The 64th match of IPL 2022 between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings turned out to be a nail-biter with both teams giving it all to win the game. Players from both teams did a brilliant job to keep the match alive till the end.
While the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel was doing it for Delhi Capitals (DC), it was Jitesh Sharma who kept Punjab’s hopes alive even with seven wickets down. The wicketkeeper batter played his shots and aggregated crucial runs for his team.
With the required rate going up, Sharma decided to take on Shardul Thakur when the bowler came to bowl the 18th over. Right on the first ball of the over, Jitesh nailed a pull cum jab against Shardul. The ball went flying towards the long-on boundary and it seemed like a certain six. However, Rovman Powell showed some great presence of mind to save five crucial runs for his team.
With a little elevation on the shot by Sharma, the ball was going flat over the ropes. But Powell, who was standing at the long-on boundary, timed his jump to perfection and plucked the ball out of the thin air. However, when he felt that he won’t be able to complete the catch, the DC fielder got rid of the ball pretty quickly.
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On the back of some sensible batting from Mitchell Marsh (63 off 48) and some exceptional bowling from their bowlers, Delhi Capitals defeated Punjab Kings by 17 runs in a do-or-die game. Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, and Kuldeep Yadav put on an exhibition as the trio claimed eight of the nine PBKS wickets. While the spin duo of Axar and Kuldeep took a brace each, Thakur took four big wickets to derail Punjab’s chase. With this win, DC keep their Playoff hopes alive.