Kings XI Punjab went from power to power in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 by registering their third consecutive victory as they beat desk toppers Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets with an over to spare. Chasing 165 for victory on a Dubai wicket that assisted batsmen for a change, KXIP have been helped alongside by Nicholas Pooran’s whirlwind 53 off 28 and Chris Gayle scoring 25 runs in a single over, knocks that overshadowed Shikhar Dhawan’s second consecutive hundred this season. Dhawan completed unbeaten on 106, changing into the first batsman to hit back-to-back lots of in a single IPL season, however he discovered little assist on the different finish as Delhi completed with an under-par whole.
In reply Gayle (29 off 13) tore into rookie Tushar Deshpande, hitting the quick bowler for 4, 4, 6, 4, and 6 in a single over, earlier than Ravichandran Ashwin obtained the higher of Gayle by bowling the left-hander by means of the gate.
The Gayle present got here after KXIP had misplaced the Orange Cap holder and skipper KL Rahul (15) within the third over.
Ashwin’s dismissal of Gayle introduced one other within the over – the sixth of the innings – as a mix-up between Pooran and Mayank Agarwal (5) resulted within the latter falling nicely wanting his crease on the striker’s finish.
This decreased Delhi to 56 for 3, needing 109 extra runs to win.
Nonetheless, Pooran made up for that run out by hammering the Delhi bowlers to all elements and mentioning his second IPL half-century off simply 27 balls with six fours and three sixes.
He added 69 runs with Glenn Maxwell (32) for the fourth wicket in simply 6.Four overs to place DC within the driver’s seat.
Though Pooran and Maxwell have been dismissed within the second half of the innings, KXIP had the batting depth to make sure they eased to victory and climbed to fifth within the factors desk with eight factors from 10 matches.
Earlier, Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer gained the toss and batted first. Prithvi Shaw (7) went early however Dhawan carried on from the place he had left the match in opposition to Chennai Tremendous Kings – he completed 101 not out in opposition to CSK.
Dhawan introduced up his half-century – his fourth successive fifty-plus rating in IPL 2020 – in simply 28 balls and though Iyer (14) and the returning Rishabh Pant (14) did not maintain fort for lengthy, the Delhi batsman remained unbeaten by means of the innings for a second straight match.
Mohammed Shami was probably the most economical bowler for KXIP with figures of two for 28 from 4 overs. Maxwell, Jimmy Neesham and Murugan Ashwin obtained a wicket every.
For Delhi, Kagiso Rabada (2 for 27), Axar Patel (1 for 27) and Ashwin (1 for 27) have been economical, however their crew simply did not have sufficient runs on the board.
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