26th Match (N), Kolkata, Apr 12 2019, Indian Premier League
(18.5/20 ov, target 179)180/3
Capitals won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
player of the match
Shikhar Dhawan
Delhi Capitals

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Shikhar Dhawan is the Player of the Match: Yeah, I Knew it could be my first T20 hundred but I also knew that the team goal was more important, which is why I looked for a single rather than a big shot in the end. I was just telling Dinesh (Karthik) that it's a beautiful pitch here, which supports good cricket. At the same time we have to adapt to the Delhi wicket, that's also a skill to have. I knew I had to stay till the end, we knew we had to take the game deep and we couldn't afford to lose a wicket when Rishabh joined me in the middle

Shreyas Iyer: It's amazing feeling and to be honest before the match I was just recollecting the last win. It was really tough for us to decide the team but me and the management got together and decided to include Keemo Paul and the way everyone performed was outstanding. We love to bat on such tracks, the way we played in Mumbai as well, the way Shikhar Dhawan took us through to the end is something to be appreciated. Amazing to watch him. One of the top order players had to take the responsibility and he did.

RishabhPant: I just try to keep my head clear. The plan was to take the game deep. When you're chasing 180, you need to pace the innings in a way that you complete the match in 18-19 overs. We were just talking about taking the match deep and that both of us should remain there till the end

Dinesh Karthik: "It's hard on Joe (Denly) coming in first game getting out first ball. Picking wickets has been pretty hard on this ground. Having said that, couple of areas for the bowlers to work on and come back harder

11.35pm Having botched up a couple of run-chases from strong positions, the Capitals have done this perfectly. The two batsmen who got in batted virtually right through to the end, ensuring that their dugout has their finger nails in tact. Dhawan couldn't get his maiden IPL hundred but he roared back into form, and Pant played with the kind of assurance that might get him his ticket to England, with the squad due to be announced in a couple of days. Knight Riders looked pretty toothless with the ball and weren't helped by an early fielding lapse, which could have resulted in Dhawan's wicket within the Power-Play. They'll need to regroup and figure out ways of taking wickets, particularly when they are defending totals and Russell can't bail them out

Chawla to Ingram, SIX runs

full on middle and Ingram has launched this down the ground to finish the game in style and deny Dhawan the hundred

Chawla to S Dhawan, 1 run

quicker one on the pads, Dhawan pushes it to deep squareleg for a single

Chawla to Ingram, 1 run

length on off, pushed to deep cover and that gives Dhawan a shot at his maiden IPL hundred

Chawla to Ingram, FOUR runs

full outside off, Ingram tries to blast it through the off side, gets an outside edge which races to the fence

Chawla to S Dhawan, 1 run

googly outside off, steered to short third-man, Ingram calls Dhawan for the run, the throw comes in by he was past the keeper by the time it arrived

end of over 185 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 167/3CRR: 9.27 RRR: 6.00
Colin Ingram3 (3)
Shikhar Dhawan95 (61)
Nitish Rana 2-0-12-1
Andre Russell 3-0-29-1
Rana to Ingram, 2 runs

quicker one on middle, Ingram comes down the track and drills it to long-off and they take the fielder on, completing the two with ease in the end

Rana to S Dhawan, 1 run

full on the pads, makes room and pats it on the off side with the fielders hanging on their heels and they complete another single

Rana to Ingram, 1 run

length outside off, was shaping to scoop it but guides it to point as an afterthought and they scamper one

Rana to Ingram, no run

fired into the pads, pushed back

Rana to S Dhawan, 1 run

short outside off, cut away to deep point

Rana to Pant, OUT

full on middle, Pant goes for another one-handed slog over long-on, doesn't get enough of it and is well taken right at the boundary. Played his role to near perfection, though

Rishabh Pant c Kuldeep Yadav b Rana 46 (59m 31b 4x4 2x6) SR: 148.38
end of over 1714 runs
DC: 162/2CRR: 9.52 RRR: 5.66
Shikhar Dhawan93 (59)
Rishabh Pant46 (30)
Andre Russell 3-0-29-1
Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-28-0
Russell to S Dhawan, 2 runs

length outside off, leans back and pushes it past point for two

Russell to S Dhawan, no run

short outside off, nice pace and bounce, Dhawan attempts an upper cut but misses

Russell to Pant, 1 run

short ball, hurries on a little, Pant pulls it along the ground to deep squareleg

Russell to Pant, SIX runs

slower ball on middle and Pant has the license to go for the kill here, goes down on one knee and slogs it over deep midwicket for a maximum

Russell to Pant, FOUR runs

full outside off, overpitched, asking to be driven and Pant obliges, blasting it through the covers

Avi: "How sensible is Pant today... Maybe a senior partner at other end is helping him... Good for Indian cricket..!"

Russell to S Dhawan, 1 run

length on off, pace off the ball, pushed to long-off