Kushal Kumar Jha
IPL 2020, DC vs KKR: Skipper Shreyas Iyer's explosive knock helps DC beat KKR by 18 runs
In the 16th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Delhi Capitals (DC) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 18 runs at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE. Skipper Shreyas Iyer's undefeated & explosive knock of 88 runs off 38 balls aided by 6 sixes and 7 fours helped DC put a high target of 229 runs for the KKR to chase. Delhi Capitals' top batting line-up shined tonight. Youngster Prithvi Shaw gave initial push through his brilliant knock of 66 runs off 41 balls, while Rishabh Pant made quick 38 runs off 17 balls. With tonight's win, Delhi Capitals now stand at the top of the points table of the 13th edition of IPL. Nitish Rana played brilliant innings tonight for the KKR with his 58 runs off 35 balls knock. Eoin Morgan completely turned the tide in KKR's favor through his power-packed innings of 44 runs aided by 5 sixes and a four. Rahul Tripathi also played explosively in the death overs with Morgan, allowing the partnership of the duo to make tonight's match a thriller extravaganza.
Dinesh Karthik won the toss and elected to field first, allowing Delhi Capitals' brilliant innings to start. Openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan gave DC an amazing start with the former scoring 66 runs off 41 balls, while the latter scoring 26 runs off 16 balls. After the fall of the wicket of Dhawan, Skipper Shreyas Iyer came to the crease and played explosive innings consisting of 6 sixes and 7 fours. After Prithvi Shaw lost his wicket, Rishabh Pant came to the crease and made quick 38 runs off 17 balls. Shreyas Iyer remained undefeated as he made 88 runs for the DC tonight. Delhi Capitals were successful in giving a very high target of 229 runs for the KKR to chase. Andre Russell remained the most economical bowler in his spell while also taking 2 wickets.
Kolkata Knight Riders had a disappointing start tonight. While Opener Shubhman Gill made 28 runs off 22 balls, the Sunil Narine got out making just 3 runs for the KKR. After the fall of Sunil Narine's wicket, Nitish Rana came to the crease and gave his best through his knock of 58 runs off 32 balls. Andre Russell lost his wicket in the early and made just 13 runs off 8 balls. Skipper Dinesh Karthik failed to save the sinking ship of KKR as he lost his wicket after making 6 runs. Eoin Morgan remained the solo batsman trying to help KKR chase DC's humongous target. Pat Cummins lost his wicket after making 5 runs for the KKR. Morgan gave DC a last moment heart attack with his explosive innings of 44 runs off 18 balls aided by 5 sixes and a four. Rahul Tripathi supported the Irish batsman with his fiery innings of 36 runs off 16 balls aided by 3 sixes and 3 fours. The partnership of the duo helped KKR move closer towards the target. However, Morgan & Tripathi lost their wickets without finishing the game for the KKR. Anrich Nortje remained the most effective bowler in his spell of 4 overs and took 3 wickets for the DC.