The Delhi Capitals (DC) won this match on 29th April against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) with 21 balls remaining and by 7 wickets.
The carnage of Prithvi Shaw led to the win for DC team, Shaw managed to crack 82 runs off just 41 balls. He hit six 4’s in the opening of this chase. This was a master-class by Prithvi.
The KKR team thought that they might have a chance to defend a total of 154 for 6, only if they bowled well enough. This idea was blown to smithereens by Shaw in only one over. Shivam Mavi gave 13 runs in his first 3 balls. This was definitely costly for the KKR team. The first ball was wide down the leg-side, but the others disappeared for 4’s as Shaw went square, straight, imperious and wide.
In only one over, Shaw deflated the KKR team completely. He continued with this carnage, hitting boundaries after boundaries.
His 50 came in only 18 balls. This was the quickest 50 in the IPL2021. Of these 50 runs, 42 runs were off boundaries. The pace at which his innings progressed was unbelievable. When Shaw departed, the DC team needed only 9 runs in 28 balls.
Starting Troubles for the KKR team
Though the KKR team has a good amount of power in the middle they are unable to use this in an effective manner. The top 3, Shubhman Gill, Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi were unable to score quickly. The DC bowlers is given all the credit as they managed to keep things tight and denied any room with varying pace. As the top order of the KKR team could not create any opportunities for scoring, the run rate seemed to dawdle.
Though Gill scored 43, he did so in 38 balls. Collectively, the 3 batsmen made 77 runs off 67 deliveries. This means, the middle and the lower order were left with lots to do in little time.
This spoke of the depth of the DC team. Lalit Yadav, returned 2 for a mere 13 in 3 over’s. This allowed the DC team to control a phase where the KKR team could have managed some runs.
Shaw kills the chase
Shaw was in total command of his innings. It seemed that the ball was drawn to the meaty part of his bat, he was able to pick the gaps with ease. He managed to hit his first 6 when he crossed 30. This was done at a strike rate of 300 plus.
After five over’s, he had made 48 off 15 balls.
Shikhar Dhawan was content in playing second fiddle as Shaw got ballistic on the other end.
Pat Cummins was introduced into the attack only in the 6th over. The attack by Shaw managed to get the bowlers of the KKR team to loose out on any ideas. It seemed that the DC team would steam-roller to a victory of a 10-wicket win.