Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 97 against Kolkata Knight Riders and gave Delhi Capitals the fourth win of the season. After winning the toss in the match, Delhi team decided to field first. Kolkata set a target of 179 runs in front of Delhi and the visiting team managed to save 7 balls remaining. Shikhar Dhawan, who scored his second half-century this season, scored 97 runs in 63 balls with 11 fours and two sixes.
Shikhar Dhawan played his best in T20 cricket just before the selection for the World Cup team, as Delhi Capitals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets to make it to top four in the IPL spotlight.
Delhi Capitals innings
Chasing 179 to win, Dhawan (97*) and Pant (46) put together a key 105-run stand for the third wicket as the Capitals consigned the Knight Riders to their second consecutive defeat.
Dhawan and opening partner Prithvi Shaw came out all guns blazing at the start of the second innings and they started well but the latter departed quickly after edging one to Dinesh Karthik off Prasidh Krishna’s bowling. Skipper Shreyas Iyer was the next man to depart, chasing a ball from Andre Russell that was going down the leg side but only giving Karthik a simple catch.
Yet Dhawan was in ominous form and regularly found the boundary even after the powerplays ended. KKR, who have struggled to take wickets this season, once again found the going hard in the middle overs. But Pant and Dhawan scored runs at a quick pace and looked comfortable with the equation. By the time Pant was dismissed after giving Kuldeep Yadav a simple catch at long-on, the match looked all but over.
KKR could only put up a total of 178/7 in the first innings after Iyer won the toss and put the hosts in to bat first. Due to a virus in the camp, KKR were forced to make three changes: Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn dropped out for Joe Denly and Carlos Brathwaite, whereas Harry Gurney dropped out for Lockie Ferguson. Denly’s reputation as a hard-hitting opener in the format is known yet he started his IPL career with a golden duck after an in-swinger from Ishant Sharma cleaned up his stumps.
This brought out Robin Uthappa, who along with surprise opening choice Shubman Gill looked to rebuild from an early loss. The two were noticeably more subdued than the slap-dash pairing that Lynn and Narine are, yet they did well to keep the scoreboard ticking with conventional cricketing shots.
Their 63-run stand came to an end when Uthappa was caught behind by Pant off Kagiso Rabada and saw the scoring rate come down drastically.