IPL 2021 Match 11: Delhi Capitals beat Punjab Kings by 6 wickets — as it happened

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Dhawan's masterly 92 takes Delhi Capitals home

Kolkata: Shikhar Dhawan (92 off 49 balls) masterminded a brilliant run-chase by Delhi Capitals as they overhauled a steep target of 196 by Punjab Kings to win a high-scoring thriller by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium today.

If the wisdom of the Capitals captain Rishabh Pant's decision to field first was in question, the Delhi batsmen vindicated it by taking advantage of the heavy dew to maintain a run-rate of around 10 throughout their chase. Dhawan toyed with the rival bowling during his innings, which contained 13 fours and two sixes, while Prithvi Shaw was also a party to giving their team an explosive start with a 32 off 17 balls.

The win helped the Capitals return to winning ways as they now have two wins out of three, while Punjab (two losses in three) will be left worrying about their Achilles heel of defending totals once again.


Relive the match as it happened ...









Jhye Richardson of Punjab Kings (centre) celebrates the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan of Delhi Capital along with teammates. Image Credit: Sportzpics








Shikhar Dhawan of Delhi Capitals pblays a shot. Image Credit: Sportzpics










Punjab Kings players celebrate the wicket of Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals. Sportzpics Image Credit: Punjab Kings players celebrate the wicket of Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals. Sportzpics








Shikhar Dhawan of Delhi Capitals plays a shot. Image Credit: Sportzpics













Half time report: Mayank, Rahul power Punjab Kings to 195 for four

Kolkata: Mayank Agarwal celebrated his return to form with a hurricane 69 (61 deliveries, seven fours & two sixes) and together with old friend and captain KL Rahul (61 off 51 balls), steered Punjab Kings to a steep total of 195 for four against Delhi Capitals in Mumbai.

Sent into bat, the Agarwal-Rahul combination ran up a 122-run stand for the opening wicket, before the former was ultimately snapped up by newcomer Lakman Meriwala. Chris Gayle failed to fire today, but Deepak Hooda's cameo of 22 of 13 balls propped them up to an extremely healthy total.

The batting conditions are near-perfect, but Delhi Capitals will need a powerful start to make a match of it. An interesting chase seems to be on the cards.




Chris Woakes of Delhi Capitals (right) celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle of Punjab Kings. Image Credit: Sportzpics








Lukman Meriwala (left) of Delhi Capitals celebrates after taking the wicket of Mayank Agarwal of Punjab Kings. Image Credit: Sportzpics






KL Rahul, captain of Punjab Kings, plays a shot. Image Credit: Sportzpics




Kagiso Rabada of Delhi Capitals bowls. Image Credit: Sportzpics






Mayank Agarwal of Punjab Kings plays a shot. Sportzpics Image Credit: Mayank Agarwal of Punjab Kings plays a shot. Sportzpics






KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal of Punjab Kings seen in the middle during the match against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium Mumbai on the 18th April 202. Image Credit: Sportzpics










Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul (left) with Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant during the toss. Image Credit: Sportzpics












Delhi, Punjab look to get back to winning ways

Kolkata: Delhi Capitals, one of the title-contenders in this year’s IPL, and Punjab Kings will want to return to winning ways after their unexpected losses in the respective last games in the evening game of the day in Mumbai.

The livelier wickets at the Wankhede Stadium had been producing some interesting contests which has offered something to play for the quick bowlers of all sides. If the Rajasthan Royals left-armers tested the powerful Delhi batting line-up the other day, Chennai’s Deepak Chahar almost singlehandedly brought Punjab to their knees in the previous match.

Delhi now have the choice of both their South African pace aces – Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje – with but they can ill afford to drop youngster Avesh Khan who had been impressive in the previous matches. Their ploy to play a batsman less against Royals betrayed a sense of complacency and with senior pro Ajinkya Rahane not looking confident enough, it would be interesting to see if Steve Smith gets his first game.

Meanwhile, it may be time for Punjab to rejig the opening combination as Mayank Agarwal has not been among the runs, which makes them overtly reliant on their captain KL Rahul and ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle to lend spine to the innings.

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