Delhi Move to Second Place as Shaw Stars in Kolkata Rout

Prithvi Shaw powered Delhi Capitals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets in the IPL 2021.
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Last updated on 30th April 2021

Published: 30/04/2021

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Delhi Capitals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets as Prithvi Shaw’s heroics take his team to second place in the Indian Premier League 2021.

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Quick Stats from the game

  • Kolkata Knight Riders: 154-6
  • Delhi Capitals: 156-3
  • Toss Winner: DC, elected to field first
  • Top Batsman: Prithvi Shaw
  • Top Bowler: Pat Cummins
  • Man of the Match: Prithvi Shaw

Batting Woes Continue for Kolkata

The last couple of games have been incredibly close for Delhi Capitals – they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Super Over after a tied chase while in their last match, they lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by just 1 run.

In the game against KKR, however, they got the job done well in time.

Nitish Rana and Shubham Gill opened for Kolkata Knight Riders. Rana had another low-scoring game and got out early while Gill delivered his best inning in the IPL 2021.

Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, and Rahul Tripathi didn’t manage to add a lot of runs with the former two getting out for 0.

KKR Top Batsmen

  • Shubham Gill: 43 off 38; 3 4s, 1 6s
  • Andre Russell: 45 off 27; 2 4s, 4 6s

DC Top Bowlers

  • Lalit Yadav: 2-13, 3 overs
  • Axar Patel: 2-32, 4 overs

KKR were in serious trouble at 82-5 in 13 overs when Gill got out. Lucky for them, Andre Russell came to the rescue and once again, singlehandedly ushered the team to a somewhat defendable total.

Dinesh Karthik and Pat Cummins stitched another 25 odd runs to help Kolkata reach 154-6 in 20 overs.

Delhi had a good day with the ball with all of their bowlers going under an economy of 8.50. Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav picked up 2 wickets each while Avesh Khan and Marcus Stoinis also got a wicket.

Shaw Steals the Show for Delhi

Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan opened for Delhi Capitals and had a decent target to chase, especially after their brilliant batting performance in the last game.

Shaw absolutely blasted his way to the win, hitting 14 boundaries and batting at a strike rate of 200. He also took his off-field colleague Shivam Mavi for a ride, hitting six fours in his over.

DC Top Batsmen

  • Prithvi Shaw: 82 off 41; 11 4s, 3 6s
  • Shikhar Dhawan: 46 off 47; 4 4s, 1 6s

KKR Top Bowlers

  • Pat Cummins: 3-24, 4 overs

On the other side of the pitch, Dhawan played a smart inning by assisting Shaw. They were well above the asking run rate throughout the game. Dhawan got out in the 14th over leaving DC at 132-1 but by then, the damage was done.

Rishabh Pant and Marcus Stoinis finished the job as they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets with 21 balls remaining.

Delhi ended the chase at 154-3 in 16.3 overs, thus leapfrogging RCB to second place on a superior net run rate. Meanwhile, Kolkata have dropped down to the fifth position in the IPL table.