After realizing the lack of pace in the wicket from, Kartik Tyagi, who’s coming off a sensational last over versus Punjab Kings, bowled a short of a good length delivery around the off-stump line of Dhawan, who looked to defend it with soft hands.
The ball, however, rolled back and, on one bounce, hit the base of the stumps; the bails – the fairly heavy zing bails – fell off the stumps, leaving the opener in dismay while young Kartik Tyagi continues to make giant strides.
Delhi Capitals start slow, losing both the openers
After being put in to bat first by Sanju Samson, Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw found it difficult to get going – they managed just a single boundary in the first three overs – as the Royals’ bowlers adjusted nicely to the surface in Abu Dhabi, which was uncharacteristic to how it had been so far.
The left-hander fell to Karik Tyagi for 8 off 8 in the fourth over before Shaw (10 off 12) followed him back next over, courtesy of some smart change of pace from Chetan Sakariya. Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer, the current captain and the former captain, now have the duty to take their side out of trouble to a decent total.
At the time of writing, DC have ended the powerplay at 36/2 as both Pant and Iyer hit their first boundaries of the game. A victory for the Capitals on Saturday will take them to the top of the table once again and also seal their berth for the playoffs. The Royals will enter the top four if they win over Delhi.