Punjab Kings Outlast Delhi Capitals in a Thrilling Opener IPL 2024

2nd Match (D/N), Mullanpur, March 23, 2024, Indian Premier League
ScoreResultPlayer of the match
Punjab Kings174/9PBKS won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)Sam Curran, PBKS 63 (47)
Delhi Capitals177/6

The 2024 IPL season kicked off with a nail-biting encounter between the Punjab Kings (PBKS) and the Delhi Capitals (DC) on March 23rd.

Delhi Capitals, opting to bat first, got off to a promising start with David Warner and Mitchell Marsh putting on a quickfire 39 runs. However, Arshdeep Singh provided the breakthrough for Punjab, dismissing Marsh in the fourth over. Wickets fell at regular intervals for DC, with none of their batsmen managing to convert promising starts into big scores. The returning Rishabh Pant failed to fire, adding to Delhi’s woes.

Just when it seemed like Delhi might crumble, a late cameo from Abhishek Porel (32* off 10 balls) provided a much-needed boost. His quickfire knock, including two sixes and four fours, propelled Delhi to a somewhat respectable total of 174 for 9.

Chasing a moderate target, Punjab Kings themselves lost their openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow, cheaply. Shai Hope provided some stability with a 33, but wickets continued to fall at the other end. The hero for Punjab emerged in the form of all-rounder Sam Curran. His well-paced 63 off 47 balls, including some powerful hitting, kept Punjab in the contest. Liam Livingstone provided crucial support with an unbeaten 38 off 21 balls at the death.

Despite losing a few late wickets, Punjab Kings chased down the target with four balls to spare, securing a thrilling victory by four wickets. Arshdeep Singh’s early bowling spell (1-23) and Sam Curran’s all-around performance (63 runs, 1 wicket) were instrumental in Punjab’s win.


Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals

The opening match of IPL 2024 was a close fight between Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals. Batting first, Delhi set a target of 175 thanks to a late flourish by Abhishek Porel. In reply, Punjab chased down the target with 4 balls to spare, riding on Sam Curran’s 63 and Liam Livingstone’s late cameo. Punjab Kings won the match by 4 wickets.