Ahmedabad | A superb in-form opener Prithvi Shaw’s 41-ball 82 helped Delhi Capitals defeat Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets in the IPL match on Thursday. A 155-run easy-to-reach target for victory was achieved by Delhi losing 21 wickets with 21 balls left. Shaw scored 82 runs off 41 balls with 11 fours and three sixes. He ensured Delhi’s victory by sharing a 132-run partnership for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan played them well, scoring 46 runs in 47 balls with the help of four fours and a six.
Pat Cummins broke the partnership by dismissing him in the 14th over. Cummins also sent Shaw and Rishabh Pant (16) to the pavilion. Earlier, Andrea Russell’s unbeaten 45 off 27 balls saw the Kolkata Knight Riders recover from top and middle order failure to score 154 runs for six wickets. KKR, sent for batting first, started poorly and in the fourth over, opener Nitish Rana (15) was sent to the pavilion by Akshar Patel. Subsequently, Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi tried to fight the fort for some time but Marcus Stoinis broke the partnership by dismissing Tripathi in the tenth over. Tripathi was dismissed by 19 runs and at that time 69 runs were hung on the score board.
Lalit Yadav, playing in place of injured Amit Mishra, sent KKR captain Eoin Morgan without opening the account. Gill looked confident in the other end, hitting Ishant Sharma and Akshar for a couple of boundaries. Morgan and Sunil Narine were dismissed within three balls without opening the account, which did not give KKR a big score. Yadav took both wickets.
KKR’s score was 69 for one wicket in the 10th over, which was reduced to 75 for four in the 11th over. Morgan catches Steve Smith at long-off, while Narayan is bowled. Gill, who could not score a single half-century in seven innings so far this season, became the victim of Avesh Khan by scoring 43 runs. Russell scored an unbeaten 45 off 27 balls with the help of two fours and four sixes in the last over.
After this win, Delhi reached the second place in the table with ten points from seven matches, while KKR stood at fifth position with four points from the same number of matches.