New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Fiery half-centuries by Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer helped Delhi Capitals put up the highest total of 228 in the Indian Premier League 2020 during match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday. While Shreyas Iyer scored a fiery 88 off just 38 balls at a strike rate of 231, his teammate Prithvi Shaw showed composure and scored 66 in 41 balls.

Invited to bat first, Delhi Capitals got off to a solid start, scoring over sixty runs in the first six overs with the loss of just one wicket. Iyer and Shaw then propelled the innings in the middle over, and 200 seemed certain on the cards. Following Shaw dismissal on 66, Iyer marched on and scored 88 off just 38 balls. He did not get strike in the final over of the innings and remained not out.

Chasing tha mammoth total, Kolkata lost its opener Sunil Narine for just three in the second over of the match. Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill steadied in innings after the initial dismissal and the team had managed to score 72 at the end of the eighth over. Amit Mishra provided crucial breakthrough for Delhi in the form of Gill. Shortly afterwards, Kagiso Rabada dismissed dangerous Andre Russell for 13. Wickets continued to tumble for Kolkata and it felt the team would lose by a big margin, but a flurry of sixes by Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi brought the team back into the game. 

The previous highest total was 226 by Rajasthan Royals, when they had chased down record 224 against Kings XI Punjab at the same venue. Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia were instrumental in Rajasthan's historic run chase.

Posted By: Lakshay Raja