Riding on a blazing fifty (18-ball 50) by Prithvi Shaw, Delhi Capitals (DC) sealed a comfortable seven-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an IPL game, here on Thursday.
Batting first, opener Shubman Gill, who scored a 38-ball 43, provided a good start but KKR struggled in the middle overs as they lost wickets at regular intervals.
However, Russell’s fiery knock of 45 runs off 27 balls towards the end of the innings lifted the Knight Riders and took them to 154 for 6 in 20 overs.
For Delhi, the spin duo of Axar Patel (2/32) and Lalit Yadav (2/13) snared two wickets each, while Avesh Khan (1/31) picked one.
In reply, opener Prithvi Shaw (82 off 41) and Shikhar Dhawan (46) stitched together a 132-run opening stand which made the chase quite comfortable for DC.
Rishabh Pant gave the finishing touches with an 8-ball 16 as DC chased down the target in 16.3 overs.
Pat Cummins (3/24) was the most successful bowler for KKR.
This was DC’s fifth win in seven outings which propelled them to 2nd spot on the IPL 2021 points table while KKR suffered their fifth loss in as seven games.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 154 for 6 in 20 in overs (Andrew Russell 45, Shubman Gill 43; Lalit Yadav 2/13, Axar Patel 2/32).
Delhi Capitals: 156/3 in 16.3 overs (Prithvi Shaw 82, Shikhar Dhawan 46; Pat Cummins 3/24).