Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni stated that credit score goes to Shikhar Dhawan for scoring a maiden ton within the Indian Premier League (IPL) and steering Delhi Capitals to a five-wicket win. Dhawan performed a knock of 101 not out off 58 balls studded with 14 fours and a six. All-rounder Axar Patel’s 21 off 5 in the last over performed a vital function in getting Delhi over the road. Jadeja bowled the final over and conceded 22 runs off it.
Explaining his transfer of handing the last over to Jadeja, Dhoni stated within the post-match presentation: “Bravo was not fit. He went out and didn’t come back. The options were Jaddu (Jadeja) and Karn (Sharma). I went with Jaddu.”
Speaking on CSK’s incapacity to get Dhawan dismissed, Dhoni stated: “Shikhar’s wicket was important but we dropped him quite a number of times.
“If he retains batting, he’ll hold the strike fee excessive. Also, the wicket performed higher within the second half, however we won’t take the credit score away from Shikhar.”
In the last two overs, Delhi Capitals needed 21 runs but Sam Curran bowled brilliantly and gave away just four runs in the 19th over.
However, a final over cameo by Axar which saw him whacking three sixes helped Delhi Capitals chase the target with one ball to spare.
Dhoni said that the wicket played better in the second innings and there was enough dew to make the pitch better.
“There wasn’t loads of dew, however there was simply sufficient to make the pitch higher. That makes a giant distinction: minus 10 if you find yourself batting, and the additional 10 for the group batting second,” Dhoni said.
“A optimistic was Sam’s final over. He must be satisfied that he can execute outdoors off (stump) yorkers, that’s one thing a lot of the teaching employees need the bowlers to bowl.
“If you are not comfortable doing it, you can’t really push in the game. I feel this game will give him a lot of confidence when it comes to executing outside off yorkers.
“I really feel that might be one supply that’s barely tough to hit,” the wicket-keeper batsman added.
With this win, the Shreyas Iyer-led side has regained the top position in the points table with 14 points.
Chasing 180 runs, Delhi Capitals got off to the worst possible start as Prithvi Shaw chipped the ball straight back to Deepak Chahar in the very first over.
Ajinkya Rahane then joined Shikhar Dhawan in the middle but their partnership didn’t flourish as Sam Curran took an exceptional catch at point and Rahane had to walk back to the pavilion in the fifth over.
Skipper Iyer and Dhawan then rebuilt the innings with the latter smashing 40th IPL half-century.
However, Dwayne Bravo dismissed Iyer to jolt Delhi in the 12th over. Meanwhile, Dhawan continued his fine form and smashed boundaries at regular intervals.
With 71 needed in the last seven overs, Marcus Stonis and Dhawan accelerated to bring down the ever-mounting required rate. Stonis smashed 24 runs off 14 balls before getting out in the 16th over.
Delhi Capitals required 41 runs in the last four overs before Dhawan started his onslaught. The equation came down to 21 runs off the last two overs with Delhi finally getting over the line.
Earlier, after opting to bat first, Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja’s knocks powered CSK to 179/four of their 20 overs.
CSK will now play towards Rajasthan Royals at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday, October 19.
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