Shikhar Dhawan scored a dazzling half century in the Delhi Capitals (DC) victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, but even then he was trolled by Yuvraj Singh for not seeing again his dismissal on Sunday.
Opening with Marcus Stoinis, Dhawan took SRH bowlers to cleaners throughout the game and was set to score his third cent in the ongoing IPL 2020 campaign.
In the 19th of the first inning, Dhawan was stopped in his tracks by Sandeep Sharma who trapped the batsman between the wickets. He scored a brilliant 78 on 50 balls, hitting six o’clock and two sixes.
Although replays showed the ball hit the pad outside the stump line during Dhawan’s attempt to play the reverse ramp shot, he was deemed LBW by the referee.
Returning to the lodge, Dhawan had a sheepish smile on his face and Yuvraj jumped at the chance to tease his former teammate on social media.
“@ SDhawan25 fit man but naam to jatt ji hai… how about drs bro? as usual I had to forget, ”tweeted the former Indian all-rounder while congratulating the SRH bowlers on their comeback in the last two overs. “Excellent return from the bowlers in the last 2 overs! Not even a single limit scored a hat on the execution of the pressure play from Natrajan and @ sandeep25a. “
Excellent return of the bowlers during the last 2 overs! Not even a single border marked Natrajan and @ sandeep25a running the pressure game to the point! @ SDhawan25 fit man but naam to jatt ji hai 🤪 how about drs bro? 🤷♂️🤦🏻♂️ as usual must have forgotten 😂 game on #DCvSRH
– Yuvraj Singh (@ YUVSTRONG12) November 8, 2020
Shimron Hetmyer, who was Dhawan’s batting partner at the time, was also surprised at the decision. “I thought the LBW call was having an impact on the outside as well, but honestly he just started walking so next time I’ll have to make sure to call him back,” he said after the sleeves.
After winning the draw in the second qualifying game against Hyderabad, Delhi posted a remarkable 189/3 at the end of the 20 overs. Dhawan’s 78 was ably supported by Hetmyer’s 42 * and Stoinis’s 38.
Chasing, SRH suffered an early meltdown in the game as they were reduced to 44/3 on five occasions. Even though Kane Williamson rallied with a 67-point hit, the Orange Army was limited to 172/8 by the end.
Delhi will now meet the reigning champions Mumbai Indians in Tuesday’s final in Dubai.