Kings XI hold their nerve in victory
The Kings XI Punjab held their never to beat the Deccan Chargers by only 1 run after a thrilling last over finish at the Wanderers in Johannesburg to keep alive a semi final spot.
Chargers needed 11 runs in the last over but Pathan assured his side home by dismissing Rohit Sharma (42) and RP Singh (0) for the much-needed victory.
Rohit Sharma was the last hope for Deccan Chargers after they lost three quick wickets to Yuvraj but Sharma failed to repeat the last night magic.
Kings XI Punjab skipper Yuvraj Singh took his second hat-trick, as Deccan Chargers lost quick wickets after the strategy break.
Yuvraj dismissed Herschelle Gibbs (26), Andrew Symonds (25) and Venugopal Rao (0), spread over two overs, to bring back Punjab in hunt.
Adam Gilchrist (23) gave Chargers a flourishing start until Ramesh Powar struck twice in the fifth over. Powar removed Gilchrist and Tirumalsetti Suman (0) in consecutive deliveries.
Gilchrist smashed four boundaries and a six in his short cameo.
Earlier, Kumar Sangakkara helped depleted Kings XI Punjab to 134/7 in 20 overs against Deccan Chargers.
Sangakkara (56) and Wilkin Mota (12) stitched a valuable partnership of 53 runs for the fifth wicket to revive Punjab's hopes after a poor start.
Sent in to bat first, Kings XI Punjab lost wickets at regular intervals against roaring Chargers. Kings XI were desperately missing Jayawardene, as no batsmen found their feet on the ground in crunch time.
Chargers got rid of Yuvraj Singh (20) before the strategy break, as Kings XI got off to a worst possible start in the must-win game at New Wanderers Stadium.
Venugopal Rao shattered Yuvraj's middle stump in the 9th over to pile misery on already struggling Kings XI who lost their three top order batsmen within five overs.
RP Singh dismissed opener Sunny Sohal (9) in the second over to become the highest wicket-taker in the tournament. Sohal tried all possible ways to get out and was finally successful when miscued one to Rohit Sharma at short fine-leg.
Luke Pomersbach also did not last long and was run-out by Herschelle Gibbs for 1 run.
Simon Katich played couple of good shots before being claimed by Andrew Symonds for 11 runs. Pragyan Ojha took a comfortable catch at the mid-on.
Adam Gilchrist won the toss and invited Kings XI Punjab to bat first in the 49th match of the IPL.