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Shreyas Iyer-Led Delhi Strangle Punjab At The Feroz Shah Kotla

In the second game of the Super IPL Saturday, Delhi Capitals (DC) handed a 5-wicket defeat to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi. The first innings of the match was divided into two halves. In the first half, KXIP big-hitting opener Chris Gayle dominated the matters with a brilliant half-century knock, while on the other side, the DC bowling trio of Sandeep Lamichhane, Axar Patel and Kagiso Rabada displayed sensational combined efforts to restrict the opposition within a chaseable first innings total. Then the DC batsmen pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer stitched an amazing partnership to relieve all the major pressure of the run-chase. DC skipper Shreyas Iyer remained unbeaten till the end to steer his team to a remarkable victory.

DC bowlers claw back after Gayle’s opening onslaught

After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, KXIP team got off to a poor start with opener KL Rahul being dismissed in the second over with just 13 runs on the board. The duo of Mayank Agarwal and David Miller also failed to provide some valuable support to Chris Gayle. Wickets kept tumbling at one end, while Gayle continued with his natural aggressive onslaught from the other side. He absolutely felt no pressure and racked up a brilliant half-century off just 25 balls.

Gayle played an entertaining knock of 69 runs off just 37 balls which consisted of 6 fours and 5 sixes, before falling victim to Sandeep Lamichhane in the 13th over. Sam Curran too failed to contribute to the scorers, perishing for a 4-ball duck to Lamichhane. With Gayle’s wicket, KXIP’s run-rate suffered a great blip as the home team staged a remarkable comeback. Towards the death, the DC bowling pair of Axar Patel and Kagiso Rabada bowled amazingly well to restrict KXIP to a total of 163 runs. Lamichhane was the pick of the DC bowlers, picking three wickets, while the duo of Rabada and Axar finished with two wickets each.

Shreyas Iyer stands tall to steer Delhi home

The two DC openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw started off things on a decent note, scoring 24 runs in the first three overs. Then a confusion between the two openers resulted in Prithvi getting run-out for an 11-ball 13. The pair comprising of skipper Shreyas Iyer then joined hands with Dhawan to resurrect the DC innings out of the troublesome situation. The duo of Dhawan and Iyer showed some great temperament and batted with a lot of responsibility to boil down the run-chase pressure. They compiled an excellent stand of 92 runs to reduce the chase into mere formalities.

Dhawan played significant innings of 56 runs off 41 balls which included 7 fours and 1 six before getting dismissed by Hardus Viljoen in the 14th over. The matters did become a little tensed as the home team lost a flurry of wickets in the last few overs. However, skipper Shreyas Iyer then batted with great assurance to guide DC to a brilliant win. Iyer composed a fine unbeaten knock of 58 runs off 49 balls which consisted of 5 fours and 1 six.

Brief Scores:

KXIP: 163/7 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle-69, Mandeep Singh-30; Sandeep Lamichhane 3/40, Kagiso Rabada 2/23)

DC: 166/5 in 19.4 overs (Shreyas Iyer-58*, Shikhar Dhawan-56; Hardus Viljoen 2/39)

Result: Delhi Capitals won the match by 5 wickets.