Rishabh Pant, who got out after scoring 46, said the plan was to "take the game deep". "It is an important phase of the tournament", team advisor Ganguly told reporters at the post-match press conference here. "This is how he plays for India", Ganguly, who led India to the final of the 2003 World Cup, later told reporters.
His 21-ball 45 consisted of 4 sixes and 3 fours but his dismissal in the penultimate over meant KKR were unable to get nearer to the 200-run mark, despite Piyush Chawla adding some valuable runs towards the end.
Shikhar Dhawan's 97* would be his 50 half-century in T20 cricket. Dhawan has scored 49 runs off 49 balls against the spinner, while has fallen twice to the West Indian in the competition.More news: Southern storms kill 8; knock out power in Virginia
DC's history of late capitulations might have kept a few of their fans anxious, but Dhawan and Colin Ingram took the team home without too much fuss, the latter finishing the match with a six.
"World Cup is a different format but Shikhar plays very well in England. He was the batsman of the series in the Champions Trophy", said Ganguly.
His 46 runs came off 31 balls as he proved the able foil for Dhawan in a 105-run partnership that was crucial to the Capitals' success. Ishant knocked out the off-stump of Joe Denly with a fantastic inswinger, lasting just one ball on his IPL debut.More news: Star Wars live-action series 'The Mandalorian' unveiled with exclusive teaser
Going through a lean patch since his sedate 47-ball 51 against Chennai Super Kings on March 26, Dhawan was seen going through an extensive drill under Ganguly, who gave him useful tips. There were talks of "conflict of interest" with few of his detractors claiming that he would have "a say" in pitch preparation at Eden Gardens. The team is yet to derive the best out of Shubman Gill, though.