Punjab Kings’ boom-or-bust batting approach came back to haunt them as they messed up their chances of qualifying for the playoffs after surrendering to the Delhi Capitals by 17 runs in a must-win contest on Monday.
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Punjab batters dug their own graves with irresponsible shot selection on a slow track at the DY Patil Stadium, as Delhi Capitals rode on pacer Shardul Thakur‘s impressive four-wicket haul to bolster their chances of qualifying for the top four.
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<p>A gritty half-century by Mitchell Marsh and Shardul Thakur’s four wickets kept Delhi Capitals in the hunt for an IPL play-off spot with a 17-run win over Punjab Kings on Monday. (BCCI/IPL Photo)</p>
Thakur overcame a lean patch to spearhead the turnaround in Delhi’s favour with the twin strikes of Bhanuka Rajapaksha (4) and Shikhar Dhawan (19) within three deliveries, and later came back to remove Jitesh Sharma (44), and Kagiso Rabada (6).
Delhi’s demolition act came in a matter of 15 deliveries as Punjab were reduced from a comfortable 52/1 to a precarious 55/4, before the spin twins Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav paired up to further dent the red and gold brigade’s hopes. Anrich Nortje had removed the dangerous Jonny Bairstow (28) early on to disrupt the chase.
Axar and Kuldeep shared four wickets between them to strengthen Delhi’s grasp over the contest. While Patel cleaned up skipper Mayank Agarwal (0) and Rishi Dhawan (4), Kuldeep got the key wicket of the in-form Liam Livingstone (3), stumped by the skipper Rishabh Pant, and later Harpreet Brar (1).
Earlier, Mitchell Marsh was forced to change gears midway, as he anchored the innings with a steady 48-ball 63 to help Delhi put on 159/7 after a slump.
Cruising at over nine runs an over, Delhi initially looked on course for a bigger total, but squandered their chances with some needless shots after being comfortably placed at 67/2 at the end of the Powerplay.
The Capitals successfully recovered from the early jolt of David Warner’s duck, as fellow Sarfaraz Khan and Marsh added 51 runs in the first four overs, before the introduction of Arshdeep Singh changed the complexion of the first innings.