The Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC) recorded a brilliant 5-wicket victory over the Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Saturday. The first innings of the match was divided into two halves. In the first half, KXIP big-hitting opener Chris Gayle dominated the matters with a brilliant half-century knock, while on the other side, the DC bowling trio of Sandeep Lamichhane, Axar Patel and Kagiso Rabada displayed sensational combined efforts to restrict the opposition within a chaseable first innings total.
Then the DC batsmen pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer stitched an amazing partnership to relieve all the major pressure of the run-chase. DC skipper Shreyas Iyer remained unbeaten till the end to steer his team to a remarkable victory.
It made it easier for the other batsmen
After the game, Iyer heaped praises on Dhawan for his solid performance at the top. Iyer revealed that Dhawan made things easier for rest of the batsmen. The skipper reckoned that the opener has been helping the team with some brilliant starts.
“We got a good start from Shikhar, it made it easier for the batsmen to follow. He (Dhawan) has been giving us brilliant starts. If you get 50 in the Powerplay it’s really good and we got 60 today,” quoted Shreyas Iyer.
The Delhi-based franchise has experienced a very dry run at their home venue, Feroz Shah Kotla. They recently lost to Mumbai Indians (MI) at the same venue. “Really satisfied on winning this one after losing three home games. The way we played, it was really good to see. Losing them was really disappointing at the start but we recovered well,” he added.
I took the responsibility
While speaking about the Kotla wicket, Iyer noted that the batters in their ranks like to play on the rise shots, but the pitch is very slow here. However, the DC skipper also mentioned that after getting set, it is easier to score big runs. Iyer composed a fine unbeaten knock of 58 runs off 49 balls which consisted of 5 fours and 1 six.
“The kind of batsmen we have are on the rise players and love the ball coming on bat. But the pitch is really slow to play on. If you get set though you can get runs. Today I took the responsibility,” Iyer concluded.