Prabhsimran, Harpreet star as Delhi get eliminated


Prabhsimran, Harpreet star as Delhi get eliminated

by Staff • Last updated on Sun, May 14, 2023

Prabhsimran Singh’s one-man show, in which he scored 103 of the team’s total of 167, helped Punjab set a competitive total, before Harpreet Brar’s 4-30 and Rahul Chahar’s 2-16 choked the life out of Delhi’s run-chase in their home game against Punjab. It resulted in Delhi being the first team to be eliminated in IPL 2023.

However, first things first: The toss – Delhi won it, and asked the Kings to bat first…

The new-ball ferocity, and the on-looker

Ishant Sharma is the second most capped Indian player in the IPL, and it showed in his new-ball spell. The tall right-armer swung the new ball to get rid of the Punjab talisman Shikhar Dhawan and the dangerous Liam Livingstone in the powerplay to set Punjab back considerably. Moreover, Axar Patel scalping Jitesh Sharma further dented Punjab in the powerplay, as they slipped to 46-3. However, the other opener, Prabhsimran Singh remained steady…

The recovery and the surge

After Sam Curran joined Prabhsimran Singh at the crease, Punjab were in considerable trouble. However, as the partnership sauntered on, Prabhsimran started to cut loose, aided by Curran in a supporting role. A 21-run over off Mitch Marsh kickstarted things, as the opener counterattacked after a brief recovery period. Curran was dismissed, and so was Brar within a short period, but Prabhsimran held fort on the other side and counterattacked in equal measure, propelling Punjab towards a competitive total.

The one-man show

With wickets toppling at the other end, Prabhsimran Singh accelerated at the death, and coasted to his maiden IPL hundred at a crucial time, scoring 103 runs in a total of 167. The uncapped opener had more than done his job, accounting for more than 60 percent of his team’s runs, and helped Punjab post a competitive total on the board.

A plundering start

Phil Salt and David Warner laid into the Punjab pacers, clubbing them for a barrage of boundaries and setting the tone for the run-chase. At 65-0 in 6 overs, and just over 7 an over required, it looked like Delhi were going to run away with it with time to spare. However, they were in for a wicked surprise…

The spin trap

…Harpreet Brar and Rahul Chahar laid the trap and triggered a collapse of six wickets for 19 runs, as the Delhi Capitals fell apart from a dominant position of 69-0 to a teetering 88-6. Warner was the sole performer of the Delhi top order, plundering 54 runs at a strike-rate of 200, but with the rest of the team collapsing around him, this pretty much summed up the story of the Delhi Capitals’ predicament this season.

The inevitable anticlimax

Nathan Ellis returned to pick up a couple of wickets, but by then the Capitals were dead and buried, thanks to the unforgiving lines of the spinners, who simply didn’t give the Capitals an inch at the Kotla. Eventually, the Punjab Kings coasted home by 31 runs, and in the process, extinguished Delhi’s hopes of making the playoffs. At the same time, this win helped the Kings rise to the sixth spot on the table, and all the more closer to the top four.

Brief Scores: Punjab Kings 167-7 in 20 overs (Prabhsimran Singh 103, Ishant Sharma 2-27)beat Delhi Capitals 136-8 in 20 overs (David Warner 54, Harpreet Brar 4-30, Rahul Chahar 2-16) by 31 runs

What next? Funnily enough, both Delhi and Punjab might be traveling on the same flight to Dharamsala to compete against each other in their next game on Wednesday (May 17).

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