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Amit Mishra claimed his second IPL hat-trick and Shikhar Dhawan smashed an unbeaten 95 in Deccan Chargers' victory over Punjab on Saturday.
Kings XI had gone into the clash in Dharamshala with a decent chance of keeping their IPL play-off hopes alive following their victory over the Royal Challengers on Tuesday.
But the fireworks of Dhawan and Mishra's leg-spin combined in devastating fashion to shatter any hopes Adam Gilchrist's side had of staying in the competition.
Opener Dhawan hit a six and 14 fours during his 57-ball knock, as he and Ravi Teja (60) put on 131 for the first wicket.
Teja was caught by Abhishek Nayar off Paul Valtathy in the 13th over and JO Duminy added 12 runs before he was dismissed by Ryan Harris three overs later.
But Cameron White (15 not out) batted out the remaining overs with Dhawan, to help his side to 198-2 at the end of their innings.
Punjab, who had put in a below-par fielding performance, highlighted by two dropped catches by Harris, fared no better with the bat.
Gilchrist, who had blasted 106 from 55 balls at the same ground just four days earlier, top-scored for the hosts with a 37-ball 51.
The captain, who hit two sixes and six fours, added 61 for the third wicket with Dinesh Karthik (11) after Valtathy (5) had fallen in the second over and Marsh was send packing by Dunminy in the next after making a bright start.
But Australian paceman Daniel Christian dismissed Gilchrist and Karthik (11) in the space of three balls in the 11th over to reduce Punjab to 84-4 and end the game as a contest
Nayar (3) lasted just seven balls before he fell to Pragyan Ojha and then Mishra produced a devastating spell to account for Ryan McLaren, Mandeep Singh and Ryan Harris.
He went on to remove Praveen Kumar with the first ball of his next over to make it four wickets from five balls for the leg spinner, who finished with figures of 4-9.
Anand Rajan sealed the victory in the 19th over by running out Bhargav Bhatt off his own bowling.
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