DC vs KKR: Live Blog | Live Scorecard | Target for KKR – 229
4 overs: KKR 39/1
3.4 overs: SIX! Shubman Gill (15*) smacks Anrich Nortje over deep square leg for his first maximum. KKR 39/1
3 overs: KKR 27/1
Big over for Kolkata as Nitish Rana (16*) smacked Ravi Ashwin for two sixes in it. The spinner leaked 15 runs in his first over.
2.2 overs: SIX! Nitish Rana (9*) smacks Ashwin over deep square leg for a six. KKR 19/1
* Bowling change: Ravi Ashwin comes into attack.
2 overs: KKR 12/1
Brilliant start from Anrich Nortje – a wicket and 8 runs from it including 4 byes.
1.2 overs: OUT! Anrich Nortje cleans up Sunil Narine for 3. KKR 8/1
Narine’s horrible run with the bat continues.
* Anrich Nortje will share the new ball with Kagiso Rabada
1 over: KKR 4/0
Good, tidy start from Kagiso Rabada, just four runs off it.
Welcome Back! Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine to start the KKR run chase. Kagiso Rabada with the ball for DC.
Shreyas Iyer (88* off 38 balls; 6x6s & 7x4s):“Relief getting this knock. Getting a few starts in the previous game, I wanted to convert this one. Definitely over par on this wicket, but can’t be satisfied. Learned that you can’t keep bowling one line and length. Have to be consistent with variations. Wicket will get slower and slower now. Just wanted an initial start which I mostly get. And then wanted to isolate. Hopefully I keep the momentum going. Fielders have to put in a lot of effort and save twos. Anything that’s mistimed is going over the boundary line. Have to be consistent in the field.”
* DC set 229-run target for KKR
Sent in to bat, Delhi Capitals scored an imposing 228 for four against Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match in Sharjah on Saturday. Skipper Shreyas Iyer top-scored for the Capitals with an unbeaten 88 while Prithvi Shaw made 66. Andre Russell was the pick of the bowlers for KKR with figures of 2/29 from his four overs.
20 overs: DC 228/4
Brilliant finish from Andre Russell – a wicket and 7 runs off the final over. Russell’s final figures: 4-0-29-2
19.1 overs: OUT! Andre Russell dismisses Marcus Stoinis (1). DC 221/4
Stoinis hit it straight to Varun Chakravarthy at short fine leg.
19 overs: DC 221/3
4, 2, 6, 1, 1, 6 – Shreyas Iyer (88*) scored 20 off Varun Chakravarthy’s over as he smacked two sixes and a four in it. The question now is – will Iyer score a hundred tonight?
18 overs: DC 201/3
Andre Russell ended his over with a wicket followed by a dot ball, but still leaked 15 runs in it.
17.5 overs: OUT! Andre Russell dismisses Rishabh Pant (38). DC 201/3
After hitting a six and two fours in successive deliveries, Pant was caught by Shivam Mavi at long-on. A brilliant cameo from Pant as he hit a six and five fours during his 17-ball 38 innings.
17.2 overs: SIX! It’s raining sixes in Sharjah. Rishabh Pant (30*) joins the party and smacks Andre Russell over deep mid-wicket for his first maximum. DC 193/2
17 overs: DC 186/2
6, 1, 1, 4, 4, 1 – Skipper Shreyas Iyer (68* off 32) leading the run charge front for Delhi. He started Pat Cummins over and added two back-to-back fours too as the pacer leaked 17 runs and finished his spell with the figures of 0 for 49 in 4 overs. Tough night for the Aussie.
16.1 overs: SIX! Shreyas Iyer (58*) smacks Pat Cummins over midwicket for his fourth maximum. DC 175/2
16 overs: DC 169/2
4, 1, 4, 1, 4, 4 – Big over for Delhi as Rishabh Pant (23*) ended the Shivam Mavi over with back-to-back fours as the pacer leaked 18 runs in it. Delhi are on the move for a massive total.
* FIFTY for Shreyas Iyer off 26 balls, his 14th in IPL. DC 160/2
This is Iyer’s fastest fifty in IPL and he hit three sixes and four fours to reach the landmark.
15 overs: DC 151/2
Decent over from Kamlesh Nagarkoti, just 9 runs off it which included two wides.
14 overs: DC 142/2
Shreyas Iyer (43*) ended the Pat Cummins over with a four to score 11 off it. Cummins was doing good by not leaking a boundary till the last ball. Delhi definitely is good for 200 plus, if there is no horrible collapse in the near future.
13 overs: DC 131/2
A wicket and 10 runs from Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s second over. And the platform is set for Delhi to launch a final assault on the KKR bowlers in the next seven overs.
12.4 overs: OUT! Kamlesh Nagarkoti strikes to dismiss Prithvi Shaw (66). DC 129/2
BIG WICKET! Nagarkoti provided KKR a massive breakthrough as Shaw was looking in destructive mode tonight. Shaw started the over with his fourth six, hitting the pacer over deep midwicket. But the young pacer had the last laugh as the Delhi opener managed only the toe-end of his bat while trying for another big hit and Shubman Gill took a good catch at long-on. Shaw hit four sixes and four fours during his quick-fire 41-ball 66 innings.
12 overs: DC 121/1
Back-to-back 16 runs overs for Delhi. Prithvi Shaw (59*) hit a four off the second delivery in the Varun Chakravarthy’s over before Shreyas Iyer (36*) smacked a six and a four in three balls. Delhi marching towards a big total in Sharjah.
11.4 overs: SIX! Shreyas Iyer (32*) smacks Varun Chakravarthy over long-on for his third maximum. DC 117/1
11 overs: DC 105/1
Shreyas Iyer (25*) and Prithvi Shaw (54*) hit a six each off Kamlesh Nagarkoti in the over as the young pacer conceded 16 runs in his first over.
* FIFTY for Prithvi Shaw (53*) off 35 balls, his 6th in IPL. DC 97/1
Shaw brought up his fifty with a big six over long-on off Kamlesh Nagarkoti. Shaw hit three sixes and an equal number of fours to reach the landmark. CLASS ACT!
Bowling change: Kamlesh Nagarkoti comes into the attack
10 overs: DC 89/1 at the half-way mark
A six and five singles – Sunil Narine conceded 11 runs in his second over. Expensive spell so far for the West Indies spinner – 0 for 26 in 2 overs.
9.2 overs: SIX! Shreyas Iyer (15*) joins the six-hitting party, smacks Sunil Narine over midwicket for his first maximum. DC 85/1
9 overs: DC 78/1
Brilliant stuff from Andre Russell as he gave away just three singles in the over. Good spell with the ball for Russell as he has so far gave away just 7 singles in two overs.
8 overs: DC 75/1
Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer (8*) ended Shivam Mavi over with his first boundary of the match – a four through the gap between the bowler and the mid-off fielder. The pacer leaked 14 runs in the over, which included a six hit by Prithvi Shaw (41*).
7.4 overs: SIX! Prithvi Shaw (40*) smacks Shivam Mavi over extra cover for his second maximum. Classy inside-out shot from the right-hander. DC 70/1
7 overs: DC 61/1
Brilliant start from Andre Russell with the ball, gave away just four singles in his first over.
* Another bowling change: Andre Russell comes into the attack
6 overs: DC 57/1
End of Powerplay! Another brilliant over from Varun Chakravarthy – a wicket and six runs from it.
5.5 overs: OUT! Varun Chakravarthy gets rid of Shikhar Dhawan (26). DC 56/1
Big Breakthrough! Dhawan was in his element tonight. This time he top-edged one and it went straight up in the sky. And it took a good catch from Eoin Morgan to send back the Delhi opener. Dhawan hit a couple of sixes and two fours in his 16-ball knock.
5 overs: DC 51/0
Sunil Narine conceded 15 runs in his first over, which included two big sixes hit by Shikhar Dhawan.
* 50 comes up for DC in 4.4 overs – 50/0
4.3 overs: BOOM! 6, 6 – Shikhar Dhawan (25*) smacks back-to-back sixes off Sunil Narine over square leg. DC 49/0
* Bowling change from both ends: Sunil Narine comes into the attack
4 overs: DC 36/0
Despite of a four hit by Shikhar Dhawan (13*), Varun Chakravarthy started his spell with a decent over as the spinner gave away just 7 runs in it.
* Bowling change: Spinner Varun Chakravarthy comes into the attack
3 overs: DC 29/0
A four and a six in consecutive balls and Pat Cummins leaked 13 in his second over. Good start for DC.
2.5 overs: SIX! After hitting a four over midwicket in the previous delivery, Prithvi Shaw (20*) smacks Pat Cummins over the same area for the first maximum of the match. Terrific start from the Delhi opener. DC 28/0
2 overs: DC 16/0
Back-to-back 8 runs overs for DC. This time Dhawan hit a four off Mavi in the over.
1.1 overs: FOUR! Shikhar Dhawan (6*) opens his boundary count with a cut over short third man off Shivam Mavi. DC 12/0
* Young Shivam Mavi will share the new ball with Pat Cummins
1 over: DC 8/0
Confident start from DC openers, especially Prithvi Shaw (6) as Pat Cummins conceded 8 in the first over.
0.4 overs:FOUR! Prithvi Shaw (5*) hits it straight to long-on for the first boundary of the contest, off Pat Cummins. DC 6/0
Here we go…Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan to start the DC innings. Pat Cummins with the ball for KKR.
Playing XIs:
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (w), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Amit Mishra, Harshal Patel
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (w/c), Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy
TOSS | Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik wins the toss, opts to bowl against Delhi Capitals.
Captains at the toss:
Shreyas Iyer:“Would’ve also looked to bowl considering the dew. Wicket looks amazing. Happy to bat as well. Have talked about it. Have got slow starts in the last few games. Important we don’t lose wickets in pp. Have batsmen who can come in the later half and cover up. Ashwin in for Axar. Harshal in for Ishant. They have left-handers. Harshal gives batting down the order.”
Dinesh Karthik:“Going to bowl first. Maybe a little bit to do with the dew. Both games so far have gone with the bowling team. We’re on the right path. Instead of Kuldeep, we have Rahul Tripathi. Wanted to add depth to our batting. This is like every Indian ground we play on. Nothing new.”

Pitch Report:
“It is the most amazing pitch. It is absolutely beautiful; a batsman’s paradise. It is going to be key for the fast bowling to get it right at the end. They have got to get their yorkers right. The standard of bowling hasn’t been the standard you would expect. With the dew factor here, it will be very difficult to defend.” – Kevin Pietersen and Michael Slater
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Match 16 of the Indian Premier League 2020 between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah.
“Coming off an unlucky loss, we just weren’t at our best for that game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. But, there’s no panicking by any means” – Delhi Capitals bowling coach Ryan Harris
Pre-match talks…

* Andre Russell has dismissed Shreyas Iyer four times in 48 balls in IPL
* In IPL 2020, Sharjah has seen the highest run-rate in the death overs (13.74)
* Kagiso Rabada has picked up two wickets or more in each of his last ten IPL matches, and has an average of 9.64 in death overs.


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