The DC opener to be fair won his side the match in the first over of the run chase itself. He smashed 6 boundaries against Shivam Dubey and never looked back.
Delhi Capitals outclass Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021
He kept dominating Kolkata Knight Riders and completely made the match one-sided. He made 82 in 42 balls as Delhi Capitals chased down the target of 155 in the 17th overs. Towards the end, Pat Cummins did pick by 3 wickets but it was too little too late.
In the first half, KKR batting struggled to get going in the middle overs against the DC spinners. The duo of Acar Patel and Lalit Yadav kept a lid on the scoring rate and amongst them picked 4 wickets.
A late charge from Andre Russell took them above 151 but it always going to be a tough ask to defend. The Delhi Capitals batting in particularly Shaw made short work of it and registered a clinical victory.
Who Said What?
Meanwhile here’s what the captains and the man of the match said in the post-match presentation.
“Very disappointed. We were slow off the blocks with the bat, lost wickets in the middle period and Russell got us to 150-plus. Then got slow off the blocks with the ball. Shaw played brilliantly, nothing much we could do. Also shows how good the surface was. We weren’t good enough with all departments. He (Cummins) is part of our new ball plans. Mavi bowled four on the trot last game and bowled well. Just didn’t go to plan today. You need to be honest and realistic with everyone in the dressing room. We have to be as honest as we can with each other. Hopefully we can turn things around. There is a huge amount of talent in our squad but talent alone doesn’t get you far. It’s about execution”, said Morgan.
He’s (Shaw) a talented player, we all know that. But if you give him confidence he can do wonders. Was only telling him to play the normal game. In this kind of match we can afford to think of run rate. Only thing we talk with youngsters is just enjoy cricket, do your best. Lalit is an allrounder. Hasn’t got a chance to bat but he’ll learn. Last match we only lost by one run, so as a team we talk about we don’t have to change anything. Definitely enjoying captaincy”, said Pant.
“Wasn’t thinking anything to be honest. Was just waiting for the loose balls. We’ve played for four-five years now (with Mavi), so I knew where he will bowl to me. I was prepared (for the short ball). The first four-five balls he bowled were half-vollies so I was prepared for the short ball but unfortunately he didn’t bowl. On this wicket especially when the spinner is bowling it wasn’t coming very nicely onto the bat. Was stopping a little. Was waiting for them to bowl at me on off stump or outside so I can free my hands. When I’m in there, I keep playing and don’t think about the score. Don’t think about myself, just want the team to win”.
“No we haven’t spoken yet (with Sehwag) but if I chance I’d like to because he’s the one who likes to score off the first ball. My dad has supported very well. After getting back from Australia, I wasn’t happy with myself. My dad just asked me to play my natural game. All these words set a target on me and I worked hard. In cricket the graphs are going to go up and down, a lot of failures are going to come my way”, said man of the match Prithvi Shaw.