Delhi Capitals (DC) thrashed Punjab Kings (PBKS) by seven wickets to climb to the top of the points table in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. On the other hand, Punjab Kings, led by Mayank Agarwal in KL Rahul’s absence, slipped down to the sixth place.
Batting first, Agarwal walked back unbeaten on 99 to guide PBKS to 166/6. For Delhi Kagiso Rabada picked up three wickets while Avesh Khan and Axar Patel picked one apiece.
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan got DC off to a rollicking start, adding 63 runs in the Powerplay. Dhawan held the fort from one end, and with a little help from Steven Smith and Shimron Hetmyer, DC moved down the target with 14 balls to spare.
All Over: @DelhiCapitals beat #PBKS by 7 wickets and with 14 balls to spare to register their 2nd consecutive win. Opener @SDhawan25 finishes unbeaten on 69. #DC have lost only 1 of their last 5 games. https://t.co/Rm0jfZKXXT #PBKSvDC #VIVOIPL #IPL2021 pic.twitter.com/apKB5wS3X7
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 2, 2021
Hetmyer once again entertained everyone with a brisk cameo, scoring 16 off 4 balls with the help of two sixes and a four.
— Delhi Capitals (Stay Home. Wear Double Masks😷) (@DelhiCapitals) May 2, 2021
While wickets kept falling from the other end, Mayank held his nerves and took his team to a challenging total. He fell just a run shy of reaching the three-figure mark.
What a knock @mayankcricket , unfortunate not to get to triple figures but a knock that was fabulous! Felt @PunjabKingsIPL were short by 10 but they can certainly make it up with some disciplined bowling! Looks like an interesting chase for @DelhiCapitals ! #PBKSvsDC
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) May 2, 2021
Harpreet Brar struck on the very first ball as he hit the ominous-looking Shaw through the gate.
Harpreet Brar has some telephone directory. Star numbers only. #PBKSvDC
— Rahul Pandey (@sportstoryguy) May 2, 2021
The opening duo of Shaw and Dhawan has been firing on all cylinders. They have been a menacing prospect for the bowlers, especially in Powerplay.
Highest Powerplay scores in #IPL2021
67/0 – DC v KKR
65/0 – DC v CSK
65/2 – RCB v CSK
63/0 – DC v PBKS (today)
62/1 – DC v PBKS
Domination by Dhawan & Shaw!! #DCvsPBKS
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) May 2, 2021
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