For Punjab, Mayank Agarwal will captain the team in place of regular captain KL Rahul.
Shikhar Dhawan’s delightful 69-run knock of Mayank Agarwal’s unbeaten 99 helped Delhi Capital top the points table by defeating the Punjab Kings by seven wickets in Ahmedabad in the IPL on Sunday.
Agarwal used the straight bat to lead the Kings of Punjab to 166 for six while leading the team in the absence of regular captain KL Rahul.
The Delhi Capitals barely followed the run, succeeding to win in 17.4 overs, their sixth win in eight matches.
For the Punjab Kings, this was their fifth loss in eight matches, to summarize the inconsistent run so far.
The disastrous opening pair of Prithvi Shaw (39 for 22) and Dhawan (47 not out) took another flight to Delhi, scoring 63 runs without loss in six overs. Both punched Anandamaya Drive and off-side.
Against the run of play, left-arm spinner Harpet Brar gave up the game against RCB, where he dismissed Set Shaw on his very first ball, enough to clip the off stump.
After that wicket, Punjab were able to bring down the scoring rate by almost scoring runs from 7 to 10-plus balls.
However, he also needed regular wickets to sustain himself in the game, but this never happened.
After the fall of Steve Smith, Dhawan stepped on the accelerator and hit a six to Ravi Bishnoi to complete his 44th half-century in the IPL. After this, two fours were hit in the same over.
After this, there was no stop in Delhi as West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer (4 for 16) finally hit two sixes and a four in the 18th over to take home DC with 14 balls to spare. Earlier, Agarwal single-handedly scored 160 runs and hit eight fours and four sixes in his crucial innings.
Delhi scored 39 in the powerplay and sent back Prabhasimran Singh (12) and the mighty Chris Gay (13).
Gayle missed out on a quick finish for Rabada after South Africa had a big score of six.
Agarwal, who will captain the side as Rahul, recovering from acute appendicitis, led the innings with Malan (26), the first IPL contender, and the two shared a 52-run partnership.
The Capitals took full control of the game in the 14th over, when Deepak Hooda teamed up with Agarwal at the other end to score 88 runs to restrict Punjab to 88 for four, before Axar Patel stumped Malan. .
Aggarwal did not get much support from the other end after that, but took it upon himself to lead the team to a competitive total.
Aggarwal made a small room for himself and sent Rabada straight for a six.
He was brutalizing Avesh Khan in the 20th over, hitting two fours and a six to end the innings on a high.
The last over went for 23 and Delhi Capital scored 64 runs off the last 30 balls.