Delhi Capitals (DC) moved to the top of the points table after beating Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 7 wickets in Match 29 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
As time closed in on the second match of Super Sunday, this one was just as enthralling as before. It was between two young, in form Khans – Avesh and Shahrukh. Agarwal was the stand-in captain of PBKS, as Rahul had gone down with acute appendicitis.
Starting things off, DC chose to bowl first. They didn’t have a really good inning as it was rocky from the very beginning, with the captain, Agarwal standing as the lone warrior.
Prabhsimran got out early, and Gayle hit a six off Rabada but got out next ball. Then, there was a mix up between Hooda and Agarwal, causing the former to be dismissed. Shahrukh got out off a ball by Avesh, thus the latter won the faceoff between the two.
Jordan also couldn’t sustain, and in came last match’s hero, Harpreet Brar. He stuck around, and Mayank finished things off with a six and four off the last two balls respectively, painstakingly missing out on his 100 by just a run.
In reply, the Capitals had a decent start. Then, Shaw got out to Brar, the star. From there, Pant and Dhawan handled things well, till the former was sent back to the pavilion.
Hetmyer came in, and, with Dhawan, comfortably sealed the chase, Dhawan also getting his 50 in this process. He scored 69*, showing his experience along with some class batting.
With this victory, the Delhi Capitals went to the top of the table, and Dhawan also became the proud owner of the orange cap.
Brief Scores :
PBKS – 166 /6 ; Mayank – 99*; Rabada – 3/36
DC – 167 /3; Dhawan – 69*; Brar – 1/19
MoM: Well, many of you may be thinking it was Dhawan or Rabada, and it is not wrong to feel so. But one must keep in mind that a near-century, innings defining knock, that too in the first time as captain is really special (Samson’s was, too). So, the player of the match is Mayank Agarwal.