Dubai, September 20
Australian batsman Marcus Stoinis stole the thunder from Mohammed Shami with a belligerent 21-ball-53 which lifted the Delhi Capitals to 157 for eight towards Kings XI Punjab of their IPL match, right here on Sunday.
The Capitals scored 57 runs within the final 18 balls with Stoinis producing a whirlwind knock that had seven fours and three sixes.
The pitch had a tinge of grass, the ball was swinging and pacer Shami relished the bowling on a useful observe.
His wicket-taking and run-choking act appeared to have made the distinction earlier than Stoinis’ excellent hitting modified the complexion of the sport in matter of minutes.
It was a pitch that required endurance from the batsmen however reckless pictures was how Delhi Capitals started after being invited to bat, with Prithvi Shaw (5) paying the value for his extravagance and Shimron Hetmyer (7) failing to examine his shot.
Shikhar Dhawan (0) was run out to a horrible mix-up and the scoreboard was not a pleasing sight for the Delhi aspect at 13 for 3.
However skipper Shreyas Iyer (39) and Rishabh Pant (31) revered the situations to lift 73-run stand for the fourth wicket whereas Stoinis’ knock in the direction of the tip put Capitals in a psychologically advantageous place.
Iyer launched into Gowtham for a large six, first of the innings, within the ninth over, taking the run-rate to a modest five-an-over.
Iyer and Pant largely relied on singles to maintain the scoreboard transferring. Iyer took Gowtham to the cleaners within the 13th over, creaming off 15 runs with two well-measured straight sixes.
Suddenly, Iyer appear to be snatching the momentum and it pressured Punjab captain KL Rahul to carry again his greatest bowler—Shami, who didn’t disappoint and removed Iyer. Delhi appear to be limping however Stonis rescued them. PTI