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IPL 2020: Shikhar Dhawan’s century record in vain as as KXIP win easily against DC

IPL Match# 38 – Shikhar Dhawan scored his second consecutive century but this time it went in vain as Kings XI Punjab defeated Delhi Capitals by five wickets.

This article was originally published in FirstPost.com

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Delhi Capitals Opt to Bat

DC won the toss and opted to bat. Their decision to so backfired with Jimmy Neesham striking to dismiss Prithvi Shaw (7) in the fourth over. Skipper Shreyas Iyer continued his fluctuating form after just managing to score 14 runs. Altogether, DC were too dependent on Dhawan, as most of the other batsmen endured disappointing outings. They posted 164-5 in 20 overs with Shikhar Dhawan remaining 106* and scoring 64% of the runs.

Shikhar Dhawan Show

It was Dhawan’s who batted with ease while others struggled to find their timing. He found the gaps with ease and cross-swept the DC spinners. In the process he set a new record in IPL of scoring back-to-back centuries and also crossed 5000 runs in IPL. He was rightly adjudged the Man of Match for his stellar performance.

Shikhar Dhawan’s IPL Overall Stats
InningsRunsAvgStrike Rate

HundredFiftyTop Score

IPL Points Table (After Match# 38)

League Matches Rankings
Delhi Capitals 107300.77414
Mumbai Indians 96301.20112
Royal Challengers Bangalore 9630-0.09612
Kolkata Knight Riders 9540-0.60710
Kings XI Punjab 10460-0.1778
Rajasthan Royals 10460-0.5918
Sunrisers Hyderabad 93600.0086
Chennai Super Kings 10370-0.4636

Kings XI Punjab had a Smooth Chase

In their chase, KXIP skipper KL Rahul suffered a rare batting failure. Axar Patel was the man with the crucial breakthrough, seeing off Rahul for 15 in the third over.

With KXIP 56-3 in 5.5 overs, Nicholas Pooran and Glenn Maxwell stitched a 69-run stand for the fourth wicket, to comfortably set-up the platform for a victory. Pooran cruised to what was just his second fifty in IPL as Punjab outsmarted DC to claim two points and stay in the hunt for a playoff spot.

Final Score: Kings XI Punjab 167/5 beat Delhi Capitals 164/5  by 5 wickets

With this win Kings XI Punjab move to the 5th position in the standings.

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