DC VS PBKS RATIO
Axar finished with numbers of 2 for 10 in 4 overs, with 13 dot balls © BCCI
Two days after 427 points were scored and KKR nearly chased RR’s 217 at Brabourne Stadium, the Delhi Capitals hobbled to 115 – the lowest tally of the season – on a sticky surface at the same venue to lose their fourth game of the season. The Delhi Capitals’ slower bowlers rejoiced as Rishabh Pant’s side did well to focus on the pitch to pick up two vital points (and a big NRR push) amid deeply troubling covid unrest behind the scenes .
Slower bowlers rejoiced, you say?
Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Lalit Yadav picked up two wickets each and conceded 45 runs in the 10 overs between them. Axar was the biggest threat to the Punjab Kings, who had a habit of flying out of blocks in the PowerPlay. was Lalit Yadav’s fourth when DC realized the ball was coming to rest in the field and the run against the spinners wasn’t going to be easy. By the time Axar got to the bowl, Lalit and Khaleel Ahmed had already brushed off openers Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan But the left arm spinner knocked out in-form Liam Livingstone, who looked to take control of the innings in typical fashion in giving the charge to the spinner, but was undone by a tight turn and a quick drop from Pant.
Axar finished with numbers of 2 for 10 in 4 overs, with 13 run balls. Kuldeep finished with numbers of 2 for 24, which represents the wickets of Kagiso Rabada and Nathan Ellis, which effectively ended to PBKS hopes of any late surge. to a defensible total. With that, Kuldeep took his total for the season to 13 wickets – just four behind RR’s Yuzvendra Chahal. Lalit only played both overs but did damage in both to finish with 2 for 11.
How did the leaders go?
Shardul Thakur’s second over of the match which involved three limits gave an indication that perhaps another big game over 200 was on the cards until the spinners reversed that narrative. one of PBKS’ threats to Jonny Bairstow and the dispatch of Shahrukh Khan. Mustafizur Rahman was also critical before the spinners took over, stopping Mayank Agarwal in his tracks after the PBKS captain got off to a fast start with some limitations.
How listless were PBKS at bat?
Unusually listless. For a team that’s armed with one of the most exciting top orders, it was a collective bad day because they just couldn’t master the conditions. The attempt to rebuild after Bairstow fell in the seventh over was cautious as DC dominated the middle overs with their spinners. From 54 for 4 in the seventh over, Shahrukh and Jitesh Sharma trailed PBKS to 85 for 4 of 12 overs, but slumped from there. Between 10 and 17, not a single boundary was hit, with just 15 fours and only one six – on Rahul Chahar’s Willow No. 9 – coming in the innings.
No respite in the second run?
Not at all. Prithvi Shaw and David Warner added more insult to injury in the first half by starting with a 14-pointer against Vaibhav Arora and not missing a beat even against the experienced Kagiso Rabada. They rocketed to 75 for 0 in 5 overs, not even allowing Mayank Agarwal to introduce his spinners into the game in an attempt to add some drama to the chase.
Rahul Chahar fired Prithvi Shaw to seventh, but by then DC already had 83 points on the board. Warner stayed and completed the chase, finishing with 60 of 30 undefeated balls – his 53rd IPL fifty – and third at the trot. .
Short Scores: Punjab Kings 115 in 20 overs (Jitesh Sharma 32, Mayank Agarwal 24; Axar Patel 2-10, Lalit Yadav 2-11, Khaleel Ahmed 2-21) lost to Delhi Capitals119 for 1 in 10.3 passes (David Warner 60*, Prithvi Shaw 41) by 9 counters
After that ?
Punjab Kings have a four-day break before facing Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium on April 25 (Mon). Delhi Capitals will face Rajasthan Royals in two days on April 22 (Fri) – also at Wankhede.