The Delhi Capitals defeated Kings XI Punjab by 5 wickets in Match 37 of VIVO IPL 2019. As an effect of the result, the two teams swapped places in the standings; the Delhi Capitals climbed to third, while KXIP slipped to fourth.
After opting to bowl on a different looking surface at the Feroze Shah Kotla Ground, the Delhi Capitals recovered from Chris Gayle’s onslaught to restrict the visitors to 163-7. Later in the night, opener Shikhar Dhawan and captain Shreyas Iyer scored half-centuries, and their 92-run partnership laid the foundation for the run-chase. Despite being in control of the chase, the hosts created pressure for themselves when Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram all perished to attacking strokes. Axar Patel’s run out in the nineteenth over only added to the drama. The equation came down to the Delhi Capitals needing six runs off the final over; Shreyas, in the company of the debutant Sherfane Rutherford, completed the job with two balls to spare.
Earlier, KXIP rode on Chris Gayle’s 69 and a couple of other useful contributions to get to 163-7. The visitors’ top-order fell cheaply; KL Rahul (12) was stumped in the second over, while Mayank Agarwal (2) perished in the fifth over attempting to break the shackles imposed on him, and David Miller (7) picked out midwicket in the eighth over. Gayle, who motored along at the other end, found good company in the form of Mandeep Singh; the fourth wicket pair added 45 runs to lend stability to the innings.
Gayle brought up his half-century in the ninth over – getting there in 25 balls – and carried on to make 69 before he was dismissed in the thirteenth over. Gayle’s mishit off Sandeep Lamichhane was pouched by Colin Ingram centimetres from the midwicket boundary; aware that he was losing balance and the momentum would take him over the ropes, Ingram – off-balance at that point – flung the ball firmly to Axar Patel who was about 15-20 metres away.
After the other set batsman, Mandeep Singh, too perished in the seventeenth over, the debutant Harpreet Brar provided KXIP the flourish at the end; the left-hander hit two boundaries and a six in his unbeaten 12-ball 20. KXIP , 50-2 at the end of the powerplay period, added 68 runs in the next nine overs, before finishing with another 45 runs in their last five overs.
For the Delhi Capitals, the wickets were shared by Sandeep Lamichhane (3-40), Kagiso Rabada (2-23) and Axar Patel (2-22). Ishant Sharma’s four overs only cost him 29 runs, while Amit Mishra conceded 41 runs in his four overs.
Standout batting performance
At the beginning of DC’s run-chase, Shikhar Dhawan was off the blocks quickly; he had raced to 34 from 18 balls by the end of the powerplay period. The left-hander then took his foot off the accelerator, focussing on collecting the singles and rotating the strike instead. And the occasional instance when the loose delivery presented itself, he collected a boundary. Dhawan only got to his half-century in the twelfth over – consuming 36 balls to get to the milestone.
Chris Gayle didn’t get too much strike in the first two overs. In the third over, he announced his presence at the crease, first with a boundary through thirdman, and then a 101 metre six over long-on. In the following over, Gayle storm struck Lamichhane; the Jamaican hit the young leg-spinner for four boundaries. After a brief period of calm, he latched onto the other leg-spinner; he hit Amit Mishra for two sixes in the ninth over – the same over in which he also brought up his half-century.
Gayle collected his fifth six at the start of the thirteenth over, but perished the very next ball – a good piece of work on the field pulling the lid on an entertaining knock. All of Gayle’s five sixes were over wide long-on; he was brutal against the two leg-spinners, scoring 44 runs off 15 balls.
Notable Support Act – Batting
Shreyas Iyer, perhaps taking inspiration from Virat Kohli’s knock against KKR, or Steve Smith’s knock against MI, constructed an innings in DC’s chase. Noticing that Dhawan was blazing away at the other end, the DC captain was happy to take a backseat and play second fiddle in the second wicket partnership. Right through his innings, he ran a lot of singles, ensuring the scoreboard kept ticking all the time. The singles must have inconvenienced the KXIP bowlers a lot; first, they had to cope with a wet ball, and then they would have to readjust their line every time the strike ticked over because of the right-left combination.
Shreyas brought up his half-century in the nineteenth over – getting there in 45 balls. The DC captain would remain unbeaten on 58; his 49-ball knock contained five boundaries and a six.
Standout bowling performance
Kagiso Rabada, despite being used in a very different role, would be the Delhi Capitals’ best bowler. The South African speedster was given the responsibility of bowling the fifth, twelfth, eighteenth and twentieth overs. He adapted well to the conditions and generally bowled back of a length, not giving the batsmen any room to get under the ball. He only conceded three boundaries in his spell – one was an inside edge that raced to fine-leg, one was Ravichandran Ashwin picking a slower delivery and clubbing it to midwicket, and then the last ball of the innings – a 143.5kph bouncer – was deposited in the stands by the debutant.
Rabada bowled 13 dot balls in his spell and picked up the wickets of Agarwal and R Ashwin to firm up his position as Purple Cap holder.
Notable support act – bowling
Sandeep Lamichhane, despite having to battle with the dew on the outfield and a wet ball, ended up as the most successful bowler in the match; he picked up 3 for 40. The young Nepalese leg-spinner dismissed both KXIP openers and added to his tally the wicket of Sam Curran. It was surprising to see the Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer ask Lamichhane bowl two overs with the new ball; the second of those two overs – when Gayle was on strike at the start of the over, could have definitely been avoided. As it turned out, the Jamaican climbed into the leg-spinner and hit him for four boundaries in that one over.
The one other Delhi Capitals bowler who bowled a tidy spell was Ishant Sharma; the lanky pacer bowled three good overs in his first spell, but struggled a tad when he returned to complete his spell. Despite bowling in the powerplay, Ishant’s first spell figures read 3-0-19-0; he conceded ten runs in his final over to finish with figures of 4-0-29-0.
Delhi Capitals: 166-5 in 19.4 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 56, Shreyas Iyer 58*) defeated
Kings XI Punjab: 163-7 (Chris Gayle 69, Sandeep Lamichhane 3-40) by 5 wickets.
Man of the Match
Shreyas Iyer, for his 58 not out of 49 balls.