Shikhar Dhawan achieves multiple milestones as Delhi Capitals emerge winners

Shikhar Dhawan became the first batsman to complete 400 runs in IPL 2021.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Continuing their sensational run in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Delhi Capitals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad to go atop of the team standings. It was indeed a comprehensive performance from the Rishabh Pant-led side as SRH never really looked in the contest. Chasing a paltry total of 135 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, DC hardly break any sweat and comfortably got over the line.

Notably, it was the first assignment of both sides in the UAE leg. The coin landed in SRH’s favour and skipper Kane Williamson opted to bat first. The decision didn’t prove fruitful by any means as Hyderabad suffered a batting collapse. While opener David Warner perished for a duck, Wriddhiman Saha, Manish Pandey, and Kane Williamson threw their wickets away after getting good starts.

Nevertheless, Abdul Samad and Rashid Khan played some fine shots in the end overs as SRH posted 134/9. However, the target never really troubled DC’s daunting batting line-up. Although young opener Prithvi Shaw scored just 11, opener Shikhar Dhawan joined forces with Shreyas Iyer and the duo made sure there’s no twist in the tale.

The dup added 52 runs for the second wicket as Hyderabad’s hopes were shattered. Dhawan’s departure brought skipper Rishabh Pant to the center stage and the southpaw continued the onslaught. He scored a quick-fire 35 as Delhi got over the line in just 17.5 overs.

Meanwhile, here are the important stats and numbers from the DC vs SRH clash in IPL 2021:

400 – Shikhar Dhawan became the first batsman to complete 400 runs in IPL 2021. He currently has 422 runs in nine games this season.

8 – For the eighth time, Dhawan has scored over 400 runs in an IPL season. Only Suresh Raina (9) has got the feat more times.

3Dhawan also becomes the third player to reach the 400-run mark in six successive IPL seasons. David Warner and Suresh Raina are the other batters holding the landmark.

4000 – Shreyas Iyer completed 4000 runs in T20 cricket. He becomes the 18th Indian to get the milestone.

5 – Sunrisers Hyderabad becomes the fifth team to lose seven of their first eight league-stage matches in an IPL season.

8 – In terms of wickets remaining, this was DC’s biggest win over SRH. In 2016, Delhi defeated Hyderabad by seven wickets.

2000 – Wriddhiman Saha completed 2000 runs in the Indian Premier League.

1 – David Warner registered his first duck in IPL since the 2016 season.

1 – Delhi Capitals advanced to the top place in the team standings with this emphatic win.

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