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IPL 2022 – Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals Match 64 – Post Match Comments

The Delhi Capitals defeated the Punjab Kings by 17 runs in Match 64 of IPL 2022 on May 16 at the DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai, keeping their playoff hopes alive with one game remaining.

Mayank Agarwal, the captain of Punjab, won the toss and chose to bowl first. After the in-form opener, David Warner was out for a golden duck, Sarfaraz Khan and Mitchell Marsh came to the rescue with a 51-run stand. Marsh went on to score his second consecutive half-century before being removed after 63 runs from 48 deliveries. Lalit Yadav and Axar Patel’s middle-order contributions helped DC record 159/7. Liam Livingstone got 3/27, Arshdeep Singh took 3/37, and Kagiso Rabada grabbed 1/24, while Rahul Chahar had the best economy (4.75) to offer on the day but couldn’t gain a wicket.

In response, Punjab openers Jonny Bairstow and Shikhar Dhawan had started but were unable to capitalize, and as Bairstow was sent back in the fourth over, it was all downhill for Punjab from then as Delhi made an incredible recovery with a flurry of wickets. Nonetheless, Jitesh Sharma batted for PBKS and single-handedly attempted to reduce the lead, making 44 runs off 34 balls.

After he was out, the hitters who came after him were unable to keep up with the high asking rate and were eventually limited to 142/9. Shardul Thakur was the standout bowler, taking 4/36, while spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel each claimed two wickets and Anrich Nortje contributed one.

The match was an excellent contest and this is what the captains and the player of the match had to say.

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Mayank Agarwal (Punjab Kings) – Losing Captain

Between 5-10, we lost too many wickets and that’s where we lost the game. It was definitely chaseable for the batting we have, and the wicket wasn’t as bad as it seemed. There’s still a match to be played. Want to go out there and play the best cricket. Still haven’t played our best cricket and look forward to doing that in the last game.

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Rishabh Pant (Delhi Capitals) – Winning Captain

Throughout the tournament, we have been losing one and winning one game. That’s something we wanted to change as a team and we got it. The change of pace from Livingstone was good, so it’s part and parcel of the game. Can’t be too hard on Warney (Warner) because he has been playing fantastic throughout the tournament. We saved him (Kuldeep) for the back half, then the dew came in so we didn’t want to give a massive over for someone. It’s a 50-50 call. The only process was to take it deep, with spinners getting help and we saw the same pattern happen with the other team as well. We gonna assess the wicket and see how it goes (next game). We will get to know in a few days’ time (regarding Prithvi Shaw’s injury update).

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Shardul Thakur (Delhi Capitals) – Player of the match

I always like to perform in crunch times, the last two games were important and I always feel happy when I rise to the right occasion. The 6th over was a big over where I got two wickets, they were cruising and in both innings, fast bowlers were going for runs in the powerplay and as soon as the powerplay ended, the runs stopped. The spinners came in and did a good job. As a bowling unit we were trying to hit good areas, but after the 12th over there was dew which is why we did not bowl Kuldeep Yadav. I’m preparing well and whenever I got the chance, trying to put some score and hoping I will continue my run with the bat.