A "visitor" at the Eden Gardens, DC advisor Ganguly watched Dhawan miss out on a maiden T20 hundred from the dugout as the southpaw (97*; 63 balls, 4x11, 6x2) roared back to form just three days ahead of India's World Cup team selection.
After Friday's win over KKR, Delhi have climbed to fourth spot with eight points from seven matches and they would not want to slide down the ladder at any cost.
Pant, narrowly missed out on his half-century but his century stand with Dhawan made sure DC cross the line easily.
Skipper Shreyas Iyer was the next man to depart, chasing a ball from Andre Russell that was going down the leg side but only giving Karthik a simple catch. From then on, it was a Dhawan and Pant show as the former returned to form with some crisp cover drives while his junior partner showed composure before holing out to Kuldeep Yadav at long on off Nitish Rana.
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Uthappa's dismissal in the ninth over triggered a slide that saw KKR lose four wickets for 59 runs but Russell, as he has done all season, arrived to lift the innings by belting three fours and four sixes.
Delhi clawed back in the game, ending Gill's (65) majestic innings off Keemo Paul, who replaced Sandeep Lamichhane. His 39-ball knock was laced with seven boundaries and two hits over the fence. But Chris Morris removed him with ten balls to spare, and with Carlos Brathwaite failing to make the most of it, the Knight Riders had to settle for a middling total. Shubman Gill, promoted to open for KKR, made the most of his opportunity to notch up his second IPL half-century.
Kolkata recovered from the early dent, adding 63 runs, shared between Gill and Robin Uthappa for the second wicket. It was soon after this stifle that Capitals carefully used Kagiso Rabada, and unleashed him later against Russell, who had his revenge this time around.
"We have got very similar ideas and views on the game which has made us work well together". Colin Ingram (14*) played the winning shot of the match with a maximum chased down the target in the 19th over. "When we took Ishant Sharma, many said that he is a Test bowler, but he has been the best bowler for the last six-odd matches".