Delhi Capitals (DC) kept their hopes alive for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 Qualifiers with a 17-point landslide victory over Punjab Kings (PBKS) at DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai on Monday 16 may.
Mitchell Marsh scored a 63 on 48 ball fight as he helped DC post a tough 159/7 on tricky surface after being asked to strike.
Shardul Thakur then delivered a scintillating player of the match performance (4/36) to help seal a 17-point win and give Delhi the edge in the race to qualify for the 2022 IPL Qualifiers.
Jonny Bairstow (28 from 15 balls) gave Punjab a quick start with 4 fours and a six but played one shot too many firing a delivery from Anrich Nortje (1/29) straight to the square leg deep at 4th over .
Shardul Thakur then entered the attack for the power play finale and landed a quick double to reduce PBKS to 54/3 after 6 overs.
Shardul first caught Bhanuka Rajapaksa (4) in the back spot with a sharp bouncer and then fired a lead from Shikhar Dhawan (19 from 16 balls) with another short delivery which Rishabh Pant gobbled up behind the wickets.
Axar Patel then landed his 100th IPL scalp as he casted PBKS captain Mayank Agarwal (0), sending him back on a duck on the 7th.
DC continued to pick up the wickets as Kuldeep Yadav entered the attack in the 8th and immediately got the big wicket from Liam Livingstone (3) as the PBKS man charged but was done by the googly, giving Pant enough time to whip the bails.
Kuldeep (2/14) had two overs in two as he casted Harpreet Brar (1) with another wide float in the 10th over, reducing Punjab to 67/6.
Axar wrapped up a superb spell beating Rishi Dhawan (4) in the 13th to finish with an excellent 4-0-14-2 figure.
Jitesh Sharma and Rahul Chahar then assembled Punjab’s biggest partnership of 41 races to frustrate Delhi. The pair were eventually separated by Shardul who again landed two quick wickets in the 18th.
Shardul had Jitesh (44 on 34 balls) caught from range with a knuckle ball that the batter mistimed to Warner who took a clean diving catch from range. Kagiso Rabada then drew the line with a six, but dragged Shardul’s last ball (4/28) straight long-off.
Shardul should have finished with a fife but David Warner got a regulation hold in the end after Arshdeep Singh (2 no-out) sliced a high full throw to long-off. Rahul Chahar finished undefeated on 25 as PBKS only managed 142/9 in response.
Earlier at the Toss, Mayank opted to play as Punjab named an unchanged squad. Delhi made two changes with Khaleel Ahmed and Sarfaraz Khan in place of Chetan Sakariya and KS Bharat.
Livingstone gave Punjab a perfect start by sending David Warner home on a “Golden Duck” with the first pitch of the set. Warner (0) moved forward to drive the thrown delivery but ended up cutting it back.
However, Marsh helped DC recover from that clash quickly with a straight six against Kagiso Rabada in the 2nd round. Sarfaraz then joined the party with six, four and four straight deliveries from Harpreet Brar in the next round.
Sarfaraz continued his onslaught with a few more limits against Rishi Dhawan in the 4th. It was Arshdeep Singh who finally ended Safaraz’s quick cameo (32 from 16 balls) as he entered the attack in the 5th and had DC’s opener caught halfway through.
Arshdeep could have had it two in two as Lalit Yadav fired the next ball straight at Bairstow who took a great deep square-leg slippery catch but the bowler had overshot which resulted in a no ball.
Arshdeep came back to throw the 11th and this time got it right by catching Lalit (24 from 21 balls) in point with a slower smart shortball.
Livingstone was then knocked out for six by Rishabh Pant (7 from 3 balls) on the following course but responded by getting the DC captain puzzled on the very next delivery to put Delhi down to 107/4 after 12 overs.
It was the first time Pant had been fired by strain in the IPL, but Livingstone (3/27) was not done yet. The versatile English then caught Rovman Powell (2) from a distance in the 14th.
Meanwhile, Marsh continued his rich streak of form by bringing on consecutive fifties with a four against Harpreet Brar in the 17th. Marsh (63 from 48 balls) then looked to raise the bar but was fired by Rabada (1/24) in the penultimate round.
Arshdeep (3/27) then got rid of Shardul (3) offering only 7 points in the final. Axar went undefeated on 17 out of 20 balls as DC managed to post 159/7.