Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw smashed half-centuries as last year’s losing finalists Delhi Capitals enjoyed a seven-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
The brilliant Dhawan made 85 off 54 balls and Shaw scored 72 off 38 deliveries as Delhi romped to their target on 3-190 with eight balls to spare on Saturday.
Chennai, put into bat, owed their total of 7-188 to veteran Suresh Raina’s 54 and a rapid 34 off 15 balls by Sam Curran in the death overs.
Ravichandran Ashwin (1-47) and Tom Curran (1-40) proved expensive for Delhi, but new ball bowlers Chris Woakes (2-18) and Avesh Khan (2-23) brought their team back in the game with steady bowling.
Khan, the 24-year-old fast bowler, had the key wicket of Faf du Plessis off his fourth ball before he returned and knocked back the stumps of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as both experienced Twenty20 batsmen went without scoring.
Dhawan and Shaw took the game away from Chennai with their aggressive opening stand of 138.
India’s white-ball specialist Shardul Thakur was smashed for 11 boundaries off his 3.4 overs as the fast bowler conceded 53 runs before getting Dhawan lbw in the 17th over.
Shaw, who was twice dropped, hit nine fours and three sixes before Moeen Ali finally hung onto a catch at deep cover off Dwayne Bravo.
Rishabh Pant, who was handed the captaincy for this season’s IPL after Shreyas Iyer was ruled out due to injury, made an unbeaten 15.
He raised the victory with a straight boundary against the expensive Thakur.