The 2021 Indian Premier League is being played in India. Chennai Super Kings look to turn its fortunes after finishing seventh last season. Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals finished as the runner-up in 2020 and would be aiming to ride to title glory this season.
Delhi Capitals came up with a fine batting display against former champion Chennai Super Kings in Match 2 of the Indian Premier League 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. It was half-centuries from openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan that outplayed the CSK bowling attack, with DC winning the tie comfortably by seven wickets.
Winning the toss, DC skipper Rishabh Pant elected to bowl first. As CSK came out to bat, it lost Faf du Plessis in the second over to pacer Avesh Khan for an unfortunate duck after being trapped leg-before, with just seven runs on the board.
Simultaneously, fellow opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, too, departed at the same score in the third over to pacer Chris Woakes after being caught by Shikhar Dhawan for a mere five. The pair of Moeen Ali and Raina then contributed to a 53-run stand for the third wicket before the former fell for 36 to spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, as Dawan caught him in the ninth over.
Ambati Rayudu joined Raina in the middle and the two contributed to a 63-run stand for the fourth wicket. The former was dismissed for 23 by pacer Tom Curran after being caught by Dhawan again in the 14th over, while the score read 123/4.
During this time, Raina brought up his half-century but could not last long, as he was run out for 54 at 137 in the 16th over. Out came skipper MS Dhoni and could face just a couple of deliveries before being played on for an unlucky duck by Avesh in the same over.
The pair of Ravindra Jadeja and Sam Curran then contributed to a 51-run stand for the seventh wicket. Although the latter looked in a deadly touch, he failed to finish the innings in style, as he was knocked over by Woakes for 34 in the final ball, with CSK finishing on 188/7.
As for DC, six bowlers were utilised, with Woakes and Avesh getting the most success, while the latter was the most economical.
DC came out for the chase and it was sheer destruction right from the opening over. Both Shaw and Dhawan were in a red-hot form, scoring 70 runs during the powerplay phase.
Eventually, it climbed to 138, as Shaw scored his seventh IPL half-century, followed by Dhawan's 43rd 50 of the IPL. Meanwhile, Shaw was first to depart in the 14th over after pacer Dwayne Bravo bowled a slow one as a mistimed hit popped the ball in the air and was collected by Moeen at deep covers.
Out came Pant to join Dhawan in the middle and the duo contributed to a 29-run stand for the second wicket, with the latter doing most of the work. In the 17th over, pacer Shardul Thakur finally got rid of Dhawan for 85 after trapping him leg-before, as the score read 167/2.
As all-rounder Marcus Stoinis came in to finish things off, he fell short and handed a catch to Curran at deep mid-wicket off Thakur for 14 in the 19th over, having contributed 19 with Pant. Nonetheless, the skipper finished things in style, with a four, thus registering a content seven-wicket win.
CSK, too, utilised six bowlers, with Thakur being the most expensive yet most effective bowler. Meanwhile, Bravo was the most economical of all.
Brief scores: CSK 188/7 (Moeen- 36,Raina- 54, Curran- 34; Woakes 2/18, Avesh- 2/23) lost to DC 190/3 in 18.4 overs (Shaw- 72, Dhawan- 85; Thakur- 2/53) by seven wickets.
Last Updated Apr 10, 2021, 11:33 PM IST