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Prithvi Shaw’s rampaging 41-ball 82 (11x4s, 3x6s) helped Delhi Capitals (DC) power to a seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Thursday night.
Chasing 154/6 put up by KKR, Shaw went after the bowling correct from the start, taking 25 runs (including one wide) off Shivam Mavi’s first over. He thrashed six fours of the first six valid deliveries of the innings. It used to be the third most expensive over in IPL history.
KKR kept changing bowlers but runs kept flowing and soon DC reached 67 without loss at the end of the powerplay phase. This is the most productive powerplay score in the 2021 IPL season.
Shaw soon reached his fifty off 18 balls as Shikhar Dhawan (46 off 47 balls) took his time at the other end. The two opening batsmen added 132 runs in 13.5 overs and brought their team on the door to victory. Shaw used to be dismissed caught off a short delivery from Pat Cummins soon after Dhawan has been dismissed leg-before the wicket by the same bowler.
Earlier, Andre Russell’s 27-ball unbeaten 45 had helped KKR reach 154/6 in 20 overs.
KKR were in danger of getting restricted to a below-par complete. They were 109 for six in 16.2 overs. Then again, Russell’s innings, comprising four sixes and two fours, took the team to a complete with which they were expected to compete.
The Kolkata franchise had begun mannered, reaching 73 for two after 10 overs. The platform used to be set for the batsmen to score big. Then again, two quick wickets in the 11th over, bowled by spinner Lalit Yadav, pegged them back.
A few overs later, opener Shubman Gill followed for 43 (off 38 balls).
Russell and Dinesh Karthik then set approximately resurrecting the innings before the West Indian opened up.
He took 11 runs off the 18th over bowled by Avesh Khan, 18 runs in the 19th bowled by Kagiso Rabada and 13 in the 20th bowled by Avesh. But it didn’t prove enough.
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