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IPL 2019: Shikhar Dhawan’s career-best 97* helps Delhi Capitals destroy KKR

Shikhar Dhawan (97 not out) and Rishabh Pant (46) fired Delhi Capitals to a 7-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Friday. Delhi Capitals had prevailed over the Knight Riders in a thrilling Super Over earlier in the 2019 Indian Premier League.

Kolkata Knight Riders tried out 7 different bowlers but they were unable to prevent the firm of Dhawan and Pant from running away with the game.

The duo added 105 for the 3rd wicket off 69 deliveries. Delhi Capitals now have 8 points from 7 matches and are certainly in place for a berth in the playoffs after a poor campaign in 2018.

Delhi Capitals needed 5 off 8 balls and Dhawan needed 3 to complete his maiden T20 hundred but Colin Ingram hit a six to finish the game. Dhawan finished unbeaten on 97.

KKR have now lost 2 out of their last 2 matches. On April 9, they had lost to Chennai Super Kings after a poor batting show at the Chepauk.

Chasing 179, Delhi Capitals were dealt an early blow when M Prasidh Krishna had Prithvi Shaw brilliantly caught by Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps.

Shaw’s sensational 99 was the highlight of a Super Over victory for DC when they last met the Knight Riders in this edition of the IPL.

KKR almost had Shikhar Dhawan early on in the innings but Nitish Rana failed to grab a chance at slips after Andre Russell induced an edge and the ball ran away to the boundary. Criticised by DC coach Ricky Ponting over his ordinary strike rate, Shikhar Dhawan led Delhi’s charge with an aggressive 97 not out.

Andre Russell, who had played another of his power-packed knock at the Eden Gardens earlier, finally had a wicket Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer tried to flick away a short delivery. The edge was safely taken by Dinesh Karthik and Iyer walked without waiting for the umpire’s signal.

Kolkata Knight Riders must have sensed their chance then but Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant built up a strong platform for Delhi Capitals in pursuit of a competitive target.

The KKR pacers were clueless against Dhawan and he took full toll with some superb shots at the Eden Gardens.

Kuldeep Yadav removed Rishabh Pant for 46 but by then, Delhi Capitals were on the verge of a big win. Dhwan was already in the 90s when Colin Ingram joined him in the middle and it was only a matter of time before DC notched up a well-deserved win.

Earlier in the evening, Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and he asked Kolkata Knight Riders to bat first. Debutant Joe Denly fell for a golden duck after he failed to defend a full length ball from Ishant Sharma.

Shubman Gill, who was promoted to open the innings with Denly, paired up with Robbin Uthappa and 63 for the second wicket. Kagiso Rabada dismissed Uthappa for 28 in the 9th over before Nitish Rana (11) fell to Chris Morris.

However, Shubman Gill held the KKR innings together with his career-best 65. His 39-ball innings was laced with 7 fours and 2 sixes and gave the hosts the momentum they needed for a strong finish. But Gill and skipper Dinesh Karthik (2) fell in successive overs as Delhi Capitals staged a fightback.

But Andre Russell was waiting. Once again, he came out all guns blazing and smashed 4 sixes in 21-ball 45 before he was sent back by a clever Chris Morris delivery. Delhi Capitals did well to keep Kolkata Knight Riders to 178 for 7 after that brutal assault from Russell.

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Source: indiatoday.in

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