Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals

Live Summary, Match 29, Indian Premier League, 2021, May 2, 2021
DC 167/3 (17.4)
Delhi Capitals beat Punjab Kings by 7 wickets
PBKS 166/6 (20)
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CRR: 8.3
Commentary :
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Mayank Agarwal, the Punjab skipper is the Man of the Match! On KL Rahul, Mayank says that he is going for the surgery and hopes that he comes back soon. Laughs and says that he would have liked to win here. Says that one batter has to bat through and he decided to take the responsibility and thinks that they could not get as many runs as they wanted in the middle overs but feels that they ended well. Tells that he would have loved 2 points but now, they will look forward to the next game and try
Rishabh Pant, the Delhi captain, starts off by saying that Dhawan and Shaw gave them a very good start and the innings looked better due to them and Pant feels that the wicket was slightly slow in the second innings. Says that it feels good when you have a good start in every game. Feels that the side is settled and they need to try few options for the Kolkata games. Opines that the competition is good and they have a lot of gun bowling and they can't make everyone play. Feels that he is enjoyin
The bowling from Punjab wasn't at its best. They failed to get any wickets in the Powerplay and to win defending a total like this, they needed early wickets but they failed. Brar struck in his first ball as sent Shaw back to the pavilion but they needed a couple of quick wickets after that. That did not happen and it was too easy in the end. Meredith and Jordan did pick a wicket apiece but they came late and didn't help them.
Chasing the total, Shaw and Dhawan gave the team a perfect start. The duo added 63 for the opening wicket. Shaw departed in the 7th over but Dhawan continued and along with Smith, kept the scoreboard ticking. The duo added 48 before Smith threw his wicket away but Dhawan didn't. He completed his half-century and took the team over the line.
The holder of the Orange Cap, Shikhar Dhawan chats here! He says that he is really happy with the way they chased down the score and Smith chipped in nicely and he knew that he had to stay out there till the end and it was a perfectly crafted inning. Adds that once they knew that they can close the game quickly, they looked to wrap up the game by the 19th over but Hetmyer finished it in the 17th over. Feels that it is good to get the Strike Rate up. Says that he looks at his runs and also his St
The bowling from Delhi wasn't bad but they failed to close things well. The spinners did a fine job for them and bowled tight overs. Rabada got 3 wickets but took a bit of hammering. Ishant failed to get a wicket and gave away 37 in his 4. And one of those 4 overs was a maiden. Avesh was doing a fine job until he bowled the final over of the innings that saw Punjab score 23 off it. However, the score that they stopped the opposition, their batters made sure they crossed the line easily.
Earlier in the game, Punjab looked struggling after they lost two wickets in the Powerplay. None of their batters could get going but skipper Agarwal made sure he didn't his wicket away and kept going. He reached his half ton and then went big in the final few overs to get the team to a very good total. He was unbeaten on 99 but his knock took the side to a very good total.
Riley Meredith to Shimron Hetmyer, WIDE. A wide which is way outside the tramline. It is wided and DELHI HAVE WON BY 7 WICKETS! 
Two sixes and a boundary to seal the deal from Hetmyer and it is another easy win for Delhi. A walk in the park for them in this run chase like it was for them in their previous game against Kolkata. It was the openers who set the tone in that game and they have done that here too. Dhawan has played a responsible knock to help the team bag two more points and go top of the table.
Riley Meredith to Shimron Hetmyer, WIDE! A wayward full toss outside off, Hetmyer swings but misses. Wided. Scores level now! 
17.44 : Riley Meredith to Shimron Hetmyer, FOUR! What a beautiful cover drive. Just 2 more needed now and Hetmyer is in a hurry. A good length ball outside off, Shimron Hetmyer drives this one crisply through extra cover for a boundary. 
17.36 : Riley Meredith to Shimron Hetmyer, SIX! WHOOSH! Just 6 more needed now. A short ball, around off, Shimron Hetmyer swivels and hooks this one over the deep mid-wicket fence for a maximum. 
17.26 : Riley Meredith to Shimron Hetmyer, SIX! WHAM! Shimron Hetmyer wants to wrap the game up here. A length ball, around off, Shimron Hetmyer slams this one over the long off region for a biggie. 
17.1 : Riley Meredith to Shikhar Dhawan, Around off, slogged away to deep square leg for a single. 
16.6 : Chris Jordan to Shimron Hetmyer, Short and outside off, Hetmyer looks to pull but gets the under edge, which goes to the mid off region. 19 needed from 18 balls. 
16.5 : Chris Jordan to Shikhar Dhawan, On a shortish length and around off, Dhawan looks to hook this one to deep square leg for one. 
16.4 : Chris Jordan to Shikhar Dhawan, A length ball around off, pushed to the point region. 
16.3 : Shimron Hetmyer is in next.
Chris Jordan to Rishabh Pant, OUT! TAKEN! Pant wants to finish things quickly and swings his blade at this but does not time it cleanly. A good length ball, around off, Rishabh Pant looks to slam this one through the leg side but he slices the ball high in the air towards the cover region. Pant loses his bat in the process too as it slips out of his hand. Mayank Agarwal takes the catch there. 20 needed from 21 balls. 
16.2 : Chris Jordan to Shikhar Dhawan, Good length ball outside off, Dhawan slaps this one to sweeper cover for a single. 
16.1 : Chris Jordan to Shikhar Dhawan, Shorter and outside off, Dhawan skips down the track and pulls this to deep mid-wicket. A couple. 
15.6 : Deepak Hooda to Rishabh Pant, Missed out! That was there to be hit. Short and wide outside off, Pant cuts but finds point. 23 needed in 4 overs.
15.5 : Deepak Hooda to Rishabh Pant, Short and wide again, this time he hits it wide of cover and the man in the deep. The fielder in the deep runs to his left and keeps it down to two.
15.4 : Deepak Hooda to Rishabh Pant, Short and wide, Pant cuts but finds cover.
15.3 : Deepak Hooda to Shikhar Dhawan, Tossed up and outside off, Dhawan reverse sweeps it towards short third man and takes one.
15.2 : Deepak Hooda to Rishabh Pant, Floated around off, pushed on the off side for one.
15.1 : Deepak Hooda to Shikhar Dhawan, Short and wide outside off, Dhawan punches it to long off for one.
14.6 : Mohammed Shami to Rishabh Pant, Good response from Shami. A superb yorker on middle, it is pushed to cover by Pant. 28 more needed in 30 balls. 
14.56 : Mohammed Shami to Rishabh Pant, SIX! Whipped and it goes all the way! Fuller and angled in, Pant picks it up and flicks it over deep square leg for a biggie. Too easy.
14.4 : Mohammed Shami to Shikhar Dhawan, Around off on a length, this one is pushed through covers for a single.
14.34 : Mohammed Shami to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! Lovely shot again! A short ball, around middle and leg, Dhawan pulls it through square leg and finds the fence.
14.2 : Mohammed Shami to Rishabh Pant, Short and wide again, poked to third man for one.
14.1 : Mohammed Shami to Shikhar Dhawan, Short and wide outside off, punched to deep cover for one.
13.6 : Bowling change. Mohammed Shami (2-0-24-0) comes back on now. 
Ravi Bishnoi to Rishabh Pant, Short and wide, Pant looks to hit it hard on the off side but mistimes it towards the cover fielder. 15 off the over. 
13.5 : Ravi Bishnoi to Rishabh Pant, Floated around middle, clipped on the leg side for nothing.
13.44 : Ravi Bishnoi to Rishabh Pant, FOUR! Pant is away in a funky fashion! Tossed up ball, it is outside off, Pant nails the reverse sweep. Finds the gap and the boundary to open the account.
13.3 : Ravi Bishnoi to Shikhar Dhawan, Short and wide, slapped to deep cover for one.
13.24 : Ravi Bishnoi to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! Take that! Dhawan wants to finish things off quickly here. Another full ball around middle, Dhawan sweeps it wide of the deep mid-wicket fielder. A boundary.
13.16 : Ravi Bishnoi to Shikhar Dhawan, SIX! SHOT! FIFTY FOR DHAWAN! His amazing run this season continues. Full and around middle, Dhawan nails the sweep. There is a shout for the catch but nobody will as it sails well over the fielder at deep mid-wicket. 
12.6 : Who will replace Smith in the middle? It is the skipper, Rishabh Pant.
Strategic Time Out! A wicket for Punjab but Delhi are going along nicely. Just 56 needed now and with set Dhawan in the middle, this should not be an issue for Delhi unless there is a big collapse. Can Punjab do that? Which bowler can do the magic for them? We will have all the answers soon.
Riley Meredith to Steven Smith, OUT! TAKEN! Punjab really needed a wicket and Meredith has provided the same to them here. Smith was looking good and was looking to amp it up, but he holes out in that process. This is a length delivery, around off and middle, Steven Smith looks to whack this one to the leg side and looks to clear the fence, but his shot has more height than distance. Goes high up in the Ahmedabad night sky and towards deep mid-wicket, where Dawid Malan keeps his eye on
12.5 : Riley Meredith to Shikhar Dhawan, Good length ball, but this time on leg, Dhawan tickles this one to fine leg for a single. 
12.4 : Riley Meredith to Steven Smith, Leg bye. A slower short ball on middle, Smith looks to pull this one but misses and the ball takes the body and goes to the leg side. A leg bye is sneaked in. 
12.3 : Riley Meredith to Steven Smith, A pacy length delivery outside off, 145 clicks, Smith only pushes the ball to the fielder at mid off. 
12.2 : Riley Meredith to Shikhar Dhawan, Good length ball on off, Dhawan drops this to covers for one. 
12.1 : Riley Meredith to Shikhar Dhawan, This is digged short and it is around off, Dhawan pulls this one hard through mid-wicket. Run hard to come back for the second. 
11.6 : Ravi Bishnoi to Shikhar Dhawan, Bowls a flatter ball around off, Shikhar pulls this to deep mid-wicket. Another single to end the over. 10 off the over. 61 more needed from 48 balls. 
11.5 : Ravi Bishnoi to Steven Smith, Flatter and on leg, Smudge goes back to push this one through mid-wicket. Gives the strike back to Gabbar. 
11.4 : Ravi Bishnoi to Shikhar Dhawan, Tossed up and it is outside off, Dhawan pushes this one through covers for a single now. 
11.3 : Ravi Bishnoi to Shikhar Dhawan, Shortish around off, Dhawan punches this to the fielder at covers. 
11.26 : Ravi Bishnoi to Shikhar Dhawan, SIX! SLAM! 100 up for Delhi here and Gabbar has absolutely whacked this one. This is bowled full and around off, Shikhar Dhawan gets down on his knee and slog sweeps this one all the way over deep mid-wicket. 
11.1 : Ravi Bishnoi to Steven Smith, Comes down the track and whips this one through mid-wicket for one. 
10.6 : Harpreet Brar to Shikhar Dhawan, A good over as Delhi collect 9 off the over! Around off, shortish, flicked through square leg for a couple. 
10.5 : Harpreet Brar to Steven Smith, Darted on middle, knocked through mid-wicket for a single now. Doing well to rotate the strike and keeping the scoreboard ticking. 
10.4 : Harpreet Brar to Shikhar Dhawan, Drops his length short and is around off, Dhawan drags his pull shot through square leg for one. 
10.3 : Harpreet Brar to Steven Smith, Short and around off, SS goes back and punches this one through cover-point and takes a single. 
10.2 : Harpreet Brar to Steven Smith, Another couple! This is bowled around off, Smith flicks through mid-wicket. 
10.1 : Harpreet Brar to Steven Smith, Floated around off, Smith makes some room and plays the inside-out stroke over covers. Takes two by the time the long off fielder can clean up. 
9.6 : Deepak Hooda to Steven Smith, So, 6 runs from the over. Around off, fuller, tucked through mid-wicket for one. 80 more needed from the last 10 overs. 
9.5 : Deepak Hooda to Shikhar Dhawan, Tap and run! This is quicker and around off, Dhawan drops this to point and takes a quick single. 
9.4 : Deepak Hooda to Steven Smith, On middle, knocked to the leg side for a single. 
9.3 : Deepak Hooda to Steven Smith, A couple again as Ravi Bishnoi does well in the deep. This is short and outside off, Steven slaps this one through point. Bishnoi runs to his left and slides to pull the ball back. Two. 
9.2 : Deepak Hooda to Shikhar Dhawan, Dhawan moves to the leg side and punches this through cover-point. Gets a single. 
9.1 : Deepak Hooda to Shikhar Dhawan, Quicker and flatter around off, SD pushes this to point. 
8.6 : Harpreet Brar to Steven Smith, On off, Smith blocks this one out nicely. Just 7 from the over. 
8.5 : Harpreet Brar to Shikhar Dhawan, This is bowled on off, it is full and flighted too. Dhawan gets low and sweeps this one through square leg for one more run. 
8.4 : Harpreet Brar to Shikhar Dhawan, This is bowled on the pads, Dhawan flicks this one through square on the leg side and they get two, by the time the fielder can clean up in the deep. 
8.3 : Harpreet Brar to Steven Smith, Sticks with the short length and around off, Smith goes back and knocks this one to long off for a single. 
8.2 : Harpreet Brar to Steven Smith, Shortish and around off now, Smith goes back and slaps this one through covers. A brace now. Good running. 
8.1 : Harpreet Brar to Shikhar Dhawan, Brar sees Dhawan coming down the track and he shortens the length and lands it around off, Dhawan punches this one through mid off for a single. 
7.6 : Ravi Bishnoi to Steven Smith, This is the googly around off, Smith goes back and looks to slash this one away to the off side but he misses. 8 off the 8th over. 
7.5 : Ravi Bishnoi to Steven Smith, A couple now! On off, flicked through square leg. 
7.44 : Ravi Bishnoi to Steven Smith, FOUR! Very delicately done by Smith and he gets a boundary. This is the googly, around middle and leg, Steven Smith gets low and just sweeps this one through short fine leg, and the ball runs away to the ropes. 
7.3 : Ravi Bishnoi to Shikhar Dhawan, On off, this is stroked through cover-point for a single. 
7.2 : Ravi Bishnoi to Shikhar Dhawan, Shortish and around off, Dhawan late cuts this one to the fielder at backward point. 
7.1 : Ravi Bishnoi to Steven Smith, Flighted on off, Smith knocks this one towards long on for a single. 
6.6 : Harpreet Brar to Steven Smith, Shortish and around off, Smith goes back and chips this one through mid off for a single. A very good over by Brar. 
6.5 : Harpreet Brar to Steven Smith, Flighted on off, SS keeps it out. 
6.4 : Harpreet Brar to Shikhar Dhawan, Flighted around off, Dhawan flicks it to the leg side for a quick single. 
6.3 : Harpreet Brar to Shikhar Dhawan, On off, Gabbar pushes the ball back to the bowler. 
6.2 : Harpreet Brar to Steven Smith, Around off, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 
6.1w : Harpreet Brar to Prithvi Shaw, OUT! TIMBER! Brar is on the money again on the first ball and he sends the dangerous Shaw back to the hut. Brar, in the first game, took 3 important wickets against Bangalore and here, he he provided the breakthrough that Punjab were searching for. This is tossed up around off, the ball hits the deck and spins away from the batter as Prithvi Shaw had made room, looking to push this one away through the off side. Shaw misses and the ball crashes into the off
Steven Smith is in at Number 3. 
5.6 : Strategic Time-Out! It is another instance for Delhi, where their openers, Shaw and Dhawan have provided a strong start to them. They have amassed 63 runs in the first 6 overs and now need 104 more from 84 balls. If they keep going this way, then victory for Delhi will be inevitable. Punjab needs to keep picking at the wickets and only then will they have a chance to win this clash. Harpreet Brar will bowl now. 
Chris Jordan to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! Dhawan ends the over with a boundary again! Jordan overpitches. Gives the batter room too. Dhawan says thank you very much and nails the drive through the covers for a boundary. 63 for nothing at the end of Powerplay. 104 more needed in 14 overs.
5.5 : Chris Jordan to Prithvi Shaw, Good from Jordan this time. He sees Shaw making room, he follows him. Shaw pulls it to deep square leg for one.
5.44 : Chris Jordan to Prithvi Shaw, FOUR! Crunched! Short and wide outside off, Shaw cuts it right in the gap at point and short third man. Superb batting.
5.36 : Chris Jordan to Prithvi Shaw, SIX! SHOT! Shaw continues to take the bowlers on. Jordan bangs it short and Shaw pulls it over deep square leg. This sails well over the fence. He moves to 34 off just 19.
5.2 : Chris Jordan to Prithvi Shaw, Banged short on middle and leg, Shaw sits under it.
5.1 : Chris Jordan to Prithvi Shaw, Back of a length and around middle, it is worked to deep mid-wicket for a brace by Shaw.
4.6 : Change! Chris Jordan to bowl the final over of the Powerplay.
Ravi Bishnoi to Shikhar Dhawan, Short and wide, slower through the air, cut to cover for one. 9 off the over.
4.5 : Ravi Bishnoi to Prithvi Shaw, On middle, this one is clipped through mid-wicket for an easy run.
4.4 : Ravi Bishnoi to Shikhar Dhawan, Short ball, it is on middle, pulled down to deep mid-wicket for one.
4.3 : Ravi Bishnoi to Prithvi Shaw, Shortish and just outside off, poked to short third man for a quick single.
4.2 : Ravi Bishnoi to Prithvi Shaw, Flat and just outside off, Shaw looks to cut but ends up getting a bottom edge.
0.0 : Bowling change! Ravi Bishnoi is on now.
4.16 : Ravi Bishnoi to Prithvi Shaw, SIX! Shaw welcomes him with a biggie! Tossed up and outside off, Shaw dances down and lofts it over extra cover for a biggie.
3.64 : Mohammed Shami to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! BOOM! Dhawan started the over with a boundary. He ends up with a boundart. Shami overpitches and gives room. Dhawan drills it through the covers for a boundary.
3.5 : Mohammed Shami to Prithvi Shaw, Full and wide outside off, driven to covers for a quick single.
3.4 : Mohammed Shami to Shikhar Dhawan, Fuller and on the pads, Dhawan misses his flick this time. The ball hits his pad and goes to the leg side. A leg bye taken.
3.3 : Mohammed Shami to Shikhar Dhawan, Short ball outside off, Dhawan looks to cut but misses.
3.2 : Mohammed Shami to Shikhar Dhawan, Around off on a length, kept out.
3.14 : Mohammed Shami to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! WOW! That is some stroke! Shortish and just outside off, Dhawan just punches the cut. Just timed it in the gap to find the boundary.
2.6 : Riley Meredith to Prithvi Shaw, Ouch! Shaw looks in pain. A short ball on the body, Shaw looks to pull but he is late. Gets the blow on the body.
2.5 : Riley Meredith to Shikhar Dhawan, Very full and around off, pushed to mid off for one.
2.3 : Riley Meredith to Prithvi Shaw, Fuller and around off, a lovely on drive from Shaw but straight to mid on.
2.4 : Riley Meredith to Prithvi Shaw, Good length and around off, Shaw comes down the track and looks to hit it too hard. Mistimes it towards mid-wicket for one.
2.2 : Riley Meredith to Shikhar Dhawan, On the pads, Dhawan looks to flick but fails to middle it. It rolls on the leg side and they cross this time.
2.1 : Riley Meredith to Shikhar Dhawan, Shortish and around off, Dhawan taps it towards the off side and thinks for the single but Shaw is not interested.
1.6 : Mohammed Shami to Prithvi Shaw, Dot to end! Good length and around off, Shaw blocks it off the back foot.
1.54 : Mohammed Shami to Prithvi Shaw, FOUR! Crunched! This one is off the middle of the bat. Shortish and just outside off, Shaw punches it on the up and through the covers for a boundary.
1.44 : Mohammed Shami to Prithvi Shaw, FOUR! Misfield from Malan. Shami is not impressed. This is full and wide outside off, Shaw looks to drive. The ball goes off the outside edge. It goes to the right side of third man. He moves that side, gets to it but ends up pushing it away from him and into the fence.
1.36 : Mohammed Shami to Prithvi Shaw, TOP EDGE AND SIX! A short ball from Shami. Shaw looks to take it on and goes for the pull. He though ends up getting a top edge that flies over third man for a biggie.
1.2 : Mohammed Shami to Prithvi Shaw, Good length and just around off, punched to the cover fielder.
1.1 : Mohammed Shami to Shikhar Dhawan, Wide outside off on a good length, Dhawan hits it to deep point for one.
0.6 : Who will partner Riley Meredith from the other end? Mohammed Shami it is.
Riley Meredith to Prithvi Shaw, Digs in a short ball on middle, Shaw ducks under this one and leaves it be. 9 off the over. 
0.5 : Riley Meredith to Shikhar Dhawan, On middle, nudged to the leg side by Gabbar for a quick run. 
0.4 : Riley Meredith to Prithvi Shaw, A short of a length ball, on the body again, Shaw goes back and helps this through square leg for a single. 
0.3 : Riley Meredith to Shikhar Dhawan, Around off, steered to the left of the third man for a single. 
Riley Meredith to Shikhar Dhawan, WIDE. Down the leg side, wided. 
0.24 : Riley Meredith to Shikhar Dhawan, EDGY FOUR! That took the edge and went in between the keeper and the slip. It bounced between them and went past to the ropes. A length ball around off, Dhawan looks to push this one away, but the ball takes the outside edge, goes through and into the third man ropes. 
0.1 : Riley Meredith to Prithvi Shaw, Shaw and Delhi open their account here! Meredith is right on the money here. A back of a length ball, on the body, Shaw hops and tucks this to square leg for a single.