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IPL 2021, PBKS vs DC Highlights: Delhi Capitals rose to the top of the points table with a comprehensive win over Punjab Kings by seven wickets. Chasing a target of 167, DC got off to a flier with Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw taking on PBKS in the powerplay overs. Dhawan batted through the innings and remained unbeaten for 69. The southpaw also became the leading run-scorer of the tournament getting the orange cap.

Earlier, PBKS were put to bat first after Rishabh Pant won the toss. Mayank Agarwal captained PBKS in the absence of KL Rahul who was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and will undergo surgery. On his captaincy debut, Agarwal remained unbeaten for 99 guiding his team to 166/6. Dawid Malan had an ordinary outing on his IPL debut scoring a run-a-ball 26. Malan replaced an out-of-form Nicholas Pooran.

Shikhar Dhawan gets a single after facing a dot delivery. Shimron Hetmyer comes to the crease and the miscued pull shot goes to mid-off. 4 runs and a wicket from Jordan’s over. DC still need 19 runs from 18 balls. Riley Meredith bowls the 18th over. Dhawan gets a single first ball. SIX! Hetmyer hits it over the sight screen for a maximum. SIX! That was short from Meredith and Hetmyer pulls it towards mid-wicket for another maximum. FOUR! Full and wide, Hetmyer hits it towards extra cover for a boundary. Meredith follows it up with two wides and DC win the match. DC beat PBKS by 7 wickets with 14 balls to spare. DC rise to the top of the points table with six wins from eight games. DC 167/3 after 17.4 overs

Chris Jordan back in attack. Shikhar Dhawan hits it towards deep mid-wicket, gets a couple of runs. Dhawan hits it towards sweeper cover, gets a single. WICKET! Rishabh Pant goes for an aggressive slog but loses his bat in the process. The top edge goes up in the air and Mayank Agarwal takes the catch. DC 147/3 after 16.3 overs

Deepak Hooda back in attack. He puts a stop to the boundaries. Three singles and a couple of runs from Hooda’s second over. DC need 23 runs from 24 balls. DC 144/2 after 16 overs

Mohammed Shami back in attack. Two singles off the first two balls. FOUR! Shikhar Dhawan pulls it towards deep square leg for a boundary. He gets a single next ball. SIX! Rishabh Pant takes a couple of steps down the wicket and whips it over square leg for a maximum. This is getting too easy for DC. A dot ball to finish off the over. DC 139/2 after 15 overs

Ravi Bishnoi continues, his last over. SIX! Shikhar Dhawan once again plays with the spin and deposits it for a maximum. Dhawan completes his 44th IPL fifty with a maximum. This is his third half-century of the season. FOUR! Dhawan is in a hurry to finish this off. A single to follow. FOUR! Bishnoi bowls the googly and Rishabh Pant reverse sweeps it for a boundary past first slip fielder Chris Gayle. Two dot balls to end the spell. DC 126/2 after 14 overs

Riley Meredith back in attack. Shikhar Dhawan pulls the short ball towards on side, gets a couple of runs. Dhawan gets a single next ball. Steve Smith plays it towards deep mid-off, a dot ball. Meredith hits Smith’s pads, a single via leg byes. Dhawan gets a single towards fine leg. WICKET! Smith goes for the big shot but the ball hangs in the air and Dawid Malan takes the catch. Smith out for 24. Meredith provides the breakthrough. DC 111/2 after 13 overs

Ravi Bishnoi continues. Steve Smith gets a single first ball. SIX! Shikhar Dhawan gets on one knee and slogs it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Three more singles from the over. 10 runs from Bishoni’s third over. DC 106/1 after 12 overs

Harpreet Brar continues. Steve Smith hits it inside out and gets a couple of runs towards extra cover. Smith plays the ball with soft hands towards mid-wicket and gets another couple of runs. Smith and Dhawan knock it around for three singles. Dhawan gets it in the gap and gets a couple of runs. 9 runs from Harpreet’s third over. DC 96/1 after 11 overs

Deepak Hooda, the right-arm off-spinner into the attack. Shikhar Dhawan gets a single off the second delivery. Smith plays it square of the wicket and finds the gap. A couple of runs for Smith as Ravi Bishnoi in the deep cuts it off. Three more singles from the over. DC 87/1 after 10 overs

Harpreet Brar continues. Punjab Kings need him to deliver more wickets. Three singles and a couple of twos from the over. Shikhar Dhawan and Steve Smith are not taking any chances against the in-form left-arm spinner, just working the ball in the gaps. DC 81/1 after 9 overs

Ravi Bishnoi returns to the attack after Prithvi Shaw’s wicket. Two singles from the first three deliveries. FOUR! Steve Smith plays it towards fine leg and gets a boundary. Just one more single from the over. DC 74/1 after 8 overs

Steve Smith comes in to bat. Smith goes off the mark with a single. Just two more singles from the over. Terrific over from Harpreet Brar, just three singles and the wicket of Shaw. DC 66/1 after 7 overs

Harpreet Brar does it again. He provides the much-needed breakthrough. Prithvi shaw drives on the front foot but beaten by the spin. Shaw departs for 39. DC 63/1 after 6.1 overs

Chris Jordan into the attack. Prithvi Shaw gets a couple of runs off the first delivery. A dot ball to follow. SIX! Too easy for Shaw. He pulls it over mid-wicket for a six. FOUR! He follows it up with a boundary. He takes a single next ball. FOUR! Dhawan drives it on the up and gets another boundary. Excellent powerplay for DC as they are scoring over 10 runs per over. PBKS need wickets at this stage otherwise it will be too easy for DC. DC 63/0 after 6 overs

Ravi Bishnoi introduced into the attack in the powerplay overs. SIX! Prithvi Shaw hits it over long-on for a big six. Shaw is in sublime form in this IPL. Good comeback from Bishnoi, three more singles from the over. DC 46/0 after 5 overs

Now Shikhar Dhawan gets in on the action with two boundaries from Mohammed Shami’s second over. 10 runs from Shami’s over. So far, Delhi Capitals are well ahead of the required run rate. DC 37/0 after 4 overs

Shaw enters his groove as Mohammed Shami bowls the 2nd over. 6, 4, 4. Shami will be hoping he can avoid Mavi’s fate here! 15 runs off the over. That gets DC off to a flier. Meredith continues in the 3rd over. And concedes just 3 runs in his over.

DC 27/0 after 3

Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw begin Delhi’s chase. Riley Meredith bowls the first over. There’s a fortunate edge that runs away for four off Dhawan’s bat and Delhi are off. 

DC 9/0 after 1

Harpreet Singh comes in to bat. He played a cameo in the previous game. FOUR! Harpreet clears his front leg and hits it over Avesh Khan for a boundary. Avesh Khan comes around the stumps and bowls a wide, a single via byes as well. Agarwal plays it towards long-off for just a single. Khan bowls another wide. Change of pace from Khan and it hits Harpreet, a single via leg byes. FOUR! Agarwal hits it in the gap towards deep mid-wicket. The low full toss gets the treatment from PBKS skipper. SIX! Agarwal hits it over the sight screen for a six. FOUR! Agarwal ends the innings with a boundary and remains unbeaten for 99 from 58 deliveries. PBKS 166/6 after 20 overs

Kagiso Rabada bowls the penultimate over. SIX! Mayank Agarwal backs away and hits it over the sight screen for a big six. He moves into 80s now. Rabada bowls the yorker this time, just a single. Full toss from Rabada, Jordan gets a single towards square leg. Agarwal plays the pull shot towards deep mid-wicket and gets a couple of runs. Low full toss from Rabada and Agarwal manages just a single towards long-on. WICKET! Extra pace from Rabada gets the better of Jordan as he departs for 2. PBKS 143/6 after 19 overs


Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Steven Smith, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Chris Woakes, Aniruddha Joshi, Sam Billings, Lukman Meriwala, Tom Curran, Praveen Dubey, Anrich Nortje, Vishnu Vinod, Manimaran Siddharth, Shams Mulani, Ripal Patel

Punjab Kings: KL Rahul(c), Prabhsimran Singh(w), Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Chris Jordan, Riley Meredith, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Moises Henriques, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Dawid Malan, Jalaj Saxena, Murugan Ashwin, Sarfaraz Khan, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar, Jhye Richardson, Ishan Porel, Utkarsh Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh