DC vs PBKS in IPL 2021: Mayank Agarwal smashes brutal half-century to pulverize Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings en route to massive total

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DC vs PBKS in IPL 2021: Mayank Agarwal smashes brutal half-century to pulverize Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings en route to massive total – Mayank Agarwal dazzled the Sunday crowd at the Wankhede Stadium when he scored a magnificent half-century of just 25 balls against Delhi Capitals. Agarwal ended up with a score of 69 off just 36 balls at an astonishing strike rate of 191.66.

This was Agarwal’s fastest IPL fifty and took the wind out of the sails of the opposing team. No type of bowling was safe against him as he treated even leading bowlers like Ravichandran Ashwin and Kagiso Rabada with contempt.

He got great support from his opening partner KL Rahul who batted comparatively steadily. He got his half-century after his partner’s dismissal, off 45 balls. Mayank Agarwal smashed seven fours and two sixes to reach the half-century mark while Rahul had six fours and one six.

Earlier, Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to bowl first. Chris Woakes bowled well again at the beginning but didn’t get much support. Lukman Meriwala, making his IPL debut, suffered the brunt of the attack from the two Karnataka openers playing for Punjab Kings and went for 28 in his first two overs.

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Kagiso Rabada was brought into the attack but was taken off after just one over.

DC vs PBKS in IPL 2021: Mayank Agarwal smashes brutal half-century to pulverize Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings en route to massive total

Agarwal was more restrained against the wily Ravichandran Ashwin but managed to hit a six and four against him as well. He got to his fifty with another boundary.

At the other end, KL Rahul was flowing smoothly and the two players brought up their century in just 10.1 overs. After his first economical over, Rabada was treated disrespectfully by Agarwal as he smashed him for consecutive sixes on the first two balls of his second over. Rahul then followed up by hitting a six of his own on the fourth ball of the over.

Delhi seemed clueless as both batsmen continued to treat its bowlers in a most disdainful manner. But the partnership eventually ended at the score of 122 in the 13th over when Lukman Meriwala was brought back into the attack and an attempted big hit by Mayank Agarwal off the third ball ended up in the hands of Shikhar Dhawan at deep point.