Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw power Delhi Capitals to big win
Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw pummelled Chennai Super Kings into submission with their explosive batting, as Delhi Capitals romped to a seven-wicket victory in their Indian Premier League opener in Mumbai on Saturday. Dhawan smashed 85 off 54 balls and Shaw amassed 72 in just 38 deliveries as DC chased down a target of 189 comfortably with 1.2 overs to spare. New skipper Rishabh Pant hit the winning runs.
With Shaw and Dhawan in rollicking form, Delhi Capitals started on a rousing note and were sitting pretty at 65 for no loss at the end of the six Powerplay overs. The two openers went for their big shots with impunity, and on all sides of the Wankhede Stadium, as Delhi Capitals raced past 100 in quick time.
Needing 90 runs in the last 10 overs and with all wickets in hand, DC could afford to dictate terms and put pressure on CSK. That Shardul Thakur and Sam Curran were sent for a leather hunt put CSK completely out of contest.
For Shaw, the innings was an extension of his Vijay Hazare Trophy form and the slight tweak in his technique and a straight backlift is working wonders for Shaw.
Chennai Super Kings: 188/7 (Raina 54, Moeen 36, Avesh 2-23)
Delhi Capitals: 190/3 (Dhawan 85, Shaw 72)