IPL: Warner leads Delhi Capitals’ demolition job against Punjab Kings

SUMMARY: Delhi Capitals 119-1 (David Warner 60*, Prithvi Shaw 41; Rahul Chahar 1-21) beat Punjab Kings 115 (Jitesh Sharma 32, Mayank Agarwal 24; Axar Patel 2-10) by nine wickets

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The Delhi Capitals (DC) were back to winning ways in the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 after a convincing victory against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) by nine wickets on Wednesday at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

Explosive knocks from David Warner and Prithvi Shaw secured a comfortable victory for the team with over nine overs to spare after a complete effort from the DC bowlers restricted PBKS to 115.

Chasing 116 to win, DC openers David Warner and Prithvi Shaw were off to a solid start and DC were 43-0 after three overs.

Shaw hit the first six of the innings in the third over while both openers struck four fours each. The fifty partnership was up for the opening wicket in just 21 deliveries.

15 runs came off the fourth over after Warner creamed three fours against Kagiso Rabada. The duo cashed in on every opportunity as DC were cruising at 81-0 at the end of the Powerplay.

Rahul Chahar, who bowled the next over, put an end to the opening partnership courtesy of a sharp catch in the outfield by Nathan Ellis to dismiss Shaw for 41.

The hundred was up for DC in the ninth over after Warner dispatched a six and a four while new batter Sarfaraz Khan added a four too.

Warner notched his third consecutive half-century of the season and wrapped up the chase in style with a four as DC won by nine wickets with more than nine overs to spare.

Earlier, Punjab Kings, who were put in to bat first, made two changes – Mayank Agarwal and Nathan Ellis replaced Prabhsimran Singh and Odean Smith respectively.

Kings skipper Mayank Agarwal started the innings on a confident note and creamed three fours in the third over before Lalit Yadav provided the opening breakthrough to dismiss Dhawan, who was caught behind.

Kings lost two more wickets inside the Powerplay. While Agarwal chopped on against Mustafizur, Livingstone was out stumped facing Axar Patel in the sixth over.

Punjab were 47-3 at the end of six overs before Bairstow was caught at fine leg off Khaleel Ahmed’s bowling.  Jitesh Sharma steadied the ship with five fours and Kings were 77-4 at the halfway stage.

Axar Patel broke the partnership after Sharma was trapped LBW for 32.

Kuldeep Yadav struck twice in the next over after  Rabada and Nathan Ellis were cleaned up. Khaleel Ahmed claimed his second wicket after Shahrukh Khan was caught behind for 12.

Rahul Chahar added 12 runs on the board before the right-handed batter was caught in the deep. DC conceded only six runs in the final two overs as Punjab posted 115. (IPL)

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