PV Sports Desk : Shikhar Dhawan on Tuesday became the first batsman in the Indian Premier League to hit two successive centuries but his Delhi Capitals lost by five wickets to Kings XI Punjab.
The left-hand opener smashed an unbeaten 106 off 61 deliveries to guide Delhi to 164 for five, a total that proved insufficient as Punjab won with one over to spare in Dubai.
The KL Rahul-led side moved up to fifth in the eight-team table as Nicholas Pooran scored 53 and Chris Gayle hit 29 off 13 balls.
But Dhawan, who hit his first IPL ton of the season in a match-winning knock on Sunday, was named man of the match for his 57-ball hundred.
“The boys have been playing well in other games. Today I had to take the responsibility on myself,” said Dhawan.
“It is good that I am scoring consistently so you carry it into the next games. We are going to have a discussion and see where we can improve.
“Of course, it is going to be a learning. This is not going to put us down. Just take our lessons, and come back stronger.”