Shikhar Dhawan magnificent Inning DC beat CSK by 5 wickets, DC top of the point table in Indian Premier League at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Shikhar Dhawan has completed his maiden century in the IPL with Delhi Capitals (DC) handed a target of 180 runs by Chennai Super Kings (CSK). CSK have considered for the dismissals of Prithvi Shaw 0(2), Shreyas Iyer, Marcus Stoinis 23(23) and Ajinkya Rahane 8(10).

Dhawan got some extremely valuable support from all-rounder Axar Patel who smashed 21 runs off five deliveries, Shikhar Dhawan was the hero of the night.

Shikhar Dhawan | Man of the Match: It’s very special (first IPL ton). Playing for 13 years, so very special. Really happy. At the start of the tournament, I was hitting the ball but I wasn’t converting the 20s or 30s into fifties. Once you start doing that, you get more confidence. I just want to continue the same form and make the most of it. I keep my mindset positive, I don’t think a lot. Of course, I do have a few strategies according to pitch. I feel I have courage. It (fitness) is very important. Luckily, I was able to work a lot on my routine due to this long break we had due to Corona.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK), skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat against Delhi Capitals (DC). Ambati Rayadu and Ravindra Jadeja hold the key for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), after the dismissals of Sam Curran 0 run off 3 deliveries, Faf du Plessis 58 runs off 47 deliveries, MS Dhoni 3 runs off 5 deliveries and Shane Watson 36 runs off 28 deliveries.

Ambati Rayudu 45* runs off 25 deliveries and Ravindra Jadeja 33 runs off 13 deliveries ended CSK’s innings in a blistering fashion lifting them to 179 in their 20 overs.

Anrich Nortje was the most excellent bowlers, accounting for two wickets 4-0-44-02. South Africa express quick Anrich Nortje, who has bowled the five fastest.

Shreyas Iyer | Winning captain: I was very nervous, didn’t know what to say because it was getting to the last over. I knew that if Shikhar stays till the end, we will win. But the way Axar struck the ball was amazing to see. Whenever we give the Man of the Match awards in our dressing room, he is always there. He is an unsung hero. His preparation is always on point and he knows what he is doing. We’ve been gelling well as a team from the first day of our camp. We know the strengths and weaknesses of each other. We’ve embraced each other’s success and failure in the same way. I just told one of the teammates today that today the way he batted, it was really mesmerizing to see. Also gives me some breathing space as captain.

MS Dhoni | Losing captain (1/2): Bravo was not fit, he went out and was really not able to come back. That was the reason we had to bowl (Jadeja). The option was either Karn and Jaddu so I went ahead with Jaddu. Maybe not enough. Shikhar’s wicket was important, we did drop him quite a few times. He’s somebody if he is batting, he’ll keep ticking the scoreboard. He’ll keep taking his chances. If he’s there on the crease, he’ll always maintain a good strike rate. I felt his wicket was crucial. Also there was difference between the first innings and the second innings. The wicket behaved slightly better in the second innings, it came on slightly better which made it slightly easy for the batsmen. But overall, we can’t really take the credit away from Shikhar, he batted really well and was supported really well by the other batters.


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