IPL 2021: Shikhar Dhawan guides Delhi Capitals to six-wicket win over Punjab Kings
Mumbai: Shikhar Dhawan struck a swashbuckling 92 as Delhi Capitals made brief work of a 196-run goal for a six-wicket win over Punjab Kings within the IPL right here on Sunday.
Dhawan appeared in elegant kind throughout his 49-ball knock that was studded with 13 fours and two sixes.
Dhawan was ably supported by Prithvi Shaw (32 off 15) first up after which skipper Rishabh Pant (15) and Marcus Stoinis (27 not out) as DC chased down 196 in 18.2 overs.
Put in to bat, Mayank Agarwal and captain KL Rahul stitched a century-run opening stand to information Punjab to a difficult 195 for 4.
Agarwal made 69 off 36 balls, whereas Rahul scored 61 off 51 deliveries as Punjab made a flying begin to their innings.
Chasing 196, Dhawan and Shaw made a rapid begin, sharing 59 runs in simply 33 balls for the opening wicket.
Shaw continued his positive kind and smashed a 17-ball 32 earlier than being holed out to Chris Gayle off Arshdeep Singh.
Steve Smith, enjoying his first match for DC, appeared a pale shadow of himself earlier than turning into Riley Meredith’s first sufferer of the day.
However the wickets hardly had any influence on Dhawan, who continued his attacking strokeplay to deliver up his fifty off 31 balls.
Needing 71 off 42 balls, DC struck gold by selecting up 18 runs off the 14th over.
Dhawan hit Meredith for a hat-trick of fours, apart from the bowler gave away one other boundary off a large ball as DC introduced down the margin to 53 off 36 balls.
Dhawan, nonetheless, fell eight wanting a superb century when he was cleaned up by Jhye Richardson (2/41) within the sixteenth over.
Earlier, Pant’s choice to bowl after profitable the toss backfired because the opening duo of Agarwal and Rahul took the assault to the opposition bowlers from the onset, hitting boundaries and sixes at will.
Whereas Agarwal was the aggressor of the 2 initially, Rahul upped the ante after a comparatively sedate begin.
Agarwal and Rahul adopted an aggressive method towards debutant Lukeman Meriwala and Kagiso Rabada, taking their staff to 94 for no loss in 10 overs.
Agarwal was wanting harmful throughout his 36-ball knock and ended up hitting seven boundaries and 4 hits over the fence.
However DC dismissed each the batsmen in fast succession to make a comeback into the match.
Whereas Agarwal was the primary to depart, slicing a Meriwala supply straight to Shikhar Dhawan at sweeper cowl within the thirteenth over, Rahul handed a easy catch to Marcus Stonis at midwicket off Rabada.
Rahul’s knock was laced with seven boundaries and two sixes.
Massive-hitting Chris Gayle (11) did not make a mark, perishing quickly in quest of a most.
Nicholas Pooran (9) failed but once more however Deepak Hooda (22 not out off 13) and Shahrukh Khan (15 not out off 5) offered the much-needed huge hits in direction of the tip.
For DC, Ravichandran Ashwin (0/28) was economical, whereas Avesh Khan (1/33), Meriwala (1/32), Chris Woakes (1/42) and Rabada (1/43) picked up a wicket every.
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