Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings

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The Delhi Capitals (DC) team beat Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 7 wickets with 14 balls remaining, making a score of 167/3.

Dhawan and Rabada took the DC team to the top. In the debut in captaincy, Mayank Agarwal scored a good 60% of the runs for PBKS team in less than half the balls but this unbeaten 99 did not seem to be enough to bring his side to a total that could challenge the DC team in this chase. Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw managed to break the back of the chase in the Power play and Dhwan sealed the win. The DC is at the top of the table with a 6th win in 8 matches.

Agarwal replaced Rahul, who had to drop out due to this appendicitis. The wickets lost on the other end added slowness to his batting role, but he, even then, managed to score 99 off 58 balls.

Ishant Circles the Prey

Ishant Sharma started with a maiden over to Prabhsimran Singh. He is an under-rated part of the success of the DC team. The DC team understood that there was an opportunity as there were only 15 runs off the first 3 overs. Kagiso Rabada took 2 wickets in the Power play for the 1st time in the IPL.

Dropping Anchor

Malan and Agarwal failed to transfer the pressure on the bowlers. In the next 5 over’s there was only 1 boundary. The spinners managed to deny them the bad ball, and the batsmen did not show much interest in taking any risks on the good balls.

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Malan was 11 off 17 in the 12th over, but some change in the pace of the bowling managed to give him some freedom. This was not for a very long time as Axar managed to knock the leg-stump.

At this time, Agarwal had faced only 29 balls off the 81 deliveries. He corrected the rate of strike. He now faced 29 off the 39 balls left. He sent 9 of these past the fence and scored 64 more runs.

Shaw, Dhawan and the Fireworks

In his first 2 over’s, Dhawan and Shaw were troubled by Riley Meridith. Both of them, Shaw and Dhawan ran riot in the other overs. Shaw hit 3 sixes and 3 fours in the Power play.  Dhawan hit 4 fours.

Dhawan carries on

Trying to dominate, Shaw had to go. He was bowled in the first ball by Harpreet Brar, the left-arm spinner.

Dhawan and Steven Smith managed to get some breathing space and they added 34 in the first 5 over’s of their partnership. Dhawan settled nerves by managing to unleash his slog sweep against Bishnoi. Dhawan took 25 off the 12th and the 14th overs, immaterial how Bishnoi turned it. This meant, 41 were required off the last 6 even though Smith had to go in between.

Shimron Hetmeyer managed to clear all doubts with 2 sixes and 1 four to bring an end in the 18th over.