Mumbai, April 20: In the run-up to their match against Punjab Kings, Delhi Capitals did not have proper practice. They had to spend time in hotel rooms, undergo rounds of tests, saw a change of venues, and six members of their camp, including Mitchell Marsh and later Tim Seifert, tested positive for covid-19 on game morning, bringing a cloud. of uncertainty about them taking the field for a crucial game.
Despite all the troubles off the pitch, Delhi put aside feelings of confusion and nervousness to put on an excellent all-around performance, barring a few fumbles on the pitch, to defeat the Punjab Kings by nine wickets at Brabourne Stadium on Wednesday. . For everything that went wrong off the field, everything from throwing in to scoring the winning run worked in Delhi’s favour.
After the bowlers put on an impressive show to beat Punjab by just 115, David Warner and Prithvi Shaw’s fourth consecutive over-fifty position, leading to an initial partnership of 83, made quick work of the chase. , complete with 57 balls to spare. Punjab would come to regret their aggressive batting approach, causing them to spectacularly implode to record the lowest score of IPL 2022.
Warner and Shaw came out with all guns blazing mentioning their partnership’s half-century in 3.3 overs, the fastest fifty by a team in IPL 2022. Shaw struggled early against Vaibhav Arora’s in-swing, but took three limits in the opening finished.
The dynamic duo then took a limit each from Kagiso Rabada to pile on more misery in Punjab. Arora came under further attack when Warner charged him for back-to-back limits while Shaw hit him hard for six. Warner took two more bounds from Rabada before racking up 17 runs with Shaw in the Arshdeep Singh opening to effectively seal the fate of the match on the power play.
After the power play, Rahul Chahar broke up the opening tier of 83 runs as Shaw scrambled hard, only long enough to balance himself and take the catch over his left shoulder. Warner continued to deal with the limits, hitting a deep fence in the middle of Rabada and then clearing the same region with a slow sweep.
Warner recorded a hat-trick of fifty in the tournament with four directed at third man Nathan Ellis before ending the innings with another four via Chahar’s half-wicket to seal a resounding victory for Delhi.
Previously, from 33/0 in 3.3 overs, Punjab batting went nowhere as Axar Patel, Khaleel Ahmed, Kuldeep Yadav and Mustafizur Rahman each picked two wickets. Mayank Agarwal started the innings with a cut point up from Shardul Thakur. He then took three more fours from Thakur’s second over, two offside followed by a leg look as Punjab raced to 27/0 from three overs.
Lalit provided the breakthrough for Delhi, breaking the 33-run starting position when Shikhar Dhawan was choked in the leg while trying to throw and Rishabh Pant made an excellent catch. In the next over, Agarwal clipped Rahman’s stumps as he tried to get through the third man.
Punjab took another big hit on the power play when Liam Livingstone danced down the pitch to dive straight to the ground, but missed the ball completely and was stumped by Axar’s Pant. In the next over, Jonny Bairstow took a short ball from Ahmed straight to the long leg.
Jitesh Sharma tried to stabilize Punjab’s innings with some limits from Ahmed, Rahman and Kuldeep. But Axar caught him lbw on 32 of 23 balls as he moved in for a sweep. With Kuldeep castled Kagiso Rabada and Nathan Ellis in back-to-back deliveries in his last over after going wicketless in the first three and Shahrukh Khan cutting behind a short wide cutter from Ahmed in the next over, the end was inevitable for Punjab.
Rahul Chahar scored a four and a six to take Punjab past 100 with his run-a-ball 12. But Lalit eliminated him with a straight sweep to the deep square leg back. Arshdeep Singh’s run into the last ball of the innings via comical error brought curtains on a very strange inning from Punjab.
Short scores: Punjab Kings 115 in total in 20 overs (Jitesh Sharma 32, Mayank Agarwal 24; Axar Patel 2/10, Lalit Yadav 2/11) lost to Delhi Capitals 119/1 in 10.3 overs (David Warner 60 out, Prithvi Shaw 41; Rahul Chahar 1/21) by nine wickets