Dhawan’s Record Ton Goes in Vain: The Capitals Face First Loss in Dubai

KXIP vs DC in 50 Words

It was all Dhawan in the first innings. He scored an unbeaten 106* off 61 balls - his second consecutive ton - while the rest of the batters combined for 54 off 59. We reduced Punjab to 56/3 defending 165, before Pooran took the game away with a blitzkrieg.

Dha-One and Only

The coin toss went Shreyas Iyer’s way, and he had no hesitation in opting to bat first. Our openers went into this game with a contrasting string of scores behind them - Dhawan with 227 runs in his last three outings, and Shaw with 4. Unfortunately for Shaw, it showed in the way they started as well.

Glenn Maxwell took the new ball first up, and proved to be expensive as Shikhar came out with great intent yet again. 13 runs came off the first over with a four and a six. His approach didn’t change with the pacers too, as he danced down the track to Arshdeep and creamed one over cover. Normally a free-flowing player, Prithvi Shaw on the other hand was low on confidence. He top-edged a boundary, but skied one to Maxwell a few deliveries later to depart for 7.

Iyer walked in (straight from the nets, probably) and deposited Neesham over the extra cover fence on his second ball for as beautiful a six as you could see. At the other end, Gabbar was putting away boundaries with ease, scoring four of them in the last two overs of the powerplay - An edged cut, a lofted straight drive, and two pulls.



Despite a slow start to the tournament, Shikhar went past 400 runs for this season in just the tenth match with a clip off his pads for four. The southpaw brought up his half-century off just 28 balls soon after to become the first Indian to score 40 fifties in the history of the IPL. However, at the other end, Shreyas Iyer had to walk back after a soft dismissal down the leg side into Rahul’s gloves.

There was hardly a ball that wasn’t hitting the middle of Dhawan’s Kookaburra. He creamed a sweep off Bishnoi over square leg to go past 5000 IPL runs, becoming the fifth member of an elite club.



Rishabh Pant’s return did not go as well as he’d hoped. He mistimed a big hit off Maxwell’s bowling straight into Mayank’s hands at long on to head to the dugout for 14. Despite the fall of the wicket, Shikhar found a boundary every over until the penultimate. It seemed like Dhawan was batting on a belter and the rest of the batters were playing on a minefield. Marcus Stoinis could only muster 9 runs from his innings of 10 deliveries before falling to Shami.

At 18.4, Shikhar Dhawan etched his name into the IPL record books. He became the first cricketer to score back-to-back IPL hundreds. The trademark celebration came out as he soaked in the moment with well-deserved applause from his teammates and opponents.



Nobody apart from Gabbar got going, not even in the death overs, and we ended up with 164/5. Shikhar was unbeaten on 106* off 61, the second-highest score was 14. The opener had now scored 333 runs in his last four games and was dismissed only once. Some form, that! However, the onus was on the bowlers to defend a modest total once more.

P.S. Honestly, Mr. Shikhar Dhawan, it is getting difficult for us now to keep track of all the milestones you reach and all the records you break. We aren’t complaining though. You do you, Gabbar.


Pooran’s Onslaught Proves to be the Game-changer

Daniel Sams stood at the top of his mark with the new ball to bowl the first over on IPL debut. KL Rahul was given an early gift in the form of a free hit in a strange manner, as Sams knocked the stumps at the non-striker’s end with his hands. Rahul made the most of it, putting the half-volley into the stands over long off. His innings didn’t last long though, with Axar Patel getting us the first wicket in the third over of the powerplay.

At 24/1 after four overs, the phase with the field restrictions was going well for us until the Universe Boss decided to wreck it all with three fours and two sixes to score 26 runs in Tushar’s first over.

Immediately, Ashwin was brought on to get rid of the big man and he delivered with some beautiful off-spin bowling to hit the timber.



A terrible mix up resulted in Mayank Agarwal’s wicket in the same over. At 56/3, it looked like we had the hold on the innings.

Nicholas Pooran had other ideas, though. He came out all guns blazing and plundered fours and sixes off every bowler at will. One could only gasp at some of those monstrous hits.

Pooran spared no one. Deshpande was taken for another fifteen runs as his figures read 0/41 after two overs. Stoinis and Axar took the brunt too. In no time, he had raced to a fifty in just 27 balls. Kagiso Rabada accounted for him on the next ball, but Pooran had turned the innings on its head.



Glenn Maxwell was playing second fiddle with Pooran going berserk. But he opened up a little after the wicket, scoring three boundaries in the next three overs. When Rabada struck again to send him back to the pavilion for 32, Punjab were left with just 18 to get from 25 deliveries.

The game was pretty much in Punjab’s bag, and Neesham completed the formalities on the last ball of the 19th over with a sweetly timed heave over mid-wicket.

Not our best outing, but the learnings will be taken into the next encounter.


Brief Scores

Delhi Capitals 164/5 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 106* off 61, Mohammed Shami 2/28, James Neesham 1/17); Kings XI Punjab 167/5 in 19 overs (Nicholas Pooran 53 off 28, Glenn Maxwell 32 off 24, Kagiso Rabada 2/27, Ravichandran Ashwin 1/27, Axar Patel 1/27)

Dhawan’s Record Ton Goes in Vain: The Capitals Face First Loss in Dubai

KXIP vs DC in 50 Words

It was all Dhawan in the first innings. He scored an unbeaten 106* off 61 balls - his second consecutive ton - while the rest of the batters combined for 54 off 59. We reduced Punjab to 56/3 defending 165, before Pooran took the game away with a blitzkrieg.

Dha-One and Only

The coin toss went Shreyas Iyer’s way, and he had no hesitation in opting to bat first. Our openers went into this game with a contrasting string of scores behind them - Dhawan with 227 runs in his last three outings, and Shaw with 4. Unfortunately for Shaw, it showed in the way they started as well.

Glenn Maxwell took the new ball first up, and proved to be expensive as Shikhar came out with great intent yet again. 13 runs came off the first over with a four and a six. His approach didn’t change with the pacers too, as he danced down the track to Arshdeep and creamed one over cover. Normally a free-flowing player, Prithvi Shaw on the other hand was low on confidence. He top-edged a boundary, but skied one to Maxwell a few deliveries later to depart for 7.

Iyer walked in (straight from the nets, probably) and deposited Neesham over the extra cover fence on his second ball for as beautiful a six as you could see. At the other end, Gabbar was putting away boundaries with ease, scoring four of them in the last two overs of the powerplay - An edged cut, a lofted straight drive, and two pulls.



Despite a slow start to the tournament, Shikhar went past 400 runs for this season in just the tenth match with a clip off his pads for four. The southpaw brought up his half-century off just 28 balls soon after to become the first Indian to score 40 fifties in the history of the IPL. However, at the other end, Shreyas Iyer had to walk back after a soft dismissal down the leg side into Rahul’s gloves.

There was hardly a ball that wasn’t hitting the middle of Dhawan’s Kookaburra. He creamed a sweep off Bishnoi over square leg to go past 5000 IPL runs, becoming the fifth member of an elite club.



Rishabh Pant’s return did not go as well as he’d hoped. He mistimed a big hit off Maxwell’s bowling straight into Mayank’s hands at long on to head to the dugout for 14. Despite the fall of the wicket, Shikhar found a boundary every over until the penultimate. It seemed like Dhawan was batting on a belter and the rest of the batters were playing on a minefield. Marcus Stoinis could only muster 9 runs from his innings of 10 deliveries before falling to Shami.

At 18.4, Shikhar Dhawan etched his name into the IPL record books. He became the first cricketer to score back-to-back IPL hundreds. The trademark celebration came out as he soaked in the moment with well-deserved applause from his teammates and opponents.



Nobody apart from Gabbar got going, not even in the death overs, and we ended up with 164/5. Shikhar was unbeaten on 106* off 61, the second-highest score was 14. The opener had now scored 333 runs in his last four games and was dismissed only once. Some form, that! However, the onus was on the bowlers to defend a modest total once more.

P.S. Honestly, Mr. Shikhar Dhawan, it is getting difficult for us now to keep track of all the milestones you reach and all the records you break. We aren’t complaining though. You do you, Gabbar.


Pooran’s Onslaught Proves to be the Game-changer

Daniel Sams stood at the top of his mark with the new ball to bowl the first over on IPL debut. KL Rahul was given an early gift in the form of a free hit in a strange manner, as Sams knocked the stumps at the non-striker’s end with his hands. Rahul made the most of it, putting the half-volley into the stands over long off. His innings didn’t last long though, with Axar Patel getting us the first wicket in the third over of the powerplay.

At 24/1 after four overs, the phase with the field restrictions was going well for us until the Universe Boss decided to wreck it all with three fours and two sixes to score 26 runs in Tushar’s first over.

Immediately, Ashwin was brought on to get rid of the big man and he delivered with some beautiful off-spin bowling to hit the timber.



A terrible mix up resulted in Mayank Agarwal’s wicket in the same over. At 56/3, it looked like we had the hold on the innings.

Nicholas Pooran had other ideas, though. He came out all guns blazing and plundered fours and sixes off every bowler at will. One could only gasp at some of those monstrous hits.

Pooran spared no one. Deshpande was taken for another fifteen runs as his figures read 0/41 after two overs. Stoinis and Axar took the brunt too. In no time, he had raced to a fifty in just 27 balls. Kagiso Rabada accounted for him on the next ball, but Pooran had turned the innings on its head.



Glenn Maxwell was playing second fiddle with Pooran going berserk. But he opened up a little after the wicket, scoring three boundaries in the next three overs. When Rabada struck again to send him back to the pavilion for 32, Punjab were left with just 18 to get from 25 deliveries.

The game was pretty much in Punjab’s bag, and Neesham completed the formalities on the last ball of the 19th over with a sweetly timed heave over mid-wicket.

Not our best outing, but the learnings will be taken into the next encounter.


Brief Scores

Delhi Capitals 164/5 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 106* off 61, Mohammed Shami 2/28, James Neesham 1/17); Kings XI Punjab 167/5 in 19 overs (Nicholas Pooran 53 off 28, Glenn Maxwell 32 off 24, Kagiso Rabada 2/27, Ravichandran Ashwin 1/27, Axar Patel 1/27)

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