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Cricket news - Curran stars as Capitals lose 8 for 7 in dramatic loss

Curran picked up a hat-trick to give KXIP a 14-run win.

Not many teams lose their last seven wickets for the addition of just eight runs to lose a game that was already in the bag. And no, Delhi Capitals didn't try to fool their fans on April fools day by putting their Daredevils masks on. It was truly a monumental collapse as Kings XI Punjab showed steel to fight back and win by 14 runs in an unlikely manner. Sam Curran was the star of the show as he contributed a 10-ball 20 before following it up with a hat-trick right at the death to finish with a four-wicket haul.

A pint-sized Gayle or Narine 2.0?

Sam Curran wouldn't have envisaged himself taking Chris Gayle's spot in the batting order on Monday in the first place. The veteran was left out as a result of a niggle and instead of opening with Mayank Agarwal, the home side opted to send Curran alongside KL Rahul. He did threaten to create a similar impact when he smashed Avesh Khan for three boundaries in the third over of the game. He followed it up with a six off Lamichhane in the following over to really send a message to the visitors before the Nepali spinner got his man leg-before-wicket. Curran walked back making 20 off 10 when his side needed a Gayle instead of a Narine. Kings XI certainly missed the presence of the big man though as the top three were back in the hunt by the eighth over.

The recovery and the big collapse

A fruitful partnership between Sarfaraz Khan and David Miller put the innings back on track. Sarfaraz certainly looks like a man on a mission this IPL, chipping in with crucial knocks. He was in his elements once again playing some gorgeous strokes off the likes of Chris Morris and Avesh Khan. At the other end, he had the experienced Miller for company who looked in great touch having fetched a six each off Harshal Patel and Lamichhane. The platform was laid following the 62-run stand as Kings XI posted 120 on the board by the 14th over.

At that stage, 180 was easily on the cards. But losing both Sarfaraz and Miller within a span of two overs cost Kings XI big time. The fact that they don't have a long batting lineup played a crucial role as well with Morris and Rabada doing the damage.

How did DC's Indian quartet fare?

Prithvi Shaw, hero of the last match, was dismissed for a first-ball duck by Ashwin. Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer got off to starts, putting on 61 for the second wicket. But both batsmen failed to kick on and were back in the pavilion by the halfway mark. Rishabh Pant played a typical Rishabh Pant innings, smashing 39 off 26 balls to put his side right on course for a comfortable win, unlike the other night against Kolkata Knight Riders.

How did it fall apart?

All credit to Curran and Ashwin. The Kings XI skipper was brilliant on the night, making smart moves on the field apart from picking two crucial wickets. He then managed to effect a run out immediately after Shami castled Pant and those two wickets off two balls shifted the pressure right back onto Capitals. From thereon, they just crumbled.

Curran, who had some unfinished business having bowled only one over with the new ball, got rid of the dangerous Colin Ingram and Harshal Patel in the same over before completing his hat-trick in the final over of the game by castling Rabada and Lamichhane. All DC needed were 23 runs off 21 balls at one stage with seven wickets in hand. Few minutes later, they suffered the worst seven-wicket collapse in the history of the tournament. Smart cricket next time, maybe?

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