The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) registered their first loss of the season in a home game as the Delhi Capitals (DC) triumphed over the two time IPL champions for the second time in the ongoing editon. It was the experience of Shikhar Dhawan who smashed an unbeaten 97 to take them over the line by 7 wickets after the Delhi bowlers managed to restrict the home side to 178/7 from their 20 overs.
It was a good start for the Capitals in the chase as they got off the blocks very quickly in the first couple of overs. Prithvi Shaw, who scored a scintillating 99 the last time the two sides met, once again got the visitors off to a flier with a 7 ball 14 to get the chase going. Shaw’s stay at the crease was a short but entertaining one as the youngster smashed Lockie Ferguson for two sixes in the same over to kickstart proceedings for Delhi.
The first of the two sixes was a length delivery from the New Zealander and Shaw got down on one knee before carving it over deep point for a maximum. It was a flat hit from the youngster and the timing on it made sure that the the ball cleared the boundary comfortably. The second six of the over came just a couple of balls later off a short delivery from Ferguson with the top edge from Shaw taking it over the keeper’s head for another maximum.
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Shaw was dismissed for 14 by Prasidh Krishna before Rishabh Pant joined hands with Shikhar Dhawan in the run chase. The duo calculated the chase perfectly, adding 105 runs for the third wicket and by the time, the latter got out to Nitish Rana, the result was a foregone conclusion. Shikhar Dhawan and Colin Ingram completed the formalities as the Delhi Capitals got over the line in the penultimate over itself.