Shikhar Dhawan scored his first half-century of the season and shared a 85-run stand with skipper Shreyas Iyer as Delhi capitals posted a competitive 162 for four against Mumbai Indians in an IPL match, in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Dhawan gave himself enough time to play sheet anchor’s role even as MI bowlers did a decent job in the slog overs to not let the batsmen play too many big shots.

Dhawan’s unbeaten 69-run knock came off 52 balls with six fours and a six, while Iyer’s 33-ball 42 had five shots to the fence.

After Prithvi Shaw (4) was snared early by Trent Boult and Ajinkya Rahane too following him back in the dug out soon, there were no free runs for the Capitals in the beginning after electing to bat.

Rahane, playing his first game of the season, was trapped in front of the wicket by Krunal Pandya, introduced timely by MI skipper Rohit Sharma, considering that the India Test vice-captain struggles against left-arm spinners.

With in-form Iyer and Dhawan at the crease, the boundaries came here and there. It kept the scoreboard ticking at a decent run-rate.

Iyer’s trademark along the ground-strokes, played with straight bat, were effective and a treat to watch. Dhawan chugged along nicely as the two batsmen formed a substantial partnership.

Krunal broke the stand by getting rid of Iyer, who was holed out to Boult at deep mid-wicket.

It brought Marcus Stonis (13) to the crease. The Australian hit two cracking boundaries but was run out in a mix up with Dhawan.

Rohit smartly used his spinners in the middle overs and and kept Jasprit Bumrah’s quota for the slog overs.

Spin duo of Krunal (2/26) and Rahul Chahar conceded only 53 runs in their eight overs.

Scoreboard

Delhi Capitals Innings: Prithvi Shaw c Krunal Pandya b Boult 4; Shikhar Dhawan not out 69; Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Krunal Pandya 15; Shreyas Iyer c Boult b Krunal Pandya 42; Marcus Stoinis run out (Yadav/Chahar) 13; Alex Carey not out 14. Extras: (W-5) 5

Total: (for 4 wickets in 20 overs) 162

Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-24, 3-109, 4-130

Mumbai Indians bowling: Trent Boult 4-0-36-1, James Pattinson 3-0-37-0, Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-26-0, Krunal Pandya 4-0-26-2, Kieron Pollard 1-0-10-0, Rahul Chahar 4-0-27-0.



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