IPL 2020, Match 16: Talking Points as Delhi Capitals top the points table
First Published 4, Oct 2020, 2:17 PM
Delhi Capitals (DC) won their third match of the season by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a high-scoring match. The match 16 of the season was held in Sharjah.
Another breath-taking match of high scores was witnessed at Sharjah on Saturday. A total of 228 was put on the board by Delhi Capitals (DC), which was not easily chased by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). KKR lost the match by 18 runs.
Let’s just look at some of the talking points of the high scoring match.
Sharjah’s batsman-friendly pitch
Sharjah is truly the stadium for batsmen. Just three matches at the venue have witnessed raining of nearly 1303 runs.
Delhi’s young-gun fired
The young blood, Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer made fantastic contributions with their willows. Shaw struck 66 off 41 balls, hitting four sixes and four fours. The skipper, Shreyas Iyer, was exceptional and struck 88 off just 38 balls, hitting six sixes and seven fours.
Andre Russell’s ball magic
Of all the highly uneconomical KKR bowlers, it was Russell, who bowled a brilliant spell. With an economy of seven in his spell, he conceded only 29 runs and even scalped a couple of wickets.
KKR’s struggling batting unit
Despite the fact that KKR maintained a competitive run-rate throughout the match, they also kept losing wickets. With Sunil Narine falling cheaply, Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana took to some powerful hitting. Rana had hit 58 runs off 35 balls, which included four fours and four sixes.
Till the time Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi were on the crease, DC fans experienced high pulse rates. Their partnership of 78 runs off 36 balls took an amazing drift when they gathered 43 runs in just nine balls, in the 17th and the 18th over. Monstrous Morgan hit 44 runs off 18 balls (five sixes and a four), while Tripathi struck 36 runs off 16 balls (three sixes and three fours).
Nortje-Patel balling spell
Together they took five massive wickets of KKR. Anrich Nortje had an economy of 8.2, while Harshal Patel had an economy of 8.5.