Shikhar Dhawan fifty propels Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders
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Shikhar Dhawan fifty propels Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Shikhar Dhawan continued his great form in IPL 2018 as he slammed his 32nd fifty to put Sunrisers Hyderabad on top against Kolkata Knight Riders.

cricket Updated: May 19, 2018 21:28 IST
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Shikhar Dhawan slammed his 32nd fifty as Sunrisers Hyderabad were on course for a big score against Kolkata Knight Riders. (PTI)

Shikhar Dhawan scored his fourth half-century in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 to take Sunrisers Hyderabad towards a big total against Kolkata Knight Riders here on Saturday. (SRH vs KKR live updates)

Dhawan reached the half-century mark in 38 balls with the help of one six and five fours. (SRH vs KKR live scorecard)

Dhawan, starting with new opening partner Shreevats Goswami, made his intentions clear in the first over as he hit Nitish Rana for a four off the first ball itself. He then went after Prasidh Krishna in the second over with a couple of fours.

The severity of Dhawan and Goswami’s onslaught was so intense that KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik used five bowlers in the powerplay. However, that did not stop the duo from scoring 60 runs in the first six overs.

The timing of Dhawan was particularly impressive as he regularly found the gap in the extra cover region. He and Goswami notched a 53-ball 79-run stand before the latter departed off Kuldeep Yadav in the ninth over.

Though the scoring pace decreased Dhawan and No. 3 batsman Kane Williamson kept the scorecard moving with good running between the wickets as SRH reached 92/1 in 10 overs.

In the second half of the innings, Dhawan let Williamson play the aggressor’s part as he was happy giving his captain apt support.

After getting a life from Sunil Narine who missed an easy catch, while Dhawan was on 45 in the 13th over, the left-hander reached his half-century in 14th over by Kuldeep Yadav. However, the left-hander failed to carry on as he was trapped LBW to a slow off-cutter by Prasidh Krishna.

First Published: May 19, 2018 21:26 IST