New Delhi: Legendary skipper MS Dhoni once again finished in style to propel Chennai to a four-wicket victory over Delhi heavyweights in IPL 2021 Qualifier 1 on Sunday at Dubai International Stadium. The Chennai Super Kings are now in the ninth IPL Final. Fans were a bit surprised when Dhoni came out ahead of fit Jadeja, but finisher Dhoni scored 12 points in the final to hunt down the 173-run target and secure a final place for the Yellow Army.
In addition to Dhoni’s exploits, the 100 run partnership of veteran Robin Uthappa (63) and star young opener Ruturaj Gaikwad for the second wicket set the tone for the pursuit. Delhi bowlers put on a lively bowling performance today, but that wasn’t enough to stop the “mighty Mahi” from bringing his side home!
Besides the Delhi bowlers, Shreyas Iyer provided two important wickets in Delhi on two occasions – a sensational outing and a brilliant catch on the line-up.
Earlier, the Chennai Super Kings, who have a 100% winning record while beating second this season, opted to play first against Delhi. CSK bowlers were brilliant with the ball in the starts as Delhi had lost four wickets for 80 run in 11 overs, but excellent recovery from hitters Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer brought them back into the game.
DC opener Prithvi Shaw emerged as the star among top-notch batsmen as he shone with a brilliant 60-run inning after Hazlewood knocked out Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan inside the game. power. Following his sacking, Pant and Hetmyer sewed a solid 83 run stand to help Delhi put a solid 1st inning total on board.
Delhi Capitals playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Tom Curran, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Chennai Super Kings playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
DC vs CSK SCORECARD:
|Ruturaj Gaikwad||c Axar b Avesh||70||50||5||2|
|Faf du Plessis||b Nortje||1||2||0||0|
|Robin Uthappa||c Iyer b Curran||63||44||7||2|
|Shardul Thakur||c Iyer b Curran||0||1||0||0|
|Ambati Rayudu||runout (Iyer/Rabada)||1||3||0||0|
|Moeen Ali||c Rabada b Curran||16||12||2||0|
|MS Dhoni||not out||18||6||3||1|
|Ravindra Jadeja||not out||0||0||0||0|
|Total: 173-6 in 19.4 Overs|
Delhi Capitals’ scorecard
|Prithvi Shaw||c Hazlewood b Jadeja||60||34||7||3|
|Shikhar Dhawan||c Dhoni b Hazlewood||7||7||1||0|
|Shreyas Iyer||c Gaikwad b Hazlewood||1||8||0||0|
|Axar Patel||c (sub) Santner b Moeen||10||11||1||0|
|Rishabh Pant||not out||51||35||3||2|
|Shimron Hetmyer||c Jadeja b Bravo||37||24||3||1|
|Tom Curran||not out||0||1||0||0|
|Total: 172-5 in 20 Overs|