Its south India vs. North India as Chennai Super Kings go up against the Delhi Capitals. Delhi would be looking to cement their spot on the top of the table, whereas Chennai will be looking to stay in the top 4 race. Chennai won the toss and decided to bar first. They made one change from their previous match with Kedar Jadhav coming in for Piyush Chawla. Captain Dhoni stated at the toss the slowness of the pitch might come into play in today’s match. DC was unchanged in the match; injured Rishab Pant was still out recovering.
Chennai with a rocky start
Chennai decided to experiment with their opening pair, as explosive Sam Curran came out to open instead of Shane Watson. However, the change didn’t last long as Deshpande removed Curran for a duck on the third ball of the match. This was followed by a maiden over from Rabada. Du Plessis and Watson tried to speed things for the CSK as after the powerplay CSK was 39 for 1.
Du Plessis has been one of the most consistent batsmen for CSK and continued to do so today. After a slow start to their innings, Plessis turned the speed, gathering consistent boundaries especially targetting the inexperienced Deshpande.
Plessis went on to complete his half-century in the 12th over. However, on the very next ball, Chennai was given with blow in form of Watson’s wicket. After the end of the 12 overs, Chennai were 87 for 2.
With Du Plessis looking dangerous, Capitals brought in strike man Rabada. The change worked as Rabada removed Du Plessis on the fourth ball of the over. Rabada also claimed his 50th IPL wicket.
Rayudu, Jadeja help Chennai post a great total
The wicket of Du Plessis didn’t affect the confidence of Rayudu. He continued to smash Rabada and Nortje easily for boundaries. He was well supported by Jadeja on the other hand.
Rayudu made 45 from just 25 balls, hitting 4 sixes in the process. Jadeja Scored 33 from 13, he also hit 4 sixes in the process.
Capitals lose early wickets
Delhi had a similar start to that of CSK. Shaw was dismissed on the second ball of their innings for a duck. Chahar who is known for his exploits early on in the innings did the trick this time. Chahar went on to strike again in the 5th overs with the wicket of Rahane. Rahane was dismissed for just 8 runs.
After the loss of two wickets in the powerplay, Captain Iyer and Dhawan took control. Capitals ended the powerplay with a score of 41 for 2.
With six boundaries in the powerplay, and Dhawan and Iyer looking good, Captain Dhoni decided to introduce Spin into the attack. Jadeja creates two chances in two balls, Dhawan tried slog sweeps, only to be dropped by Chahar on the deep square leg boundary. On the very next ball, Dhawan comes down the track, is done by the ball bouncing extra, gets an outside edge and Watson is too slow to move towards it at short third man.
Dhawan took the advantage of the dropped catches and went on to complete his half-century in the 10th over, only to be dropped by Dhoni on 50.
Delhi scored 49 runs between the 9th and 13th over. However, they lost the wicket of their captain in the process. Dhawan was joined by the power-hitting Stoinis.
Regular wickets set up a thrilling end
Delhi lost the wicket of Stoinis in the 16th over. Stoinis scored 24 of 14 balls. However, on the other end, Dhawan was dropped for the 4th time in the match.
Delhi lost the wicket of Alex Carey in the 19th over. But on the other hand, Dhawan continued to punish CSK for the dropped catches. Dhawan completed his Century in the 19th over. But the match was not over with 17 runs required in the last over.
Jadeja came on to bowl the last over of the match. Dhoni took a gamble here choosing Jadeja over Bravo. He must be hoping that the batsmen go for a big shot and get caught on the boundary. However, the gamble didnt paid off as Axar Patel smashed Jadeja for 3 sixes to win the match.
With this win, Delhi went on to the top of the table. Chennai must be blaming their poor fielding for their loss today.
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