In the DC VS PBKS game, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw made a difficult chase easy. Chasing a testing target of 196, the opening duo of Dhawan (92) and Shaw (32) made light of the target and got DC in a good position from the beginning.
DC wins toss, inserts Punjab to bat first
DC winning the toss put Punjab Kings to bat first. Giving reference to the dew factor that comes into play, Pant made a no-brainer of a decision to bowl first.
However, Pant and his bowlers paid dearly as Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul started their rampage.
Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul gets off to flying start
Meriwala, who made his IPL debut this year had one of the most eventful opening spells he could’ve asked for.
In one over the Baroda based player went for a boundary, gave a no-ball, was hit for another maximum and boundary, and even a skipped catch. All of this came from the reliable bat of Mayank Agarwal.
As Agarwal played the aggressor, KL Rahul played the nonbelligerent anchor that ran between the wickets and gave strike to Agarwal.
Powerplay ends, Punjab looks strong
Soon Agarwal’s magic rubbed off on Rahul too as he went after Lalit Yadav for 2 boundaries and found his footing.
Agarwal launched an attack on Ashwin and slammed a maximum and a boundary. By the end of the first powerplay PBKS had scored 59 for not a single wicket down.
Agarwal hits half-century, Meriwala gets his revenge
Meanwhile Mayank Agarwal reached his half-century in 25 deliveries. He looked especially dangerous against Rabada and smashed him for 3 maximums in an over that produced 20 runs.
Punjab touched the 100-run mark in the 10th over itself and it seemed that Delhi Capitals would get a massive target to chase.
Thankfully, after the 122-run 1st wicket partnership, Meriwala, who had a horrible bowling spell, scalped the wicket of Agarwal (69).
Punjab’s momentum halts, KL Rahul, Gayle and Pooran departs
The first-wicket changed the momentum of the game as Rabada came in 15th over to dismiss KL Rahul. KL Rahul wasn’t as hard hitting as Agarwal, yet the right-handed batsman scored a respectable 61 off 51 with 7 boundaries and 2 maximums.
As Gayle walked in the middle it appeared that Delhi’s bowlers had a world of pain in the form of Gaylestorm that awaited them. But before he could open his arms, Chris Woakes removed him. Soon, Pooran was also dismissed. From 122/1 in the 13th over, Punjab’s inning met with a screeching halt at 179/4 in the 19th over.
Shahrukh Khan takes Punjab past 190
Shahrukh Khan, who was the team’s only saving grace against CSK continued with his good form as he scored a quick 15 off 5, taking his team 195/5 in 20.
DC gets off to a flying start
Chasing a testing target of 195, DC also got off to an equally flying start. The birthday boy KL Rahul’s bowlers were not spared by the openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan.
Prithvi Shaw continues his Vijay Hazare tournament
Early in the game Shaw went after experienced Indian pacer Shami and hit him for a couple of boundaries. Shaw has been a fan favourite, thanks to his recent performance in Vijay Hazare tournament and the first couple of IPL games.
However, before he could convert his inning, Arshdeep Singh’s slower one trapped him and, in the end, Chris Gayle took a good catch.
Dhawan and Smith steadies the boat, DC goes past 100 in 10th over
However, Shikhar Dhawan on the other end steadied the boat with Steve Smith. While KL Rahul and Mayank Aggarwal were on the aggressive side, Dhawan was more fluent and sophistication.
He respectfully tackled the good deliveries and punished all the bowls that were fuller on length. Soon in the 10th over he brought his fifty while his team was looking strong at 100/1 in the 10th over.
Riley Meredith takes Shikhar Dhawan’s Masterclass
As the overs progressed, so did the Dhawan’s masterclass. He outsmarted every Punjab bowler, be it Shami or Richardson. Dhawan was especially brutal on Riley Meredith as he hit him for hat-trick of boundaries.
Dhawan gets greedy, falls on 92
Inching closer to his first century this tournament, Dhawan got too greedy and in an attempt to hit Richardson, he let the ball hit the stumps and bowl him out. Leaving the pitch at 92, he had already done enough damage.
Lalit Yadav and Stoinis ensures victory for DC
In the end, the cameos of Marcus Stoinis and Lalit Yadav ensured a comprehensive victory for DC.