Punjab Kings are coming off a massive upset win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday night. The KL Rahul-led side were the clear underdogs heading into that game but got two big contributions from their two best batsmen. Rahul, the skipper, scored an unbeaten 57-ball 91 and Chris Gayle chipped in with a trademark whirlwind of a 46 that needed just 24 balls.
Unfortunately for PBKS, Gayle’s dismissal in the 11th over triggered a middle order collapse. Otherwise, they could have had and actually were on course to getting a much bigger total than the 179 they managed.
That said, RCB got nowhere near that 179, than to a superbly suffocating performance by Punjab bowlers, the best of whom was Harpreet Brar, who finished with 3-19 and was rightly named the man of the match.
His trio of prey comrpised Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers – the brain, the brawn, the everything of RCB batting.
Delhi Capitals have five wins and two defeats from their seven matches and are currently number two on the points table, behind only CSK, with whom they have equal points but inferior run rate.
They have won five of their last six games, including their latest win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday night.
The win over KKR was the construct of their bowlers. A balanced bowling effort had restricted KKR to just 154 – a target Delhi got to at a canter, thanks to a 132-run opening stand between Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan. Shaw, in particular, was exquisite and scored 82 off 41.
Provided that Chennai Super Kings lose their match against Mumbai Indians tomorrow, Delhi can use the potential two points against Punjab to become the new league leaders.