DC vs PBKS: Shikhar Dhawan 92 lets Delhi capitals win comfortably in Big Chase vs Punjab Kings


Shikhar Dhawan hit a 92 swashbuckling as the Delhi capitals did a short job on a 196-point goal for a six-wicket victory over the Punjab Kings in the IPL at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Dhawan looked in sublime form during his 49-ball hit which was studded with 13 fours and two sixes. Dhawan was ably supported by Prithvi Shaw (32 of 15) first, then skipper Rishabh Pant (15) and Marcus Stoinis (27 not out) as DC chased 196 in 18.2 overs.

Batted, Mayank Agarwal and Captain KL Rahul sewed a century-old opening stand to guide the Punjab to a 195-for-four challenge.

Agarwal had 69 of 36 balls, while Rahul scored 61 of 51 deliveries as the Punjab started the inning in the air.

Chasing 196, Dhawan and Shaw got off to a quick start, sharing 59 points on just 33 balls for the opening wicket.

Shaw continued his fine form and smashed a 17-ball 32 before being spotted at Chris Gayle off Arshdeep Singh.

Steve Smith, who was playing his first game for DC, looked a pale shadow before becoming Riley Meredith’s first victim of the day.

But the wickets had little impact on Dhawan, who continued his offensive strokeplay to bring back his fifty balls on 31.

Needing 71 of 42 balls, DC clinched gold scoring 18 points in the 14th.

Dhawan hit Meredith for a hat-trick of four, plus the bowler gave another limit on a wide ball as DC reduced the margin to 53 on 36 balls.

Dhawan, however, fell eight years from a brilliant century when he was cleaned up by Jhye Richardson (2/41) in the 16th.

Earlier, Pant’s decision to play after winning the toss backfired as the opening duo Agarwal and Rahul attacked opposition bowlers early on, reaching limits and the six at will.

While Agarwal was the aggressor of the two initially, Rahul raised the bar after a relatively calm start.

Agarwal and Rahul took an aggressive approach against debutants Lukman Meriwala and Kagiso Rabada, bringing their team to 94 without a loss in 10 overs.

Agarwal looked dangerous on his 36-ball hit and ended up hitting seven limits and four hits over the fence.

But DC sent the two batsmen back in quick succession to get back into the game. While Agarwal was the first to leave, cutting a delivery from Meriwala straight to Shikhar Dhawan at the sweeper’s cover on the 13th, Rahul handed a single catch to Marcus Stonis at midwicket off Rabada.

Rahul’s move was marked by seven limits and two sixes.

Chris Gayle (11) failed to make his mark, soon perishing in search of a maximum.

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Nicholas Pooran (9) failed again, but Deepak Hooda (22 out of 13) and Shahrukh Khan (15 out of five) provided the necessary big shots towards the end.

For DC, Ravichandran Ashwin (0/28) was economical, while Avesh Khan (1/33), Meriwala (1/32), Chris Woakes (1/42) and Rabada (1/43) picked up a wicket each. .

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