Mayank Agarwal’s unbeaten 99 came before Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten 69. The Delhi Capitals topped the Indian Premier League (IPL) list by beating Punjab Kings by seven wickets with 14 balls to spare in their match on Sunday at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. Agarwal was on the edge from the start and faced 58 balls in his innings, hitting eight fours and four sixes. With the strength of their innings, Punjab managed to score 76 in the final six overs and 166 for a total of six wickets.
Dhawan, with Prithvi Shah (39 off 22 balls, three boundaries, three sixes), gave Delhi a good start again. The left-handed batsman held one edge until the end and faced 47 deliveries in his innings, hitting six fours and two sixes. With this, Delhi were 167 for three in 17.4 overs. With this win, Delhi have topped the Chennai Super Kings by 12 points in eight matches. Delhi had a challenging goal but their opener Prithvi Shah prevailed from the start. He expressed his intention of hitting six and two boundaries on Punjab’s chief bowler Mohammad Shami.
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Chris Jordan also taught Chris Jordan, who went down to the last over of the powerplay, making Delhi 63 in the first six overs. Harpreet Brar, however, soon brought a great relief to the Punjab by thundering the middle stump of the sav on a beautiful ball. Then Dhawan and Steven Smith (25 from 22 balls) turned the strike and put the scoreboard in motion. They both added 48 runs for the second wicket. Smith easily caught Riley Meredith from deep midwicket for David Milan, which broke the partnership.
Dhawan hit his leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi for a over-the-middle midwicket to complete his 44th half century in the IPL. When Shami made his next spell, Rishabh Pant (14) greeted him with a six. Pant returned to the pavilion with a loose shot but Shimran Hettmeier (16 not out off four balls) led Meredith to two consecutive sixes and fours in his next over.
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Before that, Kings XI Punjab lost KL Rahul to the top spot. Rahul will not be able to lead the team in the next few matches due to appendicitis. Kagiso Rabada (3 for 36) took the advantage with Prabhasimran Singh (12 off 16 balls) and Chris Gayle (13 off nine balls). In the powerplay, Punjab were able to score 39 for two. Rabada’s high-speed ball hit Gayle’s middle stump and won the battle between these two Maharashtrians.
Aggarwal and Dravid Malan were playing their first matches in the IPL and were controlled by Delhi spinners Akshar Patel and Lalit Yadav. The world number one T20 batsman, replacing Nicholas Pooran, was able to score only 26 runs. He hit Ishant Sharma for six but was bowled by Akshar for a long shot. Agarwal and Malan added 52 runs for the third wicket.
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Deepak Hooda (one) was run out of the gaffe which exacerbated the problems of Punjab. Up to the 14th over, Punjab’s score was 90 for four. After this, Agarwal showed his true passion. He hit a six off Rabada’s midwicket and then completed the half-century by sending Ishant to four. Ishant scored his first over but Agarwal smashed the bowling analysis for six wickets in this over. Akshar took two consecutive boundaries for 21 runs in four overs. Agarwal Avesh Khan needed a six off the last delivery of his innings to complete the century but he was able to score four. He had previously hit two boundaries and a six. He is the sixth batsman to complete an innings of 99 runs in IPL.