"This is how he plays for India", Ganguly, who led India to the final of the 2003 World Cup, later told reporters.
Speaking about the upcoming World Cup, Ganguly pointed out that Dhawan was adjudged Best Batsman during India's runners-up finish at the Champions Trophy 2017 in England. 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. He is a great talent. "So most of the teams look to chase", he said.
It may go unnoticed, but Prithvi Shaw's two sixes off Lockie Ferguson in the second over had a multiplier effect on the chase.
Shreyas Iyer fell in the sixth over to put more pressure on Dhawan, who also had a reprieve when he was given not out on a review, despite snicko showing a small spike.
KKR captain Dinesh Karthik said taking wickets has not been easy on this ground. He went past Gautam Gambhir's tally of 747 fours in Twenty20s with the 11 fours he hit in this game. Carrying its momentum after beating RCB in its last game, Delhi started with a wicket-maiden over as Ishant Sharma struck Joe Denly, who replaced Chris Lynn, for a golden duck.
"The best part of the game was how we bowled in the match". Both players are in form, but on a true surface in Kolkata, Rishabh Pant should get the nod in the match. 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.
On his new role, Ganguly said: "It is much more hard to sit in the dugout than playing in the middle".
"We are determined to turn this team around". Yet, there was a lingering feeling that Capitals would've gladly taken a chase of 179. 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.
Asked about it, Ganguly said: "I have played so much cricket and seen so much cricket, that I don't need to do all those things".