Read Sportstar's blog of IPL 2021 Match 29 between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
Hetmyer smacks it straight back behind long off for a six! He pulls it over deep midwicket for another six! Six runs needed now. Creamed it over covers for a four. Two to win. Two wides to finish the game. Delhi Capitals wins by 7 wickets. Delhi moves top of the table with the win. Punjab remains at sixth.
Meredith comes on for his final over. 19 from 18
DC 148/3 in 17 overs: WICKET! Pant looks to go big and loses his bat in the process. The ball goes high in the air but it's inside the circle where Mayank completes the catch. Hetyer is the new man in.
Time for Chris Jordan
DC 144/2 in 16 overs: Hooda quickly runs through his over and just five runs from it. But it may be too late for Punjab to pull things back.
Hooda comes on
DC 139/2 in 15 overs: Short from Shami but on the hips and Dhawan brinsg out the swivel pull to place it between the fielders for a four. Oh my... On the pads and Pant literally whipped it over the deep square leg fielder for a six! 3-0-37-0 for Shami tonight.
Shami comes on. Punjab needs two-thre quick wickets here. Delhi needs 41 from 6 overs.
DC 126/2 in 14 overs: First ball after break and Dhawan nails his sweep over midwicket for a six! He gets to his fifty! He follows it up with another slog sweep for a four. Wow. First ball and Pant reverse sweeps Bishnoi behind short third man for a four.
Bishnoi on for his final over. Pant is the new man in.
DC 111/2 in 13 overs: WICKET! Meredith dismisses Smith for the second time this season. A skier as Smith looks to go big leg-side but ends up holing out to Malan, who completes a good catch.
Delhi needs 61 from 48 balls. Meredith returns.
DC 106/1 in 12 overs: After a short period without a boundary, Dhawan brings out the slog sweep and he nails it! SIX over deep mid-wicket! Slapped by Dhawan to deep midwicket but only for a single. 10 runs from the over.
DC 96/1 in 11 overs: The apir keeps ticking along withoit any risk here. Nine runs from the over by knocking singles and twos.
DC 87/1 in 10 overs: Good stop from Bishnoi at extra cover to deny Smith a boundary.
More spin. Hooda comes on.
DC 81/1 in 9 overs: Good running between the wickets from Dhawan and Smith as they knock it around for ones and twos. Seven from the over.
Harpreet on for his second.
DC 74/1 in 8 overs: Deft touch by Smith to paddle a straight delivery behind for a boundary. Eight runs from the over.
Bishnoi back into the attack
DC 66/1 in 7 overs: WICKET! Shaw plays all around it and is castled first ball! The thigh is up from Harpreet and his streak of big-name wickets continues. Steve Smith is the new man in. Smith looks to go leg side but scoops it back to the off. Luckily for him, it's wide of Harpreet.
Harpreet Brar introduced
Much-needed time out for Punjab.
DC 63/0 in 6 overs: A huge six from Shaw; dropped slightly short and he pulls it over deep mid-wicket with disdain! Follows it up with a slashed cut between short third man and gully for a four. Half volley and Dhawan guides it through the covers for another boundary.
Chris Jordan is the new bowler
DC 46/0 in 5 overs: Thumped! Shaw goes inside out over long off for a huge six! Dhawan and Shaw knock it around for three singles. 9 from the over.
Bishnoi is introduced
DC 37/0 in 4 overs: Short and on the mid-riff but Dhawan manages to squee it behind square for a four. Dhawan finishes with a glorious cover drive. Shami has proven to be expensive so far.
DC 27/0 in 3 overs: Meredith helps pull the run-rate back for Punjab. Just three singles off it. A 141kmph delivery knocks the wind out of Shaw at the end.
DC 24/0 in 2 overs: Shaw takes Shami for a ride. Shami's attempted bouncer induced the top-edge from Shaw's blade that sails straight to the stands beside the keeper. Shami then offers width which Shaw accepts gracefully by slashing through boundaries through the off-side.
Mohammed Shami into the attack
DC 9/0 in 1 over: Meredith begins with a well-directed bouncer to Shaw's ribs. Shaw gets off the mark with a tentative push. Meredith nearly gets Dhawan first-ball as a low outside-edge flies through the gap between the keeper and Gayle at first-slip. Meredith continues to attack the stumps but Dhawan and Shaw sees him off with a couple of singles to rotate strike.
Riley Meredith with the new ball for Punjab.
Back for the chase! Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw look set to open for Delhi.
64 runs from the final 4 overs for Punjab.
PBKS 166/6 in 20 overs: The new batter Harpreet Brar starts with a boundary. Full toss and Mayank finds the gap on the leg side for a four. He moves to 89. And he slaps it over long on for a six! He moves to 95 with a ball left here... He finishes with a four and on 99! Stunning innings from the stand-in skipper off just 58 balls.
Avesh to bowl the final over. Mayank batting on 84 off 54
PBKS 143/6 in 19 overs: Rabada misses his mark and Mayank hoicks him over his head for a six! WICKET! Rabada finishes the over well and ends it with a wicket of Jordan. He top edges a pull to Lalit, who takes a simple catch in the deep.
Rabada back for his final over
PBKS 132/5 in 18 overs: WICKET! Shahrukh looks to go big but he can't quite middle it. He slices it high for a simple catch to Hetmyer. Superb over from Avesh. In the blockhole and at pace to Mayank, who finds it difficult to get under it.
PBKS 128/4 in 17 overs: Drops it short slightly and Mayank is quick on his feet to pull the bowler for two successive boundaries to the leg side. Another good over for Punjab; 11 runs from it.
Axar comes back for his final over
PBKS 117/4 in 16 overs: Fifty as captain for Mayank! He pulls a leg-side delivery for a four to get to the landmark. In the slot and Mayank scoops it over extra cover for another six! DROPPED! Difficult chance at gully for Lalit as he puts Mayank down.
PBKS 102/4 in 15 overs: Short ball and Mayank rocks back and pulls it over deep mid-wicket for a six!
Rabada replaces Lalit
PBKS 90/4 in 14 overs: WICKET! Axar comes around the wicket and Malan misses going for a big shot ends up having his wickets distrubed. Hooda is the new man in.. WICKET! Mayank calls for a single after knocking it to cover but Hooda doesn't respond to the call. It's a race at the bowler's end between Mayank and Hooda and it's the latter who is adjudged out. Superb work by Hetmyer. Shahrukh Khan is the new batter.
PBKS 87/2 in 13 overs: Full toss and Mayank smacks the ball over the bowler's head for a four. Fifty-run parrtnership up between the pair. Nine from the over.
Lalit is back
PBKS 78/2 in 12 overs: Malan cuts loose, finally. Wide and full from Ishant and Malan goes over covers to get his first six of the season. Short from Ishant and Malan pulls it behind square past the fine leg to get a boundary. 13 runs from the over.
Ishant is back
PBKS 65/2 in 11 overs: Malan is now batting on 11 off 17 balls. Another superb over for Delhi. Just two runs from it. Avesh's brilliant season continues.
PBKS 63/2 in 10 overs: Loud shouts for lbw against Malan but the umpire says no. Pant calls for a review. Saved by the umpire's call as the ball-tracker shows it clips a part of the leg stump. Malan's innings is looking more laborious at the moment. Three dot balls to finish the over.
PBKS 61/2 in 9 overs: Good over for Punjab without much risk as Malan and Mayank run hard between the wickets. Eight runs from it. Time out taken.
PBKS 53/2 in 8 overs: Just six runs from the over as Punjab look to rebuild through Malan and Mayank.
Axar Patel replaces Rabada
PBKS 47/2 in 7 overs: Four singles before Mayank cuts it behind square for a four to finish the over.
Spin now - Lalit Yadav comes on
PBKS 39/2 in 6 overs: Short ball and Gayle whallops him over square leg for a six! WICKET! Full toss and Gayle plays all around it to have his stumps sprayed all over the pitch! What a comeback! Malan is the new man in. Good powerplay for Delhi.
PBKS 29/1 in 5 overs: Hacked over mid-off by Gayle! On length and Gayle has enough room to get the front-foot pull over to get a boundary. Gayle nearly plays on to the stumps and gets off strike. Wide from Avesh and Mayank dispatches the ball to the boundary with a cut shot.
Avesh Khan introduced
PBKS 18/1 in 4 overs: OUT! Superb take from Steve Smith as Prabhsmiran mistimes a heave to mid-off! Chris Gayle is the new man in. Just three runs from the over.
Rabada replaces Stoinis
PBKS 15/0 in 3 overs: DROPPED! Mayank slices it to wide third man, where Avesh Khan puts down a difficult chance on the run. Crunched! Prabhsimran dances down the track and slashes the ball over deep cover for a six! Ishant finishes the over well. Nine runs conceded from it.
Ishant to continue
PBKS 6/0 in 2 overs: Slow start for Punjab here in the absence of its captain. No freebies from Stoinis either, as six singles comes from the second over.
Stoinis to share the new ball
PBKS 0/0 in 1 over: On the money from Ishant to Prabhsimran. Good pace and doesn't allow the youngster to free his arms. Maiden over.
Mayank and Prabhsimran are out to open the batting for Punjab. Ishant Sharma has the new ball for Delhi.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant (c/wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma
Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal (c), Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Chris Gayle, Dawid Malan, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Chris Jordan, Riley Meredith, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami
TOSS: Rishabh Pant wins toss, Delhi Capitals will bowl first.
No. 1 T20 batter Dawaid Malan has been handed his first cap ahead of the match.
UPDATE from Punjab Kings: Skipper KL Rahul has been admitted to a hospital after complaining of severe abdominal pain last night. ( READ )
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