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PBKS vs DC IPL 2022: This defeat has created trouble for Punjab Kings and now it has become very difficult for the team to reach the playoffs. He will need a big win in his last match at any cost.
Delhi Capitals have consolidated their position in the race for the IPL 2022 playoffs. The team led by Rishabh Pant defeated their closest rival in a very important match. Punjab Kings (Punjab Kings) by 17 runs, registered the seventh win in the season. The spin attack of Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel and the medium pace of Shardul Thakur remained a puzzle for the Punjab batsmen and the entire team could manage only 142 runs in reply to the target of 160 runs. Along with this, Delhi did something that this team had not done so far in the season. This is the first time in IPL 2022, when Delhi has won two consecutive matches.
In this match played at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Monday 16 May, Punjab did well with the ball and did not allow Delhi to reach big scores. However, Punjab itself disappointed badly with its batting. The Punjab batsmen, who scored 210 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match, kept on craning for runs and kept on losing wickets. Opener Jonny Bairstow once again made a quick start and hit 28 runs (15 balls, 4 fours, 1 six), but this time he could not play a big innings. As soon as Bairstow’s wicket fell in the fourth over, Punjab’s batting immediately faltered. Started.
Kuldeep-Akshar and Shardul fell heavily on Punjab
The Punjab batsmen looked in a hurry and kept on losing wickets while trying big shots. In the last over of the powerplay i.e. the sixth over, Shardul Thakur dismissed Shikhar Dhawan (19) and Bhanuka Rajapakse (4). After three balls, captain Mayank Agarwal (0) was bowled by Axar Patel. The biggest blow to Punjab came in the eighth over, when Liam Livingston (3) tried to play a big shot using the steps off Kuldeep Yadav, but missed completely and was stumped. From here the hopes of Punjab were tarnished.
Jitesh Sharma (44 runs, 34 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes) took a few tries at the end and shared some hope with Rahul Chahar (25 not out) in 41 runs for the eighth wicket, but Shardul came in the 18th over. Then by taking two wickets, including Jitesh, stopped his team from putting obstacles in the way of victory. Shardul Thakur took 4 wickets, while Akshar and Kuldeep got 2 wickets each.
Warner Fail, Marsh-Sarfaraz’s attacking game
Earlier, Delhi’s batsmen also could not show their strength and could hang only 159 runs on the scoreboard in 20 overs. The strong partnership of Mitchell Marsh (63 runs) and Sarfaraz Khan (32 runs) took the team to this point. After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Liam Livingston got off to a great start by dismissing David Warner (0) on the first ball. After this both the batsmen put up a fast partnership of 51 runs for the second wicket. Marsh then shared a 47-run partnership with Lalit Yadav (24) for the third wicket.
The Australian all-rounder took the team out of the difficult situation by scoring a half-century in the second consecutive match and brought it to a decent score. Marsh hit four fours and three sixes in his 48-ball innings. While Sarfaraz hit five fours and a six in his 16-ball attack, while Lalit hit a four and a six in his 21-ball innings. Delhi’s team could not hit a single boundary in the last two overs. Akshar remained unbeaten on 17 off 20 balls.
Livingston shines with the ball
For Punjab, Livingston took three wickets for 27 runs in four overs, which included explosive batsmen like Rishabh Pant and Rovman Powell in the same over. On the other hand, fast bowler Arshdeep Singh took three wickets for 37 runs in four overs. Kagiso Rabada took one wicket for 24 runs in three overs while Rahul Chahar conceded just 19 runs in four overs.