It was supposed to be a Saturday evening six-hitting contest in Sharjah masquerading as a T20 game. There were 28 hits in the game all right but if Delhi Capitals (DC) notched up an 18-run win and moved to the top of the table, it was because Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) reply floundered in the middle after a flourish in the beginning and end.
It was ironic that Andre Russell conceded only seven in the last over and took a wicket. Ironic because despite that excellent effort, DC set KKR a record chase of 229. On a wicket that glistened under the lights, Prithvi Shaw started the sixes carnage after KKR put them in and though Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmeyer all hit over-boundaries, no one came close to DC skipper Shreyas Iyer who hit six of them on way to a masterly 88 off 38 balls that also included seven boundaries.