In the 34th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Delhi Capitals (DC) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by five wickets at Sharjah Cricket Ground on Saturday.
Chasing the challenging target of 180, DC lost Prithvi Shaw (0) in the first over bowled by Deepak Chahar. The CSK seamer was bowling pretty well as he once again came to the party during the fifth over of DC’s chase.
Chahar bowled a wide delivery outside off stump, and Ajinkya Rahane (8) tried to cut it through the square region. But a brilliant catch by Sam Curran ended Rahane’s innings.
DC skipper Shreyas Iyer (23) and opener Shikhar Dhawan (101 not out) steadied the ship as the pair added a vital 68-run stand for the third wicket. Iyer was playing well, but he mistimed a shot during the 12th over bowled by Dwayne Bravo and got out.
Meanwhile, Dhawan held his end and kept on scoring boundaries to ease off the pressure. He formed another important partnership of 43 runs with Marcus Stoinis (24) before Shardul Thakur removed Stoinis in the 16th over.
In the 19th over, Dhawan reached his maiden IPL century. DC needed 17 from the last over, and Dhoni handed over the ball to Ravindra Jadeja since Bravo sustained an injury. The move, however, didn’t work for the ‘Yellow Army’ as Jadeja conceded 22 runs and DC won the game by five wickets.
Rayudu, Jadeja guide CSK to 179/6
Earlier, MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. Just like the previous game, Sam Curran and Faf du Plessis came to open the innings, but on the third ball of the match, Tushar Deshpande dismissed Curran for a duck.
Then, Du Plessis and Shane Watson stabilized the innings. The pair added a crucial 87-run stand before Anrich Nortje cleaned up Watson on 36 in the 12th over.
Meanwhile, Du Plessis scored his fourth half-century of IPL 2020. The former South Africa skipper was looking set to form another vital partnership with Ambati Rayudu, but Kagiso Rabada ended Du Plessis’ innings and bagged his 50th wicket in IPL.
Fewest matches to 50 IPL wickets
- 27 – Kagiso Rabada
- 32 – Sunil Narine
- 33 – Lasith Malinga
- 35 – Imran Tahir
- 36 – M McClenaghan
- 37 – Amit Mishra
In the 17th over, Nortje got into the groove again as he removed Dhoni for 3 runs. After the end of 17 overs, CSK were 134/4. They needed some magic to go past the figure of 170 and Rayudu (45 not out) along with Jadeja (33 not out) made that happen.
Both Rayudu and Jadeja shifted gears and scored 45 runs in the final three overs to take the team’s total to 179/4. Rayudu smashed four sixes and one four while Jaddu slammed four maximums.
For DC, Nortje bagged two wickets, whereas Deshpande and Rabada picked up one scalp each.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Now tht was a daredevil chase by dc Outstanding knock by @SDhawan25 congrats on your first ipl 💯 @akshar2026 great composure in the last over ‘ tough on @imjadeja to ball the final over to lefties If @DJBravo47 was fit and bowling could have bin different result for @ChennaiIPL
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 17, 2020
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) October 17, 2020
— Parth Jindal (@ParthJindal11) October 17, 2020
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 17, 2020
What a victory by @DelhiCapitals…..super impressive by them!!
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) October 17, 2020
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) October 17, 2020
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 17, 2020
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) October 17, 2020
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) October 17, 2020
After 13 Years
After 168 Matches
After 4900+ Runs
After 39 half centuries
Shikhar Dhawan scores his maiden IPL Century.
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) October 17, 2020
This is the redemption of Axar Patel after 4 years against MS Dhoni & team. Dhoni smashed 23 runs in the final over in IPL 2016 and 4 years later he smashed 6,6,2,6 vs Jadeja and helped to win Delhi Capitals.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 17, 2020
Brilliant finish. Just what you want from a no 7. Axar Patel has been a quiet hit for @DelhiCapitals with ball and these rapid bursts with the bat.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 17, 2020
Superb, match clinching effort from Axar Patel, an unsung hero for his side
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 17, 2020
Wow !! What an innings Gabbar 💙
— Parvinder Awana (@ParvinderAwana) October 17, 2020
Axar Patel smashes Jadeja in the final over (three 6s) 🔥🔥 21(5)*.. #DC win it with a ball to spare, by 5 wkts! Phew.. FANTASTIC match!
— Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) October 17, 2020
— Niall John O Brien (@niallnobiobrien) October 17, 2020