Shikhar Dhawan’s epic knock of 106 went in vain, as Delhi Capitals lost to Kings XI Punjab at Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday.
Delhi made three changes by bringing in Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer and Daniel Sams in place of Alex Carey and Anrich Nortje, while Punjab surprisingly dropped Chris Jordan and included James Neesham.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Prithvi Shaw’s poor run of form with the bat continued, as he was dismissed by Neesham for just 7 runs.
Skipper Shreyas Iyer along with Dhawan were involved in an 48 run stand for the second wicket, before the former was caught by Rahul off Ashwin.
Pant and Marcus Stoinis didn’t add too many runs to the team total, but the in-form Dhawan continued from where he left off by smashing his second consecutive hundred, as Delhi Capitals ended up with a competitive score of 164/5 at the end of their allotted 20 overs.
The southpaw remained unbeaten on 106 off 61 balls which included 12 fours and three sixes. In the process he became the first batsman to score back to back centuries in the Indian Premier League.
Chasing 165, KXIP suffered an early jolt in their chase, as skipper and star batsman Lokesh Rahul fell cheaply to Axar Patel.
In the 5th over Chris Gayle went berserk by smashing Tushar Deshpande for 24 runs ( 4, 4, 6, 4, and 6) before Ravichandran Ashwin got the better of the West Indian by bowling him through the gate for a breezy 29.
Four deliveries later, Mayank Agarwal was run out following a horrible mix-up with Nicholas Pooran, as Punjab were in a spot of bother at 56/3.
Pooran along with Glenn Maxwell anchored the innings with a 69 run stand for the fourth wicket, before strike bowler Kagiso Rabada provided the much needed breakthrough by dismissing the former for a blazing 53. His knock came off 28 balls, with 6 fours and 3 sixes.
Glenn Maxwell who had a string of poor scores, contributed to the team’s win by scoring 32 runs in 24 balls before falling to a fine running catch by wicket keeper.
James Neesham scored the winning runs, as KXIP reached the target of 165, with an over to spare.
Shikhar Dhawan was declared the Man of the Match.