DC enter top four, keep their playoff hopes alive

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Delhi Capitals (DC) boosted their playoff hopes on Monday as they defeated Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 17 runs in their IPL 2022 match at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai. With this win, Rishabh Pant-led DC have now reached the 4th spot on the Indian Premier League 2022 table with 14 points against their name. The 5th placed Royal Challengers Bangalore also have 14 points, but their negative Net Run Rate (NRR) has cost them dearly.

Shardul Thakur took four wickets while Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav bagged two each as Delhi bowlers restricted Punjab to 142/9 in their chase of 160 runs.

Earlier, Mitchell Marsh’s blistering knock of 63 guided Delhi Capitals to a modest 159/7. Arshdeep Singh and Liam Livingstone bagged 3 wickets each.

Punjab openers Jonny Bairstow and Shikhar Dhawan enjoyed a good start (27/0 in 3 overs), but things quickly turned around as Anrich Nortje drew first blood getting Bairstow (28) in the 4th over, who was caught by Axar Patel at deep square leg.

In the last over of the powerplay Shardul Thakur struck twice to remove Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Dhawan (19). Punjab’s score read 54/3 after the first six overs.

Axar Patel piled more misery in the 7th over as he removed skipper Mayank Agarwal. Kuldeep Yadav then joined the wicket-taking party in the next over as he removed Liam Livingstone before striking again in the 10th when he rattled the stumps of Harpreet Brar. The 14th over produced more goods for DC as Axar uprooted the stumps of Rishi Dhawan.

Jitesh Sharma (44) and Rahul Chahar stitched a 41-run partnership off 30 balls before Shardul dismissed Jitesh in the 18th over. Shardul took the wicket of Kagiso Rabada in the same over.

The last two overs saw the inevitable happen as Delhi won the match by 17 runs.

Earlier, Delhi Capitals got off to a bad start as Liam Livingstone struck in the first delivery of the game, removing David Warner for a golden duck. DC ended their inning on 159/7.

Brief score:

DC: 159/7 (Mitchell Marsh 63, Sarfaraz Khan 32; Liam Livingstone 3-27)

PBKS: 142/9 (Jitesh Sharma 44, Jonny Bairstow 28; Shardul Thakur 4-36)