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.