Prithvi Shaw slams his fifth IPL half-century to steer DC to a dominant start

The right-hander scored a flurry of boundaries along with Dhawan to keep the scoreboard moving at the start.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

After clinching their first IPL 2020 encounter in an enthralling super over, Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals locked horns with MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings at Dubai International Stadium. After being put to bat first, DC had a steady start after Prithi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan stitched 36 runs in the first six overs of the Powerplay.

20-year-old Shaw, after scoring just 5 runs in his previous game, was expected to script an impressive knock against a commanding Chennai side. And the youngster didn’t disappoint as he slammed his fifth half-century in the IPL.

Shaw, however, was initially given a lifeline on the second ball of the innings. Trying to slap it over covers, his bat picked a thin nick before the ball went behind to wicketkeeper MS Dhoni’s gloves. But, CSK players, unaware of the edge, failed to appeal and the youngster was given a crucial lifeline. He immediately followed it up by smashing two fours on the next two deliveries.

The right-hander scored a flurry of boundaries along with Dhawan to keep the scoreboard moving at the start. Shaw hit 9 fours and a six in impressive knock, scoring 64 runs in just 43 deliveries. DC fans were rooting for Shaw to pave his way to his maiden IPL ton but his show came to a halt in the 13th over.

Prithvi Shaw slammed 9 fours and a six in his knock

Veteran spinner Piyush Chawla, after being ineffective in his previous game against Rajasthan Royals, sent Prithvi back to the pavilion. Shaw looked to drive the ball but it eventually rolled towards wicketkeeper Dhoni who pulled off a brilliant stumping.

Shaw had already done his job of steering his side to an impressive start with his 43-ball 64. He, along with Dhawan, weaved an impressive 94-run opening stand and laid the foundation of a big total for DC. Despite missing out on a much-needed century, Twitter lauded young Shaw for his splendid show with the bat.

The Mumbai starlet, after making his IPL debut in 2018, has now scored 667 runs in 27 matches at an average of 24.70. Shaw was on the verge of scoring his maiden IPL ton in previous year’s IPL. However, while batting on 99 against Kolkata Knight Riders, he played a rash shot and missed his century by the narrowest of margins. He also became the 2nd batsmen in IPL history to be dismissed on 99.

Delhi Capitals, meanwhile, have amassed 124 runs in the first 15 overs. After the departure of Shaw and Dhawan, skipper Iyer and swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant are in the middle.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Prithvi Shaw’s batting show:

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