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Delhi Capitals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets: First win of the season

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Delhi Capitals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi and registered their first win of the season.

 Put to bat first, Kolkata Knight Riders posted 127 all out in stipulated 20 overs. Chasing the target, Delhi Capitals made 128 runs for the loss of six wickets in 19.2 overs.

David Warner has been a consistent performer for Delhi Capitals in this edition of the IPL, despite their streak of losses. Against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday (April 20), Warner registered his fourth fifty-plus score in six games and while comparing this knock to his previous outings, there were a few contrasts.

The most obvious one was that it finally came in a winning cause for the Capitals. The other major difference was his approach. All his previous 30-plus scores came at a strike rate of under 120 but in this game, Warner finished close to 140.

The main reason Warner was able strike at a quicker rate was that he capitalised on the power play, which in turn was possible as the Capitals did not lose wickets in a flurry at the start of their innings unlike some of their previous games. On a wicket that slowed down as the innings progressed, Warner scored 45 off 25 in the powerplay, with DC managing 61/1 in the first six.

“We didn’t lose three wickets in a row. There are going to be a lot of critics out there to suggest that I haven’t been batting the way I normally bat.

But when you lose three wickets in a row in two overs, and I faced three balls, what can you do? You can’t really do anything. You have to have some sense of responsibility.

Just like little Bangalore. You know (if) I get out, people would have criticised me getting out but that’s just the game, that’s how it is,” Warner said at the press conference when asked about the criticism he has faced over his strike rate.

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