IPL 2019: Match 26, KKR vs DC – Delhi Capitals Player Ratings

IPL 2019: Match 26, KKR vs DC – Delhi Capitals Player Ratings

DC registered their first win at Eden Gardens since 2012.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

The Delhi Capitals managed to tame down the spirited Kolkata Knight Riders side in their own den at the Eden Gardens. This was the first win for DC at the venue since 2012. The Shreyas Iyer-led side did exceedingly well in the match to overcome the threat of Andre Russell, and then their own demons of run chases. They chased down the total with relative ease and sealed the game with 7 wickets in hand.

In the match, the Capitals had won the toss and opted to bowl first. They had a dream start with Ishant Sharma sending Joe Denly back in the hut on the very first ball of the match. Things went at a sluggish rate for the Knight Riders but soon picked up the pace as the innings progressed, with Shubman Gill making most out of his opportunity to open the innings. Gill top scored with a defining 65 and it was Russell again who proved to be the key man for KKR in the end overs. Russell’s quick 45 helped KKR finish with 178/7 in their 20 overs.

In the run chase, DC lost Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw early. Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant then added a 105 run stand for the third wicket to bring their side back in the game and also in a commanding position. Pant fell short of his fifty by four runs but Dhawan rallied along nicely. Towards the end, it was a bit of an anti-climax as Dhawan was left stranded on an unbeaten 97 with Colin Ingram hitting a six to finish off things for the Capitals and register a clinical win.

Here are the DC Player Ratings for the match:

Prithvi Shaw – 4/10

Prithvi Shaw had a wonderful start to the innings. The youngster smashed two powerful sixes to announce his arrival at the crease. He was then undone by a swinging delivery by Prasidh Krishna. He ended up edging it and Dinesh Karthik grabbed a stunner. This perhaps sums up the story of the season for Shaw. He gets off to a good start with a few shots, and then fails to convert it to a big score.

Shikhar Dhawan – 9.5/10

Ever since the season commenced, team DC had their task cut out for Shikhar Dhawan. They had told the southpaw that they want him to provide the stable starts at the top just the same way he did for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the previous seasons. Dhawan had largely failed thus far in the season, but came to the fore in this game. Dhawan scored his career-best score of an unbeaten 97 in the match. He was unfortunate to have missed out on a well deserved century. Dhawan’s 97 came off 63 balls with 11 fours and 2 sixes.

Shreyas Iyer – 3/10

Shreyas Iyer had scored his first fifty of the season when DC took the field last time. He was expected to back it up with another good innings in this match but he largely failed to do so. He perished early in the run chase having scored just 6. However, he was very impressive with his captaincy yet again. He shuffled his bowling resources really well to keep the KKR down to 178.

Rishabh Pant – 8.5/10

Rishabh Pant showed his characteristic traits yet again in this game. He played every part that he has been renowned for. He was good with the gloves. With the bat, he showed some character by taking his time to settle in. He then decided to up the ante and hit some lovely shots, including his trademark one-handed six. But as has been the case throughout the season, Pant lost patience and perished just before the game could close out. He scored 46 off 31 balls with four boundaries and a couple of sixes to his name.

Colin Ingram – 7/10

Colin Ingram had a lovely start to the IPL this season but seemed to have lost his track as the days progressed. He came good for his side in this particular game. He arrived at the crease with 18 runs needed to win. Ingram remained unbeaten on 14 off 6 balls and hit the winning runs for the side. He finished off with a six for the Capitals.

Chris Morris – 8.5/10

The scorecard might not suggest so but Chris Morris was the best bowler for DC in the match. The way the veteran South African nailed yorkers at will was amazing. He managed to tame Andre Russell as well and dismissed him with a well planned delivery. He also took the wicket of Nitish Rana in the match to finish with figures of 2/38 in his quota of four overs.

Axar Patel – 4/10

Axar Patel had an excellent start to his spell in the match. Patel ensured that the pressure inflicted by the DC new ball bowlers on the KKR batters stayed on. He conceded only 5 runs of the first two overs that he bowled. However, he could not finish things in the same way and ended up giving away 25 runs in his next two overs to finish with 0/30 in his four overs.

Keemo Paul – 4/10

Keemo Paul was back in the playing eleven for this game. The Windies all-rounder did not get a chance to bat in the match. With the ball in hand, he had a rough day at the office. He was the most expensive bowler for the DC in the match. He conceded as many as 46 runs in his spell. Much to his relief, he managed to pick up two wickets towards the end of the KKR innings.

Rahul Tewatia – Unassigned

Rahul Tewatia did not get a chance to bat in this game. His leg spinners were also not needed. He made his presence felt on the field by taking a catch and dropped one too.

Kagiso Rabada – 5.5/10

Kagiso Rabada did not have the best of days on the field. When these two sides had clashed last time, it was Rabada who was the hero of the game. All eyes were on the Rabada vs Andre Russell battle. As things turned out on the day, it was Russell who had the upper hand. Rabada ended up conceding 42 runs in his four overs despite having bowled 10 dot balls in his spell. Rabada, however, managed to pick two key wickets in the match – that of Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa.

Ishant Sharma – 8/10

Ishant Sharma provided a brilliant start to DC in this game. On the very first ball of the match, Ishant sent KKR debutante Joe Denly packing for a golden duck. He bowled an economical spell up front to keep things tight, and also bowled a maiden in this game. He finished with decent figures of 1/21 in the four overs that he bowled on the day.

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