Delhi Capitals registered their first win at the Eden Gardens since 2012 as a Shikhar Dhawan masterclass ensured a Delhi victory with moderate ease in the end. Chasing a target of 179 runs, Shikhar Dhawan remained unbeaten on 97 of 63 deliveries to ensure Delhi Capitals reached the target quite comfortably in the end. He got able support in the form of Rishabh Pant who scored 46 of 31 deliveries.
On a flat Eden Gardens wicket, Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer asked Kolkata Knight Riders to bat. The home team was missing the services of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine who were out of the game owing to flu. Joe Denly, the English opener replaced Lynn but was dismissed in the very first ball of the match of Ishant Sharma.
Shubhman Gill who was promoted up the order looked in great touch and made full use of his opportunity opening the innings. With Robin Uthappa, Gill shared a 63 runs stand before Kagiso Rabada removed Uthappa with a ferocious short delivery. Gill kept going and struck some exceptional shots in the process.
The 19-year old completed a well-deserved half-century and carried on to make 65 from 39 deliveries. It was a great knock but the much needed late flourish was yet again provided by none other than the big man from Jamaica, Andre Russell. He carried on a rich vein of form in the tournament and scored a quickfire 45 of just 22 deliveries. His innings was studded with 3 fours and 4 sixes.
Kolkata Knight Riders eventually reached a score of 178 in their allotted 20 overs which was perhaps 10 runs short of a par total in a batting paradise at the Eden Gardens. It was Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw who started off proceedings for the Delhi Capitals. Prithvi Shaw struck some tremendous shots to get going but was dismissed in the 3rd over.
Shikhar Dhawan looked in ominous touch and played some delightful shots, to begin with. He mixed caution with aggression and found the gaps on a consistent basis. The southpaw for the first time looked in full flow in the tournament and went on to score a sensational half-century. He struck some exceptional shots and slowly but steadily took Delhi towards the victory target.
Dhawan played the 2nd fiddle when Rishabh Pant was going great guns as the pocket-sized dynamite smashed some exceptional blows. After Pant’s dismissal, it was Dhawan who stayed there till the end and would have hoped to complete his maiden century. However, Colin Ingram struck a straight six of the penultimate over which left Dhawan stranded on the other end on 97. However, DC will be overjoyed with a victory in Kolkata’s den.
Now here is what winning skipper Shreyas Iyer said at the post-match presentation
It is an amazing feeling. Before the game, I was recollecting the last win. It is a good victory. Back-to-back wins feel nice. It was really tough for us to decide on the team. Out of the 12 we had, we had one change. I think it was a good move to get in Keemo Paul. We love to bat on such tracks.
We love batting on variable tracks. The way Dhawan batted, he showed his experience and class. Was well appreciated the way he played. Amazing to watch him. Today he came out and delivered the goods. He is an amazing personality and is good to have him around the team.