IPL 2021, PBKS vs DC: Delhi Capitals canter to victory against Punjab Kings | Cricket News

2021-05-03 02:44:33

In-form opener Shikhar Dhawan continued his splendid form with another match-winning unbeaten 69 as Delhi Capitals brushed aside Punjab Kings by seven wickets in the IPL in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Chasing 167 for a win, Delhi reached home in 17.4 overs.
Openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan shared a 63-run stand for the first wicket as the duo annihilated the Punjab bowlers in the powerplay before Harpreet Brar castled Shaw.

Steve Smith and Dhawan kept Delhi Capitals ahead in the chase with a risk-free 48-run partnership for the second wicket. Smith scored a fine 22 before chipping straight to Dawid Malan off Riley Meredith.
Mayank Agarwal, captaining the Punjab Kings in place of regular skipper KL Rahul, hit an unbeaten 99 to lead his team to a competitive 166 for six.
Punjab Kings’ didn’t have an ideal start as they managed 39 for two in the powerplay. Prabhsimran, struggling with his timing, could not contribute much. He departed after scoring a cagey 12 off 16 balls.

Next in, Chris Gayle pulled Kagiso Rabada for a six over square leg, but the South African came back strongly and cleaned up Gayle with a low full toss.

The Jamaican was beaten all ends up for pace, with wickets flying everywhere. Agarwal, who was losing one partner after another, completed his half-century in 37 balls. The opener had a cautious start, but he looked in good touch as his innings flourished. He warmed up with a six and a four off

Ishant in the 16th over before following up with two boundaries off Axar Patel in the next over. With Agarwal in full flow, the last over fetched Punjab 23 runs.
Agarwal hit eight fours and four sixes in his 58-ball knock. Malan shared a 51-run stand for the third wicket with Agarwal before Patel cleaned him up for a run-a-ball 26. For Delhi Capitals, Kagiso Rabada (3/36), Avesh Khan (1/39), and Axar Patel (1/21) shared the spoils.

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