KXIP 167/5 after 18 overs (Hooda 15, Neesham 10)

Neesham finishes it off with a six. KXIP win without drama. They were down in the dumps but they have now beaten the top two teams – MI and DC – in consecutive matches. KXIP won by 5 wickets.

KXIP 157/5 after 18 overs (Hooda 13, Neesham 2)

Just 6 runs off the Axar over but that is all that is needed at the moment. It looked like it would be a tight over but a four by Hooda changed that. Kings XI Punjab need 8 runs in 12 balls

KXIP 151/5 after 17 overs (Hooda 8, Neesham 1)

Just three runs from the Ashwin over. Kings XI Punjab need 14 runs in 18 balls.

KXIP 147/5 after 15.5 overs (Hooda 6)

WICKET! With just 18 runs needed, Maxwell throws it away. Absolutely no need to play that shot. Rabada gets the wicket.

Maxwell c Pant b Rabada 32(24)

KXIP 141/4 after 15 overs (Maxwell 26, Hooda 5)

Just four runs from the Axar over but KXIP are in charge here, they need 24 runs in 30 balls to win.

KXIP 137/4 after 14 overs (Maxwell 25, Hooda 3)

Kings XI Punjab need 28 runs in 36 balls and for a change, Maxwell seems to be playing sensibly. They can do it in singles if they so choose.

KXIP 125/4 after 12.3 overs (Maxwell 16)

WICKET! One ball after getting to his fifty, Pooran is walking back. He gloves one off Rabada to Pant. Suddenly, KXIP will be feeling a little nervous – their problem has been finishing games.

Pooran c Pant b Rabada 53(28)

KXIP 120/3 after 12 overs (Pooran 49, Maxwell 15)

Kings XI Punjab need 45 runs in 48 balls. Pooran and Maxwell playing some smart cricket. Not trying anything silly against Ashwin. Only way back for DC into this contest is wickets.

KXIP 112/3 after 11 overs (Pooran 44, Maxwell 13)

Another over and another huge six. Axar dropped it a little short and Pooran pulled that deep into the stands. Kings XI Punjab need 53 runs in 54 balls.

KXIP 101/3 after 10 overs (Pooran 36, Maxwell 10)

Kings XI Punjab need 64 runs in 60 balls and Pooran is cruising. Well, more than cruising. He is hitting sixes at will. Maxwell just needs to stay with him.

KXIP 87/3 after 9 overs (Pooran 25, Maxwell 9)

Deshpande gets hammered once again. Pooran on the attack this time. Deshpande’s figures read 2-0-41-0. Kings XI Punjab need 78 runs in 66 balls – they have done well to keep the required run-rate in check.

KXIP 72/3 after 8 overs (Pooran 11, Maxwell 8)

Almost another run-out! Pooran played and set off for a quick single that wasn’t really there. Luckily for KXIP, Pant wasn’t able to hit the stumps after the throw came in. Just crazy.

KXIP 62/3 after 7 overs (Pooran 5, Maxwell 4)

Maxwell has been in terrible form this IPL season but today would be a good day to find some form. Pooran has been in decent touch but these two batsmen will need to take it deep.

If you missed Dhawan’s incredible knock to reach his second consecutive century, watch the highlights HERE.

KXIP 56/3 after 5.5 overs (Pooran 4)

WICKET! What a crazy mix-up… Agarwal is walking back. Pooran, the striker, called for a single. Agarwal initially said no but then decided to go anyway. This is disastrous for KXIP.

Agarwal run out (Ashwin/Pant) 5(9)

KXIP 52/2 after 5.2 overs (Agarwal 5)

WICKET! Wonderful bowling by Ashwin. Gave the ball a little more flight and got Gayle to go for the sweep. But the ball went on with the arm. Ashwin has not got Gayle five times in the IPL.

Gayle b Ashwin 29(13)

KXIP 50/1 after 5 overs (Agarwal 5, Gayle 27)


26 runs from the over. Gayle giving Deshpande the stick. Shots all around the wicket.

KXIP 24/1 after 4 overs (Agarwal 5, Gayle 2)

Solid start by DC. KXIP are going at just 6 an over and this will put pressure on the batting side.

KXIP 17/1 after 2.2 overs (Agarwal 1)

WICKET!! Axar gets the big wicket of Rahul. The KXIP skipper fails to clear Sams. The left-arm spinner slowed it down... held back the delivery just a bit and that was enough to deceive Rahul.

Rahul c Daniel Sams b Axar 15(11)

KXIP 13/0 after 2 overs (Agarwal 1, Rahul 11)

Steady start by DC, spoiled by a no-ball from Sams in the first over. They have given nothing away otherwise. Nothing loose.

Sangakkara feels DC might be 15-20 runs short of where they should have got. KXIP are ready to begin their chase.

Dhawan 106
Next highest: 14 (Iyer, Pant)

DC 164/5

A one-man show!

DC 164/5 after 20 overs (Dhawan 106)

Dhawan made it look easy but for almost all the other batsmen, run-scoring was not easy. Shami got Hetmyer off the last ball but do DC have enough?

DC 157/4 after 19 overs (Dhawan 102, Hetmyer 7)

Dhawan becomes the first batsman in IPL history to score back-to-back centuries. 101 off 57. What an innings! What a player!

DC 141/4 after 17.3 overs (Dhawan 93)

WICKET! Shami tried bowling the yorker, it ended up as a low full toss and that was good enough to dismiss the dangerous Stoinis.

Stoinis c Agarwal b Shami 9(10)

DC 139/3 after 17 overs (Dhawan 92, Stoinis 8)

How often have we seen Dhawan gets a four or a six off the first ball of the over today... once against Ashwin was slog swept for six... and then the rest of the over becomes pretty easy.

DC 126/3 after 16 overs (Dhawan 82, Stoinis 6)

Dhawan continues to pick his spot. It doesn’t look like the easiest pitch to bat on but Dhawan is showing that one just need to wait for the bad ball.

DC 117/3 after 15 overs (Dhawan 75, Stoinis 4)

DC have a solid platform despite the Pant-induced slowdown. If Stoinis can get his eye in, they will look at something around 180.

DC 106/3 after 13.4 overs (Dhawan 68)

WICKET! Pant’s struggle ends. He finds the fielder in the deep after making 14 off 20 balls. Maxwell gets the wicket.

Pant c Mayank b Maxwell 14(20)

DC 103/2 after 13 overs (Dhawan 66, Pant 13)

Time for a strategic timeout. Dhawan hasn’t missed a scoring opportunity and that has been the best part about his batting. He doesn’t even look like he is trying too hard. Just making the most of every loose ball.

DC 94/2 after 12 overs (Dhawan 59, Pant 12)

Pant taking his time to settle in and that has led to a slowdown for DC. The left-hander has 12 off 15.

DC 83/2 after 10 overs (Dhawan 56, Pant 4)

KXIP have just been a little loose today. Too many poor deliveries and Dhawan has taken full toll of them. The first ten overs are done, DC have 83/2 on board. How many will they end up with in the back 10?

DC 73/2 after 8.3 overs (Dhawan 50)

WICKET! Iyer has been dismissed, great take by Rahul down the leg-side. M Ashwin gets the wicket. Just prior to the dismissal, Dhawan got to his fifty off just 28 balls.

Shreyas Iyer c Rahul b Murugan Ashwin 14(12)

DC 58/1 after 7 overs (Dhawan 37, Iyer 12)

Murugan Ashwin into the attack and he makes a tidy start – concedes just 5 runs.

DC 53/1 after 6 overs (Dhawan 35, Iyer 9)

The Powerplay overs are done and Dhawan continues to motor along. KXIP haven’t helped themselves by bowling quite a few loose deliveries to the left-hander.

DC 44/1 after 5 overs (Dhawan 29, Iyer 6)

Poor bowling by Shami. He started off well but Dhawan got a four through an outside edge. Then, the left-hander followed it up with a wonderful straight drive for four. Finally, a short delivery down the leg-side allowed Dhawan another four runs.

Shaw in the last five games for DC — 19, 4, 0 , 0, 7. Time to give him a break?

DC 25/1 after 3.2 overs (Dhawan 16)

WICKET! Shaw’s horror run continues. Neesham gets the wicket with his leg-cutter. The batsman tried to loft it over the infield but it went nowhere.

Prithvi Shaw c Maxwell b Neesham 7(11)

DC 25/0 after 3 overs (Shaw 7, Dhawan 16)

Arshdeep into the attack and he gets taken for 9 runs. Four of those nine runs came off a top-edge off Shaw’s bat. The opener still looks a little edgy.

DC 16/0 after 2 overs (Shaw 2, Dhawan 12)

Three runs from the Shami over but two of them came off wides. Solid stuff.

DC 12/0 after 1 over (Shaw 1, Dhawan 12)

Maxwell with the first over and DC got 13 runs off it. It could have been at least four fewer runs but for an horrendous fielding effort by Pooran at point. Anyway, Dhawan is up and running and that should worry KXIP.

7.24 pm: DC batting first and the Shami vs Dhawan battle will be a crucial one.

7.07 pm: Delhi have made three changes. Nortje rested and Daniel Sams comes in, while Rahane and Carey make way for Pant and Hetmyer.

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Daniel Sams, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Tushar Deshpande, Kagiso Rabada.

7.06 pm: Chris Jordan misses out and Jimmy Neesham makes his way into the KXIP Playing XI.

KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, James Neesham, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh.

7.02 pm: DC win the toss and they will be batting first.

6.53 pm: But while Dhawan has just found his form, KL Rahul has seemingly never been out of it. In just 9 matches, he has already scored 525 runs. His side hasn’t finished matches well but Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have been getting them off to great starts.

6.50 pm: Shikhar Dhawan is the batsman in form for Delhi Capitals. In his last three matches, he has elevated his batting to a different level. Three consecutive 50+ scores for the left-hander – 69* vs MI, 57 vs Royals, 101* vs CSK.

6.47 pm: Punjab has traditionally done well against Delhi but this is a different DC. Here’s a look at their head-to-head.

Matches Delhi wins Punjab wins Tied
DC v KXIP 24 11 14 0

6.40 pm: The nail-biting second Super Over win against defending champions Mumbai Indians was certainly a morale-lifter but the inconsistent Kings XI Punjab have another tough battle at hand when they take on table-toppers Delhi Capitals in an IPL match in Dubai, UAE on Tuesday.

The match went into a Super Over last time the two teams met and more than Delhi, KXIP will be hoping that it doesn’t come down to that again.