Mumbai: Mayank Agarwal and captain Ok L Rahul stitched a century-run opening stand to information Punjab Kings to a difficult 195/4 against Delhi Capitals within the IPL conflict in Mumbai on Sunday. Agarwal made 69 off 36 balls, whereas Rahul scored 61 off 51 deliveries as Punjab made a flying begin to their innings.
Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant’s choice to bowl after profitable the toss backfired because the opening duo of Agarwal and Rahul took the assault to the opposition bowlers from the onset, hitting boundaries and sixes at will. While Agarwal was the aggressor of the 2 initially, Rahul upped the ante after a comparatively sedate begin.
Agarwal and Rahul adopted an aggressive strategy against debutant Lukeman Meriwala and Kagiso Rabada, taking their group to 94/0 in 10 overs. Agarwal was wanting harmful throughout his 36-ball knock and ended up hitting seven boundaries and 4 hits over the fence. But DC dismissed each the batsmen in fast succession to make a comeback into the match.
While Agarwal was the primary to depart, slicing a Meriwala supply straight to Shikhar Dhawan at sweeper cowl within the thirteenth over, Rahul handed a easy catch to Marcus Stonis at midwicket off Rabada. Rahul’s knock was laced with seven boundaries and two sixes.
Big-hitting Chris Gayle (11) failed to make a mark, perishing quickly in the hunt for a most. Nicholas Pooran (9) failed but once more however Deepak Hooda (22 not out off 13) and Shahrukh Khan (15 not out off 5) offered the a lot wanted large hits in direction of the top.
For DC, Ravichandran Ashwin (0/28) was economical, whereas Avesh Khan (1/33), Meriwala (1/32), Chris Woakes (1/42) and Rabada (1/43) picked up a wicket every.