Delhi Capitals are actually formally out of the playoff race after struggling a humiliating 31-run loss by the hands of Punjab Kings in Delhi on Saturday. With this win, Punjab Kings are actually at quantity 6 within the IPL factors desk and preserve their slim probabilities of playoff spot alive. Sensible performances by Prabhsimran Singh with the bat and Harpreeet Brar with the ball helped Punjab Kings to win IPL match 59 at Arun Jaitley Stadium. Singh’s maiden IPL century (103 off 65 deliveries) single-handedly propelled PBKS to a good rating. Singh’s innings is particularly magnificent because it was sheer braveness underneath hearth. He stored batting at the same time as he noticed Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone and Jitesh Sharma moving into fast succession. A essential cameo by Sam Curran helped Punjab Kings to make a restoration within the recreation.
Later within the night, chasing a complete of 167, Delhi Capitals began off on a blazing observe. They aced powerplay due to very good batting by Phil Salt and skipper David Warner. At one level, it seemed ridiculously straightforward for Delhi Capitals. However then Shikhar Dhawan bought spinners into motion. Overcoming his efficiency in powerplay when no PBKS bowler was efficient, Harpreet Brar bought Salt. Warner stored DC ticking however within the area of simply eight deliveries, Punjab Kings made a turnaround and DC by no means recovered from that. Brar ended the match with tremendous 4-30 figures. Rahul Chahar additionally took two scalps to destroy DC’s batting. After that, it was extra of a formality as we noticed smiling faces in Punjab camp.
With 66 wanted off 36 balls, Aman Khan (16) and Praveen Dubey (16) tried their fingers earlier than changing into the victims of Nathan Ellis (2/21) as DC slumped to their eighth loss in 12 video games to remain on the backside with eight factors.
The victory at Kotla takes Punjab Kings to 12 factors from 12 video games within the IPL factors desk. They’re proper outdoors the highest 4. To maintain their playoff probabilities alive, PBKS should win their subsequent two matches and that too with good margin. But it surely’s the top of the highway for Warner & co.
(With inputs from PTI)