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It's totally opposite here compared to Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan on Eden pitch

Dhawan batted through the innings to guide Delhi Capitals to a seven-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Shikhar Dhawan

Having roared back to form with a 97-run knock, Friday said the pitch at the Eden Gardens was better than the one at Delhi Capitals' home ground.

batted through the innings to guide to a seven-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. He was however denied his maiden T20 century, as smashed one into the stands to finish the game in style.

"I knew it could be my first T20 hundred but the team goal is more important, hence I took that single rather than taking a huge risk," said at the presentation ceremony.

Talking about the strip, the India opener said, "It's totally opposite here compared to Delhi. I was telling Dinesh (Karthik) the same thing. It's a good wicket to bat on. Good for the bowlers as well as the batsmen, makes it interesting. In Delhi we have to adapt ourselves, hence we got to have that skill."

coach had slammed the Feroz Shah Kotla ground staff, who provided the home team with a pitch that proved to be more helpful for the earlier this month.

Dhawan added, "I really enjoyed in the first six overs but I knew I had to stay till the last. I was getting the right thoughts and I had to take the game deep. Rishabh is such a big hitter he can always hit it out of the park."

Rishabh Pant, who got out after scoring 46, said the plan was to "take the game deep".

"I just try to keep my head clear. When you're chasing 180, you need to pace the innings in a way that you complete the match in 18-19 overs. We were just talking about taking the match deep and that both of us should remain there till the end," Pant said.

First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 00:30 IST