Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals Highlights today, Sunday 1-05-2021 – 29th Match (N), Indian Premier League season 14th from Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad.
DC won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Mayank: We’re going to miss him [KL], but it is what it is. I can hope that it gets a little lower and slower as the game goes on, but it’s good to set a target and then defend it. Really looking forward to the responsibility, we’ve spoken about going out and playing aggressively with smiles on our faces. Malan is in for Pooran.
Pant: Wicket looks like the last game, looks good, so we’ll bowl. Everything’s going well for us. There is a lot of improvement to make and each and every day we try to move forward. I’m enjoying captaincy because there are so many seniors who are helping me. We’re playing the same team.
Punjab Kings team: 1 Mayank Agarwal (capt.), 2 Prabhsimran Singh (wk), 3 Chris Gayle, 4 Dawid Malan, 5 Deepak Hooda, 6 Shahrukh Khan, 7 Harpreet Brar, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Riley Meredith, 10 Ravi Bishnoi, 11 Mohammed Shami.
Delhi Capitals team: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Rishabh Pant (capt, wk), 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Lalit Yadav, 8 Axar Patel, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Avesh Khan, 11 Ishant Sharma.
Post match presentation
Dhawan: Really happy with the way we chased down the score. Prithvi and myself gave a great start, what we needed. Smith chipped in nicely. I knew I had to go to the end, because for the new batsman it was a little difficult. Once we knew that we can close the game quickly, we planned that we should finish in 19 overs. The way Hetmyer is hitting it is amazing.
It’s good to get the strike rate up and get the price up as well! (laughs) I keep tabs on both runs and strike rate, both sync. But it depends on the wicket as well, you have to respect it. Today there was dew, last two games there weren’t. When it comes on nicely I take more risks. I’ve been playing with Prithvi for three years now. He makes it easy for me the way he strikes it. At the same time, I stick to my process. Last match there was nothing to do from my side, but this match I knew I had to cash in.
Pant: I think Shikhy Bhai and Prithvi gave us a very good start, that’s why the innings looked much better. The first innings it was really gripping. The way they started was commendable. It feels so good when you have a great start each and every match with a mixture of youth and experience.
You can see that everyone is doing so well around them. Most things are sorted out but we need to try out a few options for the Kolkata matches. The competition in the team is very good. When you see, there is a lot of gun bowling that we have. I’m enjoying every day, using my experience, using the seniors around me. We are trying to make an environment where everyone feels good.
Mayank Agarwal is the Player of the Match.
Agarwal: KL Rahul is going for surgery and hopefully he should be back. Would’ve liked two points but I guess we were about 10 short on that wicket. And the kind of powerplay they had we really had to scrap and fight. One batsman has to bat through, that was my plan. It was my day, I took that responsibility.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get too many in the middle overs, even though we finished well. Would have loved two points more than anything else. But it is what it is. We have to shut this off, turn up the next game and do better. Managing the ups and downs is what captaincy’s all about. Kudos to Harpreet who showed up for us today and last game as well, he also hit a crucial boundary. We need to keep at it and click as a team.
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Anil Chaudhary, Anil Dandekar
TV Umpires – Jayaraman Madanagopal
Match Referee – Shakti Singh
Reserve Umpire – Navdeep Singh
Match number – IPL Season 14th 29th Match