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29th Match (N), Ahmedabad, May 2 2021, Indian Premier League
(17.4/20 ov)167/3
Capitals won by 7 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
player of the match
Mayank Agarwal
Punjab Kings
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Rabada, Dhawan take Delhi Capitals to the top

Agarwal's 99 on IPL captaincy debut in vain as Kings slump to fifth loss in eight matches

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Varun Shetty
Scorecard summary
Punjab Kings166/6(20 overs)
Delhi Capitals167/3(17.4 overs)

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.

17.5
1w
Meredith to Hetmyer, 1 wide

a wide to finish the game. Full and very wide and he doesn't even bother chasing it this time

Neil Adam: "Lose Pant only to gain Hetmeyer!"

17.5
1w
Meredith to Hetmyer, 1 wide

full toss wide outside off, chucks his hands at that and is beaten

17.4
4
Meredith to Hetmyer, FOUR runs

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

17.3
6
Meredith to Hetmyer, SIX runs

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

17.2
6
Meredith to Hetmyer, SIX runs

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

17.1
1
Meredith to S Dhawan, 1 run

slower ball at a length on middle stump, swept to deep square

end of over 174 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 148/3CRR: 8.70 RRR: 6.33 • Need 19 from 18b
Shimron Hetmyer0 (1)
Shikhar Dhawan68 (46)
Chris Jordan2-0-21-1
Deepak Hooda2-0-11-0
16.6
Jordan to Hetmyer, no run

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! "

16.5
1
Jordan to S Dhawan, 1 run

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."

16.4
Jordan to S Dhawan, no run

length at off stump, driven on the rise to backward point

16.3
W
Jordan to Pant, OUT

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

Rishabh Pant c Agarwal b Jordan 14 (11b 1x4 1x6) SR: 127.27
16.2
1
Jordan to S Dhawan, 1 run

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"

16.1
2
Jordan to S Dhawan, 2 runs

slower short ball at off stump, steps out and pulls to deep midwicket's left

Jordan around the wicket

end of over 165 runs
DC: 144/2CRR: 9.00 RRR: 5.75 • Need 23 from 24b
Rishabh Pant14 (10)
Shikhar Dhawan64 (42)
Deepak Hooda2-0-11-0
Mohammed Shami3-0-37-0

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."

15.6
Hooda to Pant, no run

short and just outside off, cut straight to backward point

15.5
2
Hooda to Pant, 2 runs

short of a length outside off, waits on that and spanks it to sweeper's left

15.4
Hooda to Pant, no run

short of a length and sliding low outside off, toe-ended cut to extra cover

15.3
1
Hooda to S Dhawan, 1 run

length outside off, reverse lap sweep can't beat short third

15.2
1
Hooda to Pant, 1 run

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"

15.1
1
Hooda to S Dhawan, 1 run

length outside off, slapped on the up to long-off

Hooda, around the wicket

end of over 1513 runs
DC: 139/2CRR: 9.26 RRR: 5.60 • Need 28 from 30b
Rishabh Pant11 (6)
Shikhar Dhawan62 (40)
Mohammed Shami3-0-37-0
Ravi Bishnoi4-0-42-0

Asish: "Just don't see any bowler in Punjab team whom they can rely on to take a couple of wickets "

14.6
Shami to Pant, no run

full slower ball at middle stump, driven to extra cover

14.5
6
Shami to Pant, SIX runs

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

Best performances - batters
Mayank Agarwal portrait
MA Agarwal PBKS
99 runs (58)
8 fours
4 sixes
Control95%
Productive shot
pull
25 runs
2 fours
1 six
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Shikhar Dhawan portrait
S Dhawan DC
69 runs (47)
6 fours
2 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
cover drive
14 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Kagiso Rabada portrait
K Rabada DC
O
4
M
0
R
36
W
3
ECO
9
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Axar Patel portrait
AR Patel DC
O
4
M
0
R
21
W
1
ECO
5.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
TossDelhi Capitals, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal
Match days2 May 2021 - night(20-over match)
Umpires
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Anil Chaudhary
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Anil Dandekar
TV Umpire
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Jayaraman Madanagopal
Reserve Umpire
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Navdeep Singh
Match Referee
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Shakti Singh
PointsDelhi Capitals 2, Punjab Kings 0