IPL 2021: Dhawan and Rabada take Delhi Capitals to the top

Sarita Dey
3 years ago

Delhi Capitals defeated Punjab Kings by seven wickets in IPL on Sunday and go a top table points. DC made 176 for 3. Dhawan took 69 and Shaw 39. PBKS made 166 for 6. Agarwal took 99 and Rabada 36.

On his IPL captaincy debut, Mayank Agarwal scored 60% of Punjab Kings’ runs in fewer than half the balls. His unbeaten 99 was not enough to push his side to a total that would challenge Delhi Capitals in the chase. Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan broke the back of the chase in the Powerplay. Dhawan went on to seal the win, reclaiming the orange cap as he did so. A sixth win in eight matches took capitals to the top of the table.

Prithvi Shaw (39 off 22) and Dhawan (69 not out of 47). They gave another flying start to Delhi who raced to 63 for no loss in six overs. Both struck delightful drives and punches on the off-side. Left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar carried on from where he left off in the game against RCB to dismiss the set. Shaw on his very first ball which turned just enough to clip the off-stump.

KL Rahul completed 50 off 45 balls and with Mayank dismissed.

Rabada for a straight six in the penultimate over was one of the best shots of his innings. He was brutal on Avesh Khan in the 20th over, smashing a couple of boundaries and a six to end the innings on a high. The last over went for 23 and Delhi Capitals leaked 64 runs off the last 30 balls. 

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Chris Gayle (11 off 9) and Nicholas Pooran (9 of 8) fell in quick succession but the duo of Deepak Hooda (22* off 13) and Shahrukh Khan (15* off 5) ensured that Punjab Kings finished at 4/195.

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