It was the first time in this year’s IPL that Delhi came out roaring. Prithvi and Munro opened the innings in a grand way. In no time, Delhi found themselves in the front seat before Munro got out in the 7th over. Munro scored a quick 18-ball 33 and played a vital art in helping Delhi reach 60 runs in 7 overs.
As Munro returned to the dug-out, in came the new Delhi Daredevils’ captain, Shreyas Iyer. Captaincy brought out the best of him. With Prithvi Shaw, he put a stand of 68 runs in 7-overs. Prithvi got out in the 14th over of the game, scoring a magnificent 62 off 42 balls. Shreyas, on the other end, batted till the end and played one gem of an innings. He hit every bowler out-of-park. With just 3 beautiful fours and 10 marvelous sixes, Shreyas scored an exceptional 93 off just 40 balls. It was his innings that helped Delhi reach a total of 219-4 in their 20-overs.
None of the KKR bowlers could disturb Delhi. They did no harm to Delhi’s batting performance with every bowler conceding runs with a minimum economy of 8.2.
As KKR batsmen came in to chase the big total, they found themselves in all sorts of trouble when their opener, Chris Lynn got out in the 2nd over itself. Within 2 balls, Robin Uthappa returned to the pavilion, followed by Sunil Narine. In the 6th over, KKR were fighting at 46-4. Shubham Gill and Andre Russell did give some fight to Delhi, but it just wasn’t enough. Shubham’s 29-ball 37 and Russell’s 30-ball 44 just couldn’t build the kind of fear that was necessary to challenge a score as big as 219. In their quota of 20-overs, KKR could just manage to score 164-9, thus losing the match by a huge margin of 55 runs.
It was a dream match for Shreyas. Leading the side for the first time, he played an amazing captain’s knock and made sure that his team won the contest quite comfortably in the end.
I hope Shreyas’ captaincy turns things around for the Daredevils.