IPL 2019, DC vs KXIP Turning Point - Colin Ingram takes a stunner to dismiss Chris Gayle
IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals beat Kings XI Punjab by five wickets in their IPL match with Sandeep Lamichhane, Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer being the top performers.Updated: Apr 21, 2019 00:12 IST
It was a trademark start to the match by Chris Gayle as he kept attacking the Delhi Capitals bowlers and Kings XI Punjab looked to be en route to a big total. The Universe Boss struck five huge sixes as he brought up his fifty in just 25 balls and against his stroke play, the bowlers were looking quite helpless at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Gayle was batting on 69 in the 12th over and he looked destined for a huge score. He was particularly severe against leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and he tried once to clear the field with a a huge hit off the bowler.
However, he was unable to time the ball perfectly and he rocketed high into the sky. Ingram, who was fielding at mid-wicket, showed sensational fitness to leap in the air and pull back right in front of the boundary line. That was not all as he was losing his balance but he managed to throw the ball to Axar Patel who completed the catch.
That proved to be the turning point of the game as KXIP lost the plot from that point and they were able to add just 57 runs in the last 7.4 overs with no other batsman finding the same level of form.
Axar Patel and Sandeep Lamichhane were the stars for DC. While Axar finished with 2/22 from his three overs, Lamichhane picked up three wickets even though he was slightly on the expensive side, giving away 40 runs.
In reply, skipper Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan both scored half centuries to guide their team to victory.
“It was very important for us to win this game. We are playing good cricket and want to qualify for the knockouts. We have become better in finishing the game, but we have to get better. I knew that we had to cash in the first six overs because it gets harder and slower after that. I have been preparing well for it and executing it on a match day. I just focus on my process and I feel that as an experienced player, I communicate more to ensure that we don’t lose wickets in crucial situations,” Dhawan said after the match.