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 register a seven-wicket success over Punjab Kings during the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday.
Chasing a 166-run total, Delhi’s vaunted openers flew from the traps as they included 63 runs the orifice wicket. The Delhi ensemble stuttered a bit after dropping 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 when you look at the eighteenth over as Delhi reached the mark with 14 deliveries to spare.
Earlier in the day, Mayank Agarwal got his mojo back into hit an unbeaten 99. Leading along side it instead of KL Rahul, Agarwal stepped up with a stroke-filled innings to just take his part to 166 for six in 20 overs.
After losing Prabhsimran Singh (12) and ‘Universe employer’ Chris Gayle (13) in PowerPlay, Agarwal and debutant Mayank Agarwal steadied Punjab’s tottering run-flow with a 52-run relationship for the 3rd wicket. Malan, the top-ranked T20I batsman, scored run-a-ball 26 before falling victim to Axar Patel within the 14th over.
Two deliveries later, Punjab destroyed their particular 4th wicket in the form of Deepak Hooda (1). A mix-up between Agarwal and Hooda resulted in the latter’s dismissal. So as to steal a quick solitary, both batsmen discovered each other for a passing fancy end, leaving Punjab in big trouble at 88/4.
Despite not getting support through the various other end, Agarwal dropped the anchor and rushed towards the end. The stand-in captain capped Punjab’s innings with a 23-run last over, in which he hammered Avesh Khan for a couple of boundaries and a maximum.
Agarwal became only the second batsman after Suresh Raina in 2013 to finish an innings on 99. Though he dropped short of a well-deserved hundred, the Punjab outfit notched up 64 works within the last few five overs to reach a competitive 166-run total.
Regarding the bowling front, Kagiso Rabada plucked three wickets while conceding 36 and Axar post a medical bowling performance to get rid of up with figures of 1/21 inside 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