Indian Premier League, 2019 |Match 26 |4/12/2019 Eden Gardens, Kolkata
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SHIKHAR DHAWAN HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS UNBEATEN 97. Admits that the 100 was on the back of his mind but a victory is more important and hence, he did not look to go big. Adds that he was happy to work it around and stay till the end. On the pitch, Shikhar says that the track here is very different than the one in Delhi and it is a lovely wicket which supports both, the bowler and the batsman. Further says that the wicket is Delhi is more challenging and you need to adapt quickly. Says that he is enjoying his game. Also says that after the fall of two quick wickets, they were looking to build a partnership and they did so. Says that Rishabh Pant is very well capable of hitting it out of the park and he too was hitting boundaries on regular basis, which made things easier.
Victorious Delhi captain, Shreyas Iyer, says it is an amazing feeling, winning 4 out of 7 games, which is very rare since the time he has been playing. Adds that it was difficult to select the team but then Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly sat down together and decided to leave Sandeep Lamichhane out for Paul and it turned out to be a good move. Mentions that Dhawan loves to bat on such tracks and credits the way he played, appreciating him for batting till the end. Ends by saying someone from the top order needed to take the reponsibility and Dhawan did it.
Rishabh Pant comes over for a chat now. Says he tries to keep his head clear and play on the merit of the ball. Mentions he wanted to stay there till the end and complete the game as quickly as possible. States pacing the innings is very important while chasing something above 180. Further adds he does not focus on what the bowler is thinking and concentrates more on his strength. Ends by saying they were looking to take it deep and take their team over the line.
Kolkata skipper, Dinesh Karthik, says they were 15 runs short. Admits they did not bat as well as they should have. Adds that he expected his bowlers to put up a better fight. States Lynn and Narine were missed as they are an integral part of the team, but praises Gill for doing a very good job. Mentions it is hard on Joe Denly to get a game after a long time and get dismissed on the very first ball but expects him to come back stronger. Ends by saying they will try and come back stronger in the next game.
Just three bowlers took wickets. Prasidh Krishna, Andre Russell and the last, by Nitish Rana. No wickets for Ferguson, Kuldeep, Chawla or Brathwaite. Their spin department is struggling while the pace department has not been at its best either. This win takes Delhi to 4th spot in the points table, while Kolkata stay on second. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
Not the greatest outing for Kolkata with the ball. The focus has been so much on Andre Russell that all the other factors have been ignored. Ian Bishop on air mentioned that the home side have taken the least number of wickets this season. What about their batting? Where has it fired? Even in this game, it was more of Andre Russell's blitz that took them close to 180. Shubman Gill played a lone innings at the top.
Focussing away from the individual landmark, let us now move to the team performance. Delhi entered the Eden with 1 win in 8 outings against Kolkata. Finally they have doubled their wins. Well orchestrated, with Shikhar Dhawan batting till the end, with good support from Rishabh Pant. Delhi might have felt that they were in trouble having lost 2 inside the Powerplay but with Gabbar around, they were always comfortable. The 105-run stand for the third wicket sealed the game for the visitors.
Wow. Did not think this would happen. Everyone was waiting for a Dhawan century. But poor guy has been stranded on 97. 97 - would you believe that? But kudos to the team. Chased down 179 with 7 balls to spare. 7th successive run chase in this tournament.
P Chawla to C Ingram, SIX! INGRAM FINISHES IT OFF IN STYLE! No hundred for Dhawan. Ingram clears the front leg and then tonks the ball over the long on fence. All smiles though in the Delhi camp as THEY HAVE WON BY 7 WICKETS!
P Chawla to S Dhawan, On the pads, this is worked around the corner for a run. Dhawan moves onto 97 and Delhi need 5.
P Chawla to C Ingram, Now looks to go for the slog sweep but sees the line is not quite there for that shot. He sensibly hits it through covers for a single.
P Chawla to C Ingram, FOUR! Edgy, that would do for Delhi! Runs needed in single digits now. This is slower and it is tossed up outside off. Ingram throws the kitchen sink at it but only manages an outside edge to the third man fence.
P Chawla to S Dhawan, Needed a direct hit! The googly from Chawla, it pitches around off. Dhawan picks it and then guides it towards short third man. They go for a run. The fielder throws it to the keeper who fails to collect it.
END OF OVER 18 | 5 Runs & 0 Wkt | DC 167/3
Piyush Chawla to bowl. 2-0-22-0 so far.
N Rana to C Ingram, A couple to finish! 12 in 12! Ingram dances down the track and hits it hard towards long off. The fielder there makes a good diving stop, can't stop two though. A good over though by Rana, he has given Kolkata some hope.
N Rana to S Dhawan, Good running! Dhawan taps it to the right of the bowler and sets off for a single. They complete it.
Mind games... Dhawan lines up for a big hit but then Rana does not deliver at all.
N Rana to C Ingram, A risky run but they complete it in the end! Ingram first looks to paddle but then seeing the line is outside off, he guides it towards point. The batsmen go for a single and complete it as the throw from the fielder is a week one.
N Rana to C Ingram, Fires this on the stumps, Ingram punches it back to the bowler.
N Rana to S Dhawan, Just a single as this is slapped through covers.
Colin Ingram walks in at number 5, replacing Pant. Surely can hang around with Dhawan to seal this through...
N Rana to R Pant, OUT! PANT HOLES OUT! He has thrown it away! This was just needless. This though has been his problem throughout this edition, plays an excellent innings but does not finish off the game for his team. He walks down the track and looks to go for another one-handed biggie. This time he does not time it and it goes straight into the hands of the fielder at long on. Kuldeep Yadav makes no mistake. 17 needed in 17. Delhi can't surely lose it from here right or can they? We will have to wait and watch.