DC vs PBKS: Delhi Capitals rode on Shikhar Dhawan’s brilliant knock to chase down Punjab’s 195 in the 10th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Sunday. Put into bat, Punjab managed 195/4 in 20 overs. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul hit their respective fifties. In reply, Dhawan was on song as Delhi Capitals chased down the target.
Dhawan started attacking the Punjab bowlers from the word go in their pursuit of 196 at the Wankhede Stadium, hitting a four to get off the mark against Arshdeep Singh. He hit 13 fours and a couple of sixes but missed out on his 3rd IPL hundred by just 8 runs.
Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw gave a perfect start to the team as they laid the foundation for the chase and added 59 for the first wicket in just 5.3 overs. Shaw fell for 32 off 17 balls but Dhawan carried on to anchor the chase but sadly, couldn’t stay till the end.
Delhi actually didn’t miss Dhawan in the end as Marcus Stoinis added the finishing touches with an unbeaten cameo of 27 off 13 balls with 3 fours and a six. He was well supported by Lalit Yadav at the other end, he remained not out on 12.
Earlier in the match, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal went hard at the Delhi Capitals’ bowling attack, stitching a 122-runs stand for the first wicket as the opposition’s fielding was substandard. Nevertheless, the Capitals pulled back the innings well after Mayank Agarwal departed for a blazing 69 off 36 deliveries. Rahul, who played an anchor’s role could not entirely cut loose, perishing for 61 in 51 balls. On the other hand, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran could not play according to their usual self either.
Towards the end, Shahrukh Khan and Deepak Hooda delivered some pyrotechnics to lift Punjab to 195, which earlier looked unlikely. Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw responded to the steep run-chase equally well as they added 59 in less than six overs.
Steve Smith departed for a scratchy 9 following Prithvi Shaw’s 17-ball 32. Marcus Stoinis tilted the scales entirely towards the Capitals in the 17th over that included an above-waist no-ball and overstepping from Mohammed Shami. Stoinis and Lalit Yadav finished it off to deliver a win by six wickets.