Delhi Capitals batsman Shikhar Dhawan hit his 39th IPL fifty on Wednesday to go past Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma to become the Indian with most fifties in the Indian Premier League.
Shikhar Dhawan hit his 39th IPL fifty in Delhi Capitals’ win over Rajasthan Royals (Courtesy of BCCI)
- On Wednesday, Dhawan scored 57 runs off 33 balls against the Rajasthan Royals in Dubai
- He played a key innings and stitched up an 85-run partnership with skipper Shreyas Iyer
- This is also Dhawan’s 2nd consecutive fifty after he hit an unbeaten 69 off 52 balls against MI on Sunday
Delhi Capitals opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan on Wednesday raced away to yet another IPL half-century. The southpaw scored it off just 30 balls against the Rajasthan Royals in Dubai.
This was his 39th fifty in the IPL, and it took him past Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma to become the Indian batsman with the most number of fifties in the Indian Premier League. Prior to the game against RR, Dhawan was tied with the three batsmen on 38 fifties.
This was also Dhawan’s second consecutive fifty in IPL 2020 after he hit an unbeaten 69 off 52 balls against the Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Although he was given the ‘Gamechanger of the Match‘ award for his innings in the last match, he was later also trolled on social media for the slow innings that he had gone on to play in a losing cause.
But on Wednesday there were no such issues, as the batsman raced to yet another fifty off just 30 balls — his fastest half-century batting first in the IPL.
Apart from that, it was also a very crafty innings as the batsman at no point seemed to be slogging the ball, but had been hitting good cricketing strokes.
Dhawan steadied the DC ship after initial blow
More than that, he also played an important role in stabilising the Delhi Capitals innings after his opening partner Prithvi Shaw was castled by Jofra Archer off the first ball of the match. No.3 batsman Ajinkya Rahane also perished soon after and DC at one point were 10/2 in 3 overs.
Dhawan then stitched up an 85-run partnership with his skipper Shreyas Iyer, and was key for the target of 162 that the Delhi Capitals set up for the Rajasthan Royals. Dhawan scored 57 runs off 33 deliveries, slamming six fours and two sixes in his knock.
The Rajasthan Royals made difficult work out of a chase that for most times was within their grasp. They lost out their batsmen to strokes that weren’t really required in the context of the game, and eventually lost the match by 13 runs.
This makes their way to the playoffs a lot more difficult. The Royals have now won only 3 games out of 8 and are placed at No. 7 in the points table.