IPL Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals Match 26: Another Delhi Capitals batsman has been denied a century in the ongoing edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), this time by his partner but the team wins the match with ease. Shikhar Dhawan played a brilliant knock of unbeaten 97 to power Delhi Capitals to a comprehensive victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in match 26 of T20 league. (SCORECARD)
With this victory, Delhi have also broke the jinx of winning a game at the iconic Eden Gardens as they hadn’t managed to register a win at the venue since 2012. KKR were favorites to win the match in their backyard but a thoroughly professional performance by Delhi humbled the hosts. Courtesy the win, Capitals have moved to the number 4 spot in the IPL standings.
After the early departure of Prithvi Shaw (14) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (6), the experienced southpaw (Dhawan) knitted a mammoth 105-run partnership with talented Rishabh Pant for the third wicket. Chasing a stiff total of 179 to win, the visitors reached the target with 5 balls to spare.
Earlier, Andre Russell blazed away to a 21-ball 45 after Shubman Gill’s brisk half-century, powering Kolkata Knight Riders to 178 for seven against Delhi Capitals. This was Russell’s sixth successive 40-plus score, his four sixes and three boundaries coming after youngster Gill stroked 65 off 39 balls, helping the hosts recover from Ishant Sharma’s wicket-maiden first over.
The Jamaican, who was cleaned up by Kagiso Rabada with a toe-crushing yorker in their Super Over defeat in the first leg, also exacted sweet revenge smashing the South African for two sixes in an over that yielded 16 runs.
Chris Morris removed Russell in the penultimate over when he was caught in the deep by Rabada. Sent into bat, from batting at No. 6 in their last match against Chennai Super Kings, Gill was promoted to open the innings and the 19-year-old responded with a fine knock, his second IPL fifty, and first this season.
Gill smashed seven fours and two sixes, both against spinner Axar Patel, and along with Robin Uthappa (28), added 63 runs after a horror start. Ishant knocked out the off-stump of Joe Denly with a fantastic inswinger, the Englishman lasting just one ball on his IPL debut.
Delhi could not have asked for a better start with Ishant starting the proceedings with a wicket-maiden. But KKR did well to bring themselves out of the rut with Uthappa and Gill counter-attacking with a flurry of boundaries.