Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw is in blazing form as he put up another match-winning performance on Thursday, against the Kolkata Knight Riders to help his side to their fifth win of the season.
Prithvi Shaw smashed his third half-century of the tournament in his 7th innings – he hit 2 fifties in the entire season last year – and has continued his supreme touch from the Vijay Hazare Trophy where he shattered records amassing 827 runs at an average of 165.
The right-hander practically killed the chase of 155 runs in the first over of the innings when he took apart Shivam Mavi for 6 fours, after the pacer started with a wide. Prithvi Shaw didn’t look back as he went on to score 82 runs off 41 deliveries with the help of 11 boundaries and 3 sixes. Mavi wasn’t called up for another over in the rest of the game after the belting he received in the opening over.
After the game, while the customary shake of hands, the pacer, frustratedly, grabbed the opener by the scruff of his neck and his wrist, letting the opener know his pain. However, it was all in jest and friendliness as Prithvi Shaw was Shivam Mavi’s captain in the 2018 Under-19 World Cup, which India won.
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I knew where he will bowl to me: Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw, who clattered the fastest fifty of the season so far in 18 balls, talked about the first over from Mavi. He said that he could anticipate the deliveries due to playing for years with the pacer in their junior years.
“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-volleys so I was prepared for the short ball but unfortunately, he didn’t bowl,” the 21-year-old said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
With the win on Thursday, the Capitals move up to the second position on the points table, joining the Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore with 5 wins each. Rishabh Pant’s side will take on KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings on Sunday.