Kings XI Punjab went down fighting to a strong Delhi Capitals side as Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan's half centuries helped the hosts to register their second victory in five games that they played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium this season.

Despite the loss, coach Mike Hesson believes his side played some quality cricket and that they still remain very much in contention for a place in the top four.

“We are still sitting fourth; and the tournament’s destiny is in our own hands. When you come to the back end of the tournament, that’s exactly what you want. You know that if you play well, you give yourself a good chance of winning,” said Mike Hesson in the post-match press conference.

The former New Zealand coach also heaped praises on the KXIP batting unit, who managed to set a competitive target of a 164 on a tricky Kotla surface.

“I think it was a good score batting first when the ball was just holding a little bit onto the wicket; and to finish off with that little flurry in the end like we did I felt 163 was a really decent score.

“It’s just that they way Dhawan and Iyer batted, they played some low risk cricket and played really well. We scrapped pretty well to get the game till that point though,” concluded Hesson.

Hesson’s side now travel to Hyderabad to play against the SRH on Wednesday, the 24th of April.