Delhi Capitals’ stand-in skipper Shikhar Dhawan has expressed his delight over leading the team to a 13-run win over Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. Dhawan had to don the captain’s hat after Shreyas Iyer walked off the field with a shoulder injury in the fifth over of Royals’ innings.
Batting first, Delhi Capitals finished on 161 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs. Opener Shikhar Dhawan and captain Shreyas Iyer starred with the bats by scoring fifties. Iyer’s decision to bat first seemed to have backfired initially when Jofra Archer castled in-form Prithvi Shaw for a duck on the very first ball of the match.
In his following over, Archer sent back Ajinkya Rahane to reduce Delhi Capitals to 10 for 2. But before Royals could make further inroads in the game, Dhawan and Iyer steadied the ship. The duo shared an 85-run stand before Dhawan departed for 57.
His knock came off 33 balls and was studded with six fours and a couple of sixes. Iyer, on the other hand, was struggling to play the big shots and was batting on 38 off 37 balls at one stage before hitting Jaydev Unadkat for two sixes in an over to complete his fifty off 40 balls.
He was out for 53. Delhi Capitals failed to finish their innings on a strong note as they managed to score only 32 runs in the final five overs while losing four wickets. In reply, Rajasthan Royals finished on 148 for 8. Robin Uthappa top-scored for the Royals with 32.
Shikhar Dhawan’s reaction:
Speaking after the game, Shikhar Dhawan said he enjoyed leading the side. The stand-in skipper said Delhi were confident of getting the work done because of lack of depth in Royals’ batting. Royals were 86 for 2 at the start of the 11th over before suffering a mini-collapse and eventually finishing on 148.
“I am glad that we won this game. Coming back into this was a great team effort. Quite enjoyed it. We always believed we had a chance. We knew their batting is not that deep.
“We knew we could get into them if we got the top order. And we have got experience in the bowling. Now we have got a gun bowler in Anrich. And Tushar bowled smartly too, bowling slower balls, making them hit to the bigger boundary,” said Shikhar Dhawan.