Delhi Capitals posted the highest-ever total by any team against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League on Saturday in Sharjah. DC ended up with 228/4 in the IPL 2020 match No.16.
Historically, KKR has been a franchise which hasn’t conceded many big totals in the IPL. This was only 10th time any team posted a 200-plus total against them.
Previously, the highest total against KKR was by Delhi, when they had posted 219 for 4 in 2018.
Shreyas Iyer showed his class with a captain’s knock of 88 not out off 38 balls after Prithvi Shaw’s opening act .
If that was not enough, Rishabh Pant (38 off 17 balls) dusted off his rustiness with a quickfire knock.
If the Powerplay belonged to Shaw, who blazed his way to 66 off 41 balls with four boundaries and as many sixes, Iyer dominated the remaining part of the innings with his silken smooth batting as he scythed the opposition attack with seven fours and half a dozen sixes.
A few of Iyer’s sixes landed either in the top tier or got lost in the car park adjoining the stadium, such was the timing rather than brute force that the DC skipper used.
Containment was never possible on such a track with Capitals batsmen hitting as many as 14 sixes and 18 boundaries in the entire innings.
Andre Russell was the pick of the bowlers for KKR with figures of 2/29 from his four overs.
(With PTI inputs)