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Defending 159, Delhi Capitals needed early wickets and their spinners had to strike on a pitch that was assisting the slow bowlers with the turn. However, it was the medium-pacers that gave them the vital breakthroughs.
Marsh, who only in the previous DC match, scored his first IPL fifty – 89 against Rajasthan Royals at the same venue – played an innings that was in stark contrast to that five evenings ago.
Sent in to bat after Mayank Agarwal won the toss, DC made a challenging 159 for seven, thanks largely to their Australian professional Mitchell Marsh’s second successive fifty.
RR, LSG, Royal Challengers Bangalore and either Delhi Capitals or Punjab Kings can finish with 16 points each and fight for the three Play Offs spots.
Jos Buttler, who has amassed three centuries and three fifties to sit comfortably at the top of the run-scorers list with 625 runs, fell for just seven in the third over to give Delhi Capitals the early advantage.
Marsh scored 89 in 62 balls with five fours and seven sixes, his powerful strokes off pacers and spinners taking his team over the line with 11 balls to spare.
The Warner-Marsh partnership made it a one-sided affair for DC in the end with the former batting till the end and did not take any chances while the latter went after the RR bowling and stepped up the scoring rate, dealing in sixes.
Delhi Capitals remain on fifth position with 10 points and will now need to win all three remaining games and also expect a few other results to favour them if they harbour any hopes of qualification.
Warner and Powell dominated Hyderabad's fast bowlers in a scintillating 122-run partnership off 66 balls with the West Indian power-hitter getting couple of chances.
Khan, who was roped in by LSG for ₹20 lakh and who was a part of the Mumbai Indians squad previously, continued his good work from the previous match in which he took three for 24 against Punjab Kings in Pune two nights ago.
On a virgin pitch, LSG got more than they had bargained for after choosing to bat. Such was the confidence of their captain Rahul and the belief he had in his batsmen that he chose to post a formidable total and then defend it
The last four balls of the innings changed the moody of the completely as Pant was heavily criticized for his off-field actions.
Kuldeep Yadav stood out for the manner in which he took the two wickets in the middle overs.
DC bowlers lifted the mood in their camp with disciplined effort, bowling PBKS out for 115, the lowest total in 32 matches so far in the edition.
The PBKS wickets were shared by five bowlers, spin trio of off-spinner Lalit Yadav (2/11), left-arm spinner Axar Patel and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav dictating terms.
It was Quinton de Kock all the way for Lucknow as he hit the DC bowlers all over the park, particularly his South African compatriot Nortje.
Two-time champions KKR will face three-time winners Chennai Super Kings in the summit clash in Dubai on October 15.
Nortje has been really impressive for the Delhi Capitals this season. While he hasn't picked up many wickets, he has been instrumental in keeping the run rate down.
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DC currently sits top of the table and are looking most likely to finish in the top two because of their net run rate.