Shreyas Iyer made his IPL captaincy debut in sensational style as he scored unbeaten 93 off just 40 deliveries and helped Delhi Daredevils (DD) register a comprehensive 55-run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Feroz Shah Kotla yesterday.
Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and invited hosts Delhi Daredevils to bat first.
Delhi Daredevils came to bat with Gambhir missing the game, Shreyas Iyer had a big responsibility and rest of the team did not let him down as Delhi Daredevils put a massive score of 219/4. Prithvi Shaw gave a fantastic start to DD and completed his half-century. Shreyas Iyer was alongside building his inning and played a great knock, scoring 93 runs including 10 sixes.
Batting Second, KKR suffered early losses and could not find a stable partnership barring Andre Russell and Shubhman Gill’s brief knock. Delhi Daredevils bowlers had a good day and they made the most of it. The run rate was jumping up and KKR could not do anything to bridge the gap. DD won the match by 60 runs and moved to seventh spot of the points table.
Shreyas Iyer was chosen as the ‘Player of the Match.’
DD: 219 for 4 in 20 overs (Prithvi Shaw 62, Colin Murno 33, Shreyas Iyer 93 n.o., Glen Maxwell 27) bt KKR: 164 for 9 in 20 overs (Sunil Narine 26, Shubham Gill 37, Andre Russell 44, Trent Boult 2 for 44, Glen Maxwell 2 for 22, Avesh Khan 2 for 29, Amit Mishra 2 for 23).
Prithvi Shaw achieves remarkable feat
Prithvi Shaw yesterday proved once again that the quality of reserve pool of players in India is arguably the best in the world currently. The India Under-19 World Cup-winning captain produced a solid knock to score his maiden fifty in the IPL.
Shaw, aged 18 years and 169 days, scored 62 off 44, including seven fours and two sixes, becoming the joint-youngest to score a half-century in the IPL.
In 2013, Sanju Samson, playing for Rajasthan Royals, had smashed 63 off 41 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore aged 18 years and 169 days, eclipsing Shreevats Goswami (19 years and 1 day).
Shaw’s teammate Rishabh Pant is second on the list having scored a half-century in 2017 at the age of 18 years and 212 days.