Delhi Capitals rode on yet another show from Shikhar Dhawan to thrash Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in Sharjah on Saturday and roar back to the top of the points table in the IPL 2020
Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan played a stunning knock vs CSK. (Courtesy by BCCI)
- Axar Patel hit 3 sixes in Jadeja’s last over to seal the win for DC
- Shikhar Dhawan 101 helps DC beat CSK and regain No. 1 spot in points table
- Ravindra Jadeja and Ambati Rayudu helped CSK post 179 in 20 overs
Shikhar Dhawan once again delivered the goods with his bat as Delhi Capitals romped home with 5 wickets to spare against Chennai Super Kings and MS Dhoni’s men succumbed to their 6th defeat in 9 matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in Sharjah on Saturday.
Axar Patel smashed three sixes in the last over to take Delhi Capitals home but it was all about Shikhar Dhawan – his maiden IPL ton and three spilled chances which came back to hurt CSK- in Saturday’s evening match. With the win, DC reclaim the top spot on the points table with 7 wins from 9 matches as the Delhi completed a convincing double over a side to whom they had lost quite a few in the past.
Chasing 180 for victory, Delhi Capitals got off to a poor start as DC opener Prithvi Shaw once again failed to trouble the scoreboard and was caught behind in the very first over off Deepak Chahar. Chahar struck twice in the powerplay, picking up the wickets of Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane departed for 8, thanks to a stunning catch from Sam Curran at the point.
Shikhar Dhawan, unperturbed by loss of partners, kept scoring boundaries at will at the other end and looked to take the game away with a solid 68-run stand with Shreyas Iyer before Dwayne Bravo got rid of DC skipper in the 12th over. Marcus Stoinis was the next DC batsman to depart as he was caught by Rayudu off Shardul Thakur before scoring quickfire 24 off just 14 balls.
Shikhar Dhawan slammed his first Indian Premier League (IPL) hundred after playing 167 matches in the league. After Shaw’s departure in the first over, he partnered with Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carrey and Axar Patel for 26, 68 and 43, 22 and 26* runs respectively.
Earlier, Faf Du Plessis hit his fourth fifty of the season before Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja produced stunning cameos as a collective batting effort helped Chennai Super Kings post 179 for four against Delhi Capitals.
Du Plessis (58) added 87 runs with Shane Watson (36) after the early fall of Sam Curran (0), setting it up nicely for the CSK. Rayudu hit 45 off 25 balls while Ravindra Jadeja hit four sixes in his fiery 33-run knock as CSK collected runs in the last three overs. One of Jadeja”s sixes landed on the road outside the stadium. They added 50 runs in 3.3 overs during their unbeaten fifth-wicket partnership.
While Watson relied on safe ground-strokes considering the sluggish track Du Plessis did not hesitate to improvise, playing a lot of scoop shots. He pulled the short ones with ease.