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New Delhi: Punjab Kings, who are struggling to keep their playoff hopes alive in IPL 2023, have got some relief. Punjab, captained by Shikhar Dhawan, defeated Delhi Capitals by 31 runs in the 59th match of the season. Along with this, Dhawan’s team has also contributed in making the playoff race more interesting by returning to the path of victory. At the same time, Delhi became the first team to be eliminated from the playoff race.
To keep the playoff hopes alive, it was necessary for Delhi to win today, while this win was also necessary for Punjab. However, even if Punjab had lost, there would have been some chance for it in the next matches. But the defeat of Delhi closed all its doors. She has only 8 points from 12 matches and she can reach only 12 points.
𝐂𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐮𝐩! 🎯
Nathan Ellis gets his second as @PunjabKingsIPL inch closer to a win 👌🏻👌🏻
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 13, 2023
Bad batting became the reason for this defeat of Delhi, but it would be better to see it as the best bowling of Punjab spinners than the bad batting of Delhi. In response to the target of 168 runs from Punjab, Delhi started with a bang. Especially Captain David Warner appeared in explosive style for the first time this season. Along with Phil Salt, he took the team to 65 runs without losing a wicket in the powerplay itself.
Meanwhile, Warner completed his half-century in just 23 balls, but the sequence that started from the seventh over, decided Delhi’s defeat. Harpreet Brar, the left-arm spinner who destroyed Delhi, started it. In the seventh over, he bowled Phil Salt and by the 11th over, the top 6 batsmen of Delhi’s batting order had returned to the pavilion.