Manan Vohra, Man-of-the-Match, said he was desperately waiting for a chance to showcase his skills: With the kind of talent we have, it was difficult to get in but the management had plans for me. Viru pa has always asked me to back my instincts. It is fun to bat here in Mohali, which is my home-ground.
That's the end of this game. Up next is a crucial one between Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals.
George Bailey, Kings XI Punjab captain: It is nice to be going to the decisive end of the tournament with a good win. We now need to get back to our basics. The way Awana and Johnson bowled set the impetus for us. The Mohali crowd has been outstanding. They had to wait for a couple of weeks and when we did come here, they just cheered and cheered.
Kevin Pietersen, Delhi Daredevils captain: Bitterly disappointed with today. I'd like to apologise to the Delhi Daredevils fans. Hopefully we can turn things around next year. Gary (Kirsten) was brilliant to work with; we kept the unit together. It has been an enjoyable experience, but on the field there's been a lot of not-so-good stuff.
Kings XI Punjab win by seven wickets. Chasing 116, the hosts lost Sehwag and Maxwell early but that did not deter the Kings XI as Manan Vohra (47) and David Miller (47 not out) combined to take their side home. KXIP finished with 11 victories from 14 group games, the most by any team this year.
18:48 IST: Drama in Mohali; Vohra falls to Tahir for 47 and the steady drizzle picks pace as the players rush off the ground with KXIP just four runs away from a win. But the covers are back off.
18:36 IST: KXIP are running away it, thanks to Vohra and Miller. Vohra cracked Nadeem for a huge, 90 m SIX as Delhi sees defeat looming. KXIP are 92/2 off 11 overs.
18:21 IST: Duminy's first over yields 18 runs for the Kings XI as they reach 60/2 in seven overs. The writing is well and truly on the wall for the Daredevils.
18:18 IST: KXIP are not wasting any time here; Vohra creams Neesham for two boundaries and a SIX and four leg-byes mean 18 come off the over. KXIP are 48/2 off 6 overs.
18:12 IST: David Miller takes Shami on; hammers him for a SIX, the first of the match and follows it up with a boundary as KXIP reach 30/2 off five overs. The hosts will not be too worried yet.
18:03 IST: WICKET! Jaydev Unadkat has struck to get the big fish; Glenn Maxwell departs for a duck as KXIP are reduced to 16/2 off 3.2 overs, chasing 116. David Miller joins Manan Vohra in the middle.
17:58 IST: WICKET! Shami gets rid of the dangerous Virender Sehwag, who edged it to Dinesh Karthik behind the wickets. KXIP 13/1 off 2.2 overs as Maxwell joins Manan Vohra in the middle.
17:52 IST: Cracking start to the chase for KXIP. Sehwag slams Shami for two boundaries as the hosts reach 10/0 after the first over.
Delhi Daredevils are 115 all out in 18.1 overs. It was another miserable performance by Delhi, who were asked to bat and despite Kevin Pietersen's 58, they failed to get to a respectable score. Kings XI Punjab were excellent with the ball, chipping away regularly as Parwinder Awana, Mitchell Johnson, Karanveer Singh and Akshar Patel took two wickets each.
17:30 IST: WICKET! DD are collapsing like a house of cards here; Akshar Patel removed Shami as DD slipped further to 111/8 in 18.2 overs. WICKET! Patel gets another one as Tahir falls. DD are 115/9.
17:27 IST: WICKET! Second one for Karanveer Singh. Neesham tried cut but Bailey took a sharp catch at backward point.
17:14 IST: WICKET! Rishi Dhawan strikes and removes Pietersen for 58. There was a loud appeal for lbw, which was upheld by the umpire but it was a poor decision; the ball was sliding down the leg-side. DD 93/6 off 13.4 overs.
17:08 IST: WICKET! This is disaster for the Daredevils. Karanveer Singh flighted the ball, luring JP Duminy into a false shot as Akshar Patel took an easy catch at covers.
16:57 IST: Finally a half-century for Kevin Pietersen this season, who highest this year before this innings was 49, also against Kings XI Punjab. The former England batsman took only 34 balls to get to his fourth IPL fifty and with Duminy, he now needs to see his side through to a challenging total, one big enough for his bowlers to defend.
16:51 IST: WICKET! Pietersen is waging a lonely battle and he must be right upset with his batsmen; this time Manoj Tiwary did not even respond as KP tore down for a single; Tiwary stood his ground before reluctantly taking off to sacrifice his wicket. DD 67/4 off 9.3 overs.
16:33 IST: Awana strikes for the second time in the over; gets rid of Kedar Jadhav, who played a rash shot to be dismissed for a duck. DD 44/3 off 6 overs with Manoj Tiwary joining Pietersen.
16:29 IST: Pietersen and Karthik were looking good together, timing some crisp ones to the fence; Pietersen in particular was looking dangerous and Karthik promised to lend good support before he perished to Parwinder Awana in the 6th over as DD were reduced to 44/2.
16:14 IST: Delhi openers Pietersen and Agarwal had got off to a watchful start, having taken six runs apiece from Mayank Agarwal and Akshar Patel before Mitchell Johnson struck off his second delivery to remove Agarwal. DD 13/1 off 2.2 overs.
15:40 IST:Here are the playing XIs:
KXIP: V Sehwag, M Vohra, GJ Maxwell, WP Saha (WK), DA Miller, GJ Bailey (Captain), AR Patel, MG Johnson, R Dhawan, Karanveer Singh, P Awana
DD: MA Agarwal, KP Pietersen (Captain), KD Karthik (WK), JP Duminy, MK Tiwary, KM Jadhav, JDS Neesham, S Nadeem, JD Unadkat, Mohammed Shami, Imran Tahir
15:33 IST: Kings XI Punjab decide to bowl vs Delhi Daredevils in Mohali. Awana, Maxwell and Johnson are back for the hosts while Delhi have recalled Neesham, Agarwal and Shami.
Already assured of a berth in the knockout stage, table-toppers Kings XI Punjab will look to consolidate their position at the top with another win when they take on laggards Delhi Daredevils in an inconsequential Indian Premier League tie today.
KXIP, the most dominant so far in the seventh edition of the cash-rich event, are placed comfortably at the top of the table with 20 points, having won 10 out of their 13 matches.
Delhi, on the other hand are lying at the bottom of the table with just two wins from 13 outings. The Punjab outfit once again stamped its authority here on Friday when it put up yet another clinical performance to register a 16-run win over Rajasthan Royals.
In contrast, Delhi slumped to a 15-run defeat against Mumbai Indians. DD have an uphill task at hands today against a side which is thriving in all departments of the game. Punjab's batting has been their mainstay this season. (Read more)
KXIP Youngsters Combine to Impress Skipper George Bailey
Kings XI Punjab displayed excellent cricket once again to beat Rajasthan Royals by 16 runs in Mohali on Friday. While explosive batting has been the trademark of this side, skipper George Bailey was pleased with the bowling effort from young guns Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh and Rishi Dhawan. (Read more)
Pujara Credits KXIP Success to Smart Buys in Player Auctions
Cheteshwar Pujara, who is appearing for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League 2014, credited the team's success this season to the purchases made by the team management in the players auctions in February.
Punjab has seen a classic revival this IPL season with players like Glenn Maxwell (530 runs) making a good impact so far. Pujara has credited the team's success to 'smart buys' by the team management in the February auctions.
"The important thing was the auction, the way the team was picked before the IPL started. We had a very good team on paper and after that, I think it's the team combination and talent of the players; they played to their potential and I think the team has got together. We have got very good support, the entire team is gelling together and we are playing to our strength," said Pujara. (Read more)
Why Kevin Pietersen is a Much-Hated Man in England Camp
At a time when Kevin Pietersen is completing a horrendous Indian Premier League season as Delhi Daredevils captain, the new managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board has revealed why the maverick batsman was sacked from the national side. Speaking to BBC's Test Match Special, Downton, who was appointed three months ago, said Pietersen had no friends in the England dressing room.
A "distracted" and "disinterested" Pietersen was sacked on February 5, soon after England were thrashed by Australia in the Ashes. "I watched Kevin as a fan for the first four Tests but it was frustrating seeing him with his 'this is the way I play' type attitude," Downton said, adding "Clarke played him like a schoolboy almost," suggesting that the Aussie skipper easily trapped Pietersen with his ploys. (Read more)
Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey (captain), Manan Vohra, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Akshar Patel, Rishi Dhawan, Mitchell Johnson, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Karanveer Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Beuran Hendricks, Shaun Marsh, Parvinder Awana, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Mandeep Singh, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Murali Kartik, Shivam Sharma, Shardul Thakur
Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen(c), Murali Vijay, Dinesh Karthik, Jean-Paul Duminy, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Wayne Parnell, Shahbaz Nadeem, Imran Tahir, Siddarth Kaul, Jaydev Unadkat, Quinton de Kock, Mohammed Shami, Rahul Sharma, Laxmi Shukla, James Neesham, Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Shukla, Ross Taylor