Match : 16
Teams : Delhi Capitals (DC) vs Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR)
Venue : Sharjah Cricket Stadium , Sharjah
Toss : Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and opted to bowl First.
Before our Review, the matches in Sharjah were completely batting dependent. It was very rare to see a bowler dot balls, There are 12 matches scheduled in Sharjah with this stadium length and breadth we may expect a 250+ or even 300 in this IPL 2020.
Delhi Capitals started their batting with a scoring rate of 10 an over . Both Dhawan and Shaw took their own responsibility and started clearing the boundaries .Shikhar Dhawan had a nice touch with bat after a while in this tournament. Prithvi Shaw was really impressive with his bat , the way he was completing his shot in MRF bat reminds us of the right hand Brain Lara. Delhi batsmens were pretty clear with their target and each one of them did their best in this game.
Prithvi Shaw scored 66 Runs, Pant 38 runs from 17 balls then Shreyas Iyer smashed 7 fours and 6 sixes to reach an unbeaten 88 from just 38 deliveries and took the team to 228 in their 20 overs. Top 4 batsmen of Delhi Capitals were above 160 strike rate this is how you should bat in the first innings to set a huge total against a massive team like KKR .
Delhi Capitals set a huge target 229 for Kolkata Knight Riders
In the Second Innings , chasing these record huge scores against a bowling strong side like Delhi capitals they went for an early wicket , Sunil Narine got out early against Nortje. Once again he fails to score in powerplay . Then Nitish Rana made a few fireworks against Ashwin which made this chase interesting in the earlier stage of the second innings. Then , Amit Mishra took the wicket of Gill. After that , Dangerous Russel came into the crease , here a smart move from DC skipper got the big fish russel he brought his strike bowler Rabada and took the wicket of Russel within 10 overs .Then back to back wicket loss for KKR batting completely gave up the game to DC. But Eoin Morgan & Rahul Tripathi joined the party and fought well till end , they both dominated the death bowlers of Delhi capitals and scored 20 an over . Eoin Morgan hat trick six against rabada shifted the game towards KKR victory. In the last two overs, 31 needed for KKR, it was easy at these kinds of pitch , but Nortje was in complete control against the both these set batsmans conceded only 5 runs(11W120) in the 19th over with Eoin Morgan wicket . Finally, a roller coaster drama of Sharjah match results in favour of Delhi Capitals .
Result: Delhi Capitals won by 8 Runs
Game Changer of the Match:
Anrich Nortje bowled economically throughout the innings and his special 19th over against Eoin Morgan was the game changing moment along with Andre Russel catch at third man position.
Drawbacks of KKR:
Instead of sending Sunil Narine at the top, they should come with proper batsmans like Tombanton or Nithish Rana at the top to get a good start , though Narine was the pinch hitter, a wicket in the early stage of innings will always boost confidence for the bowling team .Hope there may be chance to bring Tripathi in top order with his performance today.
Man of the Match:
Shreyas Iyer smashed 7 fours and 6 sixes to reach an unbeaten 88 from just 38 deliveries awarded man of the match.
Positives for DC:
TOP -4 Indian Core Strength was the positives of Delhi Capitals which made them utilize the overseas slot in the bowling department . Shreyas Iyer Captaincy was brilliant and attacking in nature which reflects inputs from his coach Ricky ponting.Delhi were in a string position and reached top of the points table.