Standing captain Mayank Agarwal’s unbeaten 99 gave the Punjab Kings some hope at half-time. However, his seventh half-century for the franchise was in vain as another brilliant not out from Shikhar Dhawan-69 off 69 balls Delhi topped the chase with 167 off 14 balls. Table of points.
Dhawan anchored the Delhi hunt
Winning article in the match against Punjab Kings fifteen days ago – 92 off 49 balls, Dhawan observed the changes in his mentality and his game. “It’s a conscious effort on my part to improve my strike rate. I started taking more risks. Do not be afraid of changes, always open to its side. Not even afraid to go out. Worked on some shots. My slog shot has improved a lot. It was even before, but now I I am playing more freely and I am more relaxed now, ”said the left-hander.
Two weeks later, against the same opponents, Dhawan anchored another perfect time-run chase for the Delhi Capitals with an excellent catch. Prithvi Shah’s pyrotechnics in powerplay may have led them to 63/0. But with 56 needed in seven overs, Dhawan’s aggressive approach gave the scoreboard the much needed impetus. The opener specifically targeted leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who hit two sixes and a boundary on the mid-wicket fence.
Across: @ Delhi Capitals Beaten #PBKS With 7 wickets and 14 balls remaining, it was the 2nd consecutive victory. Opener SDhawan25 Remained unbeaten on 69 runs. # DC They have lost only 1 of their last 5 games. https://t.co/Rm0jfZKXXT #PBKSvDC #VIVOIPL # IPL2021 pic.twitter.com/apKB5wS3X7
– Indian Premier League (@IPL) May 2, 2021
Stand in Captain Punjab is out of trouble
With 161 runs from six games, Agarwal has lost in IPL 2021 so far. Coming into Sunday’s match, the extra responsibility for the Punjab Kings, who came out with a serious appendicitis in the absence of regular captain KL Rahul, will increase the pressure. The start was far from ideal, with openers Prabhasimran Singh and Chris Gayle stepping inside the powerplay. It was a monumental fight for David Malan in his IPL debut. It robbed the stand-in-captain strike. However, the pair put on a 52-run third-wicket partnership. Malan left Akshar Patel for 26, and Deepak Hooda was run out after two deliveries, pushing Punjab back. At 90/4 in 14 overs, the 150 score seemed like a distant dream.
But at the right time, Agarwal stepped forward. He had scored 37 off 32 balls till then and decided to take charge. The 30-year-old started his attack by pulling Kagiso Rabada with fear and followed it up with a boundary and a six against Ishant Sharma in the next over. Agarwal scored a half-century off 37 balls. Meanwhile, Lalit Yadav was knocked down at a backward point and he was relieved. The opener continued on his happy ways, drilling three fours and a six in the final over against Avesh Khan and scoring 99 off 58 balls. The Delhi pacers were guilty of pitching it into the slot, which allowed Agarwal to keep the ball low and loft the ball into the stand easily.