Skipper Warner’s fighting 86 off 58 was brilliant at the top but the boys ended up on the losing side chasing a stiff 223/3 posted by Chennai Super Kings at Qila Kotla on Saturday. 


With the 77-run loss, we ended our campaign with five wins and nine losses, of which five defeats came at the start of the IPL 2023 league stage. Our final standing in IPL 2023 will be confirmed after MI’s game against SRH on Sunday.

Earlier, Skipper David Warner lost the toss and we were asked to bowl first. Lalit Yadav and Chetan Sakariya made their way into the playing XI.


Chetan Sakariya makes impact

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway got CSK off to a flyer. It needed something clever from our bowlers to break the partnership and Sakariya delivered exactly the same. A slower one deceived a set Gaikwad in the third ball of the 15th over and he holed out to Rossouw over deep square leg.


Khaleel and Nortje pick up wickets in tandem

Khaleel Ahmed got rid of a dangerous Shivam Dube on the last ball of the 18th over while Anrich Nortje dismissed Devon Conway in the second ball of the 19th over. The wickets affected CSK’s charge in the death overs who were looking set to score over 230.


Warner takes charge

Chasing over 200 is always a difficult task but our skipper stood up to the challenge. He targeted the left-arm spin of Jadeja and even combined with Axar Patel to take him for 23 runs in the 13th over.


In the process, Warner reached a milestone of scoring 1000 runs at Qila Kotla.


Warner’s inning was laced with seven fours and five sixes along with some banter with Ravindra Jadeja.


DC Toli makes farewell special

Our innings could not gather steam apart from Warner’s innings and we ended at 146/9 in 20 overs. Despite the loss and enduring a difficult season, strong support from the DC Toli made it a season to remember for our Tigers. 


Warner was our Mr. Dependable throughout the season. He made 516 runs in IPL 2023. It was the record seventh time he crossed the milestone of scoring 500+ runs in a single season. 


Axar Patel, meanwhile, showed his class with his consistent performances. He was our second-highest run-scorer and also second-highest wicket-taker this season with 283 runs and 11 wickets. Mitchell Marsh was the highest wicket-taker for us with 12 scalps.

Brief Scores: 

Chennai Super Kings - 223/3 (20), Devon Conway 87 (52), Ruturaj Gaikwad 79 (50), Chetan Sakariya 1/36 (4) beat Delhi Capitals - 146/9 (20), David Warner 86 (58), Axar Patel 15 (8), Deepak Chahar 3/22 (4) by 77 runs.

Player of the Match: Ruturaj Gaikwad