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Dhawan’s Stupendous 97-Run Knock Propel DC To Fourth Win

After two sizzling nail-biting encounters on consecutive days, the 26th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 edition between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Eden Gardens saw things coming back to normalization. The Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals recorded a clinical performance to beat the hosts by a convincing 7-wicket margin. In the first innings, KKR registered an imposing total on the back of opener Shubman Gill’s fantastic half-century knock and Andre Russell’s terrific cameo performance.

However, during Delhi’s innings with the bat, DC batting pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant relieved all the pressure of the run-chase with a sensational 100-plus partnership. Dhawan came back amongst the runs with a magnificent knock, while Pant also contributed with an entertaining and flashy inning, to guide Delhi towards a comfortable victory. With their fourth win of the season, DC has now climbed up to the fourth spot on the points table.

Shubman’s amazing fifty and Russell’s late explosion takes KKR to challenging total

After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, KKR got off to a poor start as their opener Joe Denly who was playing his first IPL game, got dismissed on the very first ball of the innings. The duo comprising of Robin Uthappa and Shubman Gill then joined hands to bail their team out of the troublesome situation. The pair stitched an excellent partnership of 63 runs at a decent rate. In the absence of the two regular openers, Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill earned a surprising promotion at the top of the order and in turn also took the initiative to prove his worth and talent, racking up his second IPL half-century that too in his first innings as an opener.

Gill grabbed the opportunity with both hands, smashing a phenomenal innings of 65 runs off just 39 balls which included 7 fours and 2 sixes. In the last five overs, the Dre Russ show once again invaded the matters. KKR belligerent all-rounder, Andre Russell smacked a terrific cameo of 41 runs which came off just 21 balls and consisted of 3 fours and 4 sixes, to power his team towards an imposing total of 178 runs. For Delhi, the trio of Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada and Keemo Paul bowled really well to pick up two wickets each.

Dhawan’s celebratory knock leads DC in the chase

Chasing a stiff target of 179 runs, Delhi Capitals openers, Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan kicked off things with a decent opening partnership of 32 runs in just three overs. KKR new ball bowler Prasidh Krishna the bowled a beautiful delivery to dismiss Shaw for a 7-ball 14. DC skipper Shreyas Iyer also failed to longer his stay at the crease, losing his wicket in the form of a soft dismissal in the sixth over. However, even after losing his partners, Dhawan never felt any sort of pressure of the run-chase, racking up a blistering half-century off 31 balls.

He stitched a remarkable stand of 105 runs along with Pant to help the visitors claim a strong grip on the run-chase. Pant played a quick-fire knock of46 runs which included 4 fours and 2 sixes, before falling victim to Nitish Rana in the 18th over. However, before Pant’s wicket the damage had already been done, Colin Ingram then finished off the formalities to steer DC to an easy win with an over to spare. Dhawan remained strangled in the end at the score of 97 off 63 balls which consisted of 11 fours and 2 sixes. 

Brief Scores:

KKR: 178/7 in 20 overs (Shubman Gill-65, Andre Russell-45; Chris Morris 2/38, Kagiso Rabada 2/42)

DC: 180/3 in 18.5 overs (Shikhar Dhawan-97*, Rishabh Pant-46; Nitish Rana 1/12)

Result: Delhi Capitals won the match by 7 wickets.