Deccan Chargers innings:
20th over: Deccan 145 for 8 Punjab win. This is Punjab's sixth win in 12 matches and their play-off hopes remain in place. Azhar Mahmood finishes off the proceedings for the visitors. For people who have just joined us, Punjab after being put into bat put 170 for five on the board with Mandeep Singh scoring a brilliant 75. Deccan were never in the chase and could only manage 145 for 8.
19th over: Deccan 136 for 8 The first ball from Awana goes past the batsman and the keeper for a four. Bye runs. However, the next ball gets him the desired result. Ashish Reddy tries to hit him out of the park but only finds Marsh at mid-wicket. Second wicket for Awana, who has impressed one and all with his variety. Rusty Theron spoils his over with a four of the last ball.
Ashish Reddy c Marsh b Awana 8 (8)
18th over: Deccan 126 for 7 Jhunjhunwala is run-out. Plays it straight to Shaun Marsh at mid-off who throws the stumps down at the bowler's end. It's all but over for the hosts. Meanwhile, Ashish Reddy hits a six.
Jhunjhunwala run out 19 (20)
17th over: Deccan 120 for 6 Chawla continues. Reddy hits him for a six over long-on. Chawla crosses him out off the next ball. Great stumping by Saini as the batsman dances down the track looking for a big hit. With this wicket Chawla has become the second highest wicket-taker in IPL history, behind Mumbai Indians' Lasith Malinga.
Reddy st †Saini b Chawla 24 (13)
16th over: Deccan 110 for 5 Akshath Reddy gets a four off Mahmood's third ball. It's an edge over the keeper's head. He hits another boundary off the last ball. 61 more needed to win off 24 balls.
15th over: Deccan 99 for 5 Awana replaces Chawla. A tight over. Just seven runs off it. The hosts now need 72 off 30 balls to win. A real tall order.
14th over: Deccan 92 for 5 Romes Powar comes back on. Jhunjhunwala smacks a six over mid-wicket. A heroic innings is required to take Deccan over the line. Can he do it for his team?
13th over: Deccan 81 for 5 Excellent over from Piyush Chawla. Just six off it.
12th over: Deccan 75 for 5 Praveen Kumar removes Kumar Sangakkara. Big wicket. Is it the end of the road for Deccan? The out-swinger outdid the Sri Lankan as keeper Saini takes an easy catch.
Sangakkara c †Saini b Kumar 4 (6)
11th over: Deccan 72 for 4 Harris out. David Hussey takes the fellow Aussie out. Harris hits it straight to Awana at short cover. Here comes another wicket. Cameron White out. Tries to hit Hussey out of the park but it goes too high in the air as Marsh takes a dolly at long-on.
White c Marsh b Hussey 8 (14)
Harris c Awana b Hussey 30 (29)
10th over: Deccan 70 for 2 Mahmood comes back into attack.
9th over: Deccan 68 for 2 Awana comes back on. Cameron White is key in Deccan's chase. He has been their best batsman this season. Meanwhile, a good over by Awana. Just four runs off it.
8th over: Deccan 64 for 2 Powar returns and Harris treats him with utter disdain. Slog-sweeps the first ball to four runs. Hang on. Cameron White is dropped by Piyush Chawla at long on. Powar is livid. Of course he will be. It should have been taken. At this level one is expected to take such catches.
7th over: Deccan 51 for 2 Australian Daniel Harris hits Piyush Chawla straight back over his head for a six. White gets in on the act. Takes a four off the last ball. Hits it over the covers.
6th over: Deccan 40 for 2 Mahmood starts on a wrong note. The first ball is a wide and goes to the boundary as well. It rarely happens to the Pakistani bowler. Normally, he is at you all the time.
5th over: Deccan 31 for 2 Parwinder Awana comes into bowl. Patel hits a six off the fifth ball. It's a bit on the short side and the lefty pounces on it. Big hit. Awana takes his revenge off the next ball. It's a case of "from the sublime to the ridiculous". Misses a straight ball. Clean bowled.
Patel b Awana 17 (13)
4th over: Deccan 21 for 1 Praveen Kumar continues. Another good over. Great start by the India bowler.
3rd over: Deccan 16 for 1 Piyush Chawla replaces Powar. The diminutive Parthiv Patel is the new man in. Good over. Just six off it.
2nd over: Deccan 10 for 1 Praveen comes into bowl. Takes out Dhawan. Mahmood takes an easy catch in the slips as the batsman tries to cut the ball.
Dhawan c Azhar Mahmood b Kumar 8 (6)
1st over: Deccan 8 for 0 Romesh Powar opens the bowling for Punjab. Daniel Harris and Shikhar Dhawan are up against the offie. Dhawan gets a four. Dances down the track but the execution is not that good. Piyush Chawla runs from mid-on but fails to reach the ball. Three runs come off the last ball as Shaun Marsh cuts it off at long-off.
Kings XI Punjab innings:
20th over: Punjab 170 for 5 Reddy bowls the last over. Miller hits a four with kind of a sweep shot. Follows it up with a six. Big over. Miller remains unbeaten on 28. His cameo could be very important in the context of the match.
19th over: Punjab 157 for 5 Rusty Theron continues. Siddharth Chitnis is the new man in. Miller takes a four with a pull shot. He is all quality. Miller is dropped off the last ball. Hits it straight back really hard. Cameron White at long off bungles it.
18th over: Punjab 148 for 5 Daniel Harris concedes 10 runs in the over with Miller getting a four off the first ball. It was hit through the covers.
17th over: Punjab 138 for 5 Rusty Theron comes back. It's a crucial stage of the match. Mahmood run out. Misunderstanding between Miller and him but he bears the brunt. The former Pakistan allrounder plays it towards point and is hesitant but Miller is off his blocks. Mahmood has to run against his will and is consequently out.
Azhar Mahmood run out 14 (9)
16th over: Punjab 135 for 4 Ashish Reddy continues. Mandy out. Clean bowled. Plays across and pays the price. David Miller is the new man in. Mahmood gets a four off the last ball.
Mandeep Singh b Ashish Reddy 75 (48)
15th over: Punjab 129 for 3 Veer Pratap Singh replaces Mishra. Mandeep does it again. Flicks the ball off his pads and it travels the distance. What a player. His second six tonight. Here comes a boundary, hits it straight back over the bowler's head for a one bounce four.
14th over: Punjab 117 for 3 Ashish Reddy to bowl the over. Mahmood gets in on the act. Takes a four off the last ball. Nudges the ball towards the third man boundary.
13th over: Punjab 108 for 3 Amit Mishra returns but to no good effect. Concedes boundaries off the first two balls. It's Mandeep who is making life difficult for the leggie. Azhar Mahood is the next man in.
12th over: Punjab 97 for 3 Veer Pratap Singh continues. Hussey out. Attempt to clear the long-off but fails to do so as Harris takes a simple catch. Big wicket for Deccan.
Hussey c Harris b Pratap Singh 16 (16)
11th over: Punjab 91 for 2 Aussie Daniel Harris takes the ball. Let's see what he can do with his medium-pacers. Superb over until the last ball when Mandeep lifts it over the covers for a one bounce four. Fifty for the right-hander. Came in just 30 balls.
10th over: Punjab 86 for 2 Veer Pratap Singh comes back on. Was pretty expensive in his fist over with 18 runs. Mandeep makes room to hit over the in-field on the off-side. The balls crosses the ropes after a couple of bounces. Beautiful shot. Fetches a double off the last ball.
9th over: Punjab 77 for 2 Captain David Hussey joins Mandeep. Amit Mishra comes into the attack and Hussey smashes him for a six over long-off. Mishra is having an IPL to forget. He did well in the last match against RCB but he has been a disappointment in the main.
8th over: Punjab 68 for 2 Nitin Saini is the new batsman in. Ashish Reddy comes into bowl. Saini out. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena gets it all wrong. Replays show the ball will have missed the leg stump. Mandeep finishes the over in style with a six.
Saini lbw b Ashish Reddy 2 (4)
7th over: Punjab 56 for 1 Dhawan continues. Clean bowls Marsh. The Aussie is deceived in flight and the balls hits the stumps after coming off the pads.
Marsh b Dhawan 22 (20)
6th over: Punjab 51 for 0 Marsh welcomes Theron with a four past point. This time he goes straight, the fielder at mid-on can only watch it travel. The signs so far suggest this is a batting paradise. Two fours off the over.
5th over: Punjab 42 for 0 Shikhar Dhawan replaces Jhunjhunwala. A big lbw appeal against Mandeep, the umpire says no. Replays show it was really close. He survives a run-out two balls later. An eventful over by all means.
4th over: Punjab 38 for 0 Rusty Theron, who replaced Steyn for this match, comes into bowl. And the first ball goes for a four. Marsh steers the ball past point. The third man runs towards his left but fails to cut it off.
3rd over: Punjab 30 for 0 Jhunjhunwala continues. Mandeep gets another four. Just directs the ball towards third man.
2nd over: Punjab 23 for 0 Mandeep greets Veer Pratap Singh with a four. Great pull. He follows it up with a six, the ball is a bit short and he cuts it over point. Wow. Madeep has surely got some skills. Mandeep tries to play a similar shot off the third ball but this time the execution is nowhere close to the previous one, the result is a double. Here comes another four, lifts it over covers for a one bonce four. He is having a gala time here in Hyderabad.
1st over: Punjab 5 for 0 Openers Mandeep Singh and Shaun Marsh walk out to the middle. Abhishek Jhunjhunwala opens the bowling for Deccan. Nice clean over. Just five runs off it.
7.30 p.m.: Deccan win toss, will have a bowl. The teams will be out in a while.
Deccan Chargers: Daniel Harris, Shikhar Dhawan, Cameron White, Kumar Sangakkara(c), Parthiv Patel(w), Abhishek Jhunjunwala, Ashish Reddy, Akshath Reddy, Amit Mishra, Juan Theron, Veer Pratap Singh
Kings XI Punjab: Shaun Marsh, Mandeep Singh, Nitin Saini(w), David Hussey(c), David Miller, Azhar Mahmood, Siddharth Chitnis, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar, Praveen Kumar, Parvinder Awana
David Miller, Siddharth Chitnis and Ramesh Powar are in for Punjab. Gurkeerat Singh, Abhishek Nayar and Ryan Harris have been shown the door.
Kumar Sangakkara: Today is another opportunity to hold our nerve. Little mistakes have cost us previous matches.
David Hussey: Gilchrist will sit out today as well. Still not fit. We have to do the hard yards to keep out play-off dreams alive.
7.15 p.m.: Welcome to match number 53 of the Indian Premier League between Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi National Stadium. Deccan are already out of play-off content_cnion but Punjab still have a chance with five wins from 11 matches. Clearly, the match is very important for the latter. For those who want more, please feast on our preview.