thigh high full toss on the legs, flicked straight to short fine leg. They take a single to end the match but Delhi close out a 17-run win.
11.20 pm So Delhi Capitals move up to 14 points and are ahead of RCB on net run rate so are officially in fourth place and control their own destiny for a playoff berth if they win their final league phase match. Punjab Kings on the other hand stay on 12 points and will need a win in their final match plus a hell of a lot of help from other results over the final week to sneak into the playoffs.
Punjab captain Mayank Agarwal: "We didn't bat well. Between overs 5 and 10, we lost too many wickets and that's where we lost the game. I thought it was definitely chaseable for the batting we have and the wicket wasn't as bad as it seemed. We just lost too many wickets between the 5th and 10th over and lost the game there. [Hope for final match] It's still a match to be played and a match to be won. Two points are crucial for us. We want to go out there and play the best cricket. I think we haven't yet played our best cricket yet and we look forward to doing that in the last game. We need to speak about the way we went about things with the bat, but that's about it. It's a game to forget."
Delhi allrounder Mitchell Marsh: "It was a great win. You can never judge a wicket until both teams bat on it. I walked off sort of thinking that we left a couple out there. But it turned didn't it. The spinners turned the game in the middle and 160 wound up being enough. [Batting mindset] Get as many as I can in the Powerplay before it starts turning. For the last sort of 18 months, I've had that mentality in the Powerplay. I thought it was a really good partnership with Sarfaraz. He played some amazing shots. It would've been nice to get out of the Powerplay one down and then we probably could have kept going. But our innings was sort of stop start with wickets. Credit goes to the bowlers. The way they bowled was outstanding. [On his batting approach when wickets fall at the other end] It's just about getting a partnership going. We probably weren't able to quite do that throughout our middle overs tonight and that doesn't allow you to get up to a 180 score. It's just about whoever comes in, trying to build that partnership. Even if it's 15 or 20 runs, it can change momentum. Tonight we weren't able to do that, but like I said, 160 wound up being enough. I think that's our first back-to-back win of the season. We spoke about that today. It's been one of those seasons where we've been stop start. In long tournaments like this, it's about peaking at the right time. I think over the last week or 10 days, we've played some really good cricket and that's a really good sign. We've got one more to go. We know if we win that, we'll be in the finals and we can give it a real good shake. I've got great belief in this team. We've got a lot of talent across the board and if we can string one more together going into the finals, it'll give us great momentum."
Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant: "Playing throughout the tournament we have been losing one game and winning one game. That's something we wanted to change as a team and we got it. [Asked about not bowling Kuldeep's fourth over] We saved him for the back half and then the dew seeps in. So we didn't want to give a massive over. It was 50/50. [Thought process on batting approach] The only thought process was to take it deep. We saw the spinners bowling well in the wicket. The wicket was slow. [Approach for the final game] Mostly it's going to be the same but we have to assess the wicket. We don't know how it will play in Wankhede. [Prithvi Shaw's fitness status] I think he's 50/50. We'll know in a few days time."
Shardul Thakur named Player of the Match for his four-wicket haul: "It was good. I always like to perform in the crunch times. These last two games, 13 and 14 games, are important for our team. I always feel happy when I rise to the occasion for our team. I think the sixth over was the big over where I got two wickets. They were cruising and we saw in both innings, the Powerplay was a big one. Fast bowlers were going for runs. And as soon as the Powerplay ended, suddenly the runs stopped. So getting two wickets in the sixth over was very crucial and after that the spinners came on for us and did the job pretty well. [Bowling early vs at the death] It was very different. I think in the first half as a bowling unit we were trying to hit good areas so that something happens off the pitch. The ball was also fairly new and the seam up. But after 12 overs, suddenly there was a lot of dew and probably that's why we did not bowl the fourth over from Kuldeep Yadav. It was tough. It's not easy bowling in the dewy conditions. Probably what worked for us was that we took a lot of wickets in the first 10-12 overs and in the end Punjab did not have enough wickets [left]."
That's it from today's live coverage on ESPNcricinfo. Come back tomorrow for more live action. On behalf of my commentary partner Sidharth Monga, I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!
length ball again slanted across Chahar, this time on sixth stump, big swing aiming for midwicket and misses.
length ball slanted across the right-hander, too wide to play at and an extra is added.
Shardul switches around the wicket.
dropped! After the sensational catch earlier, Warner has now dropped a sitter! Low full toss at shin height on middle, miscues this toward long-on. Warner covers 20 yards jogging in and settles himself going onto his knees with arms reaching forward but it clangs out.
As long as everything is legal, the match is over.
low full toss miscued toward extra cover for one.
slower bouncer on sixth stump, Chahar backs away from leg stump expecting something else and takes himself out of reach. He looks desperately to the leg side umpire for a wide on height. It cleared his head while leaping off his toes and should have been a wide on height. Lucky break goes Delhi's way.
length ball on sixth stump at 122 kph, cracks a cross bat shot through wide long-off, diving effort by Warner charging left but it goes just off his left hand to the rope.
26 off 6 to win. You never know...
wide yorker again on seventh stump at 136 kph, scuffs out a drive to long-off for one.
Samrat Ahuja: "Lord Thakur dropping that one to get his 5th!" The thought crossed my mind too...
yorker full on middle, jammed out back to Nortje.
wide yorker just inside the guideline at 140 kph, jammed out off the toe to the keeper.
goes for yorker and misfires again with another knee high full toss on middle, Arshdeep pokes this tentatively to point, bad misfield allows a single.
full on middle, punched straight to extra cover.
RA: "Today the bat didn't work so he took that catch. Moral of the story: You can't keep David Warner away from glory in an IPL match."
dropped! Full toss at knee height on sixth stump, slices a cut straight to Shardul at head height at backward point, he reaches up and parries this over his head for one. It came sharply pace wise but was right to him and should have ended the match.
Nortje to bowl his last over. Arshdep arrives as the last man in at the non-striker's end.
Rabada can't repeat it to another slower ball at 118 kph! This is quietly a brilliant spell from Shardul. Slower ball on sixth stump back of a length, Rabada with another big cross-bat heave but it flutters gently to Rovman who takes a head high catch 10 yards in from the rope at long-off.
slower ball sits up on fourth stump on a length, Rabada creams a pull over wide long-on that sails over the LCD ad boards and down a tunnel.
length ball well down the leg side at 135 kph, Pant flies to his right with his right hand with no glove on his right hand! He's taken it off before delivery to be able to throw at the stumps to deny a bye or tight single and he saves it from being five wides. Incredible.
slower bouncer on fifth stump, too high and left alone for a wide on height.
sensational from Warner, who finally holds on to one charging in at long-off! Knuckle ball from Shardul lands full on fourth stump. Jitesh slams a drive very flat in the air, doesn't get more than 15 feet above the ground but Warner never hesitated charging forward 15 yards off the rope and lunging forward to take this at shin height. There's an awful lot of fielders in Warner's situation who would have gladly let the ball bounce in front to keep it to a single but he went for glory and got a gold medal catch.
David Patterson: "Are they seriously not going to bowl Kuldeep out!!!" It appears so.
short on sixth stump, slaps a cut to the point sweeper for one.
and here's the result of the failure to get two off that previous ball. Length delivery on sixth stump, Chahar fans on yet another big heave.
|Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai|
|Toss||Punjab Kings, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||16 May 2022 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Delhi Capitals 2, Punjab Kings 0|