Shaw was imperious in Capitals' previous game, against Lucknow Super Giants. He carried that form into this game, punching the first ball of the innings, bowled Umesh Yadav, for four. Later in the over, he clipped one behind square leg to pick up another boundary. Warner joined him by pulling Rasikh Salam to the deep-midwicket boundary.
Seeing his seamers going for plenty, Shreyas turned to Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine inside the powerplay. Warner didn't let them settle and Shaw brought up his half-century off just 27 balls, before Varun castled him with a googly. But Pant continued in the same fashion - he and Warner took 24 off Varun's next over, taking Capitals to 125 for 1 after 11 overs. Two overs later, Warner hit Andre Russell for a straight six to reach his half-century, off 35 balls. Warner and Pant added 55 in 24 balls before Pant miscued a slash off Russell and was caught at third man.
In an innings where five Knight Riders bowlers registered an economy rate of ten or more and another went for eight an over, Narine finished with 4-0-21-2. Lalit Yadav tried to sweep him only to be trapped lbw. Rovman Powell attempted a slog sweep and a swirling top edge was taken by substitute Rinku Singh at fine leg. Soon after, Umesh sent back Warner when the batter pulled one to Ajinkya Rahane at deep midwicket.
After 18 overs, Capitals were 176 for 5, with Axar batting on 9 off ten and Shardul on 3 off three. For a moment, it looked like Capitals had blundered by not sending in Sarfaraz Khan until then and Knight Riders might restrict them to under 200.
Knight Riders' chase started in an eventful manner. On the first ball of the innings, Mustafizur Rahman went up in appeal for caught-behind against Ajinkya Rahane. Umpire Jayaraman Madanagopal raised his finger only for Rahane to get the decision overturned on review. The ball had brushed the pad, not the bat. On the next ball, Madanagopal once again gave Rahane out, this time lbw. But once again he had to change his decision as there was a big inside edge involved. Rahane chased the third ball and got a faint edge to Pant. However, none of the Capitals players appealed and Rahane survived again.
Shreyas and Rana kept the chase alive for a while. They took the side to 107 for 2 in the 12th over before Rana slapped a full toss from Lalit straight into the hands of long-on. In the next over, Shreyas skipped down the ground to Kuldeep and launched him over long-on to reach his fifty in 32 balls. He attempted a repeat on the next ball but failed to read the googly and was stumped.
Sam Billings, in the company of Russell, kept Knight Riders' hopes alive for a tad longer. He hit Axar for a four and six in the 14th over but Khaleel came back to dismiss him. In the next over, Kuldeep picked up Cummins, Narine and Umesh in the space of four balls. For Umesh's wicket, he ran towards midwicket and dived full length to complete the return catch near the 30-yard circle. With 73 required from four overs, it was too steep a mountain to climb even for Russell.
Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo