Delhi Capitals (DC) opener Prithvi Shaw scored a quick-fire half-century against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday. Despite being eliminated from the playoff race, DC was looking to salvage some pride when they took on the Punjab Kings on matchday 64 of the IPL at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. Delhi Capitals batter Prithvi Shaw plays a shot during the IPL 2023 cricket match (PTI)
Shaw overcame a nasty blow to his right hand while facing pace ace Kagiso Rabada during the second over of DC’s innings. Despite the injury, Shaw punished the potent bowling attack of the Punjab-based franchise at Dharamsala. He reached 26 off 18 balls at the end of the opening powerplay and went on to score his first half-century of the ongoing season. Twitter users hailed Prithvi Shaw for his sublime knock against the Punjab Kings.
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“Few bad matches and y’all thought he’s finished? Prithvi Shaw is here to rule,” a Twitter user reflected. “CSK be scared, be very scared. Lord Prithvi Shaw is back,” another user added. Shaw and DC will meet Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their final league game of the IPL 2023. With Arshdeep Singh back, Shaw hit two fours and a six to complete a 50-run partnership with opener Warner.
Shaw played a crucial knock of 54 off 38 balls while Warner scored 46 off 31 balls against Punjab in the high-scoring contest. Shaw and Rilee Rossouw’s half-centuries powered DC to 213-2 in 20 overs. Before his return-to-form act against Shikhar Dhawan’s men at Dharamsala, Shaw had scored only 47 runs in six matches this season.
“Sometimes you have to work hard for it. This was the match, I had to work hard, and I give credit later. The ball is coming onto the bat nicely. The new ball is seaming a bit but it’s a good wicket to bat on as well. There’s dew. There was dew before the game started as well. It’s the same. If you find the gap, it’s going nicely along the ground. It (finger) hurts, but I am sure I will be fine. I think it’s a very good score, it’s not easy to bat in the powerplay as it’s seaming a bit. When you are hitting that length, it’s not easy to hit shots,” Shaw said during the innings break.