In a low-scoring encounter on a slower surface at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Capitals batted first and posted a sub-par score of 147-6 in their 20 overs. In reply, Super Kings chase down the victory by six wickets – to comfortably seat themselves at the top of the points table. However, the defending champions took the match down to the final over of the game, courtesy of some slow batting by MS Dhoni and Kedhar Jadhav before Dwayne Bravo hit the winning runs.
* As it Happened:
Delhi Capitals captains Shreyas Iyer won the toss and decided to bat first. Delhi Capitals have undergone one change with including an extra spinner Amit Mishra in the place of Trent Boult while Super Kings remain Unchanged.
The hosts got off to a brisk start with young Prithvi shaw scoring boundaries off the last three balls of the second over. Capitals got to 35-0 in the 4 overs. However, Prithvi Shaw cameo comes to an end while he gets into an awkward position attempting the pull shot at the second ball of the fifth over. Deepak Chahar cramped Shaw-show’s down at 24 runs.
Capitals then with Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan at the crease took some time to settle down and managed to build up a partnership and take Capitals total to 79 runs in 11.3 overs. But suddenly Tahir hits back with a superb slider to dismiss Captain of the Capitals at a score of 20.
In the meantime, Rishab pant and Shikhar down managed to build up a partnership of 41 runs. However, Pant dismissal came at a wrong time as Capitals failed to accelerate. From a comfortable 120-2, Capitals once again faced a middle-order collapse and the host lost the momentum completely when they lost 4 crucial wickets in the span of 1.5 overs.
In the last five overs, capitals found the boundary only twice and yielded only 29 runs. Shikhar Dhawan was the only shining light who played the role of sheet anchor and scored 47 balls 51 runs. But, his effort could only able to lift the capitals to an average sub-par score. D.C scored 147/6 in the 20 overs.
When Super Kings started their chase, it was expected that shot-making will not be easy but CSK planned to go hard when the ball was new. In spite of Capitals took an early success by dismissing Ambati Rayudu cheaply, Suresh Raina and Shane Watson took the charge of the game. They hit eight fours and four sixes between them to add 52 runs in only four overs and there was no recovery from that onslaught.
By the time Suresh Suresh Raina got dismissed on the score of 30 in the eleventh over, the required run rate which was 7.40 at the beginning of the innings had dropped down to 5.17. And indeed from that point, it was a mere formality for the super kings to register their second win. But MS Dhoni (32 not out, 35 balls) and Kedhar Jadhav (27 from 34 balls) made a comfortable chase look difficult in the end.
In spite of some up and down in the end overs, super kings managed to get an easy win with the two balls spare.
* Best Batting Performance:
On a surface where strokeplay was difficult and conditions were difficult for the batsman, it was two batsmen who stood out.
For D.C.– Shikhar down becomes the best batting performer who scored 51 runs from 47 balls and hit seven boundaries.
For CSK.– Shane Watson who was in the punishing form become the best batting performer by hitting four boundaries and three sixes in his score of 44 runs in 26 balls.
* Best Bowling Performance:
For D.C.– Amit Mishra was the one who gives the hope of winning by taking two crucial wickets of Watson and Raina.
For CSK– Deepak Chahar was the pick for the best bowling performer. Even though he managed to pick up just one wicket, finishes his spell with impressive figures of 20-1 in his four overs of bowling with the new ball.
* The Game Changer:
Dwayne Bravo was the one who becomes a game changer and turned the game down in the favour of CSk. Brawo with his various variations dismissed Rishab Pant and Collin Ingram in the same over which take down all the hopes of a huge total.
* Man of the Match:
* Brief Scores:
Delhi Capitals: 147/6.
(Shikhar Dhawan 51; Dwayne Bravo 3/33).
Chennai Super Kings: 150/4.
(Shane Warson 44, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 32*; Amit Mishra 2/35).
There was some limelight in this encounter as well where Shane Watson involved in heated exchanges with Delhi pacers Ishant Sharma and Kagiso Rabada.
* Record Alert:
Amit Mishra took his 50th wicket in IPL matches at the Kotla stadium and become only the second bowler to do so after Mumbai Indians pacer Lasith Malinga.