Delhi Capitals thrash Kolkata Knight Riders

first_imgKolkata: Delhi Capitals registered their fourth win in the Indian Premier League with the help of Sikhar Dhawan’s fiery knock. The visitors beat Kolkata Knight Rider by 7 wickets at the Eden Gardens here on Friday.Chasing 179 to win, DC reached the target in 18.5 overs losing 3 wickets. Dhawan remained not out at 97 in 63 balls. After losing two wickets inside power play Dhawan and Rishav Pant (46 off 31) put on 105 runs for the third wicket.Earlier, Shubman Gill and Andre Russell played contrasting knocks to help Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) post a competitive 178/7.Gill (65; 39 balls, 4×7, 6×2) struck his maiden half-century of the season to set the platform before Russell, who is in the form of his life, smacked a 21-ball 45 (4×3, 6×4) as the hosts scored 106 runs in the last 10 overs after being asked to bat by DC skipper Shreyas Iyer. KKR were 72/2 at the halfway stage.For DC, Kagiso Rabada (2/42) was expensive but picked up two wickets while Chris Morris (2/38) and Keemo Paul (2/46) also chipped in as team advisor Sourav Ganguly watched from the dugout as a ‘visitor’ in his own den. Russell came in to bat when KKR were 93/3 after 12.4 overs, needing to up the ante. Soon compatriot Carlos Brathwaite joined him at the crease, and the big-hitting pair combined for a 19-ball 39-run stand for the sixth wicket in which Brathwaite’s contribution was just 6.Russell hit Rabada for a four and six in the 16th over and then took him apart in the 18th, smashing two maximums as the South Africa pace ace leaked 16 runs. Morris got the better of Russell with a full toss outside off which the Caribbean all-rounder hit straight down Rabada’s throat at third-man. Paul was given the last over in which he got the wicket of Carlos Brathwaite (6), giving away 10 runs.Opener Gill, who never got to bat up the order for KKR earlier, made the most of the opportunity by playing some delectable shots en route his first fifty of the season.KKR lost debutant Joe Denly in the very first ball of the innings with Ishant Sharma sending the Englishman’s off-stump cartwheeling with a full length delivery that jagged back from just outside the off stump. It was a wicket maiden for Ishant.Gill and Uthappa then joined hands to stitch together a 63-run stand for the second wicket.Brief scores: KKR-178/7 in 20 overs (Shubman Gill 65, Andre Russell 45; Kagiso Rabada 2/42, Chris Morris 2/38, Keemo Paul (2/46) lost to DC – 180/3 in 18.5 overs (Sikhar Dhawan 97no, Rishav Pant 46). IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img

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