left stunned by an inexplicable batting collapse in Monday�s IPL encounter.
Curran picked up 4 for 11 in 2.2 overs including a hat-trick and was ably supported by Mohammed Shami as Delhi Capitals were shot out for 152 in 19.2 overs in pursuit of 167.
From 144 for 3, Delhi lost their last seven wickets for 8 runs, something that will haunt them for days to come especially after Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram set up what looked like an easy win.
Pant muscled a couple of sixes into dep mid-wicket stand during 39 off 26 balls as Ingram (38 off 29 balls) bisected the off-side field with some precision cut shots during their stand of 62 in 6.5 overs.
Kings XI Punjab Innings: KL Rahul lbw b Morris 15, Sam Curran lbw b Lamichhane 20, Mayank Agarwal run out 6, Sarfaraz Khan c Pant b Lamichhane 39, David Miller c Pant b Morris 43, Mandeep Singh not out 29, Hardus Viljoen c Morris b Rabada 1, Ravichandran Ashwin b Morris 3, Murugan Ashwin c Avesh Khan b Rabada 1, Mohammed Shami run out 0, Mujeeb Ur Rahman not out 0. Extras: (B-1, W-8) 9. Total: (for 9 wickets in 20 overs) 166. Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-36, 3-58, 4-120, 5-137, 6-146, 7-152, 8-153, 9-156. Bowling: Kagiso Rabada 4-0-32-2, Chris Morris 4-0-30-3, Avesh Khan 3-0-30-0, Sandeep Lamichhane 4-0-27-2, Harshal Patel 4-0-37-0, Hanuma Vihari 1-0-9-0.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw c Rahul b Ashwin 0, Shikhar Dhawan lbw Ashwin 30, Shreyas Iyer b Viljoen 28, Rishabh Pant b Shami 39, Colin Ingram c Nair b Sam Curran 38, Chris Morris run out 0, Hanuma Vihari b Shami 2, Harshal Patel c Rahul b Sam Curran 0, Kagiso Rabada b Sam Curran 0, Avesh Khan not out 4, Sandeep Lamichhane b Sam Curran 0. Extras: (lb-6, w-5) 11. Total: (All out in 19.2 Overs) 152. Fall of Wickets: 0-1, 2-61,3-82, 4-144, 5-144, 6-147, 7-148, 8-148, 9-152. Bowlers: Ashwin 4-0-31-2, Curran 2.2-0-11-4, Shami 4-0-27-2, Hardus Viljoen 3-0-22-1, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4-0-36-0, Murugan Ashwin 2-0-19-0. � PTI