Chennai Super Kings (CSK) openers Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson struck half-centuries to guide their team to a six-wicket victory over the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the second qualifier of IPL 2019 at the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vizag on Friday.
The young Delhi brigade were no match to Chennai who first tied down their opponent’s fiery batting unit before Du Plessis (39-ball 50) and Watson (32-ball 50) made the chase look easy. The Men in Yellow will now feature in their eighth IPL final where they will face their arch-rivals Mumbai Indians for the fourth title in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Earlier, CSK dished out a clinical bowling effort to restrict DC to 147 for nine in their third encounter of the season. Dwayne Bravo (2/19), Ravindra Jadeja (2/23), Deepak Chahar (2/28) and Harbhajan Singh (2/31) shared eight wickets between them to keep DC in check after opting to bowl.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) May 10, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 10, 2019
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) May 10, 2019
— Atul Wassan (@cricketguru) May 10, 2019
— RK (@RK_sports) May 10, 2019
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 10, 2019
CSK’s best performance this season: in all departments, for intensity and desire to win. The last fortnight had seen them stutter, sputter and lose quite a few matches. Just when it seemed players had run out of steam, to come up with this rousing performance is fantastic
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 10, 2019
Excellent and clinical from @ChennaiIPL tonight. That bowling group is awesome. Got to back experience most times in knockout matches. @DelhiCapitals are a team on the up. We will have a 4 time VivoIpl Champion in 2019. Can’t wait for Sunday.
— ian bishop (@irbishi) May 10, 2019
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) May 10, 2019
Very well played Delhi Capitals. Need more such strong shows to make the tournament competitive. You were satisfying this year. ♥ #IPL
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) May 10, 2019
CSK become the second team to win 100-plus IPL matches after Mumbai Indians.
This will be their 8th IPL final out of 10 seasons.#CSKvDC
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) May 10, 2019
A #CSK #MI #IPL final for the 4th time!
1. #CSK won by 22 runs at MumbaiDYP in 2010
2. #MI won by 23 runs at Kolkata in 2013
3. #MI won by 41 runs at Kolkata in 2015#CSK in IPL final – 8th time#MI in IPL final – 5th time
Both won title – 3 times!#CSKvDC#DCvCSK#IPL2019
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 10, 2019
Chennai Super Kings reach their 8th IPL final (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2019)
MS Dhoni will be playing his 9th IPL final (was part of 2017 final for RPSG)
MI-CSK to meet in 4th IPL final (CSK won in 2010,MI won in 2013 & 2015)#CSKvDC #Qualifier2 @ChennaiIPL
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) May 10, 2019
So #CSK decides to go around the wicket, Chennai – Vizag – Hyderabad instead of a direct route. Mumbaiiii we are coming at you !!!
— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) May 10, 2019
I think #DelhiCapitals should be disappointed, they never adapted their game to slow decks despite playing so many games. But they have a lot of time to work and get better. Can't complain about the decks, you have to adapt. Plenty of promise really, build on this well.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) May 10, 2019