Prithvi Shaw: 32 off 17 balls (SR: 188.23)
Shikhar Dhawan: 92 off 49 balls (SR: 187.75)
Delhi Capitals openers were sensational.
KL Rahul: “It’s slightly disappointing but we have a lot of games left. Hope we can come back stronger. Yes, right now it does look like we were short of runs. But at the halfway stage we thought our total was nice. It gets difficult with the dew at the Wankhede but Delhi batted well, especially Shikhar.”
DELHI CAPITALS WIN BY 6 WICKETS!
Lalit Yadav and Marcus Stoinis finish things off as DC complete the second-highest IPL chase at the Wankhede.
After 18 overs, DC are 188/4: Lalit Yadav comes to the crease and sweeps one from Jhye Richardson for four. Risky shot but really well executed. Richardson finishes with figures of 2/41. Delhi now need 8 off 12.
After 17.1 overs, DC are 180/4: WICKET! Richardson gets Pant (15 off 16) as Hooda does a major juggling act at long-on to complete the catch. Delhi need 16 off 17.
After 17 overs, DC are 180/3: “Shami has lost it, he doesn’t know what to do” – Sunil Gavaskar in commentary. The senior right-arm pacer leaks 20 runs in his final over to finish with forgettable figures of 0/53. He. bowled a front foot no ball as well as a no ball for height in that over and both times, Stoinis found the boundary. The contest is all but over.
After 16 overs, DC are 160/3: Good over from young Arshdeep, just eight from it. Delhi now have pant and Stoinis at the crease, they need 36 off 24.
After 14.5 overs, DC are 152/3: WICKET! Oh dear, Shikhar Dhawan has missed out on what would’ve been a truly memorable century. He walks across and tries to work it on the leg side but gets bowled. The left-hander walks back for 92 off 49 as Jhye Richardson gives Punjab a much-needed breakthrough.
After 14 overs, DC are 143/2: Shikhar Dhawan is turning it on and how! Sensational batting from the left-hander. He hits Riley Meredith for a hat-trick of fours by toying with the field. The right-arm quick then concedes five wides too. Massive over for Delhi! They now need 53 off 36.
After 13 overs, DC are 125/2: SIX! Dhawan steps out to Shami and hits it over long-on. He’s timing the ball so, so well. But the right-arm pacer does really well to concede just two runs off the other five balls.
After 12 overs, DC are 117/2: Shot! Saxena bowls it short and Dhawan pulls it in the gap for four. The left-hander’s wicket is crucial at the moment. Delhi will fancy their chances if he manages to stick around for another three-four overs.
After 11 overs, DC are 107/2: WICKET! Riley Meredith strikes in his first over and Steve Smith is out for 9 off 12. The Aussie star got into an ugly position and top-edged it to third-man.
After 10 overs, DC are 99/1: FIFTY off 31 balls for Shikhar Dhawan! The left-hander is keeping Delhi Capitals in the chase by finding the boundaries consistently. He hits his first six of the night with a superb whip off Jhye Richardson.
After 9 overs, DC are 87/1: Two more fours for Dhawan! He got lucky first as the inside edge flew past the stumps for four, but the next ball was cut perfectly through point and short-third. Twelve runs come from that Hooda over.
After 8 overs, DC are 75/1: Another decent over for Delhi, seven runs from it. Dhawan hit the last ball for four straight back but Saxena did well to bowl two dot balls in that over. Steve Smith has looked very content dealing in singles in his first two overs at the crease.
After 7 overs, DC are 68/1: Deepak Hooda comes on to bowl and does well in his first over, just six runs from it.
After 6 overs, DC are 62/1: That’s the end of the powerplay and Delhi now have Shikhar Dhawan and Steve Smith at the crease. The chase is set up nicely at the moment. DC will fancy their chances but Punjab will know they can run away with this if they remain disciplined.
After 5.3 overs, DC are 59/1: WICKET! Arshdeep gets the breakthrough and Prithvi departs for 32 off 17. The right-hander top-edged the pull and Gayle took the catch at square-leg. Punjab get a wicket they desperately needed after a blazing start for Delhi.
After 5 overs, DC are 57/0: Dhawan hits Shami for three fours! DC are dealing exclusively in boundaries at the moment. This is high class strokeplay.
After 4 overs, DC are 43/0: Stunning shot from Prithvi! He guided one behind square on the leg for four before ending that Richardson over with a six over long-off.
After 3 overs, DC 31/0: Jalaj Saxena in action for Punjab Kings. Was shaping into a good over, but Dhawan pulls the last ball for four. Short, pounced upon.
After 2 overs, DC 21/0: An eventful over from Shami. Bowls five good deliveries. There was one that completely square up Shaw but went for four off the outside edge. But the over finishes with one of the shots of the tournament. Shaw lofts one down the ground for six.
Shami to Dhawan, this should be good.
After 1 over, DC 10/0: Shikhar Dhawan hits the first four of the run-chase, pulling an attempted bouncer from Arshdeep Singh by pulling one over short fine leg.
Arshdeep Singh will start off with Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw opening.
PBKS batting scorecard vs DC
PBKS finish with 195/4 as Shahrukh Khan goes after Chris Woakes in the final over. This is a formidable total but DC will be happy chasing less than 200 after the start Punjab got.
After 18.5 overs, PBKS are 179/9: WICKET! Hooda hits one for six before Pooran tries to clear the field and gets caught by Rabada in the deep. Avesh gets his first. Delhi Capitals are doing well in the death overs.
After 18 overs, PBKS are 170/3: Rabada drops it short and Pooran pulls it for four. The South African pacer finishes with figures of 1/43. Delhi have done well in the last few overs. For Punjab, it’ll be a shame if they don’t get past 200 after the opening stand they had.
After 16.2 overs, PBKS are 158/3: WICKET! Delhi Capitals are pulling things back, Chris Woakes gets Chris Gayle now. The left-hander didn’t look settled at the crease tonight. He got a six off a free-hit and tried to hoick another one, but he lost his shape and to-edged it.
After 15.2 overs, PBKS are 141/2: WICKET! Stoinis dropped Rahul in the previous over but doesn’t make any mistake this time around. The PBKS skipper walks back for 61 off 51 as Rabada strikes for DC.
After 15 overs, PBKS are 140/1: Dropped, six and four! Eventful over from Avesh. First Stoinis dropped a straightforward catch at cover, before Rahul slammed one over his head for six and then placed one through backward point and short-third for four.
After 14 overs, PBKS are 128/1: FIFTY for KL Rahul on his birthday! He gets there in 45 balls. #PBKS would want their skipper to up the ante now. Four runs come from Ashwin’s final over, he finishes with figures of 0/28.
After 12.4 overs, PBKS are 122/1: WICKET! Lukman Meriwala, after an expensive opening spell in his first IPL game, gets the big wicket of Mayank Agarwal. The right-hander walks back for a superb 69 off 36 as Shikhar Dhawan takes a comfortable catch in the deep. Chris Gayle is the new batsman.
After 12 overs, PBKS are 120/0: Good over from Avesh Khan, just six runs from it. With eight overs remaining and ten wickets still in hand, Punjab Kings would want to finish well past 200.
After 11 overs, PBKS are 114/0: Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul take Kagiso Rabada for three sixes in one over! The South African pacer was too short in that over. There’s no stopping PBKS at the moment!
Ricky Ponting informs that Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav aren’t fully fit and ready for matches. DC picked Lukman Meriwala because he troubled all the batsmen in the nets. Ponting says that the left-arm pacer has bowled to wide so far and that’s why got punished.
After 10 overs, PBKS are 94/0: FIFTY for Mayank Agarwal in just 25 balls! The right-hander has timed the ball wonderfully from the get-go and hit some glorious shots. Avesh Khan joins the attack and concedes seven runs in his first over.
After 9 overs, PBKS are 87/0: Six for four! Agarwal reads the carrom ball by Ashwin and thumps it straight back, before Meriwala lets one through at short-third. Delhi need something dramatic to come back into the contest.
After 8 overs, PBKS are 74/0: Lalit Yadav comes on to bowl and offers two half-trackers to KL Rahul. The right-hander hits them with ease on either side of the wicket to pick two more fours.
After 7 overs, PBKS are 63/0: First over without a boundary and it comes from Ashwin. The senior off-spinner does well to keep things tight. There isn’t much turn in the pitch yet.
After 6 overs, PBKS are 59/0: Kagiso Rabada joins the attack and KL Rahul picks him for two fours. Punjab are off to a flying start at the Wankhede! At the end of the powerplay, Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have powered them to a solid position.
After 5 overs, PBKS are 50/0: Ashwin joins the attack, bowls four good balls but then drops one short and Rahul pulls it for four with ease.
After 4 overs, PBKS are 43/0: Pant shows faith in Meriwala and gives the left-arm pacer another over but Agarwal manages to pick up his fifth four.
After 3 overs, PBKS are 35/0: Another good over for Punjab as Agarwal hits Woakes for two fours behind square on the leg. The right-handed openers are timing the ball wonderfully.
After 2 overs, PBKS are 25/0: Drama in the first over by Meriwala! First, Rahul crunches one for four thorough cover. Then Smith drops a tough chance at point. Finally, Agarwal hits 4, 6, 4 with Meriwala bowling a no-ball too. Big over for Punjab!
After 1 over, PBKS are 5/0: Four dot balls in the first over by Woakes, three to start off. The fourth one drifted on to the pads and Rahul flicked it over mid-wicket for four.
7.30 pm: We’re ready for play at the Wankhede! KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are opening the batting for Punjab Kings. Chris Woakes has the new ball in hand for Delhi Capitals. Here we go!
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant (w/c), Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Chris Woakes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Lukman Meriwala.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Jalaj Saxena, Mohammed Shami, Riley Meredith, Arshdeep Singh.
TOSS: Rishabh Pant has won the toss and Delhi Capitals will BOWL first! Jalaj Saxena will make his debut for Punjab, while Steve Smith is set to play for Delhi.
Previous match results of DC and PBKS:
Miller’s half-century, Morris’ late fireworks help RR beat DC by 3 wickets
Chahar stars as CSK outplay PBKS in Dhoni’s milestone match
DC vs PBKS preview:
Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul eye return to winning ways
6.45 pm: Hello and welcome to live coverage of match No 11 of Indian Premier League 2021. Tonight, Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals will take on KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.