Delhi Capitals won their 2nd game in a row while Chennai Super Kings lost theirs.
PERFORMERS OF THE DAY
Bat: Prithvi Shaw 64(43)(MOTM), Rishabh Pant 37(25) Ball: Kagiso Rabada 4-0-26-3 Anrich Nortje 4-0-21-2
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Bat: Faf Du Plessis 43(35) Ball: Piyush Chawla 4-0-33-2
AS IT HAPPENED
CSK won the toss and chose to field first, given the dew conditions. Delhi started cautiously with 36/0 after the powerplay, learning from the collapse in their last match.
Prithvi said “We were looking to play more ground shots and not take much risk….” Shaw and Dhawan stitched a 94 run opening stand, which coupled with Iyer and Pant’s 58 run stand. The hitters like Heitmeyer and Stoinis didn’t have much to do, as it was an Indian batting display.
CSK started slow, just like Delhi but they couldn’t capitalise. They lost both their openers in two consecutive overs to finish at 34-2 after the first powerplay.
Faf did what he could but unlike Rajasthan, Delhi’s Rabada and Nortje didn’t give him many balls to hit out of the park. Jadhav, Gaikwad, Dhoni and Jadeja all struggled to find the middle of the bat.
Three(Watson, Vijay and Gaikwad) out of top 4 batsmen had a strike rate below 100, which allowed the required run rate to increase over after over.
Chennai went into the last 5 overs with 81 to chase but Delhi’s death bowling made an already tough chase an impossible one.
Delhi won the game comfortably in the end with 44 runs. Prithvi Shaw was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 64 runs off 43 balls.
DELHI’S DEFINING MOMENTS
Axar Patel and Amit Mishra, the two spinners on duty for Delhi yesterday didn’t let any CSK batsman off the hook. They gave a total of 41 runs in their 8 overs. Rabada and Nortje in the death were brilliant with their variations, giving just 36 runs in the last 5 overs.
Watson and Vijay took too many balls in the start and left too much for Faf, who currently in the absence of Rayudu and Raina looks like their only match winner with the bat. on a pitch where Delhi’s spinners blossomed with the wet ball, Jadeja and Chawla were unable to find their spots. The duo conceded 44 and 33 respectively in their 4 overs each.