Shikhar Dhawan produced a blistering batting performance to help Delhi Capitals notch up a comfortable win over Kolkata Knight Riders in a game played at Eden Gardens on Friday.
Delhi won the toss and restricted Kolkata to a modest total, In reply, Dhawan led the way with the bat to see Delhi win the game by seven wickets. With this result, Delhi secured valuable points to move to the top half of the league table.
In pursuit of 179 runs, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw got Delhi off to a brisk start and added 32 runs for the opening wicket. Pace bowler Prasidh Krishna came back strongly and dismissed Shaw for 14 to see Delhi lose their first wicket.
On the other hand, Dhawan looked in fluent touch with the bat and kept scoring at a brisk rate as Delhi brought up their fifty in the fifth over of the innings. All-rounder Andre Russell dismissed Captain Shreyas Iyer for 6 to see Delhi lose their second wicket with 57 runs on the board.
Kolkata bowlers maintained pressure on the Delhi’s batting lineup. Dhawan smashed a couple of boundaries to notch up his half-century in the 10th over of the innings. Rishabh Pant proved to be an ideal partner for Dhawan at the other end, as the duo added 105-run partnership to put Delhi in a strong position to win the game.
Dhawan smashed two boundaries off Lockie Ferguson, while Pant also smashed a four and a six off the bowling of Andre Russell in the 17th over. He fell four runs short of a well-deserved half-century as part-timer Nitish Rana provided a crucial breakthrough for Kolkata.
Delhi’s star batsman Shikhar Dhawan produced a blazing innings as his side defeated Kolkata by seven wickets to register their fourth win in the ongoing edition Indian Premier League.
Colin Ingram chipped in with unbeaten 14 runs off six balls to help Delhi to cruise to a comfortable win over Kolkata. Shikhar Dhawan remained unbeaten and smashed 97 runs off 63 balls with the help of eleven fours and two sixes.
Earlier in the day, Ishant Sharma dismissed Joe Denly for a first-ball duck. Shubham Gill was promoted to open the innings and certainly delivered runs with the bat. He added 63 runs with Robin Uthappa to rebuild the innings for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Pace bowler Kagiso Rabada dismissed Uthappa to see Delhi lose their second wicket in the ninth over. Kemo Paul was expensive and conceded a lot of runs. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel bowled well and kept Kolkata’s batsmen in check.
Chris Morris produced a splendid yorker to dismiss Nitish Rana for 11. Andre Russell came to the crease and decided to play his shots. Gill swift gears and brought up his half fifty and took 16 runs off the 14th over bowled by Axar Patel.
Shubham Gill scored 65 off 39 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes. On the other hand, Russell went after the Delhi bowling attack comprising of Chris Morris, Ishant Sharma, and Kagiso Rabada. He scored a brisk 21-ball 45 balls to help Kolkata post 178 for 7 after 20 overs.
For his blazing 97 runs, Shikhar Dhawan was named man of the match.