Under the captaincy of Shikhar Dhawan, Punjab Kings (PBKS) is playing their first home game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season at the scenic HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala against Delhi Capitals (DC) on Wednesday, May 17. Dhawan proved age is just a number when he took a dive on the field, taking a stunning catch to dismiss his opposition captain David Warner in a crunch must-win match.
Shikhar Dhawan covered a fair amount of ground and dived while running toward the direction of the ball to take a brilliant catch. It was a statement from the PBKS skipper as DC skipper, David Warner was dropped on 39 in the 10th over of the contest after he won the toss and opted to bowl. Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar missed a relatively straightforward opportunity in Nathan Ellis’ over.
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However, Dhawan made sure Warner did not get another life as the DC skipper was dismissed in the very next over. Warner was undone by a slower delivery from Sam Curran. The left-handed star tried to slap it to the on-side but the lack of pace led to a leading edge that flew into a no man’s land.
However, Dhawan showed incredible desperation to cover the distance and take the diving catch. Warner was out, 4 runs short of another fifty in IPL 2023 but he took his tally past 400 runs in the season.
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Shikhar Dhawan brought out his trademark thigh-five celebration after he played his part in snapping a 94-run stand for the opening partnership. It was the commitment that was needed from the captain in PBKS’ must-win match in their penultimate game of the season.
Here is the video of the catch from Shikhar Dhawan:
Gabbar ka nahi koi muqabla 👊🔥
How good was that catch from Shikhar Dhawan?💪#PBKSvDC #IPLonJioCinema #IPL2023 #EveryGameMatters #TATAIPL | @PunjabKingsIPL pic.twitter.com/f0tySNZADO
— JioCinema (@JioCinema) May 17, 2023
However, Prithvi Shaw, who was recalled into the DC side for the first time since April 20, carried on and hit a fifty in just 36 balls. Rile Rossouw, who walked in at No.3, was on fire as he hit 3 sixes and 3 boundaries ahe raced past 40 in no time, taking Delhi Capitals close to 150 in the 15th over. Shaw got out for 54 off 38 balls as Delhi Capitals lost their second wicket in the 15th over.