Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) v/s Delhi Capitals (DC)


Shikhar Dhawan, the batsman from Delhi Capitals, hit his second century in this IPL2020 tournament. He scored a ton in the previous game of DC against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

Shikar Dhawan created history with this century as he is the first batsman to score a century in the history of this tournament, getting hundreds back-to-back. Dhawan could reach this landmark in the 19th over, that was the over of Arshdeep Singh.

He also became the only second batsman of India to score multiple centuries in only one season of the IPL. The first one was Virat Kohli, the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), who had managed to score 4 tons in the year 2016.

The KXIP are now 5th on the points table. They have 8 points in 10 games.

The DC team batted first and were able to manage only 164 runs for 5 wickets despite the unbeaten 106 of 61 balls from Dhawan. The main reason for this total that was much below-par was the lack of support from the rest of the batsmen. They were able to muster up only 54 runs off 59 balls. KXIP did some excellent death bowling.

The KXIP team lost the openers early when they were chasing, but Chris making 29 runs in 13 balls and Pooran making 53 runs in 28 balls led to the asking rate not crossing 8 after the 5th over and further dipped to 6 after 11 overs.

Kagiso Rabada managed to dismiss Glenn Maxwell and Pooran but this was quite late. The KXIP team, required only 17 runs from the last 4 overs. Axar Patel and R. Ashwin managed to bowl 2 quiet overs. James Neesham managed to hit the last ball over mid-wicket and took his team to the required win.

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The Lean Run of Shaw and the Hundreds of Dhawan:

Prithvi Shaw was seen struggling to find the middle of his bat and later, struggling to find the gaps. Playing a slight touch early, Shaw handed a skier to Maxwell, who was at extra cover.

On the other hand, Dhawan started with a 4 and a 6 off Maxwell in the very first over of the match and took the DC team past 50 in the 6th over. Iyer and Dhawan added 48 runs off 31 balls for the 2nd wicket.

Rishabh Pant was caught off Maxwell for a difficult 14 runs off 20 balls. There was no way you could stop Dhawan who managed to make 50 runs in only 28 balls.

Shami helps KXIP:

At the end of 15th over, the DC team was 117 runs for 3 wickets, but sadly, managed to make 47 runs in the last 5 overs. This was due to Mohammed Shami, who hit yorker after yorker and gave only 13 runs in his last 2 overs, and picked up the wickets of ShimronHetmeyer and Marcus Stoinis.

KXIP managed to win this match against DC and get the required points they so needed.