Twitter Reactions: Iyer and Dhawan guide Delhi Capitals home at the Kotla

The game went right down to the final over.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

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Prior to this match, both Delhi Capitals (DC) and the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) were locked on 10 points. However, today, at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi, it was the hosts, led by Shreyas Iyer, who came up trumps by five wickets. With the victory, the Capitals remained at the third position of the points table. KXIP remain in fourth and would want to make a comeback in their next encounter.

Gayle shoulders the Kings

After the Capitals won the toss and elected to field first, KL Rahul took to Sandeep Lamichhane but was dismissed by the Nepalese tweaker in the second over. Thereafter, the likes of Mayank Agarwal and David Miller got out cheaply as well. At the other end, Chris Gayle was in no mood to die wondering and the 39-year-old Jamaican got to his half-century in 25 balls. The veteran got out in the 13th over.

Gayle was pinned by Lamicchane after he scored 69 runs from 37 balls with six fours and five over-boundaries. Mandeep Singh wasn’t at his fluent best, having scored only 30 from 27. Nevertheless, he was a part of the useful 45-run partnership with Gayle. In the end, it was Ashwin and IPL debutant Harpreet Brar, who scored 16 and 20 respectively to propel Punjab’s score to 163 in 20 overs.

Iyer and Dhawan take DC home

The Capitals started their run-chase positively. Unfortunately, a direct hit from Mandeep from the covers saw the dismissal of Prithvi Shaw, who got 13 from 11 with a four and a six. Then, Shikhar Dhawan and DC captain Shreyas Iyer took charge and kept the scoreboard ticking while also taking care of the required rate, by picking the odd boundary. The left-handed Dhawan got to his fifty in 36 balls.

Hardus Viljoen nipped out Dhawan, who ended with 56 from 41 with seven fours and a six. A couple overs later, Rishabh Pant perished in the quest of getting some quick runs. In the last three overs, Punjab required 22 runs. Mohammed Shami castled Colin Ingram. Iyer got to his fifty in 45 balls. With six to win off the last over, Iyer remained not out on 58 from 49 to take the home team over the line.

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