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IPL PHOTOS: DC beat Punjab to inch closer to play-offs

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Last updated on: May 17, 2022 00:35 IST
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IMAGES from the IPL match played between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings in Navi Mumbai on Monday.

Axar Patel celebrates on dismissing Mayank Agarwal for his 100th IPL wicket

IMAGE: Axar Patel celebrates on dismissing Mayank Agarwal for his 100th IPL wicket. Photograph: BCCI

Spinners Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav were inspirational in the middle overs even as Shardul Thakur complemented the duo with a career-best IPL figures as Delhi Capitals inched closer towards play-off qualifications beating Punjab Kings by 17 runs in an IPL match in Navi Mumbai on Monday.

Invited to bat, DC posted 159 for 7 courtesy Mitchell Marsh's 48-ball 63 and then restricted Punjab to 142 for 9. Thakur (4/36), Axar (2/14) and Kuldeep (2/14) shared eight wickets among them while Anrich Nortje got the important wicket of Jonny Bairstow.

 

It was between overs 6-14 where Delhi won the game as Kuldeep and Axar cumulatively gave away only 28 runs in seven overs with four wickets between them.

With this win, DC jumped a place to fourth with 14 points from 13 matches. Royal Challengers Bangalore (14 from 13 matches) have the same points as DC but they were pushed down to fifth spot as they have -0.323 NRR compared +0.255 of Delhi.

Punjab, who remained at seventh spot with 12 points from 13 matches, are virtually out of reckoning for a play-offs berth as they also have a -0.043 net run rate. 

Kuldeep Yadav celebrates on dismissing Liam Livingstone 

IMAGE: Kuldeep Yadav celebrates on dismissing Liam Livingstone. Photograph: BCCI

Chasing 160 for a win, Punjab suffered a batting collapse after a good start. Jitesh Sharma (44 of 34 balls) and Rahul Chahar (25 not out off 24 balls) made a late fight back with a 41-run stand -- highest in their run chase -- for the eighth wicket but that proved to be too little too late.

Punjab began on a promising note with in-form Jonny Bairstow punishing Khaleel Ahmed and Nortje with fours and sixes to take his side to 27 for no loss at the end of third over.

But from there the collapse began as five Punjab batsmen went back to the hut as they were reduced to for 5 at the end of the eighth over.

Bairstow (28 off 15 balls) fell to Nortje in the fourth over before a struggling Shardul Thakur took two wickets -- that of Bhanuka Rajapaksa (4) and Shikhar Dhawan (19) -- in three balls in the sixth over to change the complexion of the game.

Punjab were 54 for 3 at the end of powerplay and three balls later Axar Patel claimed his 100th IPL wicket with a special one -- that of Punjab captain Mayank Agarwal's scalp.

Mayank (0), who has been struggling this season, went for a cut to an arm ball but it went through the gap between bat and pad to crash into the middle stump.

Delhi Capitals batters celebrate the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan  

IMAGE: Delhi Capitals batters celebrate the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan. Photograph: BCCI

There was no respite for Punjab as Liam Livingstone was out in the eighth over, stumped by Rishabh Pant for Kuldeep's first wicket.

Kuldeep returned for his second over to dismiss Harpreet Bar (1) with a wrong-un beating the batter before going through the gate to crash into the stumps.

It was all over for Punjab by then as they were reduced to 68 for 6 at the halfway mark.

Punjab needed 39 off the final three overs but David Warner pulled off a fine catch at long off to dismiss Jitesh ended the game in favour of DC.

Liam Livingstone celebrates the wicket of David Warner

IMAGE: Liam Livingstone celebrates the wicket of David Warner. Photograph: BCCI

Arshdeep Singh and Liam Livingstone snared three-wickets each as Punjab Kings restricted Delhi Capitals to 159 for 7 despite Mitchell Marsh's fine half-century in their IPL game in Navi Mumbai on Monday.

Marsh (63 off 48 balls) first added 51 runs with Sarfaraz Khan (32), who played a cameo, and then another 47 runs with Lalit Yadav (24), after DC lost opener David Warner (0) off the first ball of the innings.

DC scored at a brisk pace at the start after being asked to bat but they suffered a middle-order collapse, losing three quick wickets.

Mitchell Marsh hits a six off Kagiso Rabada 

IMAGE: Mitchell Marsh hits a six off Kagiso Rabada. Photograph: BCCI

t was Australian Marsh, who anchored the DC innings. He completed his fifty with a boundary in the 17th over. He hit four fours and three sixes but ran out of partners.

The move to open bowling with Livingstone (3/27) worked as he removed Warner, Rahul Chahar taking a sitter at backward point. 

Marsh and Sarfaraz then tried to steady the ship. Marsh hammered back-to-back sixes off pacer Kagiso Rabada (1/24), including one lofted shot as Delhi added 15 runs in the second over.

Sarfaraz was brutal on left-arm orthodox bowler Harpreet Brar (0/29), hammering him for a maximum, a slog sweep and two successive boundaries, as Delhi fetched 15 runs in the third over.

Arshdeep Singh celebrates the wicket of Sarfaraz Khan 

IMAGE: Arshdeep Singh celebrates the wicket of Sarfaraz Khan. Photograph: BCCI

Sarfaraz hammered five boundaries and a six as Delhi raced to the 50-run mark in the fifth over. But Sarfaraz's cameo ended after he mistimed a lofted shot off Arshdeep Singh (3/37) with Chahar taking a running catch.

Then Marsh and Lalit mixed caution and aggression. At 86/2 after 10 overs, the stage was set for a big score.

But Punjab pegged back DC, by grabbing three quick wickets and reducing the opposition to 112/5.

First, Arshdeep used his slow bouncer to remove Lalit and then Livingstone sent back Rishabh Pant (7), who was stumped by Jitesh Sharma.

Rishabh Pant is stumped by wicketkeeper Jitesh Sharma off the bowling of Liam Livingstone 

IMAGE: Rishabh Pant is stumped by wicketkeeper Jitesh Sharma off the bowling of Liam Livingstone. Photograph: BCCI

Livingstone had his third wicket, when he removed Rovman Powell (2), whose skier was caught by Shikhar Dhawan in the long-off region.

Marsh, who added 37 runs with Axar Patel (17 not out), upped the ante in the 18th over, but it was too late. Wickets kept tumbling for Delhi even as Punjab bowlers conceded 43 runs in the last five overs.

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