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IPL 2021: Shikhar Dhawan powers Delhi to dominant win over Punjab as Mayank Agarwal’s unbeaten 99 goes in vain

IPL 2021: Shikhar Dhawan powers Delhi to dominant win over Punjab as Mayank Agarwal’s unbeaten 99 goes in useless

Ahmedabad: Shikhar Dhawan’s pleasant 69 dwarfed Mayank Agarwal’s unbeaten 99 as Delhi Capitals defeated Punjab Kings by seven wickets within the IPL on Sunday to go atop the factors desk.

Agarwal, main the aspect within the absence of standard skipper KL Rahul, used the straight bat successfully in his lone hand to take Punjab Kings to 166 for six.

Delhi Capitals hardly broke a sweat within the run chase, cantering to victory in 17.4 overs, their sixth win in eight matches.

For Punjab Kings, it was their fifth loss in eight video games, summing up their inconsistent run to date.

Shikhar Dhawan scored 69 off 47 as Delhi Capitals defeated Punjab Kings. Image: Sportzpics for IPL

Shikhar Dhawan scored 69 off 47 as Delhi Capitals defeated Punjab Kings. Picture: Sportzpics for IPL

The damaging opening duo of Prithvi Shaw (39 off 22) and Dhawan (69 not out off 47) gave one other flying begin to Delhi who raced to 63 for no loss in six overs. Each struck pleasant drives and punches on the off-side.

Towards the run of play, left-arm spinner Harpeet Brar carried on from the place he left off within the recreation towards RCB to dismiss the set Shaw on his very first ball which turned simply sufficient to clip the off-stump.

After that wicket, Punjab had been in a position to convey down the scoring charge by conceding nearly run-a-ball from over 7 to 10.

Nonetheless, additionally they wanted common wickets to maintain themselves within the recreation however that by no means got here.

Following Steve Smith’s downfall, Dhawan stepped on the accelerator and swept Ravi Bishnoi for a six to finish his forty fourth fifty within the IPL. It was adopted by a few fours in the identical over.

From there on, there was no stopping Delhi as in the long run West Indian batsman Shimron Hetmyer (16 off 4) smashed two sixes and a 4 within the 18th over to take DC residence with 14 balls to spare.

Earlier, Agarwal single-handedly took the workforce previous 160 along with his essential knock comprising eights fours, and 4 sixes.

Delhi saved issues tight within the powerplay, conceding 39 runs and sending again Prabhsimran Singh (12) and the mighty Chris Gaye (13).

Gayle missed a quick full toss from Rabada after pulling the South African for an enormous six.

Agarwal, who will captain the workforce as Rahul recovers from acute appendicitis, steadied the innings alongside IPL debutant Dawid Malan (26) as the 2 shared a 52-run partnership.

Capitals took complete management of the sport within the 14th over when Axar Patel discovered the stumps of Malan earlier than Deepak Hooda ran himself out following a mix-up with Agarwal on the different finish, leaving Punjab at 88 for 4.

Agarwal didn’t get a lot help from the opposite finish thereafter however he took it upon himself to take the workforce to a aggressive complete.

Agarwal making a slight room for himself and sending Rabada for a straight six within the penultimate over was top-of-the-line photographs of his innings.

He was brutal on Avesh Khan within the twentieth over, smashing a few boundaries and a six to finish the innings on a excessive.

The final over went for 23 and Delhi Capitals leaked 64 runs off the final 30 balls.

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Updated: May 2, 2021 — 6:12 pm

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