IPL 2021 | Dhawan steals Agarwal's thunder as Delhi Capitals beat Punjab Kings by seven wickets
Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten 69 and Prithvi Shaw’s combative 39 assisted Delhi Capitals sign-up a seven-wicket triumph over Punjab Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday.
Chasing after a 166-run total, Delhi’s vaunted openers travelled from the traps because they added 63 runs the opening wicket. The Delhi ensemble stuttered quite after losing Shaw (39), Steve Smith (24), and skipper Rishabh Pant (14).
But Shimron Hetmyer finished things off in style, smashing two sixes and a four against Riley Meredith in eighteenth over as Delhi got to the mark with 14 deliveries to spare.
Early in the day, Mayank Agarwal got their mojo back once again to hit an unbeaten 99. Leading along side it as opposed to KL Rahul, Agarwal stepped-up with a stroke-filled innings to simply take their side to 166 for six in 20 overs.
After dropping Prabhsimran Singh (12) and ‘Universe employer’ Chris Gayle (13) in the PowerPlay, Agarwal and debutant Mayank Agarwal steadied Punjab’s tottering run-flow with a 52-run partnership when it comes to third wicket. Malan, the top-ranked T20I batsman, scored run-a-ball 26 before falling prey to Axar Patel in the 14th over.
Two deliveries later, Punjab lost their particular 4th wicket in the form of Deepak Hooda (1). A mix-up between Agarwal and Hooda led to the latter’s dismissal. So that they can take a quick single, both the batsmen found each other on a single end, making Punjab in trouble at 88/4.
Despite not receiving assistance from the various other end, Agarwal dropped the anchor and hurried towards end. The stand-in captain capped Punjab’s innings with a 23-run final over, where he hammered Avesh Khan for 2 boundaries and a maximum.
Agarwal became just the second batsman after Suresh Raina in 2013 to get rid of an innings on 99. Though he fell lacking a well-deserved hundred, the Punjab outfit notched up 64 runs within the last five overs to reach an aggressive 166-run total.
Regarding bowling front side, Kagiso Rabada plucked three wickets while conceding 36 and Axar put up a medical bowling overall performance to get rid of with figures of 1/21 in the four overs.
Brief Scores: Punjab Kings: 166 for 6 in 20 overs (Mayank Agarwal 99 not-out; Kagiso Rabada 2/36).
Delhi Capitals: 167 for 3 in 17.4 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 69 not-out; Riley Meredith 1/35).
Posted at Sun, 02 May 2021 17:38:56 +0000