Punjab Kings threw a big target at Delhi Capitals. But in stormy batting, Shekhar Dhawan made that goal trivial. The opener has paved the way for the team to win even though he did not score a century. After the match, Delhi has returned to the winning trend.
Delhi Capitals defeated Punjab Kings by 7 wickets in Mumbai on Sunday. Punjab scored 195 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. With 10 balls left in reply, the Indian capital team reached the target. This is their second win in three matches. On the other hand, Punjab lost two matches in three matches.
Delhi got off to a great start by chasing runs. Prithvi Shaw and Shekhar Dhawan scored 59 runs in the opening over. After that Prithvi left but Dhawan continued to lead the team with one end. He also kept the pace of the run active in aggressive batting.
Dhawan made a 48-run stand with Steve Smith for the second wicket. The lion’s share of the run comes from the opener’s bat. Smith scored only 9 runs. Then Dhawan teamed up with Rishav Pant. 45 runs came in the third wicket. Pant contributed only 11 runs.
However, Dhawan had to leave the field with some regret. With 6 runs away from the century, he was bowled by Aussie fast bowler Joy Richardson and returned to the dressing room. But before that go to work. He scored 92 runs off 49 balls with 13 fours and 2 sixes. Aussie all-rounder Marcus Stones then completed the rest of the work in two small pairs with Pant and Lalit Yadav.
Earlier, after losing the toss, Punjab made a great start by batting first. Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal scored 59 runs without losing a wicket in the power play. In the end, 122 runs came in the opening pair. That is why the team got the basis of big score. Then Punjab threw a challenging target of 198 runs in the short innings of the rest of the batsmen.
Agarwal played the highest innings of 69 runs for the team. The 38-ball innings was bowled by the opener with 6 fours and 4 sixes. Another opener Rahul’s 61 runs came from the bat. Although he was not as destructive as Agarwal. The opener made 6 fours and 2 sixes in 51 balls.
Marcus Stones, the Australian star batsman of Delhi, left the field after playing a devastating innings of 28 runs off just 13 balls towards the end of the match.