IPL 2021 by Cricbuzz Staff • Published on Share Tweet Shaw and Dhawan added 138 for the opening stand in the chase. © BCCI/IPL The runners-up of the 2020 edition made a strong start to this IPL with a resounding victory in their opening game against Chennai Super Kings in Wankhede, Mumbai. Despite a powerful fifty on comeback from Suresh Raina, he was outclassed by Delhi Capitals’ opening duo later in the day. Why couldn’t CSK defend 188? Because of Prithvi Shaw (72 off 38) and Shikhar Dhawan (85 off 54). Delhi Capitals’ openers put on a rollicking 138-run stand in under 14 overs to set up the chase. Shaw, continuing with his good run in domestic cricket, was unstoppable from the outset – driving along the ground and over – consistently against the pacers and lofting confidently against the spinners. He was supported equally by Dhawan, who gave little respite from the other end. A powerplay score of 65 allowed them to approach the chase with comfort thereafter. Why couldn’t Shaw and Dhawan be stopped? Skipper MS Dhoni alluded to the dew factor playing a role, as well as the pitch becoming slightly better for batting in the second… Read full this story
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