Delhi Capitals (DC) is peaking at the right stage in the IPL 2022, winning 3 of the last 4 games. The Rishabh Pant-led side has their playoffs qualification hopes in their own hands with 14 points from 13 games. A win in the next game against Mumbai Indians will make sure that the 2020’s finalists are in the last four for the 4th consecutive year.
In the last game against Punjab Kings (PBKS), In the first half, it was Mitchell Marsh who kept Delhi’s innings intact with a mature knock of 63 as wickets continued to fall at the opposite end.
DC Moves Past RCB After Win Against PBKS
It was obvious in the first innings itself that spinners will have a major say in this game as Livingstone and Rahul Chahar grieved Delhi hitters and particularly Livingstone who got three major wickets. Delhi figured out how to get 159 on the board and Punjab required a decent Powerplay as batting in the center overs was continuously going to be extreme.
Punjab began splendidly as Jonny Bairstow began from where he left off in the last game. Nonetheless, Anrich Nortje disposed of him, and from that point forward, a double-wicket over from Shardul Thakur brought Punjab’s train off the course. The innings was wrecked further as spinners unleash devastation and from 53-1, Punjab disintegrated to 82-7.
Delhi were looking good to go for a major success however a strategic mistake from Pant to not bowl a spinner and some splendid batting by Jitesh Sharma took the game close. However, Shardul Thakur returned with another double-wicket over and finished Punjab’s expectations of a triumph in this game.
This was their first run of back-to-back wins this season. This shows how inconsistent they have been throughout the IPL 2022 season.
A Win Will Assure DC Qualifying For The Playoffs
Delhi Capitals’ easy 17-run win against Punjab Kings is uplifting news for them, yet not so reassuring for the other teams attempting to slip into the playoff games. Capitals’ net run rate, which was at that point a solid 0.210, has gone up to 0.255, yet the runs that Kings scored towards the end intend that there is as yet an opportunity for different sides to get up to compete, should there be an NRR scramble for the last spot.
According to Capitals’ perspective, the condition is straightforward: dominate the last match against Mumbai Indians on Saturday, and fit the bill without a doubt. Regardless of whether they lose and remain on 14, they will have a fair opportunity to qualify to assume Royal Challengers Bangalore lose to Gujarat Titans. Nonetheless, in the event that it comes down to NRR, they aren’t yet protected.
Assuming DC lose their last game by 30 runs (pursuing 171), their NRR will tumble to 0.123. Right now, Kolkata Knight Riders are on 0.160, so a success by any edge in their last game will keep them above 0.123. In the event that DC lose by 15 runs, their NRR will be 0.179.
In this manner, DC may as yet be on a tacky track assuming they lose to Mumbai. They play their last game after Knight Riders, however, so they will know the condition before they get into that game on Saturday.