- DC outplay PBKS
DC triumphed over PBKS at the Motera defeating them by wickets. Mayank Agarwal’s scintillating knock of 99 not out went in vain as his side lost track of their innings, with no other batsmen contributing. Delhi on the other hand, marched to the top of the table with 12 points in eight games, while Punjab are still at six playing the same number of matches.
As it Happened
Rishabh Pant chose to bowl first on winning the toss, thus inviting Punjab to bat first. Stand-in captain Mayank thus came out to bat along with Prabhsimran Singh, who got out soon after on just 12 runs. Universe Boss Chris Gayle then formed a partnership with Mayank. But, it was short-lived as Gayle too departed for 13.
Debutant Dawid Malan put up a stand with Mayank after that, as they brought up 52-runs together along with Mayank’s half-century. However, as Malan got out, no other batsman could provide assistance to Mayank. With wickets falling at the other end, Mayank kept on with his knock, ending up one short of a wonderful century, as PBKS posted a total of 166 for the loss of six wickets.
Chasing the total, Delhi were off to a flying start with Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan. The duo thus put up a brilliant opening stand as usual as the Capitals raced to 63 runs in the powerplay. Shaw was later replaced by Steve Smith the very next ball, who had a very cautious start. With the asking rate still under control, Smith and Dhawan did not take any risks, running hard for the singles and doubles.
As Smith got out for 24, Pant came to the crease with clear intent. Dhawan opened up fire, reaching his fifty as Pant also hit boundaries at the other end. But Pant got out soon after, trying to finish things quickly, Shimron Hetmeyer came in for him and did the job for the Capitals. Thus, DC cruised to victory with seven wickets in hand and 14 balls still to go.
Punjab Kings 166/6 (20) ( Mayank Agarwal 99* (58), Dawid Malan 26 (26), Kagiso Rabada 3-36 (4) ) lost to Delhi Capitals 167/3 (17.4) ( Shikhar Dhawan 69* (47), Prithvi Shaw 39 (22), Harpreet Brar 1-19 (3), Chris Jordan 1-21 (2) ) by 7 wickets.
Man of the Match: Mayank Agarwal 99* (58)