Punjab Kings 166/6 (20 ov)
Delhi Capitals 167/3 (17.4 ov)
Delhi Capitals won by 7 wickets
That's all she had written for today. It wasn't quite the nerve wracking Sunday double-header that we anticipated with both contests ending up as rather one-sided ones. The reverse fixtures have officially begun though and we do have more action coming up with the Kolkata Knight Riders desperately looking to revive their campaign against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who've had an excellent start to their 2021 campaign. We will be back with the coverage of that clash tomorrow. Do ensure to tune in to that right here on Sportskeeda. Thank you so much for joining in for our coverage tonight - one that we hope you enjoyed just as much as we did in bringing it to you. On behalf of my colleague Shashwat Kumar, this is Sooryanarayanan Sesha humbly requesting you to mask up, sanitize regularly, maintain social distancing and stay safe. Good night and stay safe!
Your heart has to go out to Mayank Agarwal. Not for the first time has a sublime batting effort from him ended up in a losing cause and he also had to do it in the absence of his partner-in-crime KL Rahul. He did mention that Rahul should return and we do hope that he recovers soon. In the meantime though, the Punjab Kings will have to pick themselves up as a unit and stay in contention before deeming their regular skipper's return - whenever that happens - futile. The Delhi Capitals have many a reason to smile though as they sit comfortably atop the points table with their sixth win of the competition.
Mayank Agarwal (Punjab Kings Captain and Player of the Match): (News on Rahul?) It's acute and he's going for a surgery and hopefully he should be back soon. We would have liked the two points but we were about ten short on that wicket. After the kind of Powerplay we had we had to scrap around. One batsman had to bat through and it was my day so I told myself that I had to bat through and get as many as we can. Unfortunately we couldn't get enough though. (Thoughts about ending on 99?) Definitely would have loved the two points more than anything else. But we have to shut this off and put our best foot forward for the next game. Kudos to Harpreet - the way he bowled in the last game and turned up this game as well. He also scored a crucial boundary towards the end with the bat. It's about coming together as a unit and turning up a good performance.
Rishabh Pant (Delhi Capitals Captain): I think Shikhy bhai and Prithvi gave us a very good start. That's what made it look good because the ball was gripping in the first half. It was gripping in the second half as well but I thought the way those two batted was commendable. It feels very good when we get a good start. We have a mixture of youth and experience and it's so good to see them do well around them. Everything is going well but we may need to try a few options for the Kolkata matches. The competition is really good because we have some really good bowling options in our side but unfortunately all cannot play. (How is he enjoying captaincy?) I am using my experience, everybody is helping me in the team and Ricky is helping me as well. We are just trying to create a good dressing room environment.
An absolute stroll in the park for the Delhi Capitals who made light work of their target. Setting out in pursuit of 167, the opening duo of Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan was expected to come out firing on all cylinders. They did not disappoint the fans of DC one bit as they set out meaning business as usual in the Powerplay. Riley Meredith did pose a couple of tough questions with his hostile short deliveries and the odd yorker but the rest of his colleagues lacked the bite in their bowling to reap the rewards at the other end. Shaw was disdainful towards anything short and wide while clearing the fence with ease on many an occasion. Shikhar Dhawan complemented him beautifully by tapping the ball around and crossing over while not missing out on feasting in on anything pitched up and the pair raced their way to 63 in the Powerplay.

On came Harpreet Brar - the hero of the previous game - and he didn't miss out on an opportunity to make an impact straightaway, castling Prithvi Shaw with a beauty of a delivery that gripped and turned. This was followed by a period of consolidation as the next four overs motored along at just a run-a-ball. Steve Smith and the set Dhawan kept milking the singles and the twos on a regular basis and ensured that the Capitals remained well ahead of the 8-ball. 

They were further aided by the onset of dew and the lack of any purchase for the spinners who were nudged around without a fuss. The batters were chugging along at a decent rate with minimal risk before Meredith returned to draw the wicket of Smith, as the Aussie sent a skier into the hands of Dawid Malan.

Shikhar Dhawan didn't let the momentum drop one bit though as he took the attack to Ravi Bishnoi en route to a solid half-century. Skipper Rishabh Pant also made his intentions clear to seal the chase as soon as possible as he brought out a couple of exciting hits. The required rate dipped well below a run-a-ball and the end was all but nigh - even as Pant perished against the run of play.

Dhawan carried his bat though while Shimron Hetmyer had no intentions of batting long - a couple of crunching hits and a couple of wides later, the Delhi Capitals soared to the top of the points table with as many as 14 deliveries to spare. An absolute clinic tonight across departments as the Punjab Kings have been outplayed with ease.

The bowlers were lackadaisical for a large part of that defense. Barring Riley Meredith, who cranked it up with his pace upfront, and Harpreet Brar who kept it tight, the rest were a pale shadow of themselves from a couple of nights ago where a collective performance saw them dismantle the RCB batting lineup. Travesty in the end for Mayank Agarwal, whose captaincy debut ends on a somber note. This aside from an innings of the highest order, having ended unbeaten on 99.
Shikhar Dhawan (Delhi Capitals, and the incumbent owner of the Orange Cap): Really happy with the way we chased down the score. Prithvi and I gave a great start which is what we needed. Smith chipped in nicely but I knew that I had to go through till the end with batting getting tough for the new batsman. I think it was a well-crafted innings. We planned to finish the game within 19 overs but Hettie finished it past the 17th over. (On his strike rate on the ascendancy) I am glad since the last two matches it wasn't up there but the wicket was difficult too. It totally depends on the wicket and I have to respect the wicket. Today the wicket was better and dew came in and made it better. So I plan to bat accordingly and get bigger scores. I've been playing with Prithvi for three years now and he makes it easier for me. He's a delight to watch. At the same time I stick to my processes well. Last game I didn't have to do much but today I knew that I had to do more and bat through.
Easy as you like - the Delhi Capitals soar to the top of the points table without breaking a sweat tonight as they comfortably humble the Punjab Kings by 7 wickets with 14 deliveries to spare!
17.5 Riley Meredith to Shimron Hetmyer, ANTI CLIMAX! Another full delivery that is well outside off stump. the umpire signals a wide and that will be that! DC march to the top of the IPL Table! 
17.5 Riley Meredith to Shimron Hetmyer, low full toss way wide of off stump. Hetmyer fails to reach that one as the umpire has to indulge in a bit of exercise! Scores level though! 
17.4 Riley Meredith to Shimron Hetmyer, FOUR! SHOT! Full delivery outside off stump. Hetmyer gets onto the front foot and absolutely crunches that one past extra cover for another boundary! Start the tuk-tuk!
Just one more hit away now the Capitals. Ricky Ponting has a wide grin on his face
17.3 Riley Meredith to Shimron Hetmyer, SIX MORE! Banged into the track at the batsman on leg stump. Hetmyer opens up his stance and whacks that one over deep mid wicket for a maximum!
Straight down the ground is the best place to hit according to common conjecture. Not a bit surprised as Hetmyer opens his account in grand fashion
17.2 Riley Meredith to Shimron Hetmyer, SIX! SHOT! Length delivery outside off stump. Hetmyer clears his front leg and mousses that one way over the bowler's head for a maximum!
17.1 Riley Meredith to Shikhar Dhawan, slower delivery on a length on leg stump. Dhawan gets onto the front foot and heaves the ball towards deep square leg for an easy single
Riley Meredith, right-arm fast, is back into the attack. He will bowl over the wicket.
So suddenly the required rate has just exceeded 6. The Capitals very much continue to boss this game especially with Shikhar Dhawan still out there but the Kings are trying their best to delay the inevitable.
148 /3 score
cricket ball icon Chris Jordan
16.6 Chris Jordan to Shimron Hetmyer, WELL WELL! Banged into the track at the batsman on middle and off stump. Hetmyer has a massive swipe across the line and chalks it towards mid off instead 
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