In the 32nd match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Delhi Capitals (DC) steamrolled Punjab Kings (PBKS) to register their third victory in the tournament at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium on Wednesday.
The dominance began with DC bowlers having complete authority in the proceedings to pack Punjab’s innings for a mere 115 runs in 20 overs. The likes of Khaleel Ahmed (2/21), Axar Patel (2/10), Kuldeep Yadav (2/24) and Lalit Yadav (2/11) all picked up two wickets each to derail Punjab’s batting unit.
For Punjab, only four batters – Jitesh Sharma (32), Mayank Agarwal (24), Shahrukh Khan (12), and Rahul Chahar (12) – could score in double digits.
In reply, DC openers – Prithvi Shaw and David Warner – continued the dominance with a full assault on PBKS bowlers. The dynamic duo took Punjab bowlers to the cleaners, smashing 81 runs in the powerplay – making the highest in the fifteenth season of the cash-rich league. The pair went on to form a remarkable partnership of 83 runs before Chahar got rid of Shaw (41).
Highest Powerplay totals in IPL 2022:
- 81/0 – DC vs PBKS Brabourne*
- 73/1 – CSK vs LSG Brabourne
- 72/2 – PBKS vs CSK Brabourne
- 68/0 – DC vs KKR Brabourne
After Shaw’s dismissal, Warner kept the run-rate high, and eventually, DC chased down the paltry target in 10.3 overs with nine wickets in hand. The Aussie star smashed a brilliant half-century and stayed unbeaten at 60 off 30 deliveries.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
As easy as 1⃣,2⃣,3⃣ 💙
9⃣ wickets and 5⃣7⃣ balls left as we cruiseeeee to a win 🔥#DCvPBKS
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 20, 2022
Applause to Delhi Capitals’ support staff for not letting off fields hindrance affect its team’s performances. This is what cricket is all about, not letting anything affect the game. #DCvPBKS #TATAIPL2022
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) April 20, 2022
We need Bonus Points in the IPL. NRR is fine…but impossible to keep a tab over the course of 14 games. Bonus points are a more tangible form of rewarding a big win. Also, give the teams sitting at the bottom of the pile to create magic…Thoughts?
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 20, 2022
If Punjab continues to play with an aggressive approach, which I think they should but with an extra batter( all rounder).
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 20, 2022
This is the first time Delhi Capitals won an IPL match with 50+ balls remaining.
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) April 20, 2022
Love the way Kuldeep is bowling. I would venture to say that the extra 6-7kmph is making him an even better bowler than in that 2017-19 phase.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 20, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) April 20, 2022
Big win for Delhi Capitals!
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) April 20, 2022
Delhi Capitals chase down 116 runs from just 10.3 overs against Punjab Kings in #IPL2022.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 20, 2022
Good captains (leaders) get the best out of certain performers. Just a bit of confidence is what match winners need. Applicable in all walks of life
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) April 20, 2022
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) April 20, 2022