Dhawan scripts Delhi win

Dhawan scripts Delhi win

Shikhar Dhawan slammed an unbeaten 97 (63b, 11x4, 2x6) as Delhi Capitals made short work of Kolkata Knight Riders’ total to notch up their fourth win of the season, leaving two legends at the visiting dugout beaming.

Though the southpaw was denied his well-deserved maiden T20 century, Delhi Capitals wouldn’t be complaining too much as the win took them to top-half the table. Delhi have the same number of wins as that of Kolkata and Mumbai Indians and only the run-rate separates the three.

With five needed off the last eight balls, Colin Ingram clobbered Piyush Chawla over long-on for six to seal the chase that was nicely set-up by Dhawan and Rishabh Pant (46, 31b, 4x4, 2x6).

Coach Ricky Ponting was the first to stand up and applaud the big six from Ingram, and advisor Sourav Ganguly had a smile on his face.

Earlier, Andre Russell blazed away to a 21-ball 45 after Shubman Gill’s brisk half-century, powering Knight Riders to 178 for seven here on Friday.

This was Russell’s sixth successive 40-plus score, his four sixes and three boundaries coming after youngster Gill stroked 65 off 39 balls, helping the hosts recover from Ishant Sharma’s wicket-maiden first over.

The Jamaican, who was cleaned up by Kagiso Rabada with a toe-crushing yorker in their Super Over defeat in the first leg, also exacted a sweet revenge smashing the South African for two sixes in an over that yielded 16 runs.

Chris Morris removed Russell in the penultimate over when he was caught in the deep by Rabada.

Promoted to open

Sent into bat, from batting at No. 6 in their last match against Chennai Super Kings, Gill was promoted to open the innings and the 19-year-old responded with a fine knock, his second IPL fifty, and first this season.

Gill smashed seven fours and two sixes, both against spinner Axar Patel, and along with Robin Uthappa (28), added 63 runs after a horror start.

Ishant knocked out the off-stump of Joe Denly with a fantastic inswinger, the Englishman lasting just one ball on his IPL debut.

Delhi could not have asked for a better start with Ishant starting the proceedings with a wicket-maiden.

But KKR did well to bring themselves out of the rut with Uthappa and Gill counter-attacking with a flurry of boundaries.