New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan surpassed Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Rohit Shama to become Indian player with most fifties in the Indian Premier League during match against Rajasthan Royals in Dubai. Dhawan has 39 fifties in IPL, while Kohli, Sharma, and Raina are tied on the second spot with 38 fifties each. 

In 167 appearances, Dhawan has scored 4837 runs at an average of 33.59 and a strike rate of over 125. However, Dhawan is the only player among the aforementioned who does not have a single century to his name in the IPL.  

The Delhi Capitals opener has had a decent outing in the IPL so far, having had scored 258 runs in eight matches at an average of 36.85 and a strike rate of 133.

Dhawan's 57-run knock was instrumental in Delhi Capitals' 13-run win against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. Opting to bat first, Delhi Capitals got off to a poor start, losing opener Prithvi Shaw off the first delivery and Ajinkya Rahane shortly afterwards. Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Shikhar Dhawan, however, steadied the innings and led the team to a decent total of 161 with their half-centuries. 

Chasing a modest total of 162, Rajasthan Royals lost Jos Buttler and Steve Smith inside the powerplay. Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson tried to steady the innings in the middle overs, but they were dismissed in quick succession at a crucial point in the run-chase.

Robin Uthappa marched on even as wickets continued to tumble for Rajasthan at the other end, and at it briefly felt that he would sail the team through the total. The team's hopes quashed when Uthappa was dimissed off a perfect yorker by Nortje in the eighteenth over of the match. The team needed 22 off the last over, with Rahul Tewatia still in the middle, but could only manage eight. 

With the win, Delhi Capitals has moved to the top of the points table.


Posted By: Lakshay Raja