Kings XI claim third straight win Shikhar Dhawan’s record-breaking ton goes in vain
Shikhar Dhawan’s majestic second consecutive century went in vain as Kings XI Punjab defeated Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets on Tuesday (20 October) at the Dubai International Stadium.
Shikhar Dhawan became the first player in IPL history to score back to back tons with his fantastic knock of 106 (off 61 balls; 4x12, 6x3).
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Dhawan’s century powered the Delhi Capitals to a competitive 164/5. The southpaw, who had scored 101* against CSK in his last game, looked in magnificent touch right from the onset – utilising the powerplay to hit the bowlers over the top and then playing along the ground in the middle overs without taking any unnecessary risk.
While Dhawan kept scoring from one end, no other batsmen could emulate him from the other. Prithvi Shaw’s dismal run with the bat continued as he was dismissed for just 7.
Both Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant flattered to deceive and fell cheaply, even as Dhawan took all bowlers to the cleaners from the other end.
On a difficult slow track in Dubai, Dhawan took on the Kings XI spinners, castling them across the desert with his slog sweeps - being the highlight of the day. In the middle of his innings, he also became the fifth batsman in IPL history to reach the 5,000-run mark.
He reached his century in the penultimate over with a single against Arshdeep Singh. Dhawan carried his bat and almost single-handedly powered his side to 164/5.
Chasing the total, Orange Cap holder KL Rahul fell early to Axar Patel to give the advantage to the Capitals. Chris Gayle (29 off 13 balls) then hammered Tushar Deshpande for 26 runs in his opening over before being bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin.
Delhi Capitals: 164/5 (Dhawan 106*, Shami 2-28)
Kings XI Punjab: 167/5 (Pooran 53, Maxwell 32, Rabada 2-27)