'Absolutely amazing': Cricket world erupts over 'jaw-dropping' feat

Andrew Reid
·5-min read
Seen here, teammates clap Prithvi Shaw after his record-breaking IPL knock.
Prithvi Shaw is the first player in IPL history to hit six consecutive boundaries in the first over. Pic: IPL

Opening batsman Prithvi Shaw has sent the internet into meltdown after an extraordinary performance in the Indian Premier League.

The talented 21-year-old was at his swashbuckling best as he led Delhi Capitals to a big win over Kolkata Knight Riders in their EPL match in Ahmedabad.

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Shaw blasted 82 runs off 41 balls to help Delhi cruise to victory after making 3-156 in 16.3 overs, in response to Kolkata's 6/154.

However, it was the young batsman's opening over that really caught the eye as Shaw bludgeoned his way into the history books.

The Capitals opener smashed fast bowler Shivam Mavi for six consecutive boundaries, becoming the first player in the history of the competition to do so in an opening over.

Legendary Indian opener Virender Sehwag labelled Shaw's display "perfect" in a gushing tribute to the batsman. 

“Hitting six boundaries in an over means you have to find the gaps perfectly,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.

“It is not easy. I’ve also opened in my career and thought of getting boundaries of every delivery but sometimes I got 18 or 20 runs. 

"I never hit six boundaries. To do that you need to be perfect with your gaps and timing.”

Shaw reached his 50 in just 18 balls, making it the fastest half century of the season - two balls quicker than Punjab Kings’ Deepak Hooda.

The electrifying display of big-hitting had fans in awe on social media.

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Delhi openers destroy Kolkata

By the time captain Eoin Morgan turned towards the experience of Aussie paceman Pat Cummins in the sixth over, Shaw and opening partner Shikhar Dhawan had already piled 66 runs in five overs and taken the game well beyond Kolkata, who had made 6-154 largely off the back of a brisk, unbeaten 45 from Andre Russell.

Cummins went on to pick up 3-24, but not before Shaw and Dhawan had put on 132 for the first wicket - their second century stand in this season's IPL.

Cummins also trapped Dhawan lbw off a low full toss and then dismissed Shaw and captain Rishabh Pant in his last over.

Shaw hit 11 fours and three sixes before he spliced a catch at point while Pant holed out at long-on boundary while going for a winning boundary.

Delhi's clinical win lifted them to 10 points to share lead at the top of the table with Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

In New Delhi, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah (1-15) was brilliant with both the new and old ball to help restrict Rajasthan Royals to 4-171 after Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to field.

Chris Morris, Rajasthan's multi-million dollar signing, picked up 2-33, but Quinton de Kock, with an unbeaten 70, was always in control as he steered Mumbai to 3-172 with nine balls to spare.

Pictured here, Quinton de Kock celebrates a half century for the Mumbai Indians.
Quinton de Kock was the star of the show for the Mumbai Indians in their win over Rajasthan Royals. Pic: IPL

The South African, who had struggled for runs in the first leg of the tournament in Chennai, finally found his form as he smashed a 15th IPL half-century that featured six fours and two sixes.

Krunal Pandya (39) had added 63 with de Kock for the third-wicket before he was bowled by Mustafizur Rahman in the 17th over.

But de Kock sealed the game with two boundaries against the Bangladesh left-arm fast bowler in the penultimate over.

Earlier, Jos Buttler had posted 41 off 32 balls and given Rajasthan a platform, but Trent Boult clean bowled captain Sanju Samson (42) in the 18th over before Bumrah had Shivam Dube (35) caught off his own bowling off a low full toss.

with AAP

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