IPL: Curran’s 47-ball 63 guides Punjab Kings to victory

Punjab Kings 177 for 6 (Curran 63, Livingstone 38*, Kuldeep 2-20, Khaleel 2-43) beat Delhi Capitals 174 for 9 (Hope 33, Porel 32*, Arshdeep 2-28, Harshal 2-47) by four wickets


Sam Curran and Liam Livingstone spoiled Rishabh Pant’s comeback as Punjab Kings started their IPL 2024 campaign with a four-wicket win at their new home ground in Mullanpur.

After being sent in, Delhi Capitals were 137 for 7 in the 18th over when they decided to bring in Abishek Porel as the Impact Player. Porel smashed 32 off just ten balls to lift them to 174 for 9.

But that also meant Capitals were going to be a bowler light during the chase. Ishant Sharma’s injury – he hurt his ankle after bowling just two overs – set them back further.

Shai Hope threw it away after a good start•Mar 23, 2024•AFP/Getty Images

Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow started the Kings’ chase positively but both fell in the fourth over. Kuldeep Yadav then dismissed Prabhsimran Singh and Jitesh Sharma to keep Capitals in the game.

But Curran and Livingstone took over after that and added 67 off 42 balls for the fifth wicket. Curran was out in the 19th over, for 63 off 47, but Livingstone stayed till the end and finished the game with a muscular six with four balls to spare. (ESPNcricinfo)

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