IPL 2020, DC vs CSK: Shikhar Dhawan remained unbeaten on 101 off 58 balls.BCCI / IPL
Delhi-based opener Shikhar Dhawan scored his IPL century against three-time champions Chennai Super Kings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Dhawan completed the century in the ulti 57 balls. With his fours and one four, he defeated CSK by five wickets and topped the eight-team table, beating defending champions Mumbai Indians. Apart from his superb batting, Dhawan was also supported by his opponents who dropped four catches. Chasing the target of 180, Dhawan lost his second opener Prithvi Shaw on the same ball. He was dismissed and was caught by Deepak Chahar. Leaving the Delhi capital in a precarious position, Ajinkya Rahane failed to bat in the third match in a row.
However, in the last few matches, Dhawan accepted the challenge and formed a strong 68-run partnership with skipper Shreyas Iyer.
Dhawan hit a brilliant four and hit a powerful six off Sam Curran’s head to score a total of 91 in the 17th over. However, there was no sign of nerves and in the next over he hit a four and reached the highest score of his IPL career.
Dhawan found only a small gap in one of his magical three-figure points as the on-field umpires missed a slug-sweep against Sam Curran, but he made good use of technology and immediately challenged the decision.
The replay showed that there was no contact between the bat and the ball and the on-field umpires had to reverse his original decision.
To complete his first century in the IPL, he hit a single off the last ball of the same over and, most importantly, sustained a strike in the last over.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja did not gamble on the last ball. Because often Patel took him to the cleaners and hit three big sixes to seal the victory for his side.