a wide to finish the game. Full and very wide and he doesn't even bother chasing it this time
11.24pm And that is all from our coverage tonight. See you tomorrow!
Agarwal: KL Rahul is going for a surgery and hopefully he should be back. Would've liked two points but I guess we were about 10 short on that wicket. And the kind of powerplay they had we really had to scrap and fight. One batsman has to bat through, that was my plan. It was my day, I took that responsibility. Unfortunately we didn't get too many in the middle overs, even though we finished well. Would have loved two points more than anything else. But it is what it is. We have to shut this off, turn up next game and do better. Managing the ups and downs is what captaincy's all about. Kudos to Harpreet who showed up for us today and last game as well, he also hit a crucial boundary. We need to keep at it and click as a team.
Mayank Agarwal is the Player of the Match.
Pant: I think Shikhy bhai and Prithvi gave us a very good start, that's why the innings looked much better. The first innings it was really gripping. The way they started was commendable. It feels so good when you have a great start each and every match with a mixture of youth and experience. You can see that everyone is doing so well around them. Most things are sorted out but we need to try out a few options for the Kolkata matches. The competition in the team is very good. When you see, there is a lot of gun bowling that we have. I'm enjoying everyday, using my experience, using the seniors around me. We are trying to make an environment where everyone feels good.
Dhawan [orange cap holder now]: Really happy the way we chased down the score. Prithvi and myself gave a great start, what we needed. Smith chipped in nicely. I knew I had to go to the end because for the new batsman it was a little difficult. Once we knew that we can close the game quickly, we planned that we should finish in 19 overs. The way Hetmyer is hitting it is amazing. It's good to get the strike rate up and get the price up as well! (laughs) I keep tabs on both runs and strike rate, both sync. But it depends on the wicket as well, you have to respect it. Today there was dew, last two games there weren't. When it comes on nicely I take more risks. I've been playing with Prithvi for three years now. He makes it easy for me the way he strikes it. At the same time I stick to my process. Last match there was nothing to do from my side, but this match I knew I had to cash in.
AbdulAleem : "This ipl is a table of two very clear halves. The top 4 and bottom 4 each will jostle amongst their respective halves"
Teapot: "Where do Punjab go from here? They didn't do much wrong with bat, given their lineup. I see them sliding to the bottom, if SRH permit though!"
Manu Ajmani: "How good of was Dhawan tonight holding one end with a healthy strike rate of 145? He has been such a reliable opener for DC continuing his form from last year. SRH must be ruing the fact they traded him after an 8 year stint ahead of the 2019 edition!"
Kapil Baldawa: "With the way Punjab bowl, nothing short of 190 would be enough. And they can be get there only with Pooran now with Rahul out. Just don't see them winning with such poor bowling, especially from experienced guys like Shami"
smugs: "@Tasmeem: Not sure about that, Billings or Hetmyer could have played a similar knock and perhaps at a faster rate."
Vivaan : "Meredith doesn't seem to be a good death bowler, should bowl his 4 before the death overs"
10.57pm Delhi Capitals end the night as table toppers. We said at the halfway stage that Punjab may have something to defend, but there were big caveats on that: it was a relative measure, based on how they'd begun. And two, it was so dependent on getting one of Shaw or Dhawan early on. Like many other teams this season, they couldn't manage that. Shaw went blazing as he does, Dhawan took over in the middle overs after him and Smith had put up nearly 50 together. Hetmyer with freedom at the end to take Delhi past the total with more than two overs remaining. That'll be lovely for their net run-rate. Toothless bowling for the most part, from Punjab. They stay in sixth place.
Neil Adam: "Lose Pant only to gain Hetmeyer!"
full toss wide outside off, chucks his hands at that and is beaten
gorgeous! Full and wide outside off, 142kph, gets down on a knee and holds his shape as he brings out a sweet extra cover drive to the fielder's left
pulled over the midwicket boundary! Short ball at leg stump at 144kph, clears the front leg again and that helps him swivel into this and pull neatly over the infielder
pinged over the bowler! Length ball across off stump, gets the front leg into the leg side for the swinging room and clubs this straight with an angled bat
slower ball at a length on middle stump, swept to deep square
short ball outside off, 143kph. Looks for the pull and cue-ends it towards the bowler. Drops short of Jordan, luckily for him
Nimesh: "Pant was confused if he should look for a bat or ball in the air after the shot! "
slower short ball at off stump, pulled to deep square's left
Tasmeem: "@Smugs Smith's role is to control the middle overs which had prompted them to collapse twice. Without him, they wouldn't have won against SRH."
length at off stump, driven on the rise to backward point
bat flies into the leg side, ball into the off side. Pant headed to the dugout. It's a length ball at the stumps, he wants to muscle this over the leg side and loses his shape. Loses his bat too. It floats up for Agarwal at extra cover, an easy slice to catch
length outside off, 143kph, driven on the up to sweeper cover
Sandy: "Shami was one of the front runners for T20WC with Bhuvi injured and Siraj who was yet to prove himself post last IPL. Now with the emergence of a new Siraj, a fit Bhuvi and a talented Nattu (who've thoroughly proved themselves) might've just edged him to lead the first pick"
slower short ball at off stump, steps out and pulls to deep midwicket's left
Jordan around the wicket
smugs: "What is the exact role of Smith in this team? They can beef up their bowling by playing Nortje or can use Billings who will be a better middle over batter."
short and just outside off, cut straight to backward point
short of a length outside off, waits on that and spanks it to sweeper's left
short of a length and sliding low outside off, toe-ended cut to extra cover
length outside off, reverse lap sweep can't beat short third
length outside off, steps out and clips through midwicket
Asish: "Shami has blown hot and cold and haven't got much wickets. Isn't it time to introduce a young fast bowler in Porel or Nalkande? May be both of them n include pooran as well"
length outside off, slapped on the up to long-off
Hooda, around the wicket
Asish: "Just don't see any bowler in Punjab team whom they can rely on to take a couple of wickets "
full slower ball at middle stump, driven to extra cover
whipped over deep square! Full and into the pads. Uses the angle to whip through that, back leg in the air for some flamboyance. Brar was a couple of yards in from the line and couldn't get back in time
|Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad|
|Toss||Delhi Capitals, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||2 May 2021 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Delhi Capitals 2, Punjab Kings 0|
Over 18 • DC 167/3Capitals won by 7 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)