Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer led from the front as he played a captain’s knock — 88 not out off 38 balls — to guide his team to a thrilling 18-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders in match no. 16 of Indian Premier League on Saturday night. Iyer has attributed all those big sixes against Kolkata Knight Riders to the enormous ‘hard and smart work’ that he had put in the gym sessions as he doesn’t consider himself a – gifted player. Also Read - IPL 2020, KKR vs RCB: Will Sunil Narine Replace Andre Russell in Eoin Morgan-Led Kolkata Playing 11?
Iyer’s knock of 88 was studded with six sixes and seven fours which came at an astonishing strike-rate of 231.58. “I know the hard work and the smart work I have put in through my gym sessions, so I wouldn’t say I am a very gifted player,” Iyer said at the post-match presentation ceremony. Also Read - KKR vs RCB Dream11 Team Prediction Dream11 IPL 2020: Captain, Vice-captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore T20 Match 39 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 7.30 PM IST Wednesday, October 21
“It was really necessary for me to take time at the start which I did in the earlier games as well. It was the right time for me to take on the bowlers and then rotate strike as well after that. Luckily it worked out for me. We keep talking about close victories and this was one of them. Really satisfied with the way everyone stepped up,” Iyer said. Also Read - DC vs KXIP 2020, IPL News: KL Rahul Backs Struggling Glenn Maxwell After Win Against Delhi Capitals, Calls Him Great Team Man
The 25-year-old Iyer was adjudged the Man of the Match, and the win lifted DC to the top of the points table. DC now have six points from four matches while KKR are placed sixth with four points from four games.
Losing captain Dinesh Karthik rued missing out on a couple of sixes in the middle overs that probably cost them the match according to him.
“Maybe in between 10-13 overs we didn’t get many boundaries, we lost a couple of wickets as well which sets you back in such run chases. To be honest, couple more sixes and we would have crossed the line,” Karthik said.