Delhi Capitals (DC) returned to winning ways after registering a comfortable victory over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday. With the victory, DC has occupied the second spot on the points table. Notably, Chennai Super Kings continue to remain on top of the points table.
Exceptional knock by DC’s Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw played an exceptional knock at the top, scoring 82 off 41 deliveries as DC chased down the total in the 17th over before the bowlers restricted KKR to 154/6. Chasing 155, DC got off to a breath-taking start. Prithvi Shaw hit six consecutive boundaries against Mavi in the very first over of the innings and raced off to 24 off 6 deliveries.
DC openers put KKR to the backfoot, right from the beginning. Shaw hit his first six in the 4th over and the fifty partnership was up already for the DC openers. At the end of the powerplay, DC were cruising at 67-0.
The duo continued playing top-class shots and maintained the run-rate, striking at 10 an over. Dhawan took his time while Prithvi took charge of the hitting. KKR nearly got Shaw’s wicket after the right-hander lofted Chakravarthy over the ropes as the ball passed through the hands of the outfielder.
The hundred partnership was up for the opening wicket while the KKR bowling attack kept searching for that opening breakthrough. Shaw and Dhawan smashed a six each in the next two overs. Cummins finally dismissed Dhawan and ended the partnership after the left-hander was trapped in front.
Rishabh Pant attacked Prasidh Krishna’s pace and smacked a four and six each. KKR found some late success after Cummins dismissed Shaw and the DC skipper in the same over as both the batsmen tried to clear the fence. Stoinis hit the winning runs and DC chased down the total with 21 balls to spare.
KKR coach disappointed with batsmen
KKR coach Brendon McCullum came down heavily on his team’s top-order batsmen for not showing enough “intent and aggression” in the ongoing IPL after demanding “loyalty” from him during team selection.
McCullum did not name anyone but rising India superstar Shubman Gill is among those who have looked completely out of sorts. As an opener in all seven games, he has scored only 132 runs at an average of less than 19 and strike rate of below 120.
McCullum also added that after their fifth loss in the ongoing T20 tournament, the team will “have to make some changes for sure.”
“It is very, very disappointing. I think as a player, you ask to be given freedom and confidence and loyalty when it comes to selection, to go out there and take the game on and try and be aggressive… and to try and make things happen for your team,” McCullum said at the post-match conference after the team slumped to its fifth defeat against the Delhi Capitals.
“That is the style of play which both myself and the captain (Eoin Morgan) have asked of our players. But unfortunately, we’re not quite getting that. We are certainly not getting it in the abundance that we need,” McCullum said after another below-par batting effort.
“What we saw from Prithvi Shaw tonight was the perfect template of how we want to play. You are not always going to be able to hit every ball for four or six, but you can have the intent to do so, particularly when you are given a free licence.
“It is very difficult if you do not play shots to score runs, and unfortunately tonight we did not play enough shots. It’s become a bit of a theme,” McCullum’s statement was crystal clear as he was talking about Gill and fellow opener Nitish Rana.
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