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Preity Zinta Sends The PBKS Players A Flying Kiss in the 2024 IPL

By Akanksha - March 24, 2024 01:34 AM

In Rishabh Pant's anticipated return game at the Indian Premier League (IPL) held in Mullanpur, Punjab Kings (PBKS) secured a thrilling victory against Delhi Capitals (DC) by four wickets. The match witnessed an exhilarating display of cricket, highlighted by a commendable half-century by Sam Curran, complemented by a crucial 67-run partnership alongside Liam Livingstone. Let's delve into the captivating moments that unfolded during this riveting encounter.

PBKS embarked on their chase of 175 runs with a fiery intent, evident from the outset as openers Jonny Bairstow and skipper Shikhar Dhawan aggressively accumulated boundaries in the opening over, setting the tone for an attacking approach.

However, the momentum faced a setback as Ishant Sharma, representing DC, dismissed Bairstow after a brisk 22 off 16 balls, halting the opening duo's promising 34-run stand. At 3.1 overs, PBKS found themselves at 34/1.

Undeterred, PBKS continued their pursuit as Ishant claimed another wicket, sending Bairstow back for just nine runs. By the end of the 3.5 overs, PBKS reached 42/2.

The introduction of Sam Curran and Prabhsimran Singh injected vitality into PBKS' innings, with Prabhsimran's consecutive boundaries off Khaleel elevating the team's total to 50 runs within five overs.

PBKS displayed dominance during the powerplay, culminating with Prabhsimran (17*) and Curran (9*) guiding the team to 60/2 after six overs.

Prabhsimran's spirited innings, comprising five boundaries and 26 runs off 17 deliveries, set the stage for PBKS to build a formidable total. However, David Warner's breakthrough wicket provided a momentary setback, leaving PBKS at 84/3 in 9.2 overs.

With Jitesh Sharma (2*) and Curran (23*) consolidating the innings, PBKS reached 87/3 at the halfway mark.

Despite facing pressure from DC's bowlers, Livingstone and Curran unleashed an onslaught, accumulating eighteen runs off Mitchell Marsh's fifteenth over. The partnership fueled PBKS' resurgence, with Curran reaching a scintillating half-century, marking the first of the 2023 IPL season.

A masterful display of batting prowess by Curran, featuring five fours and 38 balls, propelled PBKS closer to victory. Khaleel's dismissal of Curran for 63 runs off 47 deliveries, followed by Shashank Singh's departure, set the stage for a thrilling finale.

PBKS eventually clinched victory, with 8 runs needed off the last 8 deliveries, epitomizing a gripping contest between two formidable IPL contenders.

In the preceding innings, PBKS' bowlers delivered an exceptional performance, restricting DC to 174/9. Despite Mitchell Marsh and David Warner's explosive start, DC faltered against PBKS' bowling attack.

Marsh's aggressive cameo, embellished with two fours and two sixes, provided DC with impetus before his dismissal by Harshal Patel. Warner's departure further compounded DC's woes, despite contributions from other batsmen like Shai Hope and Rishabh Pant.

However, it was Abhishek Porel's blistering knock of 32 runs off just ten balls that propelled DC to a competitive total. Porel's sensational innings, characterized by two sixes and four boundaries, injected late momentum into DC's innings, ensuring they reached 174/9 in 20 overs.

PBKS' bowlers, led by Arshdeep Singh and Harshal Patel, showcased exemplary skill, claiming crucial wickets and curbing DC's scoring rate.

In summary, Punjab Kings' resolute performance with both bat and ball culminated in a thrilling victory over Delhi Capitals, marking a memorable encounter in the IPL 2024 season.

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