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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsDelhi Capitals (DC) did themselves a big favour when they traded Shikhar Dhawan from Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) Auctions. Carrying on his momentum from the last game against Mumbai Indians (MI), Dhawan went on to score a thrilling half-century in the second match itself against the mighty Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Being the only one to score big in the team, the left-hander piled up 51 runs out of the 147 of the team. Getting some assistance from Prithvi Shaw at the beginning, followed by Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant in the later stages, 'Gabbar' moulded his innings to perfection to aid the home side. View this post on Instagram Patient. Determined. Responsible That was @shikhardofficial today for the @delhicapitals as he notched up his 33rd #VIVOIPL half century ð A post shared by IPL (@iplt20) on Mar 26, 2019 at 9:01am PDT Despite the loss, DC will be delighted as most of their top-order batsman appear in good form, unlike the previous seasons. Whether it was Pant and Colin Ingram in the opening match or Dhawan and Shaw in last night's encounter, Delhi's top-order looks in ominous form. Thanks to his fifty against CSK, Dhawan (94 runs) climbed to the second spot in the race for the 'Orange Cap', which is currently donned by his teammate Pant who leads the list with 103 runs to his name. With the arrival of iconic Ricky Ponting as the coach and legendary Saurav Ganguly as Team Advisor, a new-look Delhi looks is slowly, yet steadily establishing themselves as serious contenders this season.
Smriti Mandhana Clobbers Joint-Fastest Fifty & Then Enjoys Her 'Fan Moment' With Sangakkara
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsThe Indian cricket team has been hogging the limelight amid their ongoing tour of England. After a 2-1 win in T20Is and a 1-2 loss in the ODI series, Virat Kohli and his men now gear up for the much-anticipated five-match Test duel, slated to begin from 1st August in Edgbaston. But, while there has been a lot of focus on the form of the visiting team, an Indian cricketer recently stole the limelight on the back of a memorable performance. Indian women cricketer Smriti Mandhana elated her fans and would have surely made her male counterparts proud, after smashing a joint-fastest fifty in the history of women's T20 cricket. Playing for Western Storm in a rain-curtailed six-over-a-side match in the ongoing KIA Super League, the Indian opener went hammer and tongs at the Loughborough Lightning bowling attack, to notch up her fifty in mere 18 deliveries. In the process, the 22-year-old equaled the record of New Zealand's Sophie Devine who achieved the feat against India in 2015. 52* | Five fours | Four sixes | 19 balls - @mandhana_smriti ð± ð¥ Highlights as @WesternStormKSL beat Loughborough Lightning: https://t.co/G6F2do8HS4 pic.twitter.com/vOuDjkBZbn — England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) July 29, 2018 Mandhana, who became the first Indian to play in England's premier women's domestic T20 tournament, slammed five fours and four sixes to remain unbeaten at 52 off just 19 balls, as her side Storm amassed a total of 85 runs at the loss of two wickets. Coincidentally, Devine was also playing in the match - for Loughborough - and scored an unbeaten 46. But, she couldn't avert a defeat for her side who fell short by 18 runs. It wasn't really surprising to see her artistry with the willow taking the social media by storm, but it was Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara who made Mandhana's day. This just made my day. A big fan girl moment for me. Can't express how glad and overwhelmed I am. This memory is going to stay with me forever ðð #blessed #grateful #Legend #thebest A post shared by Smriti Mandhana (@smriti_mandhana) on Jul 29, 2018 at 10:15am PDT After impressing everyone on the field, Mandhana gracefully endured the 'fan moment' when she got an opportunity to meet Sangakkara. The Indian southpaw clicked a picture with her role model and then shared it on Instagram with the caption: "This just made my day. A big fangirl moment for me. Can't express how glad and overwhelmed I am. This memory is going to stay with me forever”. Watching @mandhana_smriti putting bowlers to the sword here at Taunton. She is brilliant to watch. Great ambassador and great skill — Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) July 29, 2018 Sangakkara, who was present at the ground where Mandhana recorded her feat, also took to Twitter and praised the Indian cricketer. "Watching @mandhana_smriti putting bowlers to the sword here at Taunton. She is brilliant to watch. Great ambassador and great skill," his tweet read.