IPL 2019: Match 26, KKR vs DC – Twitter Erupts in Joy as Shikhar Dhawan Guides Delhi Capitals to Victory at Eden
Delhi Capitals (DC) batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant shared a match-winning stand to beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. With this win, Delhi will jump up the ladder of the points table and sit with eight points.
In pursuit, Shikhar Dhawan gave Delhi Capitals a perfect start. The southpaw after struggling in the initial games has finally got going. He struck the ball and showed hints of returning to form ahead of the World Cup. Prithvi Shaw also got off to a blinder hitting two sixes but Prasidh Krishna got the better of him to draw the first blood. However, Dhawan continued his aggressive shots while skipper Shreyas Iyer looked completely out of socks and Andre Russell dismissed him. But Dhawan kept going to register 57 for the loss of two wickets at the end of the powerplays.
Shikhar Dhawan kept things in perspective for Delhi Capitals combining well with Rishabh Pant. While the set Dhawan went after the bowlers Pant took time and was happy to play the second fiddle. They struck the ball brilliantly to match up the asking rate. Although Pant got out, by then Delhi have already pocketed the game. Dhawan and Colin Ingram ensured Delhi Capitals home without further damage.
Previously, another heroic knock from Andre Russell helped Kolkata Knight Riders to post 178 runs at the end of 20 overs. Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma provided Delhi Capitals with the best start possible. He bowled a wicket-maiden dismissing Joe Denly – the English batsman who made his debut in today’s game. Since then, Shubman Gill and Robin Uthappa staged a brilliant stand to bail their side out of danger.
The duo played shots all over the park to add 63 runs for the second wicket to set the tone for the batters to come. Kagiso Rabada bowled a fiery bouncer to get rid of Uthappa after a brilliant catch from Rishabh Pant. However, this didn’t deter from Shubman Gill who brought his half-century in style. But Delhi Capitals came back to the game with three quick wickets but another blinder from Andre Russell helped them post 178 runs.
Shikhar Dhawan's innings today isn't just a shot in the arm for #DelhiCapitals. It bodes well for India too. He needed the runs.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 12, 2019
— Kaushik (@Sarcasmm007) April 12, 2019
— Sarthak Sethi (@sarthaksethi98) April 12, 2019
Kuldeep has underperforming so far this IPL.
And his inconsistency in taking wkt in Middle overs hurting KKR now.#KKRvDC
— That Lazy Guy 🙇. (@LazyElegance_45) April 12, 2019
Aaj mera bhai … Gabbar😎
— Rabada (@Cricketer_Ji) April 12, 2019
No Delhi no. You are under no obligation to provide this extra entertainment at the end. Just take it home without incident #KKRvDC
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) April 12, 2019
— Manish Waghela | RCB | #NaMoAgain (@manishnwaghela) April 12, 2019
Utterly disappointed, as a fan of KKR, with their performance in last few matches except against RR. Lockie Ferguson is the worst bowler KKR has ever had. Has nothing except pace. Dropping catches, mis-fielding! Come on KKR, you are two time champion team. Show some guts#KKRvDC
— Siddharth Srivastava (@iamsid_04) April 12, 2019
— Sameer Deodhar (@SameerDeodhar1) April 12, 2019
— Baड़kA $aहेब। 🌝 (@Badka__Saheb) April 12, 2019
— Arunava Das (@Mr_Noblebanter) April 12, 2019
— Vishal Sahani (@Vishalsahani18) April 12, 2019
— ᴀᴋsʜᴀʀᴷᴷᴿ (@AksharSRKian) April 12, 2019
Power was there, mistimed shorts was there so far in IPL.
But what today Dhawan has shown is standard cricket. Pure timing, negligible effort just guiding the balls in right direction using pace of balls.
If this ain't class nothing else is.
— Kejriwal Jong Un (@LagbhagSecular) April 12, 2019
— Aakash Bewda (@AakashBewda) April 12, 2019
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