Match – 26 KKR VS DC : “ The SHIKHAR DHAWAN show” wrecks KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS as DELHI CAPITALS enter in top 4!

TOSS: DC won the toss & have elected to bowl

Joe Denly & Shubhman Gill opens for KKR

Its a FIRST BALL DUCK for Debutant Joe Denly!

I reckon he has played with hard hands as he has gone for a big stride and Ball nips back in beautifully as Ishant Sharma strikes, leaving a big gap between bat and pads, gets Denly for golden-duck. Robbie Uthappa is in. KKR 0/1

End of the POWERPLAY

Steady progress from Uthappa and Gill. They’ve batted well after the early blow and are looking to build a solid foundation for the middle-order.KKR 41 for 1

Rabada ends the painful partnership for DC as Robbie Uthappa pulls a bouncer and gets inside edge and flying Rishab Pant takes a stunner to end Uthappa for 28. Nitish Rana is in. KKR 63/2

50 comes up for Shubman Gill despite of the slow start he’s picking boundaries quite easily here for KKR. It is so much fun watching young guys like Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishab Pant, playing so well as it seems the future of Indian cricket team will be in safe hands.

Chris Morris cleans up Rana as he bowls a spot-on yorker to Nitish Rana and he didn’t get a bat onto that one as he departs for 11. In comes Andre Russell. KKR 93/3 after 12.4 overs

WHAT-A-TALENT this young man has! Absolutely brilliant he is sailing everything away for boundaries here for KKR as trouble for DC. They need to get quick wickets here in order to deny KKR a mammoth total.

Gill gotta go!

As he picks out the man at round the corner off Keemo Paul for 65. Skipper Dinesh Karthik comes in. KKR 115/4

Magic happens as Rabada removes Skipper straight away as he goes for the flick gets it perfectly straight to Shikhar Dhawan and you know what Dhawan does his signature step of Thigh-five! Karthik goes for 2. Carlos Brathwaite is in. KKR 122/5

RUSSELL VS RABADA

A six and a four and Russell collects 12 from the Rabada the 16th over.

RUSSELL VS RABADA 2.0

Ponting had stressed they are saving Rabada for Russell. This is how the second bout went – 6, 2, 6, 1, 1 (Brathwaite) and dot ball.

KKR have 160 for 5 after 18 overs.

Morris does it for DC as he Russell hits that straight to Rabada for 45. KKR 161/6

Slower ball gets Carlos!

Top work from Delhi Capitals as Keemo Paul gets Carlos braithwaite for 6. KKR 171/7

10 runs off last over as KKR finishes 178/7

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DC needs 179 runs to win off 120 balls

Shikhar Dhawan & Prithvi Shaw in for DC

2 sixes from Shaw sets up the chase for DC as he square drives it for Six! Would you believe that? And another goes for the six off a pull shot.

6,4,0,6,1 and a wicket for Prasidh!

As a thick edge from Shaw which goes to the keeper where skipper Dinesh Karthik dives to his right and takes it cleanly to end Shaw for 14. Shreyas Iyer in. DC 32/1

50 comes up for DC in quick session in just 4.4 overs

Russell gets the skipper!

You can’t keep him out of the game for a while! As Russell gets the outside edge of Shreyas Iyer which Karthik takes it easily. 2nd wicket goes down for DC as he goes for 6. Rishab Pant is in. DC 57/2

34th IPL fifty for Shikhar Dhawan!

How can he mis-hit that for a six? Can’t believe my eyes here as Rishab Pant hit it off Kuldeep Yadav for a maximum while losing his grip! Oh such a powerful stroke player he’s i reckon. Hand off the bat doesn’t matter he’ll hit for a six anyday!

Equation says 74 runs required off 48 balls

“Ahh Dhawan is playing you” says Sunil Gavaskar on the air, bowl something different like bowl bouncer or cutter but don’t ball fuller length he’ll tonk you for sixes.

Equation says 30 runs required off 23 balls

It’s a easy-piesy now for DC

Another one-handed but this time Rishab Pant can’t clear the fence off Rana as goes for timely 46. Colin Ingram is in. DC 162/3

11 runs required off 11 balls

Shikhar Dhawan is on 96, we’ll have to see if he gets hundred but Colin Ingram is on the strike.

4,6 gets the Game for DC

Ohh he has hit that for a six as Ingram apologise for denying him a opportunity to get his maiden hundred. But he won’t mind as his team comes first

DELHI CAPITALS won by 7 wickets.

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Man of the match: Shikhar Dhawan for his knock of 97*

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