Punjab won their third match in a row, after beating the top three teams in the points table - Bangalore, Mumbai and now Delhi. Gayle and Pooran’s brutal cameos and some responsible batting from Maxwell meant that Punjab are still in the hunt for the playoffs race as they jumped to the 5th position in the points table.
We witnessed yet another thriller featuring the Delhi Capitals as they rolled past the Chennai Super Kings to top the points table. Chasing 180, Dhawan batted through while getting a century, but it was Axar Patel who smashed three sixes in the final over to guide them home.
Delhi Capitals will look to carry on their good form when then take on an inconsistent Chennai Super Kings in match number 34 of IPL 2020 at Sharjah in the evening game of the Saturday double-header. Delhi are one of the favourites to win the tournament, and are currently placed second with 12 points from eight games. CSK, on the other hand, are somehow hanging on, having registered three wins in eight matches. Every defeat from hereon will only take Chennai closer to the exit door.
DC pacers came back exceptionally well to win the match after being out of it for most part of the innings as they gave away only 25 in the final five overs. Shreyas Iyer injured his shoulder in the fifth over and Dhawan led the team in his absence to a fine victory by 13 runs.
Having stunned Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets following another super show by Rahul Tewatia, Rajasthan Royals will be keen to build on the triumph when they face Delhi Daredevils in the 30th match of IPL 2020 at Dubai. DC themselves suffered a setback when they put up a rather insipid performance to go down to defending champions Mumbai Indians without much of a fight. The last time these two teams met, Delhi had beaten Rajasthan by 46 runs. Steve Smith will thus be keen for a positive result when the sides clash again.
Suryakumar Yadav and Quinton de Kock made impressive fifties as Mumbai beat the high on confidence Delhi side to replace them at the top of the points table. Krunal Pandya picked up two wickets and also hit the winning runs as Mumbai won the match by five wickets.
Table-toppers Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians will clash in match number 27 of IPL 2020 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, in the evening encounter on Sunday. DC are currently at the top position in the points table with 10 points while defending champions Mumbai Indians are just behind them with eight points. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Sunday’s clash would be a battle of equals.
Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel starred with both bat and ball as the Delhi Capitals completed a comprehensive win over the Rajasthan Royals to regain the top spot in the points table. Delhi’s bowlers were disciplined and their fielders backed them by taking some tough catches in the outfield, led by Hetmyer.
Returning to Sharjah, the venue that saw Rajasthan Royals register two crushing wins to kick off their IPL 2020 campaign on a high, Steve Smith’s men would hope they find their luck back as well. Royals’ campaign has gone completely off the track on bigger stadiums at Dubai and Abu Dhabi, with three consecutive losses.