Shikhar Dhawan waited until his 168th match in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and a return to his first franchise. But when the veteran Soutpaw got his first triple-figure score, he brought second in the trot smashing another century in the 13th season of the tournament.
Dhawan slammed a scintillating century against Kings XI Punjab, three days after scoring 101 not out against Chennai Super Kings in Delhi Capitals’ previous match. Dhawan became the first batsman in the history of IPL to get a second consecutive century. His best in the IPL before was 97 runs out of the 167 matches he previously played.
Despite Dhawan’s unbeaten 61-ball 106, Delhi were confined to 164-4 in 20 overs and Punjab sealed the victory in the match after Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran led the foundation for their 167-5 from 19 overs.
Dhawan, who began his IPL journey with Capitals (previously Delhi Daredevils) in 2007 before leaving for Sunrisers Hyderabad, had rejoined the franchise last season. On Tuesday, Dhawan smashed 12 fours and three sixes and taking his tally to 465.
Only Punjab skipper KL Rahul is ahead of Dhawan with 540 runs with his highest score being 132 not out against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Punjab had lost their first leg against Delhi in Super Over and Tuesday gives them an opportunity to not only avenge that defeat but also vault back in the hunt for the playoffs.