Delhi capitals 185 runs 5 (Dhawan 101 *, Stoinis 24, Chahar 2-18) defeated Chennai Super Kings 179 for 4 (du Plessis 58, Rayudu 45 *, Nortje 2-44) by five wickets
Shikhar Dhawan – regrets at 25, 27, 50, 79 – punished a sluggish Chennai Super Kings and made a challenging chase of 180 on a sluggish Sharjah track, finishing 101 not out off 58 balls, his first T20 hundred. . With one ball remaining, the victory propelled the Delhi Capitals to the top of the points table.
It was also someone’s game at the beginning of the last over. The capitals needed it 17. Alex Curry had just been dismissed by Sam Curran and conceded just four runs to cross his wide yorker. Along with Dwayne Bravo, the Super Kings fielded the death bowler as he was “not fit”, MS Dhoni turned to Ravindra Jadeja.
Jadeja could have been with Dhawan earlier in the evening, with Deepak Chahar not mistaking a catch in the outfield on the third ball. Dhawan then dismissed him with back-to-back fours and an attack. Jadeja vs Dhawan Round 2 started off side wide and bottom edge for a single.
Faced with the second ball of the night, a formidable Axar Patel struggled 6, 6, 2, 6 to win the game and handed the Super Kings their sixth defeat in nine matches.
CSK starts slow, then explodes
Tushar Deshpande hit a skiddy bouncer off his third ball, and got rid of opener Sam Curran for a duck. Of the first 12 bowlers, 11 bowled the Capitol, all were dots – and this also included Sharjah’s first youngster to be bowled by Kajiso Rabada.
But then Faf du Plessis camped around his crease, adding some urgency to the innings to build his length and angle. He leaped and scooped his South Africa teammate Enrique Narje for six before taking him out for a six and crossing his slow variation at 128kph through cover.
Du Plessis fought his hand against Kagiso Rabada, catching him with great force towards the midwicket fence. At the other end, Watson took R Ashwin’s carrom balls and did a trick for himself with a pair of fours. While Du Plessis scored a half-century, Nortz scored 36 off 28 balls to dismiss Watson.
Soon after du Plessis ran out of steam, Rabada dismissed him for 58 and took the fastest 50 wickets in the IPL. When MS Dhoni stepped up and left Nortje behind by 3 runs, the Super Kings scored 129 for 4 in the 17th over. However, a 50-run partnership from 21 balls by Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja set the Capitals at 180.
While Rayudu kept moving up the track and swiping at the balls, Jadeja stood deep in the crease, noticing any flaws. Both Rabada and Nortje missed their Yorkers as Jadeja hit three sixes at long-on.
Dhawan showed the way
Deepak Chahar found swing in early exchanges like he often does. He dismissed Prithvi Shaw for the fifth time in the sixth inning. He also got Ajinkya Rahane for the fourth time in the fourth innings. Dhawan was quite cautious against him, but he attacked both Karran and Shardul Thakur.
Dhoni bowled Chahar in the eighth over and gave the Capitals 60 runs. 2. If Dhoni was planning to control the defense with his spinners and Bravo, then Dhawan foiled all his plans. He hit a four off his first ball against leg-spinner Karn Sharma and fired it over his head for four. He picked up the next ball, a googly, and cut it four more firmly.
Dhawan took all the risks, Shreyas Iyer sat back and tried to reverse the bus strike. However, when he looked to build a boundary, he was done by Bravo’s lack of speed and was dismissed for a long time.
After that Marcus Stoinis scored 24 off 14 balls to dismiss Thakur in the 16th over. Once Carrie was out in the 19th over, the pressure on Dhawan increased. However, he did not panic, and was deeply hurt during the chase. And, after not previously hitting a six in his four-over spell, it was Patel who dismissed Jadeja from the game with the help of three sixes.