IPL 2021 DC vs MI Dhawan completes 200 runs, extends Orange Cap lead

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IPL 2021, DC vs MI: Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan completed 200 runs in IPL 2021 to extend his lead in the Orange Cap leaderboard
IPL 2021, DC vs MI: Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan completed 200 runs in IPL 2021 to extend his lead in the Orange Cap leaderboard

IPL 2021, DC vs MI: India and Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan continued his fine run of form, completing 200 runs in IPL 2021 and extending his lead in the Orange Cap leaderboard. With a fine 45 off 42 balls against Mumbai Indians in a tricky 138-run chase, Dhawan anchored Delhi’s innings after Prithvi Shaw departed early in the 2nd over and Steve Smith could not stay longer.

Shikhar Dhawan now has 231 runs in four innings including two half-centuries and 29 fours while his closest competitor, Glenn Maxwell of Royal Challengers Bangalore is 2nd on the IPL 2021 Orange Cap leaderboard with 176 runs. Maxwell also has two half-centuries.

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IPL 2021, DC vs MI: Shikhar Dhawan anchors Delhi Capitals innings after early blows

On Tuesday, he wasn’t a flamboyant batsman who was smashing bowlers all over the park. Rather he was slow in his approach. With a slow Chepauk wicket assisting spinners, Dhawan took a step back after Prithvi Shaw returned early. Dhawan only hit those odd loose balls and was seen in complete command of his batting. However, he could not complete his task, falling to Rahul Chahar in the 15th over.

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IPL 2021, DC vs MI: Shikhar Dhawan will once again be the key to Delhi Capitals’ successful chase in Chennai as the last year’s runners-up are looking to bounce back against Mumbai Indians. The Rohit Sharma led team has not lost a match to Delhi Capitals in the last five outings. But Amit Mishra’s 4/24 helped Delhi restrict Mumbai Indians to only 137/9 in 20 overs, offering Shikhar Dhawan & Co a great chance.

After his gritty 92 off 49 against PBKS, Delhi Capitals coach Mohammad Kaif praised Dhawan.

“@SDhawan25 is the rare batsman who looks solid even while playing fearless cricket. Cutting risks without compromising the strike rate is the mark of a great T20 batsman. Gabbar is an IPL Super Star,” Delhi Capitals coach Mohammad Kaif tweeted after his brilliant 490ball 92 against Punjab Kings in the last game.

“The bounce is true at the Wankhede surface and the ball comes onto the bat. Especially in the second innings, it becomes a lot easier to bat here because of the dew. For my batting style, I enjoy using pace on the ball and against spinners, it is not turning so I can hit my shots,” Dhawan told spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on a video posted on the official IPL website after the match against Punjab Kings.

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