Opener Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours within the first over in a shocking batting show on his option to a blistering 82 as Delhi Capitals (DC) crushed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by seven wickets within the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Chasing 155 for a win, Shaw despatched all of the six authorized deliveries from opening bowler Shivam Mavi to the boundary, driving, punching and sweeping at will. Mavi’s first supply noticed Dinesh Karthik diving full-length to his left to take a nice catch solely to search out later that it was a large ball. Shaw then despatched all the following six balls to the fence one after the opposite.
Shaw shared a 132-run stand for the primary wicket with senior accomplice Shikhar Dhawan (46 off 47 balls), who performed second fiddle all through, because the duo annihilated the KKR bowlers.
Shaw was out within the sixteenth over after going through 41 balls, hitting 11 fours and three sixes however, by then, the match was nearly as good. DC chased down the goal with 3.3 overs to spare, reaching 156 for 3 in 16.3 overs.
The 21-year-old Shaw reached to his fifty off 18 balls within the eighth over, his third half century of the season in his seven matches. He was dropped by Shubman Gill when on 55 off the bowling of Varun Chakravarthy as DC reached the 100-run mark in 10.2 overs with out dropping a wicket.
For KKR, lead pacer Pat Cummins completed with glorious figures of three/24. This was DC’s fifth win in seven outings whereas KKR suffered their fifth loss in as seven video games.
Earlier, KKR suffered one other acquainted batting collapse earlier than late fireworks from Andre Russell lifted them to 154 for six after being put in to bat.
KKR have been at a good place at 69 for one within the tenth over however slumped to 82 for 5 within the thirteenth earlier than Russell saved them with a 27-ball 45 not out. Russell’s blistering innings had two boundaries and 4 sixes.
Struggling opener Shubman Gill top-scored with a 38-ball 43, and his knock was studded with three boundaries and one six, however he didn’t convert his strong begin into a giant rating.
For DC, Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav have been spectacular with two wickets. KKR have been 45 for one on the finish of powerplay overs after Nitish Rana was stumped out for 15 within the fourth over bowled by Axar.
Gill was going robust as he took on Ishant Sharma and Axar by hitting a number of boundaries however misplaced Rahul Tripathi to Marcus Stoinis within the tenth over.
KKR’s acquainted batting hunch got here to the fore as captain Eoin Morgan and Sunil Narine each bought out within the area of three balls with out opening their accounts.
Lalit, who changed an injured Amit Mishra within the DC taking part in XI, grabbed each the wickets as KKR slumped from 69 for 1 within the tenth over to 75 for 4 within the eleventh over.
Morgan holed out to Steve Smith at long-off whereas Narine was castled by a fast off-break from Lalit, which disturbed his stumps.
Gill, who’s but to attain a half century in seven innings this season, went for a giant shot off a slower ball from Avesh Khan, solely to gap out to Smith within the thirteenth over.