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IPL 2020: Shikhar Dhawan scored his 39th IPL fifty and go pass Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, and Rohit Sharma

October 16, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Delhi Capitals opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan on Wednesday dashed away to one more IPL half-century. The southpaw scored it off only 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 turn into the Indian batsman with the most number of the fifties in the Indian Premier League. Before the game against RR, Dhawan was tied with the three batsmen on 38 fifties.

This was additionally Dhawan's second back to back fifty in IPL 2020 after he hit an unbeaten 69 off 52 balls against the Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. In spite of the fact that he was given the 'Gamechanger of the Match' award for his innings in the last match, he was later additionally savaged via social media for the slow innings that he had proceeded to play in a losing cause.

In any case, on Wednesday there were no such issues, as the batsman dashed to one more fifty off only 30 balls - his quickest half-century batting first in the IPL. Aside from that, it was likewise a proper innings as the batsman at no time appeared to slog the ball, however, had been hitting good cricketing strokes.

Dhawan steadied the DC innings after the wicket fell in the first over

More than that, he likewise assumed a significant role in balancing out the Delhi Capitals innings after his opening partner Prithvi Shaw was castled by Jofra Archer off the very first ball of the match. No.3 batsman Ajinkya Rahane additionally got out very soon to long-on and DC at one point were 10/2 out of 3 overs.

Dhawan at that point sewed up an 85-run partnership with his captain 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 balls, hitting six fours and two sixes in his innings.

The Rajasthan Royals made troublesome work out of a chase that for most occasions was inside their grip. They missed out their batsmen to strokes that weren't generally needed with regards to the game, and in the end, lost the match by 13 runs. This makes their hope of going to the playoffs much more difficult. The Royals have now dominated just 3 matches out of 8 and are put at No. 7 in the points table.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth