Was a walk in the park, the chase. Shaw and Warner took off and never gave Punjab any chance of mounting a fightback. Props to Delhi's bowlers, who restricted Punjab to a modest 115. DC are sixth in the points table. Punjab are eighth. That would be all from our side. Thanks.
- END OF CHASE -
Chahar. Warner takes DC over the line with a four. He remains unbeaten on 60 of 30 balls. Delhi win by 9 wickets and 57 balls to spare. Crushing win that will do a world of good to their Net Run Rate. DC have now won three in three.
DC 113/1 in 10 overs: Ellis . Warner brings up his 50 with a four. Nine from the over.
DC 104/1 in 9 overs: Rahul Chahar. Sarfaraz cuts well for four. Sarfaraz takes 2 off the next ball. Warner sweeps for four. 12 off the over.
DC 92/1 in 8 overs: Rabada. Warner slams a six. DC's surge continues. 8 off the over.
DC 84/1 in 7 overs: Rahul Chahar into the attack. Shaw picks up a single first ball. Shaw has crossed 2,000 runs in T20s. Warner takes a single off the second ball. Shaw has holed out for 41 off 20! Sarfaraz is in at 3. Gets a single off the last ball.
DC 81/0 in 6 overs: Nathan Ellis into the attack. Shaw gets another boundary, off an outside edge. 6 from the over. End of PowerPlay.
DC 75/0 in 5 overs: Arshdeep Singh into the attack. There's no stopping Warner. He targets Arshdeep now, flicks for another four. Shaw's turn to cash in, gets a boundary through deep mid-wicket. Shaw then unfurls a four through deep backward point. 17 off Arshdeep's first over. 41 needed to win off 90 balls. Can DC wrap this up inside the first 10?
DC 58/0 in 4 overs: Rabada. Warner hits the first ball for four. DC openers are in a hurry. Warner gets a couple off the next ball. He brings up the 50 stand with another four, through midwicket. And another four - this time through deep midwicket. Carnage. Single and a dot to finish. 15 off the over. Capitals need 58 runs in 96 balls.
DC 43/0 in 3 overs: Arora continues. Warner punishes a full ball by drilling it down the ground for four. Runs coming thick and fast for DC openers. Meanwhile, Warner follows up the straight drive with a backfoot punch for four. Shaw ends the over with a six.
DC 26/0 in 2 overs: Rabada to share the new ball. Warner collects a four off the second ball. Shaw wraps up the over with yet another four. 12 off the over. Capitals need 89 runs in 107 balls.
DC 14/0 in 1 over: Shaw and Warner to begin chase. Arora with the ball. Shaw pinches a couple off the first ball. Shaw gets a four off an inside edge. Prodigious movement in the air for Arora. Shaw flicks the fifth ball for four. Shot! He ends the over with a four. 14 off the first over.
- START OF CHASE -
Delhi needs 116 to win.
Mustafizur. Arshdeep Singh on strike. Rishabh saves a certain four off Arshdeep's inside edge. Arshdeep hits a four next ball. Four dots including a run out off the last ball. Punjab are all out for 115. Brilliant performance from DC. Khaleel : 4-0-21-2. Lalit 2-0-11-2, Kuldeep: 4-0-24-2.
PBKS 111/9 in 19 overs: Khaleel into the 19th. Arora on strike. He picks a single off the third ball. Just 2 off the over. 4-0-21-2: Khaleel.
PBKS 109/9 in 18 overs: Chahar scythes one through point for four as Lalit errs in line. Chahar, unable to resist a slot ball angled into the pads, holes out to Powell at deep backward square.
PBKS 104/8 in 17 overs: Mustafizur to Chahar, no run. Two dot balls. Three dots in three. SIX! Rahul Chahar has pulled one for six. Single off the fifth. Dot to finish.
PBKS 97/8 in 16 overs: Axar into his fourth. Excellent over. Just one from it in the end. Axar: 4-0-10-2.
PBKS 96/8 in 15 overs: Here's Arshdeep Singh with the bat. Arshdeep off with a four.
Rahul Chahar joins Shahrukh. Here's Khaleel. He strikes again, Shahrukh is caught behind. PBKS in a tailspin.
PBKS 90/7 in 14 overs: Kuldeep continues. He gets his first wicket, clean bowls Rabada! Nathan Ellis comes to the crease. GONE! Kuldeep has another one, cleans up Ellis now. 3 runs and 2 wickets off the over.
PBKS 87/5 in 13 overs: Jitesh Sharma has been adjudged lbw off Axar. He has reviewed. Impact is umpire's call and wickets hitting. PBKS lose a review and Jitesh has to go. Here's Kagiso Rabada. He picks a single off the fourth ball. Shahrukh gets a single off the penultimate ball. Dot to finish.
PBKS 85/4 in 12 overs: Kuldeep into his third. Two dot balls later, Kuldeep gives a reprieve to Shahrukh - they pinch a single. Jitesh picks 1 off the next ball. Shahrukh and Jitesh pick a single each off the last 2 balls.
PBKS 81/4 in 11 overs: More spin. Axar Patel is back into the attack. Four singles from the over.
PBKS 77/4 in 10 overs: Kuldeep to start proceedings after the break. Jitesh playing a lovely hand here, sweeps the fourth ball of the over for four. 1 to finish, 8 from it.
PBKS 69/4 in 9 overs: Mustafizur is back for another crack. Jitesh gets a single first ball. Jitesh finds the fence off the fifth ball. Dot to finish. 6 from the over.
PBKS 63/4 in 8 overs: Kuldeep Yadav into the attack. Jitesh gets a four first ball. He then pulls the third ball for four more. Dot and a single to finish. Nine off Kuldeep's first.
PBKS 54/4 in 7 overs: Khaleel Ahmed is back into the attack. Jitesh collects a boundary first ball. He follows it up with a couple off the next. He pinches a single off the third. GONE! PBKS unravelling. Bairstow has holed out. He has pulled a short ball to deep-fine leg. Shahrukh Khan is in next. 2 dots to finish.
PBKS 47/3 in 6 overs: Axar Patel comes into the attack. GONE! Danger man Livingstone has been stumped! Jitesh Sharma joins Bairstow. Jitesh is off the mark with a single. Two dots to finish. End of PowerPlay.
PBKS 44/2 in 5 overs: Mustafizur to Mayank Agarwal, dot ball. Agarwal collects two off the next. GONE! Mustafizur gets the breakthrough, Mayank has chopped on. He goes for a 15-ball 24. Livingstone in with his side in a spot of bother. Mustafizur to Livingstone, 1 run. Bairstow hits the fifth ball for four. He ends the over with yet another four.
PBKS 33/1 in 4 overs: Lalit Yadav comes into the attack. Dhawan collects two off the first ball. Dhawan is caught behind immediately after hitting a four! Big wicket. Bairstow joins Agarwal. Couple of dot balls to finish. 6 runs and a wicket.
PBKS 27/0 in 3 overs: Mayank hits a straight four first ball. Thakur under the pump. He gets a single next ball. Loud appeal for lbw off the third ball but it was pitching outside leg stump and rightly not given. Batsmen run a leg bye. Agarwal hits a four next ball, and he finishes with another four off the last ball. 14 off the over.
PBKS 13/0 in 2 overs: Khaleel Ahmed to Agarwal, concedes a wide first ball. Agarwal pinches a single next ball. Dhawan plays a dot ball. 2 to Dhawan off the third ball, courtesy an overthrow. Dot ball. Dhawan picks a single off the fifth ball. Agarwal takes a single off the last ball. 6 off the over.
PBKS 7/0 in 1 over: Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal open. Shardul Thakur with the new ball. Mayank on strike. Wide slip in place. First four comes up off the second ball, Mayank up and running. 7 from the first over.
TOSS UPDATE: Rishabh Pant has won the toss and Delhi Capitals will field first. DC pick Sarfaraz Khan. Nathan Ellis comes in for Odean Smith and Mayank Agarwal returns in place of Prabhsimran Singh.
UPDATE: Delhi Capitals have just arrived at CCI. Only the squad of 15 and coaching staff members are at the stadium today . Meanwhile, BCCI statement confirms Tim Seifert has become the sixth member of Delhi Capitals contingent to have contracted Covid-19.
UPDATE: Punjab Kings players and support staff have reached the venue.
UPDATE: A second overseas player in the Delhi Capitals camp has tested positive for Covid-19. As of now match is on. Decision expected around 6 PM.
Delhi Capitals has had a topsy-turvy campaign so far in the Indian Premier League. The franchise has also been dealing with a lot of uncertainty following the coronavirus cases in their contingent.
Due to the COVID-19 surge in the camp, Wednesday night’s match was shifted from Pune to the Brabourne Stadium with a little over 24 hours before the toss. The Capitals will be happy to return to Brabourne as both their wins in the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League were registered at this venue.
Ever since losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday, the Capitals players - barring Mitchell Marsh, who is hospitalised as a precautionary measure after contracting COVID-19 - were confined to their rooms for the larger part of the day. A group of players trained at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s Bandra-Kurla Complex facility in the evening. It must have helped the Capitals zero in on not only Marsh’s replacement for the crucial game but also the chalk out its strategy for the misfiring batting order.
Punjab Kings, on the other hand, will hope Mayank Agarwal returns to the park. He hurt his ankle and it remains to be seen if he is cleared by the medical team. The team felt his absence during the loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.
Placed in the mid-table with three wins and as many losses, the Kings will be looking forward to their batters to lend the much-needed support to the in-form Liam Livingstone. They will also expect Kagiso Rababa to lead the pace attack.
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