Another spectacular knock from Shikhar Dhawan shields the game for Delhi Capitals. The left-hander smacked 13 fours and 2 sixes during his inning of 92.
After winning the toss, Delhi capitals invited Punjab kings to bat first.
Punjab got a solid and flying start from their openers. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal utilized the powerplay to its full extent as the duo scored 59 runs in the initial 6 overs.
In the meantime, Mayank Agarwal completed his first fifty of IPL 2021 before getting out on 69. He smashed 4 sixes and 7 fours in his top-notch knock.
Though Punjab lost its first wicket on 122, it failed to capitalised in the End.
After Agarwal was sent in the Pavillion, the scoring rate of Punjab slowed considerably. Moreover, Rahul also completed his fifty in a sedate on 45 balls. Further, he failed to go big after his fifty as he was caught out on a personal score of 61 of 51 balls.
The cameo of Deepak Hooda and Shahrukh Khan made sure that Punjab got a decent score of 195 after getting the magnificent start.
Shikhar Dhawan showed his worth once again
Dhawan’s effortless knock made sure that Delhi chased the target easily. As usual, Shaw and Dhawan batted aggressively in the powerplay. Delhi climbed to 62 in the powerplay for the loss of Shaw’s wicket.
Shaw got out after playing a cameo of 34 of 17 balls in which he smacked 2 sixes and 3 fours.
Throughout the inning, Shikhar Dhawan maintained his strike rate and made sure that Delhi doesn’t cribble in the middle overs.
In the end, after Shikhar got out, Marcus Stoinis helped Delhi to finish the game early. Delhi capitals won the game, with 11 balls to spare.
Shikhar Dhawan was rewarded the Man of the Match award for his brilliant performance. He is also presenting him as a strong contender for India’s opening slot of world T20 which is expected after IPL 2021.
“It was a conscious effort from my side. I knew I have to improve on that (strike rate). Started taking more risks. Not afraid of changes, always open towards it. Not scared of getting out as well. Have worked on a few shots. My slog shot has improved a lot. It was there earlier as well, but now I play it more freely. I’m more relaxed, having played for so many years. Don’t take things for granted”, Shikhar Dhawan said while presenting.