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159/7 (20)
142/9 (20)
DC won by 17 runs.
Player of the match: Shardul Thakur
 
That will be all for tonight but the action rolls on. We mentioned the Wankhede Stadium on a couple of occasions and that's where the IPL caravan is headed tomorrow as Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad lock horns. MI have nothing to lose but SRH have everything to play for as they look to arrest a five-match losing streak. Do tune into our coverage of the same contest while keeping yourselves updated with all the other cricketing news and action, including the first Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, right here on Sportskeeda. Thank you so much for tuning in today - on behalf of my good friend and co-commentator Pratyush Rohra, this is Sooryanarayanan Sesha once again reminding you to mask up and get vaccinated in case you haven't already. Good night and take care!
He loves stepping up during the crunch moments he said and well, hasn't Shardul Thakur done so tonight! It's been a tough season with the ball for him but cometh the hour, cometh the man and he's delivered a match-winning spell for the Delhi Capitals, who now move into fourth position and pip the Royal Challengers Bangalore on net run-rate. That factor should see them through to the playoffs should they get past the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday (May 21). As for the Punjab Kings, their last league game will also take place at the Wankhede Stadium with the Sunrisers Hyderabad awaiting them. They will know their fate by then considering it's the final league fixture for the season although they need a host of results to go their way if qualifying on 14 points should remain a realistic possibility.
Shardul Thakur is the Player of the Match for his spell of 4/36 off 4 overs!

Hear from the man: I always like to perform during the crunch times. The last two games are important games for our team and I always feel happy when I rise to the perfect occasion. The sixth over was a big one when I got two wickets. They were cruising and we saw in both innings, the Powerplay was big and the fast-bowlers were going for runs. Getting wickets in that sixth over was crucial and after that the spinners came on and did the job pretty well. In the first half we were trying to hit good areas so that something happens off the pitch. The ball was fairly new and the seam was up. Suddenly in the second half there was a lot of dew and that's why we didn't bowl  the fourth over of Kuldeep Yadav. It's not easy bowling in dewy conditions and what worked for us was that we took a lot of wickets in the first 10-12 overs. In the end they didn't have enough wickets in hand. I'm preparing well (with the bat) - I'm batting well. Whenever I get a chance I'm trying to put up a good score and trying to contribute with the bat as well.
Rishabh Pant (Delhi Capitals Captain): Playing throughout the tournament, we've been losing one game and winning one. That's something we wanted to change as a team and I'm happy we did. (On the Warner wicket first ball?) The change of pace from Livingstone was good. It's part and parcel of the game; can't be too hard on Warner. He's been excellent all tournament. (Idea behind not bowling out Kuldeep?) We wanted to save him for the back half when the dew sets in. We didn't want to give a massive over so it was 50-50 and we didn't want to do it that way (and bowl him). (The plan while batting) The only thought process was to take it deep since the wicket was on the slower side. It was the same pattern with the other team also. At the end of the day when you win it's fine I suppose. (Will they change their approach going forward?) It'll mostly be the same but we'll assess the wicket at Wankhede. If it's similar then we'll take it deep again. (News on Prithvi Shaw) He's 50-50 - we'll get to know in a few days' time.
Mitchell Marsh: Firstly, it was a great one. You can never judge a wicket unless both teams bat on it. I walked off thinking we left a couple (of runs) out there but it turned a bit. Our spinners changed the game for us in the middle and 160 ended up being enough. The mindset was to get as many runs as I can in the powerplay before the ball starts turning (laughs). In the last 18 months, I've had the mentality in the powerplay. It was a really good partnership with Sarfaraz. He played some amazing shots. It would have been nice to get out of the powerplay one down, so we could have kept on going but everything was a bit stop-start with the wickets. Credit goes to our bowlers. The way they bowled was outstanding. We're well and truly in the season now, so it's a good feeling. It's just about getting a partnership going. We probably weren't able to do that throughout our middle overs tonight and that doesn't allow you to get a 180-score. It's just about whoever comes in, tries to build that partnership. Even if it's 15 or 20 runs, it changes the momentum. Tonight, we weren't able to do that but like I said, 160 ended up being enough. It's our first back-to-back win of the season and we spoke about that today. It's been one of those stop-start seasons and in long tournaments like this, it's about peaking at the right time. In the last 10 days or so, we've played some really good cricket. That's a good sign. We've got one more to go and we know if we win that, we can head into the playoffs. We're going to give it a real shot. We've got really good belief in this team and a lot of talent across the board. If we can string one more win together before getting into the final, it will give us great momentum. 
Mayank Agarwal: We didn't bat well. We lost too many wickets between 5-10 overs. It was a chasable total for the batting we have and the wicket wasn't as bad at seemed. We just lost too many wickets in the middle and that's where we lost the game. It's still a match to be played and to be win. Two points are crucial for us. We haven't played our best cricket and we want to do that in the last game. We need to address how things went with the bat. That's one area to talk about but otherwise, it's been a day to forget.
Delhi Capitals 159/7 (20) beat Punjab Kings 142/9 (20) by 17 runs.
Jitesh Sharma 44 (34) | Shardul Thakur 4/36 (4) | Kuldeep Yadav 2/14 (3)
Mitchell Marsh 63 (48) | Sarfaraz Khan 32 (16) | Liam Livingstone 3/27 (4)

From 53/1 to 82/7 - it was a calamitous collapse by the Punjab Kings. It wasn't the easiest surface to bat on and a solid Powerplay was what they needed. 'Leave it to me' is what Jonny Bairstow must have told his teammates as he tore into the Delhi Capitals seamers and picked up from where he left off the other night.

His departure though, brought the roof down in a rather appalling manner. Shardul Thakur broke the game open in the final over of the Powerplay with the scalps of Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Shikhar Dhawan. Mayank Agarwal was left clueless by Axar Patel and Liam Livingstone's ego got the better of him as he stepped out against Kuldeep Yadav. And just like that, within no time, the Kings were floored onto the mat.

The asking rate wasn't alarming by any means, but with Axar and Kuldeep chipping away with miserly overs, the pressure continued to mount on the Kings. Truth be told, the result seemed like a foregone conclusion but Jitesh Sharma wasn't going down without a fight.

Even as a couple more wickets fell soon, he chipped away with the odd boundary and kept the scoreboard ticking before pulling the trigger. A couple of belligerent hits to the fence transferred the pressure back onto the Capitals, with Rahul Chahar too chipping in with useful runs of his own.

All of a sudden, it came down to 39 off the last three overs and it was that man 'Lord' Shardul Thakur again who did the needful and prized out Jitesh. Mind you, that wicket was as much David Warner's as it was Thakur's, owing to the spectacular catch he plucked. Thakur would add another wicket to his kitty and but for a dropped catch in the final over, he could have had a well-deserved five-fer.

That said, neither he nor the rest of the Capitals will be complaining. They've broken their hoodoo of failing to win two on the trot this season and have managed to dislodge the Royal Challengers Bangalore on net run-rate, spicing up the table even further with six more games to go in the league phase.
There was nearly a run out off the final delivery with Chahar out of his crease but he makes it back on time. Not that it matters in any case as the Punjab Kings go down fighting. But this win matters big time for the Delhi Capitals - they beat Punjab Kings by 17 runs and win two on the bounce at last!
20
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142 /9 score
4
0
1
1
1w
0
1
runs
cricket bat icon Rahul Chahar *
25 (24)
cricket bat icon Arshdeep Singh
2 (3)
cricket ball icon Shardul Thakur
4 /36
19.6 Shardul Thakur to Rahul Chahar, low full toss on the pads, Chahar flicks it to short fine leg but Marsh is there to keep it down to a single. That brings down the curtains on the Punjab Kings' season. Delhi Capitals win by 17 runs and keep their campaign alive, more importantly, with their fate in their own hands. 
19.5 Shardul Thakur to Rahul Chahar, executes this full and wide one outside off this time, Chahar swings and misses
19.5 Shardul Thakur to Rahul Chahar, wide. Looking for the full and wide yorker but he's missed his mark.
Around the wicket comes Thakur.
Dear oh dear! David Warner of all people puts one down. It wasn't the easiest but it sure wasn't as tough as the one he held onto earlier.
19.4 Shardul Thakur to Arshdeep Singh, DROPPED! Warner costs Thakur a fifer! Wasn't a delivery that deserved a wicket, really. Rank full toss that's sliced in the air by Arshdeep. Towards Warner again, who rushes in from long on and ends up grassing a fairly simple chance this time
19.3 Shardul Thakur to Rahul Chahar, full toss on the off-stump line, Chahar looks to swing for the fences but he's miscued it, ballooning short of Sarfaraz at extra cover for a single 
19.2 Shardul Thakur to Rahul Chahar, short of a length slower one outside the off-stump, Chahar's deceived all ends up by that one. Uh oh! Replays show that was above head height.
19.1 Shardul Thakur to Rahul Chahar, FOUR! Back of a good length wide outside the off-stump, Chahar clobbers a thundering hit through extra cover, giving Warner at wide long-off no chance
Outstanding execution of the wide yorker by Nortje. Going wide of the crease has allowed him to get his line spot on and he's given Thakur enough to play with in the final over. PBKS need 26 to win off the final over!
19
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134 /9 score
1
0
1
0
0
1
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cricket bat icon Rahul Chahar *
19 (19)
cricket bat icon Arshdeep Singh
1 (2)
cricket ball icon Anrich Nortje
1 /29