Indian Premier League, 2021

Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings - Qualifier 1

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 10 October 2021

Chennai Super Kings 173/6

RR: 8.8 | Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals by 4 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Ruturaj Gaikwad c Axar Patel & b Avesh Khanc Axar Patel & b Avesh Khan705052
Faf du Plessis bowled Anrich Nortjebowled Anrich Nortje1200
Robin Uthappa c Shreyas Iyer & b Tom Curranc Shreyas Iyer & b Tom Curran634472
Shardul Thakur c Shreyas Iyer & b Tom Curranc Shreyas Iyer & b Tom Curran0100
Ambati Rayudu run out (Shreyas Iyer / Kagiso Rabada)run out (Shreyas Iyer / Kagiso Rabada)1300
Moeen Ali c Kagiso Rabada & b Tom Curranc Kagiso Rabada & b Tom Curran161220
MS Dhoni not out not out 18631
Ravindra Jadeja not out not out 0000
Dwayne Bravo
Deepak Chahar
Josh Hazlewood
Extras 4 (b 0, lb 1, w 3, nb 0)
Total 173 (6 Wkts, 19.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
3-1 (Faf du Plessis,0.4), 113-2 (Robin Uthappa,13.3), 117-3 (Shardul Thakur,14), 119-4 (Ambati Rayudu,14.4), 149-5 (Ruturaj Gaikwad,18.1), 160-6 (Moeen Ali,19.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Anrich Nortje4 0 31 1 7.75
Avesh Khan4 0 47 1 11.75
Kagiso Rabada3 0 23 0 7.67
Axar Patel3 0 23 0 7.67
Tom Curran3.4 0 29 3 8.53
Ravichandran Ashwin2 0 19 0 9.50

Right then, Chennai have booked their place in the final but Delhi are not out yet. They will unlock the benefits of finishing in the top two and will get a second bite at the cherry in Qualifier 2. But before that, we have the Eliminator coming up on Monday between Bangalore and Kolkata. The action will begin at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT) but you can join us in advance for the build-up. Cheers!

Man of the Match is Ruturaj Gaikwad! He says that they have to go through just normal routines. Mentions that every game is a new challenge and one has to start fresh every time. Informs that the Powerplay was a crucial stage and the wicket was holding up a bit. Tells that it was very easy to bat with Robin Uthappa. Adds that Dhoni encourages him a lot and he is looking to learn as much as possible from him.

MS Dhoni, the captain of Chennai, starts by talking about his own innings. Says that it was a crucial knock, he felt it would be tough and wanted the batsmen to bat deep. Adds that as far as his knock is concerned, it was all about 'Watch the ball, hit the ball'. MS admits that he has not done enough this season so it was good to get that out of the system. On the move to promote Shardul Thakur, Dhoni replies that they are one side that hasn't done that often. Says that they even have Chahar who can also contribute with the bat. Dhoni further tells that a proper batsman will think twice before hitting the big shots and batters like Thakur or Chahar can give you 1-2 boundaries and that helps the cause. Regarding Robin Uthappa, Dhoni says that he likes to bat top of the order and Moeen has also done well there, so they left it to God who will bat there in this match. On Gaikwad, MS replies that the chat with him is simple. Tells that he has improved and he is someone who wants to bat 20 overs. Mentions that he is very eager to learn and somebody who plays authentic shots. Shares that it was tough to bounce back from the last season, the emotions were very high and those last 3-4 games in 2020, they wanted to do well. Feels that's the reason they have come back strongly and Dhoni thanks the support staff also.

Robin Uthappa comes up for a chat. Says that he is feeling very grateful and is happy to contribute. Informs that it's his son's fourth birthday and this knock is for him. Mentions that they knew they needed a good start and he just played on merit. Informs that there is nothing to worry about his injury, probably it's just a niggle and should be fine by the final. Tells that he just tries to focus on his routines and is very grateful that he could contribute tonight. Adds that this franchise is the most secure group and after his time under Gambhir at Kolkata, this is the most comfortable he has felt mentally.

Rishabh Pant, the captain of Delhi, says that it's very disappointing and it's hard to describe how they are feeling and all they can do is rectify their mistakes. Adds that the bowlers were bowling well throughout, especially Tom Curran, and that is why he was given the responsibility in the final over. Mentions that the score on the board was decent but the Chennai batters got off to a flier and that made the difference. Adds that they will learn from their mistakes and hopefully go on to win the next match and play in the final. 

Earlier in the match, it was a strong batting show by Delhi to put 172 on the board. Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant stroked fifties while the partnership between Pant and Shimron Hetmyer injected the momentum into Delhi's innings. It was a good finish from Delhi but they didn't get the desired result in the final over. Maybe, that cost them in the end. Stay tuned for the presentation...

A couple of wickets fell in the 14th over which included the wicket of Robin Uthappa and that made the chase very interesting. A few wickets tumbled more, giving a sniff to Delhi and they started to claw their way back into the game. The departure of another set batsman in Ruturaj Gaikwad threw the game wide open but MS Dhoni promoted himself ahead of Ravindra Jadeja and took the chase by the scruff of its neck. 'Thala' as he is fondly called settled all the nerves in the camp with his calm presence and took Chennai home.

What a sensational chase! A target of 173 against a well-oiled bowling unit of Delhi was never going to be easy. That became even tougher after losing the in-form Faf du Plessis cheaply. But this game was all about turning the clock back. Before Dhoni's cracking cameo, it was Robin Uthappa who set the stage on fire. Replacing Faf at the crease, he went berserk from the word go. Robin timed his shots beautifully and played some extraordinary shots. His presence allowed Ruturaj Gaikwad to settle down at the other end and together they put Chennai in a commanding position. Their 110-run alliance deflated Delhi's morale but credit to them for fighting till the end.

VINTAGE DHONI! Cometh the hour, cometh the Legend! 24 needed off 11 balls when MS arrived at the crease, Delhi were smelling blood after removing Ruturaj Gaikwad but Dhoni's whirlwind 6-ball 18 has taken Chennai into the final of the Indian T20 League 2021 - this is the ninth time they will be contesting for the coveted trophy.

4 needed from 3... what can we expect - a six over long on?

Tom Curran to MS Dhoni, FOUR! MS Dhoni finishes things off in style. You have heard that before, haven't you? Curran bowls a shortish ball, outside off, MS Dhoni waits deep in the crease and clubs it past deep mid-wicket to seal the deal. CHENNAI WIN BY 4 WICKETS!
Tom Curran to MS Dhoni, WIDE! Pressure, pressure, pressure! Curran goes full, but way too outside off. Maybe he wants to stay away from MS Dhoni's arc. He will have to reload again though.
Tom Curran to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Streaky but Chennai will take it with both hands. Length ball, outside off. MS Dhoni throws the kitchen sink at it. The ball goes off the inside edge, past the stumps, to fine leg for a boundary. 5 needed off 3.
Tom Curran to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Wonderful from MS Dhoni! Short of a length, outside off. MS Dhoni jumps on his toes and whacks it over extra cover to collect a boundary. 9 needed off 4!

Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in. But it will be Dhoni on strike. 13 needed off 5 balls.

Tom Curran to Moeen Ali, OUT! CAUGHT! The game still hangs in the balance. Tom Curran bowls a short-of-a-length delivery, on middle. Moeen Ali pulls it straight down the throat of the deep square leg fielder. Kagiso Rabada is stationed over there and he does not make any mistake. Tom Curran is pumped up.

Tom Curran has been given the responsibility to bowl the final over.

Avesh Khan to MS Dhoni, Slower ball again, outside off, at 123 kph. MS Dhoni has a swing across the line but misses. 13 needed from the final over. 
Avesh Khan to MS Dhoni, SIX! Vintage Dhoni! What a cracking shot, the crowd has gone bonkers! Short in length and around off, MS hangs on the back foot and hammer-pulls it over wide long on for a maximum.
Avesh Khan to MS Dhoni, Lovely slower ball, outside off, at 123.4 kph. MS Dhoni goes for the pull shot but is beaten by the lack of pace. 
Avesh Khan to Moeen Ali, Full and outside off. Moeen Ali steers it to deep point for a single.
Avesh Khan to Moeen Ali, FOUR! Well played by Moeen! A low full toss outside off, Moeen latches onto it with an angled bat and lofts it clinically over point for a boundary.

MS Dhoni comes ahead of Ravindra Jadeja. Maybe, to maintain the left-right combination.

Avesh Khan to Ruturaj Gaikwad, OUT! TAKEN! Avesh Khan gets rid of the big fish and what a time to pick up a wicket. He bowls a low full toss outside off, Ruturaj Gaikwad swings his bat hard. The ball goes towards deep mid-wicket. Axar Patel runs to his left and dives at full pace to take a fantastic catch. Ruturaj Gaikwad walks off the field after an impressive knock.

Who will bowl the penultimate over? It's going to be Avesh Khan (3-0-36-0).

Anrich Nortje to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Short of a length, outside off. Ruturaj Gaikwad swings across the line. The ball goes off the outside edge to third man for a single. 11 from the over, 24 needed off 12 balls. Anrich Nortje has bowled out now.
Anrich Nortje to Ruturaj Gaikwad, FOUR! Class, that's the word! Anrich Nortje sees Ruturaj Gaikwad charging down the track and bowls a full toss, outside off, in search of the wide yorker. Ruturaj Gaikwad slices it over backward point for a boundary. 600 runs in the season for Gaikwad!
Anrich Nortje to Moeen Ali, In the air, but safe! Short ball, on middle. Moeen Ali mistimes his pull towards mid-wicket. Axar Patel runs ahead to take the catch but doesn't attack much and the ball lands just short of him. A single. 
Anrich Nortje to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Well executed yorker from Anrich Nortje, on off. Ruturaj Gaikwad digs it out towards long on for a run. 
Anrich Nortje to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Short of a length, on off. Ruturaj Gaikwad looks to slog it across the line but gets beaten.
Anrich Nortje to Ruturaj Gaikwad, FOUR! Gaikwad is the man for Chennai. Anrich Nortje starts with a full ball, on off. Ruturaj Gaikwad smashes it just wide of mid off. Shimron Hetmyer dives to his right but couldn't gather the ball. The ball races away to the long off fence. 400 runs in the UAE leg for Ruturaj Gaikwad. 
Avesh Khan to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Another full toss on off, Ruturaj Gaikwad heaves it to deep mid-wicket. He retains the strike by picking up a single. 35 needed from 18 balls. 
Avesh Khan to Ruturaj Gaikwad, FOUR! Poor ball from Avesh Khan. Bowls a full toss on middle, Ruturaj Gaikwad shuffles across and clips the ball neatly between fine leg and deep square leg for a boundary. 
Avesh Khan to Moeen Ali, Fuller in length, wide outside off. Moeen Ali steers it to deep backward point for a single. 4 singles off the over so far. 
Avesh Khan to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Short of a length, outside off. Pulled to long on for one. Singles won't bother Delhi at this stage.
Avesh Khan to Moeen Ali, A full toss outside off, Moeen Ali slashes it to deep point. He crosses ends. 

Avesh Khan (2-0-27-0) is back into the attack.

Avesh Khan to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Short of a length, on off. Ruturaj Gaikwad pulls it over mid-wicket off the back foot for one. 
Anrich Nortje to Moeen Ali, Good comeback from Anrich Nortje! Bowls it full, very full, on middle. Moeen Ali jams his bat down in time. 
Anrich Nortje to Moeen Ali, FOUR! This will release some pressure! Short ball, on middle. Moeen Ali pulls it to deep mid-wicket. He fetches himself a boundary with that pull. 
Anrich Nortje to Moeen Ali, This time Moeen Ali whips it off the pads to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 
Anrich Nortje to Moeen Ali, Full and on the pads, Moeen Ali flicks it to mid-wicket. 
Anrich Nortje to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Back of a length, outside off. Ruturaj Gaikwad goes deep in the crease and dabs it down to third man for a single. 

Anrich Nortje (2-0-12-1) is back into the attack.

Anrich Nortje to Moeen Ali, Short of a length, on leg. Moeen Ali glances it to fine leg for a single. 

Moeen Ali is the new man in.

Kagiso Rabada to Moeen Ali, Mix-up but this time no harm is done. Short and wide outside off, Moeen lofts it over point and takes a single. He wants the second run also but is sent back. The throw comes to the bowler's end but it's too wide. Moeen returns home safely.
Kagiso Rabada to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Very full, outside off. Ruturaj Gaikwad eases it down to long on for a single. 
Kagiso Rabada to Ruturaj Gaikwad, OUT! RUN OUT! What's happening out there? Suddenly, Chennai lose their fourth wicket in no time. What a turnaround from Delhi! Short of a length, on leg. Ruturaj Gaikwad mistimes his pull towards mid-wicket. The batters decide to go for the second run. Shreyas Iyer is on fire in the field. He attacks the ball in the deep, running in from long on and fires in a rocket throw to the bowler. Rabada collects, loses his balance a bit but still manages to take the bails off. Three wickets have gone down in no time and Chennai are in a spot of bother. Delhi are celebrating big. They can sense the momentum shift. 54 needed off 32 balls. 

Is that a run out? The umpires have gone upstairs and the replay shows that Ambati Rayudu is well short. OUT is the signal.