Shikhar Dhawan had scored his second century of the tournament, the first player to score back-to-back centuries in IPL, but a slow display of batting by other Delhi batsmen meant the total score was not enough. KXIP easily went past that total with one over to spare.
In the 38th match of the IPL 2020, table-toppers Delhi Capitals were meeting against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai. Both the teams were on a two-match winning streak and looked to continue their dominance. An all-round performance from Kings XI Punjab meant they are very much alive now for the playoffs stage. A dominant display of batting and bowling meant the lone century from Dhawan was not enough to defend a low score.
Delhi Capitals innings – Dhawan’s makes it two in two
In 267 matches, Shikhar Dhawan had no centuries to his name. Now, he has two in two.
Openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan arrived at the crease to open the batting for Delhi Capitals as the team look to further strengthen their top of the table spot. But things didn’t go well as they had planned.
Shaw was out on 0 on both of his previous innings and had scored just 7 in three innings coming into the match. His outing tonight was not that pleasant either.
Starting the innings with Glenn Maxwell, Dhawan belted him for a four and a six in the first over of the innings. A mistimed innings from Shaw ended in the 4th over courtesy of a slow leg-cutter from James Neesham.
While Dhawan continued to score freely and aggressively, other batsmen struggled to find timing right. He went on to score 106 off 61 balls with twelve 4s and three 6s while all the other batsmen were only able to collect 54 runs from 59 balls with two 4s and two 6s. It was Dhawan’s fourth consecutive score of 50+ in the tournament.
Two back-to-back centuries also took Dhawan to the second spot in the list of top-scorers of the tournament with a tally of now 465 runs just behind KL Rahul who is sitting at the top with 540 runs to his name.
After 15 overs, the Capitals were 117-3. But brilliant bowling display from bowlers in the end restrict Delhi batsmen to end the innings with a high-score. Another Yorker night by Mohammed Shami meant Delhi batsmen could only score 13 runs from his last two overs.
Shami picked up two wickets while Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, and Murugan Ashwin picked up one wicket each.
Kings XI Punjab innings – Pooran’s 50 drive KXIP to victory
Well, the innings didn’t start the way as KXIP liked to be. A rare failure of KL Rahul who got out early in the 3rd over of the innings by Axar Patel. Patel is having an excellent season with the ball.
Chris Gayle to join Mayank Agarwal on the crease and the innings with a couple of silent overs.
5th over started. 4 4 6 4 6. Oh yes, it’s Chris Gayle on strike. He belted Tushar Deshpande four three fours and two sixes in the 5th over to cross the team’s fifty in the 5th over.
The next over, R Ashwin came into the attack in removed Gayle on his second delivery. Two deliveries later, Agarwal is been run out to further dent the innings to end the powerplay with 57-3.
69-run partnership between Nicholas Pooran and Glenn Maxwell kept things going for KXIP. A quick 29 from Gayle and boundary-laid innings from Pooran meant the required run-rate was never out of the reach and was below five after the 12th over.
45 required off 48 balls.
Kagiso Rabada came back into the attack and immediately removed Pooran. Maxwell along with Deepak Hooda steered the innings further.
Maxwell had a first successful outing this IPL. He picked up one wicket early in the Delhi innings and then scored 32 runs, his highest score of the IPL
Six from James Neesham on the last delivery of the penultimate over sealed the victory for KXIP, their third in a row.
Rabada continued to lead the bowling charts by picking two wickets. Axar Patel and R Ashwin picked up one wicket each.
Shikhar Dhawan, for his second century of the tournament in a losing cause, was the man of the match of the night.
Man of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan
Result: Kings XI Punjab win by 5 wickets
Points: Kings XI Punjab 2, Delhi Capitals 0