The fazed Delhi Capitals played their first game at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai when they took on the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). The new franchise raked up their third win in a row. Quinton de Kock and Ravi Bishnoi were the key figures behind the win.
Both sides introduced a host of changes for the encounter. LSG, choosing to bowl after winning the toss, replaced Manish Pandey with Krishnappa Gowtham. Rishabh Pant welcomed the overseas duo of David Warner and Anrich Nortje along with Sarfaraz Khan in the place of Tim Seifert, Khaleel Ahmed and Mandeep Singh.
Prithvi Shaw raced off to a stellar start in the powerplay with Warner playing a passive role in his second debut for the Delhi outfit. The youngster accounted for the majority of the runs and reached his fifty in the seventh over.
Spin began to command its presence in the middle overs. The openers departed to Krishnappa Gowtham and Ravi Bishnoi respectively. Shaw departed for a well-made 61 while Warner struggled in his 12 ball knock that accounted only for 4 runs.
The ploy to send Rovman Powell up the batting order to No.3 did not work out. He was bowled by Bishnoi for just three. The leg-spinner finished with impressive figures of 2-22 in his four overs.
2016 Under-19 World Cup teammates Rishabh Pant and Sarfaraz Khan put up a 75-run partnership for the fourth wicket to push DC to 149-3. The duo struggled for timing on the sluggish pitch.
The imposing opening pair of KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock played according to the situation. The wicket-keeper welcomed back Anrich Nortje in some fashion. de Kock slammed his former national teammate for 19 runs in his first over after returning from injury. The pacer endured a horrid evening and was taken off the attack after bowling two beamers.
After a wicket-less powerplay, the spinners tried to bring DC back into the game. Kuldeep Yadav and Lalit Yadav scalped the wickets of KL Rahul and Evin Lewis respectively.
Despite the loss of two wickets in quick succession, Quinton de Kock continued to go strong from the other end. The wicket-keeper batter ultimately perished for 80 off 52 deliveries.
Despite a hiccup in the final couple of overs, Krunal Pandya and Ayush Badoni finished the proceedings in the final over.
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