Indian Premier League, 2020
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Date & Time: 17 October 2020
RR: 9.32 | Delhi Capitals beat Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets
That's all from this game then! Two super games! Both went to the final over and both ended with a six! However, the action in the Indian T20 League is not stopping. Another double-header day is on its way. On Sunday, 18th October 2020, Hyderabad will meet Kolkata in Abu Dhabi while in the second encounter, Mumbai will take on Punjab in Dubai. The first game will begin at 1530 IST while the second match will start at 1930 IST. However, we will be up and ready with the build-up pretty early for you all. Join us for those games. Until then, it is goodbye from our side.
Shikhar Dhawan, MAN OF THE MATCH for his superb unbeaten ton, maiden one in the League, states that it feels very special, it is a very special moment. He feels very happy. Adds that he wanted to continue the same form from the previous games, entering this game. Says that he keeps a positive mindset and looks to score more runs. Adds that he has improved and plays with courage, without a fear of getting out. Dhawan states that fitness is very important. Adds that due to corona, it helped him give some space to work on himself mentally and physically.
Shreyas Iyer, the VICTORIOUS DELHI SKIPPER, says that he was lost for words. Adds that it was amazing to see how Axar struck towards the end even though Dhawan was there in the middle. Overall, a terrific win, says Iyer. Lauds Axar Patel as an unsung hero and says that he is privy to Patel's meticulous preparation before any match. States that the team gels well. That has been the highlight of this edition, says Iyer. States that Dhawan's knock gives him belief that there is someone to steer the side till the end.
Marcus Stoinis is up for a chat. He says that it got tight towards the end. Says that the plan was to attack the ball from his area but adds he is disappointed as he got out. On one of his mishits going over the fence, Stoinis says that his bat is a good one and he also swings really hard and terms it a good combination. Feels that they are winning the games and hence one can say it is easy but feels nothing is easy. Tells that Axar had not got many opportunities to bat but he delivered here and adds he is bowling well too.
MS Dhoni, Chennai's skipper, says that the option to give the last over was only between Curran and Jadeja, he decided to give it to the latter. States that there was just enough dew, not a lot. Dhoni says that Curran's last over, the way he bowled, he needs to be convinced of how he can bowl yorkers. States that the coaching staff focus a lot on nailing the yorkers right during the practice sessions. And the way Curran bowled towards the end, it should boost his confidence on that note, Dhoni states.
Earlier, after winning the toss, Dhoni opted to bat first. They started off on a mixed note but some good striking in the middle and exceptional ones towards the end, courtesy Jadeja, saw them post 179. It was a very good total but fumbles in the field and some poor bowling in the middle and the death overs meant that Delhi coasted home, capitalizing on those errors. What a win for Iyer's men. Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony.
It was a really tough day in the office for the Chennai bowlers. They need to go back to the drawing board and revisit where they went wrong after having the match in their clutches. Their fielding too was unimpressive. They dropped Dhawan 4 times and he made them pay badly for that. Coming to the bowlers, Chahar was impressive, 2/18 from his 4 overs, starting off with a wicket maiden. Curran, Thakur and Bravo managed a wicket each but the former two were on the expensive side, along with Karn Sharma. Bravo bowled well but an injury forced him out of play towards the end and that meant Dhoni could not avail his services towards the end, especially for the crucial last over. That could have changed things quite a bit, in Chennai's favour, probably, had he been available.
But Stoinis perished after a cameo of 24. The game swung towards Chennai's favour then, one would reckon, but Dhawan was still out in the middle. Carey walked in after Stoinis' dismissal but he had a minimal impact, departing for just 4 in the penultimate over. In walked Axar Patel, Dhawan got to his maiden League ton later on. A fantastic knock from him. 17 needed off the last over. Clean striking from Patel sees Delhi past the finish line.
Delhi started off on a not-so-good note. They lost Shaw early, in just the second ball of the chase. Rahane walked in later, he looked good, but departed after just making 8. After that, Dhawan and his skipper stitched a crucial innings together. Dhawan got to his third half-ton on the trot in this edition. Iyer was not at his usual blistering best, probably still recovering from the injury. It was a good 68-run partnership between these two before Iyer was dismissed. Then walked Stoinis, he and Dhawan were taking the Chennai bowlers to the cleaners.
What a finish to the game! What a fabulous chase it was, especially in the end. A cracking way to finish. Delhi, their march continues. Axar Patel, take a bow. Delhi move back to the top of the table with 14 points.
Ravindra Jadeja to bowl the final over. Interesting call from the Chennai skipper. Can he defend 16 in this over?
Dhawan opts for a review. He was given out caught behind by the on-field umpire. Ultra Edge is in, what does it say? Flat line as the ball passes the bat....NOT OUT. Decision reversed!
Who will walk out to bat now? Axar Patel it is. 2 left-handers in the crease again.
Sam Curran will bowl the pressure over. Pressure for both Chennai and Delhi. Carey needs to give the strike to Dhawan and allow him to finish in elan. Dot balls at this stage will not bode well for Delhi. They need to be wary of that.
Sam Curran to bowl his third over. 2-0-20-0 so far.
DRINKS! Interesting, just as it looked like these two would steal the match away from Chennai, Rayudu drops Dhawan, the 4th time the latter has been shelled so far. But then, a couple of balls later, makes it up by holding onto a skier from Stoinis. Chennai would be happy that they have got one of the dangerous guys out. They have a good chance to grab a victory if they can get Dhawan further. The required rate is close to 10 and that will strangulate Delhi further and minimize their chances. Alex Carey walks out to bat now.
Shardul Thakur is back in the attack. 2-0-20-0 so far.
Karn Sharma is back on. Went for 10 in his first.
Marcus Stoinis is the new man in.
Bowling change! Sam Curran is back on. 1-0-8-0 from him so far.
Who will bowl now? Chahar has bowled out already. It is Dwayne Bravo.
Bowling Change. Karn Sharma is on now.
DRINKS! A mixed passage of play here. Delhi are stroking well but Chennai have nibbled and picked up a couple of wickets. It is important for Iyer and Dhawan to play watchfully while cashing in on the loose balls. They should be wary of misadventures as they have survived on a couple of occasions - LBW, and run out. Let's see how they continue their play after the break. An important passage coming up for both the sides. A tricky middle period. Deepak Chahar is back in the attack. 3-1-12-2 so far.
Time for some spin! Here's Ravindra Jadeja.
Is that a run out? No, Dhawan is SAFE!
Shreyas Iyer looks to be in pain here. It seems that the ball has taken the inside edge of his bat and gone onto hit his foot and this can be really painful. The physio is out in the middle and they are having a look. Iyer seems fine to continue.
Shreyas Iyer, Delhi skipper, is the new batsman in.
Shardul Thakur to bowl now.
Who will bowl now from the other end? Sam Curran? Yes, it is him.
Ajinkya Rahane walks out to bat now.
We are all set to begin in the chase then! Delhi openers, Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan stride out to the middle. Chennai players are in a huddle and then take their respective positions on the field. Deepak Chahar with the first ball for Chennai. Here we go then...