Shreyas Iyer, the Delhi Capitals captain, and Prithvi Shaw had lit up the Sharjah ground to bring the highest score of the tournament in a comfortable win over Kolkata Knight Riders. 228-4, the highest score so far in a small-sized boundary Sharjah ground that has had seen 62 sixes in the first two matches at the ground.
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In the match 15 of IPL 2020, Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders faced each other in Sharjah. Before the match both the teams are at 4 points with two wins and one loss but Delhi Capitals, after winning it comprehensively had topped the table as we are heading into the middle of the tournament.
Delhi Capitals innings – Iyer-Shaw. The youngsters show
In the battle of sixes, first Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw combined to make sure that the score reached 200+ for the third consecutive time in Sharjah. Iyer, the captain of DC, had played the best innings of the match for his 88 runs off 38 balls that included 7 fours and 6 sixes.
Prithvi Shaw opening the innings with Shikhar Dhawan, young blood with old-experience. Dhawan had the confidence to trust his junior partner and gave him more opportunity to play.
A good start in the powerplay that yielded 56 runs with the loss of the wicket of Dhawan. Then Shreyas Iyer and Shaw combined to bring the carnage. Both the batsmen went for the fury as both innings were dominated by boundaries.
Shaw got out in the 13th over after scoring 66 runs off 41 balls that had 4 fours and 4 sixes. The score was 129-2 in 12.4 overs.
The plan to unleash in the final part of the innings now looked set. With the aggressive batting of Iyer and Rishabh Pant, the score reached 228-4, the highest of the tournament.
Batsmen added 99 runs in the final 44 deliveries of the innings. Captain Shreyas Iyer ended the innings on 88 not out off 38 balls. The innings had a total of 14 sixes.
Andre Russell was the most impressive, top, and economical bowler picking up two wickets for 29 runs. All the other bowlers went for more than 11 runs an over.
Kolkata Knight Riders innings – Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi fight
Chasing a big score on a small ground with the likes of Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Eoin Morgan in the batting line-up should not be too difficult but matches are won on the basis of how you performed on the day.
However, chasing a big score, you need to start well. That didn’t happen with KKR. Sunil Narine had his timbers disturbed by Anrich Nortje in the 2nd over.
Two youngsters, once again combined but this time for KKR. Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana scored 64 runs together. The wicket of Gill in the 9th over brought the biggest hope for KKR on the crease, Andre Russell. On a given day, Russell can win any match from any situation on his own.
But this was not the day. Kagiso Rabada had the biggest scalp of the night. He, combined with his national team member Nortje, get the wicket of Russell. Top edge from Russell had diminished the hopes of KKR in the 10th over.
Soon, pressure also got Nitish Rana out. With a big heave over mid-wicket that only resulted in the top-edge had pegged Rana back to the pavilion. The next ball, the captain also got out. Two in two for Harshal Patel. The game-changing over. Two wickets brought two new batsmen on strike; Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins.
Cummins didn’t contribute in the cause much. Rahul Tripathi and Morgan were just carrying the innings to the end before a late spark from both the batsmen.
The 17th and the 18th over leaked 47 runs. Three 6s and a four, three sixes and a four in both the overs. And suddenly Morgan was on 43 off 16 balls and Tripathi on 30 off 12 balls. The required score from 78 off 24 balls came to 31 off 12 balls.
It all rests on Morgan for KKR and Nortje for DC. And Nortje won the battle. He took the priceless wicket of Morgan on the 3rd ball of the penultimate over. The over yielded only five runs leaving 26 in the final over.
The next over, Tripathi also got out on the 2nd ball. DC won by 18 runs and go to the top of the table.
A total of 14 sixes from batsmen could not save KKR from their second defeat of the tournament.
Anrich Nortje was the best bowler of the night. He picked up three wickets including the wicket of Eoin Morgan. Harshal Patel took two consecutive wickets in the innings to dent the hopes of KKR.
Shreyas Iyer won the man of the match award for his brilliant, six-laden innings of 88 runs off 38 balls.
Man of the Match: Shreyas Iyer
Result: Delhi Capitals win by 18 runs
Points: Delhi Capitals 2, Kolkata Knight Riders 0