Dhawan leads Delhi find winning ways
Delhi Capitals have registered their second win in three games of IPL (Indian Premier League) 2021 beating Punjab Kings by six wickets in a stiff run chase at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Delhi’s batting collapsed in their last match against Rajasthan Royals but batsmen have stepped up again on double-header Sunday.
Punjab Kings put 195/4 on board after being asked to bat first, which was chased down by Delhi with 10 balls to spare. Openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal gave the men in red a pulsating start as the pair added 122 runs inside 13 overs.
Agarwal was the aggressor, making 69 runs off 36 deliveries that included 7 fours and 4 maximums. Delhi debutant Lukman Meriwala got his wicket.
West Indian big-hitters Chris Gayle (11) and Nicholas Pooran (9) could not get going while Deepak Hooda (22* of 13) and Shahrukh Khan (15* off 5) did the finishing touches.
Skipper Rahul anchored the innings as he played 51 balls for his 61 runs.
In reply, dynamic Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan put on 59 as Delhi stayed well within the required run rate. Shaw holed out Gayle off Arshdeep Singh making 32 off 17.
Australian international Steve Smith made very little effect in his first game in Delhi shirt. He was sent for 9 (in 12 balls) by his compatriot Riley Meredith.
Dhawan went on with his merry way but felt short of a third T20 hundred as he was bowled while sweeping Jhye Richardson. He left with 92 runs off 49 balls, striking 13 boundaries and 2 over-boundaries.
Marcus Stoinis’ 13-ball 27* ensured the Capitals’ second win in the tournament.
Punjab Kings 195/4 in 20 overs (Agarwal 69, Rahul 61; Mariwala 1/32, Avesh 1/33)
Delhi Capitals 198/4 in 19.2 overs (Dhawan 92, Shaw 32, Stoinis 27*; J Richardson 2/41)
Delhi Capitals won by 6 wickets