Delhi Capitals’ swashbuckling opener Shikhar Dhawan persisted his wealthy vein of shape with an impressive innings of 101* which powered his aspect to an exciting 5-wicket win over Chennai Tremendous Kings on Saturday (October 17) on the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Dhawan, who opened the innings with Prithvi Shaw, carried his bat within the victory which catapulted the Delhi Capitals to the highest of the issues desk – who now have an outstanding seven wins from 9 video games. Dhawan’s innings got here off simply 58 balls and used to be studded with 14 fours and 1 six.
The southpaw, who had a prior highest of 97*, reached the landmark at the penultimate over of the innings bowled by means of Sam Curran, when he took a unmarried off the remaining ball. Dhawan used to be given a lifeline early-on in his innings and approved it graciously, attaining the mark in his 13th IPL season.
The truth that Dhawan didn’t have a good time on attaining the century, as 17 runs have been nonetheless wanted from the general over, is an ode to his popularity as an intensive staff participant.
He best took off his helmet to mark the instance after Axar Patel hit 3 sixes within the ultimate over and wrapped up the victory.
Chasing CSK’s forged general of 179/6, Capitals reached the mark with a ball to spare. After shedding Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane early on, Dhawan tied-up one finish and not let the run-rate drop. He stitched the most important partnerships with Shreyas Iyer (23 off 23 balls) after which with Marcus Stoinis (24 off 14 balls) to stay his aspect within the sport.
Axar Patel supplied the past due fireworks to take Capitals over the general hurdle which didn’t let Dhawan’s anchoring innings cross in useless. Dhawan used to be deservingly given the person of the fit award.
Previous, MS Dhoni had gained the toss and opted to bat first. Faf du Plessis (58 off 47) and Ambati Rayudu (45 off 25) anchored the innings whilst Ravindra Jadeja (33 off 13) scored a quickfire to take CSK to a good-looking general.
Dhawan, 34, has been in prolific shape this season. In nine suits till now, he has scored 359 runs at a median of 51.28 and a strike-rate of 143.02. He these days occupies the fourth spot within the Orange Cap race and can fancy his possibilities with the Capitals, proper at the cusp of reserving their playoff berth.