IPL 2019: So was Ashwin trying a mankad on Shikhar Dhawan? It seemed so after Ashwin stopped in his run-up. Dhawan was alert as he had his bat well grounded inside the crease. Dhawan surely foiled Ashwin’s mankad plans. Once Ashwin realised his plan did not work he put his head down and walked back to his runup. Not long back, Ashwin mankaded Jos Buttler while he was going great guns and that created a huge controversy as that dismissal decided the eventual result of the match. Ashwin is a tough, no-nonsense captain and that is understandable but was this good Spirit of Cricket? The unanimous answer would be no.
Here is how Ashwin tried to Mankad Dhawan:
Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan hit a brilliant 56 off 41 balls to put Delhi in the driver’s seat in a 164 chase.
Earlier in the day, Delhi won the toss and opted to bowl first. The hosts managed to restrict Punjab to 163 as Gayle top-scored with a breathtaking 37-ball 69. His innings comprised of five sixes and six fours. At the time of filing the copy, KXIP were 146/3 in the 18th over. Delhi Capitals need 14 runs in 13 balls.
Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (wicket-keeper), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, Murugan Ashwin, Hardus Viljoen, Mohammed Shami
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma