Capitals Register Double Over the Super Kings in Another Low-Scoring Thriller

DC vs CSK in 50 Words

A spirited bowling effort led by Axar (2/18) put CSK in some early trouble as they mustered 136/5 on the back of a Rayudu fifty. Gabbar anchored the chase with an attractive 39, before Hettie rose to the occasion with a quickfire cameo to seal a commendable victory.


Bapu, Tari Bowling Kamaal Che!

Birthday boy Rishabh Pant won the toss and opted to bowl first. Of course, a question was posed about the match-up against his mentor and friend MS Dhoni. “Always great learning from him, but right now he's a rival,” replied Rishabh Pant, tongue in cheek. The tone was set for a game between two quality sides with admiration and respect for one another.

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Anrich Nortje steamed in on the first ball and cut Ruturaj Gaikwad in half. Some ball that, considering Ruturaj was fresh off a magnificent century in the previous game. He was adjudged LBW off another jaffa on the third ball, but it was overturned on review before Gaikwad slashed a cracking boundary in reply. At the other end, du Plessis got hold of Avesh a couple of times and CSK’s prolific opening pair threatened to dominate once again.

Axar Patel had other plans though, as he got rid of Faf in his first over. Nortje was bowling rockets and he used his pace to get the in-form Gaikwad to balloon one to mid-wicket. Suddenly, the powerplay had turned into a good one for us with CSK 48/2.

https://twitter.com/DelhiCapitals/status/1445036313766359046

Bapu didn’t pay much heed to favourable or unfavourable match-ups and got rid of another aggressive left-hander in Moeen Ali to further dent CSK’s progress. Ashwin joined the party too, foxing Uthappa with one that turned away from him to dismiss him for the 7th time in the tournament, the joint most number of times a bowler has dismissed a particular batter in the IPL.

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At 62/4, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni went into damage repair mode with Rayudu finding the odd boundary. With four overs left in the innings and the scoreboard reading 99/4, it was time for both of them to go hard. Ambati Rayudu switched gears to find the boundaries way more regularly, collecting two sixes and three fours from the next three overs bowled by Rabada, Avesh and Nortje.

Avesh Khan came back for the final over and found MS Dhoni’s wicket for the second time in the season. Chennai Super Kings managed a modest 136/5 on the board, but the chase was not to be as easy as it seemed.


Het-Fire to the Rescue

The openers started off with positive intent even in a small chase. Dhawan found a boundary off a drive in the first over while Shaw attacked Hazlewood and lofted him over the infield on a couple of occasions. However, Prithvi’s innings was short-lived as Chahar got the better of him for the sixth time in the competition.

Over number five saw Gabbar at his absolute best. Shikhar Dhawan dancing down the track to fast bowlers is a visual treat, and he did the same against Chahar and took him down the ground for a maximum and the shot of the match.

https://twitter.com/DelhiCapitals/status/1445062204445782020

He followed it up with a neat flick that almost traveled for six, a late cut for four and yet another lofted drive after charging down the pitch. Twenty one came off the fifth over in a chase of 137. Not bad, eh?

https://twitter.com/DelhiCapitals/status/1445060066793586694

At the other end, Gabbar lost another partner as a Hazlewood delivery got big on Shreyas Iyer. Rishabh Pant wasn’t going to be kept quiet for long, and he took on the off-spinner Moeen Ali and smashed him over long-on for six off the fifth ball he faced. However, he got out for 15 attempting another big one. A big knock on his birthday wasn’t to be.

Debutant Ripal Patel walked in at number 5. If there were nerves, he didn’t show any. He got to building a partnership with Dhawan at the other end. We’ve seen Ripal’s power at training, but he showed his finesse in his short stint at the crease on debut, cutting Jadeja as late as possible to score his second IPL boundary. Unfortunately, he was holed out for 18 a couple of overs later having attempted a heave to long on. Dhawan was still at the crease and went past a significant milestone for the season.

https://twitter.com/DelhiCapitals/status/1445071040799932416

With two left-handers slotted to come in next and one already at the crease, Ashwin was promoted up the order to keep the left-right combo going. The move didn’t pay rich dividends on the night as Thakur cleaned him up early. Alas, Dhawan too lost his wicket to Thakur at the end of the same over sending some scares through the DC camp.

https://twitter.com/DelhiCapitals/status/1445072772535750659

99/6, 38 needed from 30. The chase was becoming tense and the came could have gone either way. Hettie and Axar were the last recognized pair of batters at the crease, and they couldn’t afford to leave much for the bowlers to do at the end. They took it deep.

Two quiet overs meant that the required run rate almost hit 10. With 28 needed from 18, it was time to launch and attack. Hetmyer smashed one over Bravo’s head to get his first four. Lady luck added her touch too, with Gowtham dropping a sitter at long on to give Hettie a new life, and he made the most of it.

He landed a telling blow, depositing Hazlewood over deep square leg in the penultimate over to help bring the equation down to 6 from 6. A double and a wide later, there was some more drama to witness in the final over. Axar drove one straight to cover and Hetmyer was stuck at the non-striker’s end. Rabada took guard with 2 needed from 3, but he only needed one. A leg glance off his pads fetched us four as Hetmyer’s arms went up in celebration before he jumped onto his friend, countryman and rival Dwayne Bravo’s back in sheer joy.

https://twitter.com/DelhiCapitals/status/1445084636594401280

Two matches in the space of three days against two of the most successful teams in the IPL had churned out two low-scoring thrillers with DC ending up on the right side of the result on both occasions after having held their nerves in tense finishes. The Capitals had found their spot at the top of the table too, as the first team to reach 20 points. What’s more? Delhi Capitals became the first team in the history of the IPL to do the double over both MI and CSK in the same season. Yeh Hai Nayi Dilli, hain na?

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Brief Scores

Chennai Super Kings 136/5 in 20 overs (Ambati Rayudu 55* off 43, Robin Uthappa 19 off 19, Axar Patel 2/18, Ravichandran Ashwin 1/20): Delhi Capitals 139/7 in 19.4 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 39 off 35, Shimron Hetmyer 28* off 18, Shardul Thakur 2/13, Ravindra Jadeja 2/28)

Capitals Register Double Over the Super Kings in Another Low-Scoring Thriller

DC vs CSK in 50 Words

A spirited bowling effort led by Axar (2/18) put CSK in some early trouble as they mustered 136/5 on the back of a Rayudu fifty. Gabbar anchored the chase with an attractive 39, before Hettie rose to the occasion with a quickfire cameo to seal a commendable victory.


Bapu, Tari Bowling Kamaal Che!

Birthday boy Rishabh Pant won the toss and opted to bowl first. Of course, a question was posed about the match-up against his mentor and friend MS Dhoni. “Always great learning from him, but right now he's a rival,” replied Rishabh Pant, tongue in cheek. The tone was set for a game between two quality sides with admiration and respect for one another.

https://twitter.com/DelhiCapitals/status/1445024681979834372

Anrich Nortje steamed in on the first ball and cut Ruturaj Gaikwad in half. Some ball that, considering Ruturaj was fresh off a magnificent century in the previous game. He was adjudged LBW off another jaffa on the third ball, but it was overturned on review before Gaikwad slashed a cracking boundary in reply. At the other end, du Plessis got hold of Avesh a couple of times and CSK’s prolific opening pair threatened to dominate once again.

Axar Patel had other plans though, as he got rid of Faf in his first over. Nortje was bowling rockets and he used his pace to get the in-form Gaikwad to balloon one to mid-wicket. Suddenly, the powerplay had turned into a good one for us with CSK 48/2.

https://twitter.com/DelhiCapitals/status/1445036313766359046

Bapu didn’t pay much heed to favourable or unfavourable match-ups and got rid of another aggressive left-hander in Moeen Ali to further dent CSK’s progress. Ashwin joined the party too, foxing Uthappa with one that turned away from him to dismiss him for the 7th time in the tournament, the joint most number of times a bowler has dismissed a particular batter in the IPL.

https://twitter.com/DelhiCapitals/status/1445042548897030149

At 62/4, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni went into damage repair mode with Rayudu finding the odd boundary. With four overs left in the innings and the scoreboard reading 99/4, it was time for both of them to go hard. Ambati Rayudu switched gears to find the boundaries way more regularly, collecting two sixes and three fours from the next three overs bowled by Rabada, Avesh and Nortje.

Avesh Khan came back for the final over and found MS Dhoni’s wicket for the second time in the season. Chennai Super Kings managed a modest 136/5 on the board, but the chase was not to be as easy as it seemed.


Het-Fire to the Rescue

The openers started off with positive intent even in a small chase. Dhawan found a boundary off a drive in the first over while Shaw attacked Hazlewood and lofted him over the infield on a couple of occasions. However, Prithvi’s innings was short-lived as Chahar got the better of him for the sixth time in the competition.

Over number five saw Gabbar at his absolute best. Shikhar Dhawan dancing down the track to fast bowlers is a visual treat, and he did the same against Chahar and took him down the ground for a maximum and the shot of the match.

https://twitter.com/DelhiCapitals/status/1445062204445782020

He followed it up with a neat flick that almost traveled for six, a late cut for four and yet another lofted drive after charging down the pitch. Twenty one came off the fifth over in a chase of 137. Not bad, eh?

https://twitter.com/DelhiCapitals/status/1445060066793586694

At the other end, Gabbar lost another partner as a Hazlewood delivery got big on Shreyas Iyer. Rishabh Pant wasn’t going to be kept quiet for long, and he took on the off-spinner Moeen Ali and smashed him over long-on for six off the fifth ball he faced. However, he got out for 15 attempting another big one. A big knock on his birthday wasn’t to be.

Debutant Ripal Patel walked in at number 5. If there were nerves, he didn’t show any. He got to building a partnership with Dhawan at the other end. We’ve seen Ripal’s power at training, but he showed his finesse in his short stint at the crease on debut, cutting Jadeja as late as possible to score his second IPL boundary. Unfortunately, he was holed out for 18 a couple of overs later having attempted a heave to long on. Dhawan was still at the crease and went past a significant milestone for the season.

https://twitter.com/DelhiCapitals/status/1445071040799932416

With two left-handers slotted to come in next and one already at the crease, Ashwin was promoted up the order to keep the left-right combo going. The move didn’t pay rich dividends on the night as Thakur cleaned him up early. Alas, Dhawan too lost his wicket to Thakur at the end of the same over sending some scares through the DC camp.

https://twitter.com/DelhiCapitals/status/1445072772535750659

99/6, 38 needed from 30. The chase was becoming tense and the came could have gone either way. Hettie and Axar were the last recognized pair of batters at the crease, and they couldn’t afford to leave much for the bowlers to do at the end. They took it deep.

Two quiet overs meant that the required run rate almost hit 10. With 28 needed from 18, it was time to launch and attack. Hetmyer smashed one over Bravo’s head to get his first four. Lady luck added her touch too, with Gowtham dropping a sitter at long on to give Hettie a new life, and he made the most of it.

He landed a telling blow, depositing Hazlewood over deep square leg in the penultimate over to help bring the equation down to 6 from 6. A double and a wide later, there was some more drama to witness in the final over. Axar drove one straight to cover and Hetmyer was stuck at the non-striker’s end. Rabada took guard with 2 needed from 3, but he only needed one. A leg glance off his pads fetched us four as Hetmyer’s arms went up in celebration before he jumped onto his friend, countryman and rival Dwayne Bravo’s back in sheer joy.

https://twitter.com/DelhiCapitals/status/1445084636594401280

Two matches in the space of three days against two of the most successful teams in the IPL had churned out two low-scoring thrillers with DC ending up on the right side of the result on both occasions after having held their nerves in tense finishes. The Capitals had found their spot at the top of the table too, as the first team to reach 20 points. What’s more? Delhi Capitals became the first team in the history of the IPL to do the double over both MI and CSK in the same season. Yeh Hai Nayi Dilli, hain na?

https://twitter.com/DelhiCapitals/status/1445090789026009089


Brief Scores

Chennai Super Kings 136/5 in 20 overs (Ambati Rayudu 55* off 43, Robin Uthappa 19 off 19, Axar Patel 2/18, Ravichandran Ashwin 1/20): Delhi Capitals 139/7 in 19.4 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 39 off 35, Shimron Hetmyer 28* off 18, Shardul Thakur 2/13, Ravindra Jadeja 2/28)

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