Indian Premier League, 2021

Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings - Match 50

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 04 October 2021

Delhi Capitals 139/7

RR: 7.07 | Delhi Capitals beat Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Prithvi Shaw c Faf du Plessis & b Deepak Chaharc Faf du Plessis & b Deepak Chahar181230
Shikhar Dhawan c Moeen Ali & b Shardul Thakurc Moeen Ali & b Shardul Thakur393532
Shreyas Iyer c Ruturaj Gaikwad & b Josh Hazlewoodc Ruturaj Gaikwad & b Josh Hazlewood2700
Rishabh Pant c Moeen Ali & b Ravindra Jadejac Moeen Ali & b Ravindra Jadeja151211
Ripal Patel c Deepak Chahar & b Ravindra Jadejac Deepak Chahar & b Ravindra Jadeja182020
Ravichandran Ashwin bowled Shardul Thakurbowled Shardul Thakur2300
Shimron Hetmyer not out not out 281821
Axar Patel c Moeen Ali & b Dwayne Bravoc Moeen Ali & b Dwayne Bravo51000
Kagiso Rabada not out not out 4110
Avesh Khan
Anrich Nortje
Extras 8 (b 0, lb 1, w 7, nb 0)
Total 139 (7 Wkts, 19.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
24-1 (Prithvi Shaw,2.3), 51-2 (Shreyas Iyer,5.5), 71-3 (Rishabh Pant,8.5), 93-4 (Ripal Patel,12.5), 98-5 (Ravichandran Ashwin,14.1), 99-6 (Shikhar Dhawan,15), 135-7 (Axar Patel,19.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Deepak Chahar3 0 34 1 11.33
Josh Hazlewood4 0 27 1 6.75
Ravindra Jadeja4 0 28 2 7.00
Moeen Ali3 0 16 0 5.33
Shardul Thakur4 0 13 2 3.25
Dwayne Bravo1.4 0 20 1 14.29
Ruturaj Gaikwad0 0 0 0 0
Faf du Plessis0 0 0 0 0
Ambati Rayudu0 0 0 0 0
Robin Uthappa0 0 0 0 0
MS Dhoni 0 0 0 0 0

Right. That ends proceedings from this game. We are into the endgame of the group stages in the Indian T20 League, 2021 and on Tuesday, 05th October 2021, we will see the clash between two teams who are aiming for that fourth playoff place - Mumbai will take on Rajasthan at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT), but, the build-up will begin earlier. We hope to have your company for that game. Until then, goodbye and take care! 

AXAR PATEL IS THE MAN OF THE MATCH! He says that when one bowls, the game plan remains the same but one needs to assess the pace of the pitch. He adds that the opponents were 10 runs short in the Powerplay which helped. Mentions that Ashwin gave him a couple of pointers in the field setting in order to make the batters hit square as the long boundaries were square of the wicket. Says that he is really happy and this game will boost their confidence going into the playoffs.

Rishabh Pant, the Delhi skipper, says that it is not a bad birthday present. Mentions that in the Powerplay, Chennai came hard at them and got away but then they came back stronger bowling good overs. Tells that it was a low total and is glad that they chased it down in the end. Adds that it's a big win for them as they can assure a top-two finish.

Shimron Hetmyer is in for a quick word! He says that he is paid to finish games and is happy that he was able to do that. On the dropped catch, he says he thought he was out but was lucky. Adds that the plan was to take it as deep as possible and target the 19th over. Mentions that it was easy for him as he had faced Bravo earlier as well and is happy that he could score a couple of boundaries off Bravo.

MS Dhoni, the Chennai skipper, says that they were looking to hit closer to 150. Mentions that they failed to accelerate after the 15th-16th over as the platform was nice and feels that it was a tough wicket. Tells that it was a two-paced wicket as some balls come onto you and some don’t. Mentions that the taller bowlers were getting movement from the pitch. Adds that it was a very good effort from the bowlers to take the game right till the end. Ends by saying that overall, he is very pleased with the effort from his bowlers.

Chennai did not start off well with the ball but they always know how to bounce back when things were going against them. When things got tough, they did well to take wickets at that point and push Delhi back. They were under the pump early on but took wickets regularly. The 15th over by Shardul Thakur felt like the game-changing one as he took 2 wickets, and also the valuable one of Dhawan, but in the end, they could not do enough to win the game. Ravindra Jadeja had a good outing as he bowled well and took 2 wickets. Thakur ended with figures of 4-0-13-2 as well, stepping up when his team needed him too. Josh Hazlewood and Moeen Ali were efficient too but if they had 15-20 more runs on the board, maybe the result could have been different. 

Delhi got off to a good start as Prithvi Shaw was looking to attack but he did not last for long. He lost his wicket in the 3rd over and Dhawan and Iyer steadied things slightly before Iyer gifted his wicket away. Pant and debutant, Ripal Patel played handy knocks and stitched decent stands with Dhawan but did not hang around for long. With the players that Delhi had in their ranks, the fact that Dhawan was still out there, and the final cherry on top of the cake, that the total was not a big one, you would think Delhi would cross the line. But, from a position of 93/3, Delhi slipped to 99/6 and also lost Dhawan, and were under pressure. The onus fell on Shimron Hetmyer and Axar Patel and they did well to take the game to the final over but Patel fell. It did not make a difference as Rabada hit the winning runs and took his team past the finish line. 

Well, there we have it! When the top 2 sides in the table clash, it is bound to be a close game, and boy, were we treated to a humdinger! The game went down right to the wire and it is Delhi who have emerged victorious as they have won by 3 wickets and move atop the summit as this victory sees them get to 20 points. Chennai came close to winning this but they just fell short. 

Dwayne Bravo to Kagiso Rabada, FOUR! Kagiso Rabada punches his hands in the air as he hits the winning runs! Full and sliding down leg, Rabada flicks it into the vacant fine leg fence. DELHI WIN A THRILLER BY 3 WICKETS!

Kagiso Rabada walks out into the middle. 

Dwayne Bravo to Axar Patel, OUT! CAUGHT! The game turns on it's head yet again! With just two needed off 4 balls, Axar Patel looks to play the expansive drive and end proceedings in style. One might question, was that really required? Full and wide, creamed straight to short cover. Moeen Ali takes a brilliant catch under pressure and Patel has to walk back. 2 needed off 3 balls now.
Dwayne Bravo to Axar Patel, Seam up from Bravo. Length and wide outside off. A swing and a miss from Axar Patel.
Dwayne Bravo to Shimron Hetmyer, TWO WIDES! Wild delivery from Dwayne Bravo, even he is feeling the pressure. The umpires are discussing whether it's a wide or a no ball as the ball has landed outside the pitch. A wide is signalled in the end. They scamper through for the single as the ball goes to Hazlewood who dives down at short third man.

Looks like MS Dhoni is going to come up to the stumps. He calls for his helmet and gets is quickly. He does not want Shimron Hetmyer to venture out of his crease. 

Dwayne Bravo to Shimron Hetmyer, Slower and well outside off. Hetmeyer leans in and swats it through the cover region. They come back for the second with ease.

6 needed in 6 balls. Dwayne Bravo will bowl the final over. Can he hold his nerve and take Chennai past the finish line?

Josh Hazlewood to Shimron Hetmyer, Full and on leg stump, Hetmeyer heaves it down to deep mid-wicket for a single. 6 needed off the last over.
Josh Hazlewood to Shimron Hetmyer, In the! Back of a length, around off. Hetmeyer looks to go downtown but gets a top edge. The fielders from long on and long off converge but the ball lands safely around mid off. They race back for the second.
Josh Hazlewood to Shimron Hetmyer, SIX! BANG! Is that the game then? Josh Hazlewood continues to hit the length hard and this one is on the hips. Shimron Hetmyer makes room and dispatches it over the square leg fence for a biggie. 9 needed now off 8 balls.
Josh Hazlewood to Shimron Hetmyer, Another dot ball! Back of a length, on leg and cramps Hetmeyer for room. Shimron Hetmyer looks to swing across but misses and gets hit on his body. 
Josh Hazlewood to Axar Patel, Short again and Axar Patel pulls it behind square on the leg isde for a single.
Josh Hazlewood to Axar Patel, Banged into the pitch and Patel can't get the pull shot away. The fielder at short mid-wicket is sharp and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. If that had hit, Hetmeyer was a goner.

Who will bowl the penultimate over? Josh Hazlewood, it is. 

Dwayne Bravo to Axar Patel, Full and straight, drilled down to long on for a run. 16 needed off 12 balls.
Dwayne Bravo to Axar Patel, Full and sliding onto leg stump. Patel looks to play a cross-bat shot but misses and gets hit on the pads. A huge appeal but turned down, maybe sliding down leg. The ball rolls towards backward point and Hetmeyer wants the single but they don't get it.
Dwayne Bravo to Shimron Hetmyer, A bit of cat and mouse going on between Bravo and Hetmeyer. Hetmeyer steps out of the crease and Bravo pulls back the length and bowls a slower one. Hetemyer works it towards mid on for a single.
Dwayne Bravo to Shimron Hetmyer, DROPPED AND FOUR! Could that be the game? A low full toss, around off. Hetmeyer gets low and looks to clear long on. He gets it off the toe end of the bat and straight down the throat of the substitute fielder, Krishnappa Gowtham. He spills it and to make matters worse for Chennai, the ball goes into the fence.
Dwayne Bravo to Shimron Hetmyer, WIDE! Oh dear! This is an attempted slower ball, but way outside the tramline on the off side. Wided.
Dwayne Bravo to Shimron Hetmyer, FOUR! Full and straight, Bravo goes searching for the yorker but serves a half-volley. Shimron Hetmyer hangs back and pummels it back over the bowler's head for a boundary.
Dwayne Bravo to Shimron Hetmyer, Full and very wide again. Hetmeyer comes down the pitch and outside off again. A swing and a miss and no wide called this time.
Dwayne Bravo to Shimron Hetmyer, WIDE! Bravo starts off with a full and wide one, a bit too wide. Hetmeyer did move a long way outside off but the umpire calls a wide.

Will Moeen Ali bowl out or will we see Dhoni make a change? Yes, he will! Dwayne Bravo is into the attack to bowl the 18th over! 

Shardul Thakur to Shimron Hetmyer, Slower one, banged into the pitch. Hetmeyer looks to pull but is deceived by the lack of pace. He manages to guide it to the left of short fine leg, where Josh Hazlewood puts in the dive to stop it. A single to end the over and just five off it.
Shardul Thakur to Axar Patel, On top of off, Patel opens the face of the bat and steers it to third man for one.
Shardul Thakur to Axar Patel, A golden dot ball at this stage. Length again, around off and tapped to mid off.
Shardul Thakur to Shimron Hetmyer, A length ball this time and on off. Hetmeyer taps it through mid-wicket for a run.
Shardul Thakur to Axar Patel, Yet another single, Delhi need boundaries which they aren't able to get. Full and straight, punched gently back past the bowler for a single.
Shardul Thakur to Shimron Hetmyer, Pitched up, on off and crunched to mid on. Hetmeyer sets off for the quick single but Axar Patel hesitates a bit but they scamper through in the end.
Moeen Ali to Shimron Hetmyer, Shorter one, on off and cut away off the back foot through cover-point for a single. 33 needed off 24 balls.
Moeen Ali to Shimron Hetmyer, Ali holds this one back a bit and slides it in on leg stump. Hetmeyer looks to block but misses and gets rapped on the pads. Chennai players appeal but the umpire is unmoved.
Moeen Ali to Axar Patel, On off and eased down the ground for another one.
Moeen Ali to Shimron Hetmyer, 'Catch' is the shout from MS Dhoni but it's safe. Flatter one, on middle and Hetmeyer chips it towards sweeper cover for a single.
Moeen Ali to Shimron Hetmyer, A touch short and wide, Hetmeyer whacks it through the cover region and Hazlewood cuts it out. Two taken.
Moeen Ali to Shimron Hetmyer, Tossed up, on middle and pushed to covers.

Strategic Time-Out! Chennai have turned things around nicely here. At one point, it looked like they would find it hard to stop Delhi's charge but they have kept picking timely wickets and have also removed the well-set Dhawan. Delhi needs 38 more in 30 balls and they still have Shimron Hetmyer and Axar Patel to take them home, but it will not be easy. Let's see who takes this game home. 

Shardul Thakur to Shikhar Dhawan, OUT! CAUGHT! What a big moment into the game as Shikhar Dhawan loses his wicket, and it is Shardul Thakur, the man with the golden arm who strikes once again. This time he gets rid of the big fish as Dhawan was well set in the middle. Coming to the ball, he delivers a length ball, outside off. Shikhar Dhawan comes forward and laces his cover drive. Moeen Ali jumps and takes an overhead catch. The ball seems to have just stuck in his hands. No DRS is needed for this and Shikhar Dhawan has to walk back to the pavilion.
Shardul Thakur to Shikhar Dhawan, Back of a length, on leg. Shikhar Dhawan comes down the track and stabs the ball to mid-wicket. 
Shardul Thakur to Shikhar Dhawan, Length ball, on middle and leg. Shikhar Dhawan taps it to mid off. 

DRS time! Shikhar Dhawan has been given out for caught behind but he refers this. Flatline as the ball passes the bat on UltraEdge and the on-field decision has been overturned. Dhawan survives. 

Shardul Thakur to Shikhar Dhawan, NOT OUT! Short of a length, on leg. Shikhar Dhawan looks to pull but misses. MS Dhoni pouches this one behind the stumps and appeals for a caught behind. He seems very confident and the umpire agrees. Shikhar Dhawan opts for the review. UltraEdge shows a flat line as the ball passes the bat and Shikhar Dhawan survives. Good review from Dhawan.