Indian Premier League, 2019

Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab - Match 37

Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Date & Time: 20 April 2019

Delhi Capitals 166/5

RR: 8.44 | Delhi Capitals beat Kings XI Punjab by 5 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Prithvi Shaw run out run out 131111
Shikhar Dhawan c Ravichandran Ashwin (C) & b Hardus Viljoen c Ravichandran Ashwin (C) & b Hardus Viljoen 564171
Shreyas Iyer not out not out 584951
Rishabh Pant c Sam Curran & b Hardus Viljoen c Sam Curran & b Hardus Viljoen 6710
Colin Ingram bowled Mohammed Shami bowled Mohammed Shami 19940
Axar Patel run out run out 1100
Sherfane Rutherford not out not out 2200
Amit Mishra
Kagiso Rabada
Ishant Sharma
Sandeep Lamichhane
Extras 11 (b 1, lb 1, w 7, nb 2)
Total 166 (5 Wkts, 19.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
24-1 (Prithvi Shaw,3.1), 116-2 (Shikhar Dhawan,13.3), 128-3 (Rishabh Pant,15.1), 155-4 (Colin Ingram,18.3), 156-5 (Axar Patel,18.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mohammed Shami4 0 21 1 5.25
Sam Curran3.4 0 34 0 10.00
Hardus Viljoen4 0 39 2 9.75
Harpreet Brar2 0 24 0 12.00
Ravichandran Ashwin3 0 26 0 8.67
Murugan Ashwin3 0 20 0 6.67
Lokesh Rahul 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Gayle 0 0 0 0 0
Mayank Agarwal 0 0 0 0 0
David Miller 0 0 0 0 0
Mandeep Singh 0 0 0 0 0

It is a hat-trick! Flashback Friday. King Kohli is the Man Of The Match in Bangalore's thrilling win. Saturday evening saw Precocious Steven Smith walk away with the Man Of The Match award after resisting a staunch Mumbai in Jaipur. And Saturday night saw Mr. Iyer complete the hat-trick. So three successive games have seen the skippers leading from the front. Will the trend continue? Sunday sees four such skippers again - Williamson's Hyderabad take on Karthik's Kolkata while Kohli is back on, this time to take on his mentor, MS Dhoni. The games start at 4 pm local (1030 GMT) and 8 pm local (1430 GMT) respectively, so do not forget to tune in on another double-header day. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious Delhi captain, Shreyas Iyer, has been named the MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that this comes as a really satisfying win after 3 losses at home. Stresses that it was not an easy wicket to chase and lauds Dhawan for digging in. Admits that this is not a track which would suit his batsmen as most of them play on the rise and want the ball to come on to the bat. Says that he took up the responsibility to bat deep and stay till the end. Praises Sandeep Lamichhane for stepping up a gear and says that Amit Mishra's experience is helping the Nepalese. Lauds Shikhar Dhawan's positive approach and wants all his top order batsmen to be courageous. Hopes that in the coming games, the rest of the top order takes up the responsibility of batting till the end.

Shikhar Dhawan is up for a chat as well. Smiles and says that it's important for them to win this game as they now get closer to qualify for the knockouts. Wants to get much better than today and keep improving. Tells that they wanted to utilize the first six overs as the wicket was on the slower side and hitting the softer ball would have been tougher. Mentions that he just focuses on the process and as an experienced player, he keeps talking to his boys in the middle and tries to make sure that they don't lose wickets under pressure.

Punjab skipper, Ravichandran Ashwin, says that 163 was just below par due to the kind of dew on the outfield. Feels that they lost too many wickets in the middle which hurt them. Adds that Mujeeb getting injured was a setback for them. Terms it unfortunate that they didn't have enough runs on the board. Admits that they failed to tighten the noose and kept leaking boundaries here and there. Praises Shreyas Iyer for his knock and cheekily comments that Iyer knew that his wicket could have led to another collapse. Lauds Harpreet Brar's efforts as well and considers him one for the future.

Have to feel for the Punjab bowlers. They struggled with the persistent dew and eventually ran out of steam. Mohammed Shami was the only bowler who was consistent and ended up with figures of 4-0-21-1. The rest simply could not adjust to the dew.

It was the Dhawan-Iyer show for a major part of the chase with the 92-run stand taking care of Punjab's bowling. With the dew around, the bowling was not that great and the duo took full toll. Shikhar continued his good return to form, with his third 30-plus score in the last 4 innings. But as has been seen in the past, the hosts fell on the slippery road of collapse, losing 4/40 in 32 balls before skipper Iyer shepherded them through. To be honest, he kept his cool during the choke but was denied much strike.

Almost making a habit of choking, are Delhi, aren't they? Another last-over finish. Didn't seem so when Delhi were 116/1 needing 48 under 7 overs. But Dhawan's wicket did set the cat free amongst the pigeons before caretaker Iyer took care that there was no brain fade.

Phew. The match ends. Saturday is done. Another nerve-wracking double header. In the end, Delhi, who should have won, ended up winning but not without nearly losing it.

Sam Curran to S Iyer, FOUR! DELHI WIN BY 5 WICKETS! Curran lets in a short of a length ball on middle, Shreyas gets on top of the bounce and hammer-pulls it to deep mid-wicket for the winning runs. A rare win at home for them this season.
Sam Curran to S Iyer, Back of a length delivery on off, Shreyas Iyer tries going over the leg side but it takes the outer half of his bat and flies over extra cover. Good for two runs. 3 needed off 2 balls.
Sam Curran to S Rutherford, Bang! Curran delivers a length ball on off, Rutherford hammers it over the bowler's head and Miller moves swiftly across to his left from long off to stop the ball. The striker, who was standing and admiring his shot, has to cross for a single.
Sam Curran to S Iyer, Back of a length delivery on off, Iyer stays back and works it through mid-wicket for a single.

6 needed off 6 balls. Sam Curran to bowl...

M Shami to S Iyer, Very full and on middle, it's knocked down to long on for a single. Shreyas retains the strike.
M Shami to S Rutherford, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.

Sherfane Rutherford walks in at number 7, replacing Axar.

M Shami to A Patel, OUT! Axar Patel is run out! Hang on, hang on, this evening surely is not going to end in a straightforward manner. We will get some more thrill. Good length ball on middle and leg, Axar glances it behind square leg and wants the second run. But while turning back he collides with Shami and as a result is very late in reaching to the other end. The throw comes nice and straight to Rahul who does the rest. Shami is gesturing that it was not intentional from him and the replays confirm the same. The bowler was walking in his line and never tried to get in Axar's way. Still Patel is furious as he returns.

Axar Patel walks in at number 6, replacing Ingram.

M Shami to C Ingram, OUT! Bowled 'em! Shami bowls it full and straight in the line of the stumps, Ingram skips down the track to play a big shot but fails to connect. The stumps are shattered and 9 needed off 9 at this stage.
M Shami to S Iyer, Fifty! Short in length and on off, pulled in front of square leg for a run. 12th Indian T20 League fifty for Shreyas Iyer.
M Shami to S Iyer, Play and a miss! Shami dishes out a back of a length delivery outside off, Iyer flirts inside the line and misses.
H Viljoen to C Ingram, FOUR! Colin Ingram has pressed on the accelerator. Viljoen tries to follow the batsman down the leg side with a fullish ball, Ingram still manages to make room and drill his drive through covers. 13 from the over, 10 needed more off 12 balls.
H Viljoen to C Ingram, FOUR! 14 needed more! Short in length and angling into the batsman, Ingram swivels on the back foot, lifts his back leg and pulls it behind square leg for a boundary.
H Viljoen to C Ingram, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
H Viljoen to C Ingram, FOUR! Too full in length around off, Colin Ingram does well to open the face of his bat as he squeezes it out through backward point for a glorious boundary.
H Viljoen to S Iyer, A well-directed short ball, Shreyas tries to pull but misses. It goes off his shoulders to short third man and they cross. Given as a run. Maybe, some bat involved.
H Viljoen to S Iyer, Shortish and outside off, smashed through the line but straight to extra cover.
M Shami to S Iyer, Tries a big heave across the line to a length ball but it comes off the inside half of his blade and squirts through square leg for one. 5 from the over, 23 needed off the last three overs.
M Shami to C Ingram, Edgy! Plenty of width on offer outside off, Colin throws his bat at it and edges it down to third man for a run.
M Shami to S Iyer, Good stop by Rahul, saves a certain boundary with a dive to his left. Shami follows the batsman down the leg side, Iyer swings blindly and misses. Rahul makes a half-stop and they cross for a bye.
M Shami to S Iyer, Brings a length ball back into the right-hander. Shreyas plays it from the crease to short mid-wicket.
M Shami to C Ingram, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Ingram eases it through mid-wicket for a single.
M Shami to S Iyer, Width on offer outside off, Iyer glides it down to third man for a run.

Mohammed Shami is back on.

H Viljoen to C Ingram, FOUR! No one in the deep and it has gone to the boundary. Colin Ingram stands back to a shortish ball outside off and gives it the full whack of his bat. Connects well and it goes over mid-wicket for a one-bounce boundary. 8 from the over, 28 needed off 24 balls.
H Viljoen to C Ingram, Wide! Full and drifting down the leg side, Ingram swings his bat hard at it but fails to connect.
H Viljoen to S Iyer, Pitches it up and outside off, Iyer goes hard at it and hits it off the inner half to long on for a run.
H Viljoen to S Iyer, Shreyas tries to tap and run it on the off side but Ingram sends him back.
H Viljoen to C Ingram, Plays a length ball to the left of the point fielder and sets off for a quick run. Mandeep attempts for a direct hit at the non-striker's end but misses.
H Viljoen to S Iyer, Shortish and on off, Iyer goes on the back foot and punches it through cover-point for a run.

Newly-become dad, Colin Ingram comes in.

H Viljoen to R Pant, OUT! Pant holes out cheaply! Is there some life still left in this match? A good length ball on off, angling in, Pant tries to slog it across the line but fails to middle his shot properly. Curran in the deep at mid-wicket takes the skier safely. Rishabh's sorry run continues. 36 needed off 29 balls.
Sam Curran to S Iyer, FOUR! Well played from the Delhi skipper! First he tricks the bowler by showing his back leg and gets the bowler confused. Shreyas then picks up the length early which is on the shorter side around off and slices it over backward point for a boundary.
Sam Curran to S Iyer, Sam steams in from 'round the wicket and follows the batsman down the leg side with a length ball. Iyer pushes it out with an angled bat but finds point.
Sam Curran to R Pant, Stays back and punches it to extra cover for a single.
Sam Curran to R Pant, FOUR! Misfield from Gayle! A slower short ball around middle and leg, Pant gets on top of the bounce and helps his pull shot towards short fine leg. Gayle puts in a dive but only manages to parry it behind for a boundary. Curran is not impressed.
Sam Curran to R Pant, Strokes his cover drive well but finds the fielder inside the ring.
Sam Curran to R Pant, Lands it on a length outside off, Pant strides forward to defend but it takes an inside edge and hits him on the pads. The ball deflects to the off side but no run is on offer.
Sam Curran to R Pant, Wide! Slips a length ball down the leg side, Pant tries to flick but misses.

Strategic break. Punjab have managed to send Dhawan back but are still behind in this match. They need wickets in a heap to have any semblance of chance. Shreyas Iyer is going quite sensibly but will need support from the other end. We have seen Delhi throwing away games from a good position. So, Punjab can still believe. Sam Curran is back on.