Marsh and Thakur Shine as Delhi Capitals Go One Step Closer to the Playoffs

PBKS vs DC in 50 words

 

After losing Warner early, Marsh and Sarfaraz counter-attacked for a 50-run stand. Marsh’s fighting 63 helped us put 159/7 on the board. In the 2nd innings, Thakur (4/36), Axar (2/14) and Kuldeep (2/14) all worked their magic to earn DC a crucial 17-run win.

 

Marsh’s Fighting Spirit Comes to the Fore 

 

We were playing our third consecutive match at the DY Patil Stadium, and the spin of the coin went Punjab’s way. They put Pant & Co. in to bat first in a do-or-die game for both teams. There were two changes in our side as Khaleel made his way back in after recovering from the injury and replacing Sakariya, while Sarfaraz took KS Bharat’s place at the top of the order.

 

It was not the best of starts as we lost our star opener David Warner off the very first ball of the innings. With Livingstone bowling his offies, he sliced it straight into the hands of backward point. Coming in at number 3 as usual, Mitch Marsh announced his arrival at the crease in style as he deposited two classy back-to-back maximums against the in-form Rabada in the 2nd over, one lofted drive down the ground and one pick-up over mid-wicket.

 

Sarfaraz at the other end made sure the boundaries kept flowing with a classic slog sweep off Brar for six followed by consecutive fours. The quick-fire cameo of 32 from just 16 balls by Sarfaraz saw a few more boundaries, as he attacked Rishi Dhawan with a late cut and a creative scoop shot, before he lost his wicket off a slower delivery from Arshdeep.

 

 

 

Even after losing two wickets in the powerplay, DC ensured they didn’t lack the score on the board with 59 runs coming in the phase field restrictions.

 

The next couple of overs saw a calm and collected approach from Marsh and Lalit, with both of them scoring the odd boundary off loose deliveries. The pair put on almost 50 runs together before Pant came to the middle as Lalit Yadav was deceived by another Arshdeep slower ball. The skipper hit a Pantastic one-handed six over long-on, but his stay was short-lived as he got stumped with Livingstone picking up another vital scalp.

 

Marsh was solid in his innings despite regular wickets at the other end, and he brought up his 2nd consecutive half-century of the season. The Bison in his sublime form went on to hit two more boundaries the very next over, collecting 15 priceless runs off the Arshdeep over. Alas, Rabada managed to get the better of him in the penultimate over as he got dismissed for another top quality knock of 63 from 48. 

 

 

The final over saw a good finish for the bowling side as the DC Tigers ended up with 159 runs on board.

 

Of Big Match Lords and Spin Wizards

 

Chasing 160 on a slow and turning wicket at the DY Patil, Punjab Kings started really well with Bairstow racing off the blocks. Fortunately for us, Nortje drew first blood as he scalped Bairstow with a short ball at 152.4 km/ph.

 

Lord Shardul was brought into the attack for the final powerplay over and the pair of Dhawan and Rajkapasa managed two boundaries in the first three deliveries. But the Lord roared back in style, with the wicket of Rajapaksa courtesy of a top edge, and an absolute jaffa that took off the pitch and did Dhawan in with steep bounce in the very same over!

 

In the next over, Bapu achieved the milestone of 100 IPL wickets in the best way possible, beating the Punjab skipper with a ripper of an arm-ball that got him clean bowled for a duck.

 

 

Captain Pant was spot on with his changes as he brought in Kuldeep Yadav in the next over and he delivered by picking up the star wicket of in-form Livingstone. This was the 2nd instance in two games of one of our Spin Twins making him dance down the track and deceiving him in the air to get him stumped.

 

The Kings had lost half their batters for just 61 within the eighth over, and when Kuldeep hit the timber behind Brar in the 10th over, Punjab Kings were completely on the backfoot as they had lost 6 wickets for 67 runs in the first half of the innings.

Jitesh Sharma showed some fight and started accumulating some boundaries. When Axar bowled Rishi Dhawan with another arm-ball, Jitesh was Punjab’s only hope, and the only wicket we needed.

 


Jitesh connected a few lusty blows and found a little bit of support from Chahar and Rabada too to put some pressure back on DC. However, Lord Shardul ensured that he stepped up to kill the pressure with the vital wicket of Jitesh for 44. He got rid of Rabada too to complete another double-wicket over and get to his best-ever IPL figures.

 

 

The last two overs turned out to be a formality as DC closed out a clinical 17-run win to place themselves in the top 4 for the moment and go that one step closer to booking their berth in the Playoffs.

No wonder the JOSH was HIGH in the DC dressing room after that performance!

 

 

 

Brief Scores

 

Delhi Capitals 159/7 in 20 overs (Mitchell Marsh 63 off 48, Sarfaraz Khan 32 off 16, Liam Livingstone 3/27, Arshdeep Singh 3/37) beat Punjab Kings 142/9 in 20 overs (Jitesh Sharma 44 off 34, Shardul Thakur 4/36, Axar Patel 2/14, Kuldeep Yadav 2/14)

Marsh and Thakur Shine as Delhi Capitals Go One Step Closer to the Playoffs

PBKS vs DC in 50 words

 

After losing Warner early, Marsh and Sarfaraz counter-attacked for a 50-run stand. Marsh’s fighting 63 helped us put 159/7 on the board. In the 2nd innings, Thakur (4/36), Axar (2/14) and Kuldeep (2/14) all worked their magic to earn DC a crucial 17-run win.

 

Marsh’s Fighting Spirit Comes to the Fore 

 

We were playing our third consecutive match at the DY Patil Stadium, and the spin of the coin went Punjab’s way. They put Pant & Co. in to bat first in a do-or-die game for both teams. There were two changes in our side as Khaleel made his way back in after recovering from the injury and replacing Sakariya, while Sarfaraz took KS Bharat’s place at the top of the order.

 

It was not the best of starts as we lost our star opener David Warner off the very first ball of the innings. With Livingstone bowling his offies, he sliced it straight into the hands of backward point. Coming in at number 3 as usual, Mitch Marsh announced his arrival at the crease in style as he deposited two classy back-to-back maximums against the in-form Rabada in the 2nd over, one lofted drive down the ground and one pick-up over mid-wicket.

 

Sarfaraz at the other end made sure the boundaries kept flowing with a classic slog sweep off Brar for six followed by consecutive fours. The quick-fire cameo of 32 from just 16 balls by Sarfaraz saw a few more boundaries, as he attacked Rishi Dhawan with a late cut and a creative scoop shot, before he lost his wicket off a slower delivery from Arshdeep.

 

 

 

Even after losing two wickets in the powerplay, DC ensured they didn’t lack the score on the board with 59 runs coming in the phase field restrictions.

 

The next couple of overs saw a calm and collected approach from Marsh and Lalit, with both of them scoring the odd boundary off loose deliveries. The pair put on almost 50 runs together before Pant came to the middle as Lalit Yadav was deceived by another Arshdeep slower ball. The skipper hit a Pantastic one-handed six over long-on, but his stay was short-lived as he got stumped with Livingstone picking up another vital scalp.

 

Marsh was solid in his innings despite regular wickets at the other end, and he brought up his 2nd consecutive half-century of the season. The Bison in his sublime form went on to hit two more boundaries the very next over, collecting 15 priceless runs off the Arshdeep over. Alas, Rabada managed to get the better of him in the penultimate over as he got dismissed for another top quality knock of 63 from 48. 

 

 

The final over saw a good finish for the bowling side as the DC Tigers ended up with 159 runs on board.

 

Of Big Match Lords and Spin Wizards

 

Chasing 160 on a slow and turning wicket at the DY Patil, Punjab Kings started really well with Bairstow racing off the blocks. Fortunately for us, Nortje drew first blood as he scalped Bairstow with a short ball at 152.4 km/ph.

 

Lord Shardul was brought into the attack for the final powerplay over and the pair of Dhawan and Rajkapasa managed two boundaries in the first three deliveries. But the Lord roared back in style, with the wicket of Rajapaksa courtesy of a top edge, and an absolute jaffa that took off the pitch and did Dhawan in with steep bounce in the very same over!

 

In the next over, Bapu achieved the milestone of 100 IPL wickets in the best way possible, beating the Punjab skipper with a ripper of an arm-ball that got him clean bowled for a duck.

 

 

Captain Pant was spot on with his changes as he brought in Kuldeep Yadav in the next over and he delivered by picking up the star wicket of in-form Livingstone. This was the 2nd instance in two games of one of our Spin Twins making him dance down the track and deceiving him in the air to get him stumped.

 

The Kings had lost half their batters for just 61 within the eighth over, and when Kuldeep hit the timber behind Brar in the 10th over, Punjab Kings were completely on the backfoot as they had lost 6 wickets for 67 runs in the first half of the innings.

Jitesh Sharma showed some fight and started accumulating some boundaries. When Axar bowled Rishi Dhawan with another arm-ball, Jitesh was Punjab’s only hope, and the only wicket we needed.

 


Jitesh connected a few lusty blows and found a little bit of support from Chahar and Rabada too to put some pressure back on DC. However, Lord Shardul ensured that he stepped up to kill the pressure with the vital wicket of Jitesh for 44. He got rid of Rabada too to complete another double-wicket over and get to his best-ever IPL figures.

 

 

The last two overs turned out to be a formality as DC closed out a clinical 17-run win to place themselves in the top 4 for the moment and go that one step closer to booking their berth in the Playoffs.

No wonder the JOSH was HIGH in the DC dressing room after that performance!

 

 

 

Brief Scores

 

Delhi Capitals 159/7 in 20 overs (Mitchell Marsh 63 off 48, Sarfaraz Khan 32 off 16, Liam Livingstone 3/27, Arshdeep Singh 3/37) beat Punjab Kings 142/9 in 20 overs (Jitesh Sharma 44 off 34, Shardul Thakur 4/36, Axar Patel 2/14, Kuldeep Yadav 2/14)

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