Aman Khan's maiden T20 fifty was beautifully complemented by the pacers as Delhi Capitals kept their playoff hopes alive with a tense five-run win over Gujarat Titans on Tuesday
Hardik Pandya (Pic: AFP)
Aman Khan's maiden T20 fifty was beautifully complemented by the pacers as Delhi Capitals kept their playoff hopes alive with a tense five-run win over Gujarat Titans on Tuesday. Bowling impeccable lengths, Mohammed Shami (4/11 in four overs) was lethal with the new ball as he knocked the wind out of the Capitals' top order, as Gujarat Titans restricted DC to 130 for eight after being asked to bowl.
Aman (51 off 44) waged a lone battle, putting some much-need runs on the board. He added 50 off 54 balls with Axar Patel (27) and 53 off 27 balls with Ripal Patel (23). In reply, Hardik Pandya's (59 off 53) sedate fifty and Rahul Tewatia's (20) hattrick of sixes were not enough as Delhi bowlers held their nerves to stop the defending champions at 125 for 6. It was the third win of the season for Delhi, who continue to remain at the bottom of the table, while Gujarat continued to remain on the top spot.
Updated Orange Cap & Purple Cap standings
The race for Orange Cap continues to intensify with Faf du Plessis regaining the top spot dethroning Yashasvi Jaiswal with a 44-run knock against LSG on Monday. He has amassed overall 468 runs from nine matches so far while Jaiswal is second with 428 runs to his name. CSK opener Devon Conway is third with 414 runs in nine matches with five half-centuries to his name.
Mohammed Shami returned with brilliant figures of 4-11 from four overs against DC to rise to the summit in Purple Cap standings. He has 17 wickets to his credit and has a better average and economy than Tushar Deshpande who also has 17 scalps. Mohammed Siraj, Rashid Khan, and Arshdeep Singh have accounted for 15 wickets each.
The 52-day tournament has expectedly brought back all the intensity, rivalries, and buzz among cricket fans from across the globe. With some of the biggest names on the roster, this year’s IPL will draw even more attention as it will be played on a home-and-away basis in India. The previous three IPL seasons suffered massive setbacks amid rising Covid-19 cases, with two seasons held in UAE and the last being restricted to Mumbai. Not only the sponsors incurred a huge loss amid restrictions due to the pandemic, but fans were also barred from attending matches. However, this time around, the excitement appears to be through the roof for both fans and sponsors as there will be no such limitations.
Without much ado, let's dwell on what the IPL 2023 Points Table looks like ahead of the encounter between Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings.
|Teams||Matches Played||Wins||Losses||Net Run Rate (NRR)||Total Points|
|Lucknow Super Giants||9||5||4||+0.639||10|
|Chennai Super Kings||9||5||4||+0.329||10|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||9||5||4||-0.030||10|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||9||3||6||-0.147||6|