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Delhi vs Chennai - 52nd Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Date & Time: 18 May 2018

Chennai 128/6 (20 Ovs) RR: 6.40 | Delhi won by 34 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shane Watson c Boult & b A Mishrac Boult & b A Mishra142301
Ambati Rayudu c Maxwell & b Harshal Patelc Maxwell & b Harshal Patel502944
Suresh Raina c Vijay Shankar & b Lamichhanec Vijay Shankar & b Lamichhane151810
MS Dhoni c Shreyas Iyer & b Boultc Shreyas Iyer & b Boult172310
Sam Billings c Abhishek Sharma & b A Mishrac Abhishek Sharma & b A Mishra1500
Ravindra Jadeja Not OutNot Out271802
Dwayne Bravo c Vijay Shankar & b Boultc Vijay Shankar & b Boult1200
Deepak Chahar Not OutNot Out1200
Harbhajan Singh dnbdnb0000
Shardul Thakur dnbdnb0000
Lungi Ngidi dnbdnb0000
Extras 2 (b 0, lb 2, w 0, nb 0)
Total 128 (6 Wkts, 20 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
46-1 (Shane Watson,6.5), 70-2 (Ambati Rayudu,9.6), 90-3 (Suresh Raina,13.1), 93-4 (Sam Billings,14.3), 113-5 (MS Dhoni,17.6), 125-6 (Dwayne Bravo,19.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Trent Boult4 0 20 2 5.00
Sandeep Lamichhane4 0 21 1 5.25
Avesh Khan2 0 28 0 14.00
Harshal Patel4 0 23 1 5.75
Amit Mishra4 0 20 2 5.00
Glenn Maxwell2 0 14 0 7.00
Prithvi Shaw0 0 0 0 0
Shreyas Iyer0 0 0 0 0
Rishabh Pant0 0 0 0 0
Vijay Shankar0 0 0 0 0
Abhishek Sharma0 0 0 0 0


All a little too late for the Delhi, though, with one game to go against the Mumbai, which the Hitman-led Blues need to win desperately. CHN, on the other hand, have been shaken awake by the inevitable wooden-spoon holders and must address the problems highlighted in this match. On that note, this is Rishi Roy bidding adieu on behalf of Hari, Sagar, Raju, Abhinand and Naga. So long folks. *Curtains down.*

00:07 Local Time: Okay, so we are into Day 2 of this T20 League game. 7 minutes past midnight after one of the more insipid games of the league stages. A useful consolation win for the Delhi though, and a great exhibition of the talent that the T20 League spews out.

Harshal Patel, Man of the Match: (36* off 16, 4-0-23-1) "I think bowling was the more difficult skill on this pitch, considering how the ground and pitch are, and especially with the dew coming into play in the latter part of the innings. We stuck to our plans and executed really well. It's all about consistency (4-over spells), so they are more important than batting cameos. You can bowl one really good over, and one over can lose you a game. I was watching Bravo's hand really well, and I know he is good at bowling slower balls, so I just backed myself to not get deceived, and that was my only plan: to watch the ball well and react to whatever he was bowling. It's about consistency: how often I can produce performances like this and win games for my team. That's important for me. I have been studying my own game really well. It was about not trying to do anything out of my capabilities and stick to what I have. I have enough skill to perform at this level. It was just about being confident and executing my skills well."

Shreyas Iyer: "We were craving for this victory, and coming against one of the best teams is satisfying. All departments did well and lived up to the expectations. It wasn't easy to bat on this wicket, and Harshal coming at number 7 in that last over was amazing. That performance was not expected and that just goes to show what he is here for. That last over played a major role in getting us to 162. We were never lacking in preparation from the beginning of the tournament, it's just that we were not able to execute what we had planned in the nets and all the three departments weren't clicking together, which happened today and in all the games that we won."

Sandeep Lamichhane: It was slightly skiddy wicket and I have to thank each and every supporter who came and supported us. The way every player contributed in this game, I think that helped me a lot. The way Harshal and Vijay finished towards the end, it was something like that which helped me to bowl in the right areas. I think they were well set at that moment (Raina and Dhoni in the middle) and I was trying to bowl my best ball and suddenly we got the wicket we wanted and the game changed from there. It happens sometimes (Pant's drop catch). You hold onto great catches and you drop some and I think everyone contributed well. Enjoying myself. I want to thank everyone especially everyone back in Nepal. I want to thank T20 League for giving me a chance and also want to thank DEL.

Dhoni [2/2]: Overall, yes, slightly disappointed with the loss but I don't think we could have done much. (Whether complacency came) What I told them is not to look at the points table, take it one game at a time. Keep strengthening what your strengths are, at the same time also strengthen your weaknesses. We also want to improve in certain areas. Apart from the openers, we need to get partnerships in the middle order. We've not used too many batsmen in this tournament so far but anybody can get opportunities from hereon. They need to be mentally ready for this than physically. I think apart from that, we are doing well. If we get our death bowling sorted out, it will be very good. Still have one more game and then into the eliminators (playoffs), so let's see. (On death bowling worries) We'll try to manage it, that's what the reality is. At the end of the day, you can give 100 different plans to the bowlers, depends on his strength and the conditions. Lot of times, you'll have to shuffle the bowlers according to how the wicket is doing, that's what we'll have to do in the playoffs. Those are the games when you need to be at your best. It includes everybody, anyone can have an off day but if someone can chip in with one or two overs, we can cover it up. That's the real time when everyone has to play as a team.

Dhoni [1/2]: I think the wicket slightly got more difficult in the second half. I think it was evident, nobody was middling it well in our innings. Wicket kept getting slower and slower. Their bowlers also bowled really well. Difficult to predict how the wicket behaves, sometimes it behaves well and sometimes it turns like this. I think if we batted better, we needed someone to score those extra 15-20 runs. (On the loss) Specially looking at the wicket, not that fussed. Have to be practical looking at the wicket as long as we know where we went wrong. Something going wrong is a part and parcel but if you know the reason why it went wrong, it becomes easier to come back from that. We know the reasons and what we could have done slightly different.

It was the Delhi' bowling, however, which really caught the eye. They stuck to their lengths, used their variations judiciously, and were smart enough to outfox one of the greatest finishers in the modern game. The experienced Amit Mishra and the rookie Nepali wrist-spinner were magnificent, as was Boult. Impossible to pick out one performance - this was the definition of a team effort. Other than Avesh and Maxwell, the other four bowlers conceded at less than 6 an over and managed to be miserly against a legendary batting unit. After Rayudu departed, the sigh of relief on Maxwell's face (after he took the catch) said it all, and the Delhi dominated the rest of the game.

23:40 Local Time: So there we have it. An already sleep-inducing dead-rubber made even more boring by CHN's feeble response on a wicket that got slower over the course of the game. Kudos to youngster Harshal Patel for that pivotal last over in which he absolutely caned Bravo for 26 runs. Add to that his spell of 4-0-23-1, and we have a MoM performance. Good innings by Vijay Shankar and Pant as well to lift them to a competitive total on this ground.

Boult to Jadeja, 1 run, length ball outside off, Jadeja slugs it away to wide long-on for a single. And that's an underwhelming loss for CHN, and a dominant consolation win for the Delhi.
Boult to Chahar, 1 run, length ball on middle, Chahar gets an edge onto his pads, towards short fine for a single. Stifled appeal from the keeper, but there was bat on that
Boult to Chahar, no run, not given a wide! Length ball from round the wicket, Chahar waiting after shuffling outside off and tries to swing it away over fine leg, misses, as the ball goes down leg
Boult to Jadeja, 1 run, a tad short outside off, wide-ish, Jadeja tries to chop it away, ends up getting an under-edge towards fine leg for a single

Deepak Chahar, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Boult to Dwayne Bravo, out Caught by Vijay Shankar! Half-volley on off, Dwayne Bravo swings through the line, once again gets far too much height and hardly any distance, holes out to Vijay Shankar running in from long-off. That ball must have little drops of heaven on it by now, the number of times it has crosses the earth's atmosphere tonight. Dwayne Bravo c Vijay Shankar b Boult 1(2)

Boult to Dwayne Bravo, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Boult to Jadeja, 1 run, full delivery on the stumps, swung away all along the ground to backward square leg for a single
Harshal Patel to Jadeja, leg byes, 1 run, yet another slower one on a back of a length angling in from round the wicket towards the groin, Jadeja misses the tuck into the on-side and it trundles away towards short third man for a leg-bye. Harshal ends with figures of 4-0-23-1, to add to his 36*(16). MoM performance if there ever was one.
Harshal Patel to Jadeja, no run, short and wide outside off, marginally inside the tramline as Jadeja tries to pull and misses. On the bounce to the keeper
Harshal Patel to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, short and slow outside off, Dwayne Bravo gets across and drags a poorly timed pull towards mid-wicket for a single
Harshal Patel to Jadeja, 1 run, fractionally short, very little width, Jadeja jabs that cut, caresses it square of the wicket towards deep point for a single
Harshal Patel to Jadeja, 2 runs, shortish slower one on middle and leg, Jadeja mistimes a guided pull towards fine leg for a brace
Harshal Patel to Jadeja, SIX, first of all, kudos to the cameraman for following that one. Half-volley on middle, in the slot, Jadeja lofts it with every ounce of his power straight down the ground for six. That went through to the stratosphere and back into the sightscreen

Dwayne Bravo, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Boult to Dhoni, out Caught by Shreyas Iyer!! And the mentalist fails to pull off the unfathomable tonight! Low full toss, Dhoni finally nails the timing on this with a bottom-hand whip, flat and fittingly straight the his opposite number at long-on. A sigh of relief for DEL. Dhoni c Shreyas Iyer b Boult 17(23) [4s-1]

Boult to Dhoni, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Boult to Jadeja, 1 run, full delivery on middle and leg, swung away on the bounce in front of deep square leg for a single
Boult to Dhoni, 3 runs, absolutely ridiculous. Pandemonium out there. Dhoni pulls this short one, gets a feeble top-edge towards mid-on which is unmanned, and the fielder fires in a throw at the striker's end as they ran across for two. The keeper doesn't manage to back up and the ball goes through towards third man as they scamper through for a third. If that had gone through short third man, that was effectively a six
Boult to Dhoni, no run, full and wide, aimed at the tramline, Dhoni tries to reach it and squeeze it out, misses
Boult to Dhoni, no run, slower bouncer @117.5km/h, wide outside off, Dhoni tries to drag the pull from far outside off, gets a thick under-edge to the keeper
Boult to Jadeja, 1 run, shortish and into the body, Jadeja nails the pull towards deep mid-wicket for a single

Trent Boult [2.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

Harshal Patel to Jadeja, 1 run, length delivery outside off, Jadeja has an almighty heave at it, trying to clear the area code, ends up slicing it aerially. High in the air, and lands in front of Avesh Khan at square third man who just doesn't go for the catch. Might not have reached but it was worth a try. Not enough horizontal momentum to reach the fence anyway
Harshal Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, short and wide, slow as well, no pace to work with for Dhoni, who tries another wristy cut, but only manages to chop it towards point for a scrambled single
Harshal Patel to Dhoni, no run, slower bouncer from deep in the palm, pitching outside off and slanting in towards the stumps, Dhoni pulls it straight to square leg
Harshal Patel to Dhoni, no run, short, slow and wide outside off, Dhoni hops to get on top of it to guide it away towards third man, but only thing is, he misses. Through to the keeper
Harshal Patel to Jadeja, 1 run, length delivery on middle, skidding on, whipped away from the crease in front of square leg for a single
Harshal Patel to Jadeja, no run, back of a length delivery from round the wicket, not quite there for the cut, not enough width, Jadeja tries a late-cut towards backward point, misses it completely

Harshal Patel [2.0-0-10-1] is back into the attack

Lamichhane to Dhoni, no run, leg-break pitching on middle and off, Dhoni gets on the back foot and pokes it with an open face towards cover point. Good over comes to an end (other than that six of course)
Lamichhane to Jadeja, 1 run, dragged short, slipped out of his hand, happens when you're nervous and your palms are sweaty (knees weak, arms are heavy), pulled away off the under-edge towards mid-wicket for a single
Lamichhane to Dhoni, 1 run, leg-break on a length, flat in trajectory, Dhoni gets back and checks a semi-copter all along the ground to long-on for a single. Past a diving Lamichhane
Lamichhane to Jadeja, 1 run, full and flat on the pads, whipped away firmly towards mid-wicket for a single
Lamichhane to Jadeja, 2 runs, dragged short and wide, Jadeja backs away and slaps it away to sweeper cover as they scamper through for a couple
Lamichhane to Jadeja, SIX, googly on middle, Jadeja gets down the wicket and tonks it straight down the ground over the sightscreen! Full swing of the blade, >360 degrees, and it sails away for an 89 meter six


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