An unbeaten 64 by Adam Gilchrist guides Punjab to a comfortable win over Chennai by 6 wickets at Dharamsala.
Kings XI Punjab:
17th over: 123 for 4. Third ball Mahmood pulls it for four to clinch it for Punjab. At the end a comfortable chase on the part of Punjab, led by Gilchrist with an unbeaten 64 and some valuable contribution from other batsmen.
16th over: 119 for 4. Hilfenaus removes Chitnis, but too late now. Then Hilfenaus pitches outside off and Mahmood slaps it for a boundary. Punjab require only 2 runs from 24 balls.
Chitnis c Dhoni b Hilfenhaus 11 (12)
15th over: 114 for 3. Gilchrist cuts loose and scores two sixes and two fours off Yo Mahesh. 22 runs come from this one and Punjab require only 7 runs from 30 balls.
14th over: 92 for 3. Now Chitnis and Gilchrist have decided to open up. Gilchrist cuts hard Bravo over point four and then Chitnis hits over mid-off for a boundary. 11 runs come from this over.
13th over: 81 for 3. At the moment, Chennai need quick wickets to stay alive, but who's going to be that bowler. Punjab require 40 runs from 42 balls.
12th over: 76 for 3. With odd boundaries coming more often, Punjab are inching closer to their target, but wickets can turn the match in Chennai's favour.
11th over: 71 for 3. Bravo snares the hero of last match, David Hussey. After hit for a four in his first ball, Bravo bowls a bit wider and Hussey goes after it and gets a edge to the wicketkeeper.
David Hussey c †Dhoni b Bravo 9 (9)
10th over: 65 for 2. Gilchrist now holds key to Punjab's run-chase in seaming conditions at Dharamsala. Moreover, making a return after injury, Gilchrist seems to be in great touch.
9th over: 56 for 2. Bravo comes on to bowl his first over and gives his team another breakthrough in the form of Nitin Saini. Nitin goes for a cut but gets a thin edge to the wicketkeeper.
Nitin Saini c Dhoni b Bravo 1 (4)
8th over: 55 for 1. Ashwin makes a good comeback by bowling a decent over. Punjab need to maintain the same momentum.
7th over: 51 for 1. Mandeep this time decides to go after Morkel. On the up he plays over covers and then a deliberate edge over the slips for four. But Morkel makes a comeback by cleaning up Mandeep off a pitched up delivery.
Mandeep Singh b Morkel 24 (21)
6th over: 43 for 0. Dhoni continues with Ashwin. Gilchrist this time takes two boundaries off the spinner. First one, Ashwin pitches it short and Gilchrist dispatches it to the midwicket boundary and the second one he sweeps it for four.
5th over: 34 for 0. Chennai need quick wickets at the moment to stay alive in this match. Two runs from this Hilfenaus over.
4th over: 32 for 0. Mandeep Singh plays a reverse sweep four off the first ball from Ashwin. This might be too early to introduce a spinner in seaming conditions.
3rd over: 26 for 0. Both the Punjab openers don't want to keep things for later and decide to take on the Chennai bowlers from the start. Nothing wrong with the fourth ball from Hilfenaus, but Gilchrist plays it on the up right through the bowler's hand for four.
2nd over: 21 for 0. Albie Morkel starts off with an expensive first over. Gilchrist takes two successive fours to kickoff things for Punjab in style.
1st over: Punjab 9 for 0 Mandeep Singh takes two fours off Ben Hilfenhaus's over. Just the start Punjab needed.
Chennai Super Kings:
20th over: 120 for 7. Bravo falls in this over while going for a wild slash and in the process edging it to Gilchrist. Praveen, Awana and Mahmood claim two wickets each, while Harris chips in with one wicket.
Dwayne Bravo c †Gilchrist b Harris 48 (43)
19th over: 113 for 6. In the last over of his spell, Mahmood goes for 12 runs but in the bargain gets the wicket of Albie Morkel. After being hit for a four and a six, Mahmood bowls a short one and Morkel tries to clear square leg boundary but holes up to Praveen Kumar.
Albie Morkel c Kumar b Azhar Mahmood 14 (8)
18th over: 101 for 5. Awana completes his spell of four overs and return with figures of 2 for 12. Now Chennai are managing to find the odd boundaries.
17th over: 93 for 5. This over from Hussey gives Chennai the impetus they were looking for. Bravo scores two successive sixes one of a short ball and the next one pitched up. 15 runs come from this over.
16th over: 78 for 5. Awana has been spot on throughout this season and this evening also he is proving his mettle. Awana digs in a short ball and Jadeja goes for a pull shot and gets a top edge to the point fielder.
Ravindra Jadeja c Saini b Awana 13 (14)
15th over: 77 for 4. But on the other hand a part time spinner like David Hussey gets through a decent over. With five overs to go, Chennai should aim for 120 plus.
14th over: 71 for 4. The Punjab skipper makes a folly of introducing a spinner when the seamers are doing a good job for them. Bravo welcomes Chawla with a six off a short ball over midwicket and then follows it up with a four through the covers. Chawla concedes 12 runs in this over.
13th over: 59 for 4. Presently, Chennai batsmen are happy with singles and twos as scoring off freely is bit difficult on this Dharamsala wicket. Score of 120, Chennai would be aiming at.
12th over: 57 for 4. A welcome over comes Chennai's way. Ravindra Jadeja takes the attack to Harris and scores two consecutive fours. First one Harris pitches it up and Jadeja drives it for a glorious four.
11th over: 46 for 4. Awana removes Dhoni. The Chennai captain looking to break the shackles tries to go over mid-off but gets a outside edge to third man.
MS Dhoni c Saini b Awana 6 (16)
10th over: 45 for 3. Dwayne Bravo and Dhoni find it hard to play the swinging ball in seaming conditions as Punjab continue to keep Chennai under check.
9th over: 44 for 3. The in-form Parvinder Awana comes on to bowl his first over and makes Dhoni hop with his pace and swing.
8th over: 42 for 3. Raina hits two successive sixes off Mahmood, but the bowler makes a comeback by getting his wicket. Raina also makes the same mistake of chasing a away going delivery and edging it to the wicketkeeper. 14 runs and a wicket in this over.
Suresh Raina c Gilchrist b Azhar Mahmood 17 (13)
7th over: 28 for 2. Praveen induces a thick edge of Raina on the first ball and Piyush Chawla drops a regulation catch at first slip.
6th over: 25 for 2. Azhar Mahmood comes on to bowl and gets through a miserly one. Just one run in this over.
5th over: 24 for 2. Six runs and a wicket in this Praveen Kumar over. Hussey gets frustrated with poking at the deliveries and goes for a wild swing off Praveen and gives a outside edge to Gilchrist.
Mike Hussey c †Gilchrist b Kumar 7 (10)
4th over: 18 for 1. Harris gets through a tidy over by giving just one run. Suresh Raina joins Hussey at the crease.
3rd over: 17 for 1. Praveen strikes. Vijay loses patience and slashes hard at a away going delivery from Praveen that takes the outside side to the wicketkeeper.
Murali Vijay c Gilchrist b Kumar 10 (14)
2nd over: 11 for 0. Michael Hussey welcomes Ryan Hussey with a boundary through mid-off. Harris pitches it up and Hussey leans into the shot and the ball races to the boundary. Seven runs from this over.
1st over: 4 for 0. Praveen Kumar starts the proceedings for Punjab and right away gets the ball to swing. Third ball Praveen pitches it bit short outside off stump and Murali Vijay slashes it through covers for four.
3:45 p.m. Yo Mahesh and Albie Morkel are back in the Chennia line-up at the cost of Faf du Plessis and Shadab Jakati. For Punjab, Shaun Marsh and David Miller make way for Ryan Harris and Gilchrist.
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (capt/wk), Mandeep Singh, Nitin Saini, David Hussey, Azhar Mahmood, Gurkeerat Singh, Siddharth Chitnis, Piyush Chawla, Ryan Harris, Praveen Kumar, Parvinder Awana
Chennai Super Kings: Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Albie Morkel, Srikkanth Anirudha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Vijaykumar Yo Mahesh
3:35 p.m. News! Gilchrist is back and wins the toss. "We'll bowl," he conveys to the Chennai skipper MS Dhoni.
3:15 p.m. We are at the picturesque HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, the hometown of Dalai Lama, and Indian cricket's newest abode in the lap of the majestic Himalayas. But we are here for some serious IPL business - Match No. 66.
Dharamsala is the second home for the Kings XI Punjab, who are hosting defending champions Chennai Super Kings, with the rocking boats of both the teams in need of some expert rowing.
To know what are the permutations surrounding this encounter, take a look at our story that entails all the playoff scenarios, and for those who want to get into the nitty-gritty of this encounter in particular, dig into our preview of the game.