Late charge by David Hussey (65 not out) and Gurkeerat Singh (29 not out) helped Kings XI Punjab snatch 4-wicket victory over Deccan Chargers in a crucial Indian Premier League match at PCA stadium, Mohali on Sunday.
Skipper Hussey and Singh put on quick-fire unbeaten 45 runs for the seventh wicket to keep themselves in contention for the playoffs spot. Gurkeerat hit last ball four to win the match.
Young Gurkeerat played a gem of an innings with 241.66 strike-rate as he smashed a six and four boundaries in his 12-ball 29 whirlwind knock.
Hussey played a captain's knock as he whacked five sixes and four fours in his 35-ball blitzkrieg.
Chasing a massive 191-run target, Punjab were in trouble when they lost two wickets in the Dale Steyn's seventeenth over as they were reduced to 149/6 in 16.4 overs.
Steyn struck twice in an over to dismiss Piyush Chawla (8) and Siddharth Chitnis (11) to put Deccan on top for a while but it turned out to be in vain.
Punjab lost Azhar Mahmood (31) after he revive their run chase with Hussey in the middle overs.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra struck in the thirteenth over to dismiss Mahmood. Mahmood hit a six and two boundaries in his 20-ball rapid knock and added 44 runs for the fourth wicket with Hussey.
Punjab lost three top-order batsmen inside eight overs against Deccan.
Manpreet Gony got rid of in-form Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh (28) in the eighth over to reduce the hosts to 56/3 in 7.2 overs. Mandeep hit five boundaries in his quick-fire 20 balls innings.
Punjab lost Shaun Marsh (11) and Nitin Saini (3) inside five overs as they started their run chase on the wrong foot.
Pacer Dan Christian struck twice in two overs to dismiss Marsh and Saini and reduced Punjab to 26/2 in 4.4 overs.
Electing to bat, Shikhar Dhawan (71) and Cameron White (67 not out) shared quick 96-run stand to help Deccan Chargers post 190/4 against Kings XI Punjab.
Dhawan continued his good run in this season as he smashed three huge sixes and four boundaries in his quick-fire 50 balls innings. Praveen Kumar dismissed Dhawan in the seventeenth over to halt the Dhawan-White juggernaut.
White hit a six and eight boundaries in his whirlwind 41-ball knock as he also added 44 runs for the fourth wicket with Dan Christian (24) to push the score further. Christian smacked two sixes and a four in his 10-ball blitzkrieg.
Dhawan and White resurrected Deccan innings after early blows. Dhawan raced to his fifty in just 36 balls, which included two sixes and three boundaries, to lead the Deccan run charge. Dhawan and White take Chargers' score to 100 in 12 overs.
Deccan lost Kumar Sangakkara (1) and Parthiv Patel (19) in successive overs after a good start.
Parvinder Awana dismissed Sangakkara in the seventh over to reduce Deccan to 49/2 soon after Azhar Mahmood got better of Patel in the previous over.
Shikhar Dhawan and Patel started Deccan innings aggressively as they added 47 runs for the opening wicket in six overs.
Earlier, Deccan skipper Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and decided to bat against Punjab.
"I think it (Mohali) is one of the best wickets in India. Dale Steyn is back after a sore foot. We have Manpreet Gony and Jhunjhunwala coming in," said Sangakkara after winning the toss.
"We would have batted first as well. David Miller misses out for Ryan Harris, bit of pace upfront. Gurkeerat comes in as well," David Hussey said.
Kings XI Punjab: Siddharth Chitnis, Piyush Chawla, Parvinder Awana, Azhar Mahmood, Ryan Harris, Nitin Saini (wk), Mandeep Singh, Praveen Kumar, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey (capt), Gurkeerat Singh.
Deccan Chargers: Kumar Sangakkara (capt.), Parthiv Patel (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Cameron White, Dan Christian, Ashish Reddy, Amit Mishra, Manpreet Gony, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, TP Sudhindra, Dale Steyn.