Shikhar Dhawan performed a match-defining knock of 92 from 49 deliveries to motivate Delhi Capitals right a emphatic six-wicket in opposition to Punjab Kings in their Indian Premier League clash on Sunday. Batting at a strike-payment of 187.76, Dhawan went on to rupture 13 fours and two sixes as Delhi completed the stiff 196-speed swagger in just 18.2 overs.
Dhawan kicked-off Delhi’s speed-swagger along with Prithvi Shaw and the pair went on to add 59 for the opening wicket. Shaw became as soon as the predominant man to be eliminated by Arshdeep Singh as he became as soon as caught on 32 from 17 balls.
Steve Smith, who made his Delhi Capitals debut, then hung spherical with Dhawan in the middle because the pair added every other 50-plus stand and helped their facet carry out a valorous place in the contest.
Dhawan departed in the 15th over of the Delhi innings when he became as soon as batting on 92 nonetheless by the time the opener had fully taken the sport a ways from the opposition.
Marcus Stoinis at closing concluded the match with some sturdy-hitting demonstrate and remained unbeaten on 27 from 13 deliveries, which integrated three fours and one six.
Earlier in the evening, Mayank Agarwal and Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul stitched a century-speed opening stand to e book their facet to a no longer easy 195/4. Agarwal made 69 off 36 balls, while Rahul scored 61 off 51 deliveries as Punjab made a flying birth to their innings.
Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant’s resolution to bowl after a hit the toss backfired because the opening duo of Agarwal and Rahul took the attack to the opposition bowlers from the onset, hitting boundaries and sixes at will. While Agarwal became as soon as the aggressor of the 2 at the birth, Rahul upped the ante after a moderately sedate birth.
Agarwal and Rahul adopted an aggressive scheme in opposition to debutant Lukeman Meriwala and Kagiso Rabada, taking their team to 94/0 in 10 overs. Agarwal became as soon as taking a search for unhealthy for the length of his 36-ball knock and ended up hitting seven boundaries and four hits over the fence. But DC brushed aside each the batsmen in like a flash succession to gain a comeback into the match.
While Agarwal became as soon as the predominant to leave, cutting a Meriwala transport straight to Shikhar Dhawan at sweeper cover in the 13th over, Rahul handed a straightforward like to Marcus Stonis at midwicket off Rabada. Rahul’s knock became as soon as laced with seven boundaries and two sixes.
Ample-hitting Chris Gayle (11) didn’t gain a observe, perishing quickly making an strive for a maximum. Nicholas Pooran (9) failed all over every other time nonetheless Deepak Hooda (22 no longer out off 13) and Shahrukh Khan (15 no longer out off 5) offered the grand wanted astronomical hits in direction of the tip.
For DC, Ravichandran Ashwin (0/28) became as soon as economical, while Avesh Khan (1/33), Meriwala (1/32), Chris Woakes (1/42) and Rabada (1/43) picked up a wicket each.
– with PTI inputs