The form of openers Shikhar Dhawan (69 *) and Prithvi Shaw (39) has become a winning spell for the Delhi Capitals. Delhi defeated Punjab Kings by seven wickets with 14 balls to spare on Sunday.
Punjab made a challenging score of 166 for six with the help of a strong inning of Mayank Agarwal (99 *), who led the team in the absence of Lokesh Rahul. Delhi reached the pinnacle in the points table with a sixth win in eight matches. Punjab has a fifth defeat in eight matches.
Fast start in the powerplay
At one time, the target looked daunting for Delhi, but openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan got off to a brisk start. In the six overs of the powerplay, the team scored 63 runs without losing wickets, in which Prithvi hit three fours and the same sixes. Harpreet Brar, who came in the seventh over, bowled Shaw on the first ball.
Dhawan’s third half-century
In the twelfth over, Dhawan hit a boundary(six) over spinner Ravi Vishnoi to take the score to 100. Smith (25) was caught by Meredith in the hands of Malan. At that time, 56 runs were needed off 42 balls.
Dhawan completed his third half-century of the season with a six off Vishnoi. Captain Rishabh Pant (14) hit a four and a six in his 11-ball innings.
Delhi needed 19 runs in the last three overs. Shikhar took one run off the first ball of the 18th over of the innings and then Hetmyer (16 *) hit two sixes and a four off Meredith’s balls. Delhi won with the next two balls going wide.
Mayank missed the century
Earlier, Punjab’s Mayank Agarwal (99 *) hit eight fours and four sixes in his 58-ball inning. With the help of his inning, Punjab managed to score 76 runs in the last six overs.
He needed sixes off the last ball of Avesh Khan’s inning to complete the century but he could only hit a four. Earlier on two balls, he had hit fours and sixes. Agarwal and David Malan (26) added 52 runs for the third wicket.