PBKS Vs DC: Shikhar Dhawan’s mind-blowing innings of 69 overshadowed Mayank Agarwal’s 99* as Delhi Capitals defeated Punjab Kings by seven wickets in the Vivo IPL 2021 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday. With this victory, DC is at the top of the points table (6 wins in 8 matches, followed by CSK- 5 wins in 7 matches).
In the absence of Punjab Kings skipper K L Rahul, Agarwal was leading the side on Sunday. He led from the bat too, his individual 99* helped Punjab Kings to set a score of 166 for six. But DC had an easy run chase. The side achieved the target in just 17.4 overs. For Punjab Kings, it was their 5th defeat in 8 games.
Match Highlights: PBKS Vs DC, IPL 2021
The in-form opening duo of Shaw (39 off 22) and Shikhar (69 not out off 47) gave yet another smashing start to Delhi. They both had a 63 runs partnership for the 1st wicket.
The left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar provided the much-needed breakthrough to Punjab Kings, he dismissed the dangerous man Prithvi Shaw on his very first ball and brought some hopes for his side. After the dismissal of Shaw, the match was in control for Punjab Kings. They successfully brought the scoring rate to as low as 6 runs an over.
However, they were in need of regular wickets to keep themselves alive in the game but that never happened.
Gradually, Dhawan stepped on the accelerator and completed his 44th fifty in the IPL. From there on, there was no stopping for Delhi Capitals. In the end, West Indian batsman Shimron Hetmyer (16 off 4) smashed two sixes and a four in the 18th over to finish the game with 14 balls left.
Punjab Kings Innings
Earlier, new skipper Mayank Agarwal single-handedly took the side to a decent total of 166. His innings comprised eight fours and four sixes.
Delhi kept things under control in the PP, conceding only 39 runs and dismissing Prabhsimran Singh (12) and the mighty Chris Gaye (13).
Agarwal, who opened the innings alongside IPL debutant Dawid Malan and shared a 52-run partnership. The side DC took total control of the game in the 14th over, Axar Patel dismissed Malan and Deepak Hooda ran himself out in a mix-up with Agarwal at the other end, leaving Punjab Kings at 88/4.
Skipper did not get much support from the rest of the batsmen, but he took it upon himself to take the team to a competitive score.
Agarwal was brutal on Avesh Khan in the last over. He smashed 2 boundaries and a six to finish the innings. In the last over Punjab kings added 23 runs on the board and Delhi Capitals leaked 64 runs off the last 30 balls.
Scorecard: PBKS Vs DC, IPL 2021
- PBKS 166/6 (20)
- DC 167/3 (17.4)
- Delhi Capitals won by 7 wkts.
- PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Mayank Agarwal
Punjab Kings: Prabhsimran Singh(w), Mayank Agarwal(c), Chris Gayle, Dawid Malan, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Chris Jordan, Riley Meredith, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami
Twitter Reaction: PBKS Vs DC, IPL 2021
Captains to score 99 runs in an IPL match-
Virat Kohli ( 99 ) for RCB , 2013
Mayank (99*) for pkbs , yesterday
Both against DC
Both batted 58 ball's
Both scored majority of the runs in
A 23-runs last over
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