Delhi Capitals claimed a comfortable win by five wickets against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.
Having won the toss, Delhi chose to field first. Asked to bat first, Punja didn’t get a flying start as their in-form opener KL Rahul fell very cheaply for mere 12 while middle order batsmen Mayank Agarwal and David Miller failed to support Chris Gayle at the other end. They both got dismissed for mere 2 and 7 respectively and left Punjab struggling at 61-3 after 7.1 overs. Gayle, on the other hand, tried to steady the ship with Mandeep Singh. They both added 45 runs and helped Punjab to reach the 100-run mark within 13 overs. Gayle was dismissed for 69 off 37. However, Delhi bowlers did a wonderful job as Sandeep Lamichhane bagged 3 wickets while Kagiso Rabada and Axar Patel took 2 each and restricted Punjab within a below par where Ashwin scored 16 and Harpreet Brar scored 12 and took their side to 163 for 7 after 20 overs.
While chasing, openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan started off really well and added 24 runs in 3.1 overs before Shaw’s dismissal for 13. His dismissal brought their captain Shreyas Iyer in the crease. Both Dhawan and Iyer tried to resurrect the innings. They rotated the strike pretty well and hit big shots whenever required. They added 92 runs in 10.2 overs before Dhawan got out after scoring a blitzy half-century. He smashed 56 off 41 which included five fours and a six. However, Rishabh Pant once again failed to perform and departed for 6. Later, Colin Ingram played a quick fire 9-ball 19 with four boundaries.
Shreyas Iyer, on the other hand, anchored the run chase till the end, scoring a stable knock of 58 off 49, including five boundaries and a six and took his side to over the line. With this win, Delhi earned another two crucial points which will help them to qualify for the playoffs.