Delhi Capitals’ swashbuckling opener Shikhar Dhawan endured his prosperous vein of make with a majestic innings of 101which powered his facet to a thrilling 5-wicket purchase over Chennai Tremendous Kings on Saturday (October 17) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Dhawan, who opened the innings with Prithvi Shaw, carried his bat within the victory which catapulted the Delhi Capitals to the dwell of the capabilities table – who now luxuriate in an excellent seven wins from nine games. Dhawan’s innings got here off honest 58 balls and changed into as soon as studded with 14 fours and 1 six.
The southpaw, who had a outdated most attention-grabbing of 97*, reached the landmark on the penultimate over of the innings bowled by Sam Curran, when he took a single off the final ball. Dhawan changed into as soon as given a lifeline early-on in his innings and permitted it graciously, reaching the designate in his 13th IPL season.
The actual fact that Dhawan did no longer luxuriate in an very ultimate time on reaching the century, as 17 runs were restful fundamental from the final over, is an ode to his reputation as a radical crew player.
He handiest took off his helmet to designate the occasion after Axar Patel hit three sixes within the final over and wrapped up the victory.
Chasing CSK’s stable crammed with 179/6, Capitals reached the designate with a ball to spare. After shedding Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane early on, Dhawan tied-up one dwell and by no contrivance let the run-fee drop. He stitched fundamental partnerships with Shreyas Iyer (23 off 23 balls) and then with Marcus Stoinis (24 off 14 balls) to lend a hand his facet within the game.
Axar Patel equipped the leisurely fireworks to take Capitals over the final hurdle which didn’t let Dhawan’s anchoring innings dash in vain. Dhawan changed into as soon as deservingly given the man of the match award.
Earlier, MS Dhoni had obtained the toss and opted to bat first. Faf du Plessis (58 off 47) and Ambati Rayudu (45 off 25) anchored the innings while Ravindra Jadeja (33 off 13) scored a quickfire to take CSK to a dazzling full.
Dhawan, 34, has been in prolific make this season. In 9 suits except now, he has scored 359 runs at a median of 51.28 and a strike-fee of 143.02. He currently occupies the fourth space within the Orange Cap inch and will luxuriate in his probabilities with the Capitals, right on the cusp of reserving their playoff berth.