Eden pitch better than Kotla: Dhawan

Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant

Having roared back to form with an unbeaten 97-run knock, Shikhar Dhawan said the pitch at the Eden Gardens was better than the one at Delhi Capitals' home ground. "This is how he plays for India", Ganguly, who led India to the final of the 2003 World Cup, later told reporters.

Talking about upcoming World Cup, Sourav Ganguly cited that Dhawan was judged best batsman during India's runners-up finish at the CT 2017 in England. Dhawan and Pant strung a partnership of 105 runs for the third wicket. He is a great talent.

Then in the chase, Dhawan, who has been sluggish so far in the tournament, pottering around in the Powerplay to put enormous pressure on the middle order, came out flying high and swatting short deliveries to the square boundaries.

Delhi Capitals were off to a brisk start with young Prithvi Shaw scoring two sixes in his 7-ball 14.

Shreyas Iyer fell in the sixth over to put more pressure on Dhawan, who also had a reprieve when he was given not out on a review, despite snicko showing a small spike. KKR, who have struggled to take wickets this season, once again found the going hard in the middle overs. He went past Gautam Gambhir's tally of 747 fours in Twenty20s with the 11 fours he hit in this game.

Joe Denly fell first ball to an Ishant Sharma peach, an inducker sneaking through the gap to flatten off stump.

Asked if their bowlers had a special plan for danger man Andre Russell, he said: "For Russell, there is only one plan, keep praying that he hits one up in the air and is caught". Also, Sandeep Lamichhane of the Delhi Capitals should be included in the playing XI as he has been amongst the wickets.

Ganguly insisted that he and his new partner in Delhi's head coach and former Australian rival Ricky Ponting were determined to turn Delhi's fortunes around.

"We are determined to turn this team around". Both of us have played in teams which have won around the world. "So there's a lot of self-pride in turning teams around".

KKR, on the other hand, will be banking on spin trio Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine and their batting line up looks sorted with Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik in form.

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