Opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed his maiden century in the Indian Premier League as Delhi Capitals defeated Chennai Super Kings by five wickets on Saturday, 17 October.
After opener Faf du Plessis scored a half-century, Ambati Rayudu (25-ball 45*) and Ravindra Jadeja (13-ball 33*) smashed 45 runs in the last three overs to take CSK to 179/4 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
In response, Dhawan smashed a 58-ball 101 but it was Axar Pate who eventually took Delhi across the line. Needing 17 runs off the last over, Dhawan ran a single after a wide on the first ball, putting Patel on strike. Axar smashed two sixes, ran a double and then another six that helped Delhi win with a ball remaining.
Delhi Capitals handed the ball to Tushar Despande for the first over, and in his second IPL game, the 25-year-old removed Sam Curran for a duck as Anrich Nortje took a stunner at the boundary.
From there, opener Faf du Plessis scored a half-century with a single on his 39th delivery and on the very next ball Nortje cleaned up Watson (28-ball 36) to end the 87-run partnership.
Faf was sent back to the hut for 58 (off 47 balls) after Dhawan took a diving catch off Rabada’s delivery. With this wicket, the pacer became the fastest to reach 50 IPL wickets.
Coming in to bat at number five, captain Dhoni could add only 3 runs before becoming Nortje’s second victim of the day.
Rayudu and Jadeja then stitched an unbeaten 50-run partnership off 23 balls. All-rounder Jadeja smashed four sixes in the last two overs while Rayudu’s knock included four sixes and a boundary.
Nortje finished with figures of 2/44. Tushar (1/39) and Rabada (1/33) took a wicket each while Axar Patel (0/23) and R Ashwin (0/30 in 3 overs) remained wicketless.
Delhi Capitals’ Innings
Pacer Deepak Chahar struck early in the innings, taking two wickets in the Powerplay to reduce DC to 26/2 in the first 25 balls. Prithvi Shaw fell for his second-straight duck while No.3 batsman Ajinkya Rahane was caught out for 8.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan batted through the innings even as wickets fell around him. He stitched a 68-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer before Dwayne Bravo removed the captain for 23 (off 23 balls).
Dhawan, who was handed multiple lives after being dropped four times, reached the fifty-run mark off 29 deliveries – his 40th IPL half-century and third-straight in this season.
Marcus Stoinis came in, smashed two sixes and a boundary, but fell Shardul Thakur for a 14-ball 24. DC were 137/4, still needing 43 runs from 26 balls. Alex Carey (4) faced seven deliveries before falling to Curran. DC were 159/5, needing 21 runs from 11 balls.
Shikhar Dhawan reached the three-figure mark off 57 deliveries – his maiden T20 hundred.
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