Prithvi Shaw became the second batsman in IPL to score 6 fours in an over as he made a brilliant 82 off 41 balls with 11 fours and 3 sixes to guide Delhi Capitals to an easy win over Kolkata Knight Riders at Ahmedabad on Thursday. Ajinkya Rahane was the first batsman in IPL to hit 6 fours in an over.
Chasing 155 for a win, Shaw tore into the first over of the innings, carting Shivam Mavi for 6 fours on both sides of the wicket to all but seal the match in DC’s favour. It was also the first time 6 fours were scored in the first over of a T20 innings.
Prithvi Shaw hits fastest IPL 2021 fifty
Prithvi then raced to his fifty of just 18 balls – the fastest in IPL 2021 so far. He, along with Shikhar Dhawan (46), posted 132-run stand for the opening wicket before three wickets fell in quick succession. But by then, the win was inevitable. The win took DC to 2nd spot with 10 points, behind Chennai Super Kings, who are also on 10 points, but has better net run-rate.
Earlier, KKR struggled to get going, managing 74/3 by the half-way mark. It was only some lusty hitting by Andre Russell (27-ball 45 not out with 2 fours and 4 sixes) in the end that KKR managed to post 154/6. KKR stands at 5th spot currently.
Stats and trivia
Before Prithvi Shaw struck 6 fours against KKR in the first over, the maximum number of fours struck in the first over of a T20 innings was five. It was achieved by 5 batsmen only.
Shaw joined Ajinkya Rahane as the only two players to have struck 6 fours in an over in IPL. Rahane cracked 6 fours in an over against Sreenath Aravind of Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2012 IPL.
Shaw struck his 3rd fifty of IPL 2021, taking his total runs to 269, just 1 run shy of second top-scorer Faf du Plessis of CSK. Shikhar Dhawan is at the top with 311 runs.
Shaw has crossed his total tally of IPL 2020 in just the 7th match of IPL 2021. He had scored 228 runs @ 17.53 in 13 matches last season. Currently, he has 269 runs in 7 matches in IPL 2021.
KKR skipper Eoin Morgan scored his second duck in IPL 2021. Out of 7 innings, he has five scores of less than 10.