NEW DELHI : Colin Ingram hit a full delivery from Piyush Chawla over long-on and then sort of apologised to Shikhar Dhawan. The six took Delhi Capitals to their victory target of 179, as they won by seven wickets, with an over and a ball to spare. Dhawan, batting on 97 off 63 deliveries was denied his maiden T20 hundred. But it was an occasion to rejoice for the visitors. They rolled over Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.
The Indian team selection for the World Cup is scheduled on Monday. Dhawan is a certainty but batting-wise, in this IPL, he wasn’t in fine fettle. A half-century against Chennai Super Kings was the only significant knock he had to show for till date. On Friday, he found his touch. And when Dhawan bats in full flow, he is a treat to watch.
Prithvi Shaw initially took the attack to the opposition, hitting a couple off sixes against Lockie Ferguson. But the real charge was on, when Dhawan walked down the track and lashed Prasidh Krishna over point. Shaw and Shreyas Iyer failed to capitalise on their starts. But it was Dhawan’s night at the Eden Gardens.
A 145kph delivery from Andre Russell was driven past the bowler for a four with ridiculous ease. Russell had induced an outside edge from the Capitals opener two balls previously, but Nitish Rana, the lone slipper, stood wide. It was the only blemish that Dhawan had during the course of a gorgeous knock, which made a tough chase feel like a walk in the park for his team.