DC vs PBKS: The energetic bowling attack of a struggling Delhi Capitals side helped them to record their first victory of the 16th edition of Tata IPL 2023 as they outplayed Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets this evening. Unfortunately, Delhi Capitals still remain at the last position in the standings as they were winless in their pool stage fixtures.
Winning the toss at the Eden Gardens, Delhi Capitals skipper David Warner made an impressive decision to bowl first. Batting first, Kolkata Knight Riders succumbed to a decisive Delhi Capitals bowling attack and could only post a total of 127 runs in their first innings of 20 overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders were off to a disappointing start as they lost frontline batsmen Litton Das (4), Venkatesh Iyer (0) and Nitish Rana (4) early on in the innings. Furthermore, Mandeep Singh (12), Rinku Singh (6) and Sunil Narine (4) also failed to hold the crease as wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals.
Jason Roy (43) played a pivotal knock by standing strong at the end. In the end, a vital cameo of Andre Russell (38)* helped the Knight Riders to edge past the 120-run mark and put up a satisfactory total.
DC got off to a gleaming start in their chase of 128 runs
For Delhi Capitals, the pacing duo of Ishant Sharma (2/19) and Anrich Nortje (2/20) starred in the bowling attack. Axar Patel (2/13) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/15) were also clinical in their spell. Paceman Mukesh Kumar kept his yorkers intact and chipped in a wicket apiece.
Chasing a sluggish total of 128 runs, Delhi Capitals rode on to a solid start as openers Prithvi Shaw (13) and David Warner put up a commanding match-winning stand of 38 runs. However, the situation deteriorated for the Capitals who kept on losing wickets at regular intervals.
Skipper David Warner (57) led the charge for his side and was handsomely supported by Manish Pandey (21) and Axar Patel (19) as Delhi hunted the total in 19.2 overs. For Kolkata Knight Riders, Chakravarthy (2/16), Roy (2/19), and Rana (2/17) were the pallbearers of the bowling attack.
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