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

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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.

19.4
4
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!

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

19.4
0
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.
19.3
4
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.
19.2
4
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.

19.1
0
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.

18.6
0
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.
18.5
6
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.
18.4
0
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.
18.3
1
Avesh Khan to Moeen Ali, Full and outside off. Moeen Ali steers it to deep point for a single.
18.2
4
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.

18.1
0
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).

17.6
1
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.
17.5
4
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!
17.4
1
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.
17.3
1
Anrich Nortje to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Well executed yorker from Anrich Nortje, on off. Ruturaj Gaikwad digs it out towards long on for a run.
17.2
0
Anrich Nortje to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Short of a length, on off. Ruturaj Gaikwad looks to slog it across the line but gets beaten.
17.1
4
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.
16.6
1
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.
16.5
4
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.
16.4
1
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.
16.3
1
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.
16.2
1
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.

16.1
1
Avesh Khan to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Short of a length, on off. Ruturaj Gaikwad pulls it over mid-wicket off the back foot for one.
15.6
0
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.
15.5
4
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.
15.4
2
Anrich Nortje to Moeen Ali, This time Moeen Ali whips it off the pads to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
15.3
0
Anrich Nortje to Moeen Ali, Full and on the pads, Moeen Ali flicks it to mid-wicket.
15.2
1
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.

15.1
1
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.

14.6
1
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.
14.5
1
Kagiso Rabada to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Very full, outside off. Ruturaj Gaikwad eases it down to long on for a single.
14.4
1
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.

14.3
1
Kagiso Rabada to Ambati Rayudu, Full and on leg, Ambati Rayudu comes down the track and drives it to long on for a single.
14.2
0
Kagiso Rabada to Ambati Rayudu, Way outside off, Ambati Rayudu guides it to backward point.
14.1
0
Kagiso Rabada to Ambati Rayudu, Good-length ball, on off. Ambati Rayudu defends it towards covers.

Ambati Rayudu is the new man in. Kagiso Rabada (2-0-19-0) is brought back into the attack.

13.6
0
Tom Curran to Shardul Thakur, OUT! CAUGHT! Same bowler, same fielder. Tom Curran bowls a length ball, outside off. Shardul Thakur has a massive swing at it. He is too early though and the ball gets the height but not the distance. Shreyas Iyer at long on runs to his right and takes the simplest of catches. Two wickets in quick succession for Delhi.
13.6
0
Tom Curran to Shardul Thakur, WIDE! Slower delivery, way too outside off. Shardul Thakur fails to reach and the umpire calls it a wide.
13.5
1
Tom Curran to Ruturaj Gaikwad, A full toss, outside off. Ruturaj Gaikwad flicks it to mid-wicket for one. Fifty for Ruturaj Gaikwad and he continues to impress in the UAE leg.
13.4
2
Tom Curran to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Slower delivery, on off. Ruturaj Gaikwad guides it to the third man region for a couple of runs.

Shardul Thakur has been propelled up the order and comes in at number 4.

Is that caught cleanly? The third umpire is called in action and he is now checking if Shreyas Iyer touched the rope or go over it with the ball in hand. The replay confirms that it's all good and OUT is what we can see on the big screen.

13.3
0
Tom Curran to Robin Uthappa, OUT! TAKEN! Tom Curran gets the breakthrough. Bangs in short and on middle, Robin Uthappa has an enormous swipe at it. The ball goes off the splice towards long on. Shreyas Iyer is stationed over there and he does take the catch. Axar Patel though comes running across to his left from deep mid-wicket and breezes past Shreyas Iyer. They do not collide but that makes Iyer lose his balance. Good presence of mind is shown by Shreyas though. He immediately tosses the ball up, crosses the rope and then returns to grab it back. The onfield umpire gets it checked upstairs and the replays confirm that it's neatly done by Shreyas. End of a fine knock from Uthappa, he has done his job. 60 needed off 39 balls and this game can open up from here.
13.2
1
Tom Curran to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Length ball, outside off. Ruturaj Gaikwad drives the ball to sweeper cover for a single.
13.1
1
Tom Curran to Robin Uthappa, Fuller in length, outside off. Robin Uthappa looks to heave it away. The ball goes off the inside edge to short fine leg for a single. Avesh Khan has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Had he hit, Robin would have been a goner.

Strategic Time-Out! So, the equation is 62 from the last 7 overs and looking at how Robin Uthappa and Ruturaj Gaikwad are playing, Chennai should be able to chase it down without much fuss. Delhi, on the other hand, desperately need wickets if they want to keep the game alive. Tom Curran (2-0-10-0) comes back into the attack.

12.6
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Robin Uthappa, This one is again bowled from behind the bowling crease and on off. Uthappa eases it down to long off for one. It's Nelson for 1 and Chennai require 62 runs off 42 balls.
12.5
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ashwin bowls this one from behind the crease and lands it on middle. This one skids on and Gaikwad caresses it towards covers for a run.
12.4
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Robin Uthappa, A touch shorter, on off. Uthappa goes on the back foot and cuts it behind point for a single.
12.3
4
Ravichandran Ashwin to Robin Uthappa, FOUR! Clean as a whistle! Ashwin tosses this one up and Robin Uthappa just dances down the track and hammers it over the bowler's head. This is dead straight and the fielders in the deep have no chance.
12.2
4
Ravichandran Ashwin to Robin Uthappa, FOUR! Cheeky from Robin Uthappa and he is just keeping up the ante. Flatter one, on middle and Uthappa reverse-heaves it over short third man for a boundary.
12.1
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nopes. Gaikwad stays focused. This one is drifting onto the pads, Gaikwad works it in front of square on the leg side for a run.

Ravichandran Ashwin comes back on. He pulls out before delivering the ball at the end moment. Did that last time also and Ruturaj had responded by pulling back. Will he do that again?

11.6
1
Kagiso Rabada to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rabada rolls his fingers over the ball and bowls it at 118 kph. This is around off and Gaikwad steers it to third man for a single. A good comeback over from Kagiso.
11.5
0
Kagiso Rabada to Ruturaj Gaikwad, A short ball, well outside off. Gaikwad looks to fetch this one and pull it away but ends up completely missing it.
11.4
1
Kagiso Rabada to Robin Uthappa, Full and around off, Uthappa pushes it to the right of the bowler. Rabada dives in but can't cut it off. They get a single.

Robin Uthappa is down on the ground. Seems to have hurt his hamstring while taking off for the third run on the second ball of this ongoing over. The physio is out, having a look. He is up on his feet now. We are set to resume. 

11.3
0
Kagiso Rabada to Robin Uthappa, A low full toss at 140 kph, Uthappa is early into the shot and gets it off the inner half of the bat towards mid-wicket.
11.2
3
Kagiso Rabada to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shortish ball, outside off. Gaikwad makes room and carves it over backward point. Hetmyer runs across from the point fence and the batters go for the third run. They make it comfortably, brilliant running and Pant seems a bit annoyed with the fielding.
11.1
0
Kagiso Rabada to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rabada gets it right in the blockhole at 142.4 kph. Ruturaj Gaikwad keeps it out.

Kagiso Rabada is brought back into the attack. He replaces Tom Curran.

10.6
0
Axar Patel to Robin Uthappa, A slider from Axar Patel, on middle. Robin Uthappa looks to flick but misses and the ball crashes into the pads. 13 off the over. 79 runs are required off 54 balls.
10.5
1
Axar Patel to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Flatter delivery, on middle. Gaikwad works it on the leg side and picks up a run.
10.4
0
Axar Patel to Ruturaj Gaikwad, A touch short and wide, Gaikwad taps it to cover-point.
10.3
4
Axar Patel to Ruturaj Gaikwad, FOUR! Patel goes full and straight now, Gaikwad swings through the line and thumps it back over the bowler's head for another boundary. That's straight as an arrow, no chance for the fielders in the deep.
10.2
6
Axar Patel to Ruturaj Gaikwad, SIX! Just over! Nicely flighted, and slower through the air. Ruturaj Gaikwad reaches for it and lifts it just over Kagiso Rabada at the long on fence for a biggie.

Axar Patel (2-0-10-0) comes back into the attack. 

10.1
2
Axar Patel to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Fired in, on middle and leg. Gaikwad wrists it through mid-wicket for a couple. Good running yet again.
9.6
2
Tom Curran to Robin Uthappa, FIFTY! Slower delivery, well outside off and at 106.7 kph. Robin Uthappa slashes at it and gets it through cover for a couple. Brings up his fifty, off just 35 balls and what an impact he has had on this game so far! 92 needed more at the halfway mark.
9.5
1
Tom Curran to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Good looking shot for one. On top of off and swatted away to deep mid-wicket for a run.
9.4
0
Tom Curran to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shortish ball, well outside off stump. Gaikwad fetches it and taps it straight to point.
9.3
1
Tom Curran to Robin Uthappa, Length again, this time around off. Uthappa opens the face of his blade and guides it down to third man for another one.
9.2
1
Tom Curran to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shortish delivery, on middle. Gaikwad heaves it down to deep mid-wicket for a run.
9.1
1
Tom Curran to Robin Uthappa, A length ball, on off. Uthappa pushes it down to long on for a run. Both Gaikwad and Uthappa look comfortable out there and are just looking to keep the scoreboard ticking.
8.6
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Robin Uthappa, Flatter one, on middle and leg. Uthappa flicks it off the back foot to deep square leg for another one.
8.5
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ruturaj Gaikwad, On the pads again and Gaikwad just dabs it down on the leg side for a single.
8.4
2
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Slowed up, on the pads. Gaikwad just nudges it with soft hands towards the mid-wicket region and they race back for the second. Good running.
8.3
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Robin Uthappa, Slightly dragged down, on middle. Robin Uthappa rocks back and pulls it uppishly towards deep mid-wicket and gets a single.
8.2
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ruturaj Gaikwad almost walks past that one, cleverly bowled by Ashwin. Gaikwad steps out and Ashwin bowls it a little bit wider and slower. Gaikwad gets a leading edge towards covers and picks up a run.

Ravichandran Ashwin to operate now. 

8.1
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Robin Uthappa, Sliding into the pads at 92.1 kph. Uthappa chips it towards long on for a single.
7.6
0
Tom Curran to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Slightly fuller and wider, Gaikwad dabs it down to short third man but can't get it past Kagiso Rabada over there.
7.5
1
Tom Curran to Robin Uthappa, On middle and Uthappa works it through mid-wicket. They look for two but settle for the single in the end.
7.4
0
Tom Curran to Robin Uthappa, Slower one at around 107 clicks, bowled from the back of the hand. This is on a length, outside off and deceives Robin Uthappa completely.
7.3
1
Tom Curran to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Curran hits the length hard and bowls it on the off stump line. Gaikwad looks to pull but mistimes it to deep square leg. They get another single.
7.2
1
Tom Curran to Robin Uthappa, Nicely played. Length again, around off and Uthappa just guides it to third man for a single.
7.1
1
Tom Curran to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Curran starts off with a length ball, well outside off. Ruturaj Gaikwad swats it away towards deep mid-wicket for a run.

Strategic Time-Out! A much-needed one for Delhi indeed. The players will now be able to take a breather. Such was an entertaining Powerplay from Chennai. Robin Uthappa just took off and didn't look back. He has powered Chennai to a brisk start and they will look to continue the momentum. Delhi would hope to get an early breakthrough after the break and put brakes on Chennai's innings. Tom Curran to bowl now. He is wearing a black armband as today is the death anniversary of his father.

6.6
1
Axar Patel to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shortish ball, drifting onto the pads. Gaikwad tucks it behind the corner on the leg side and picks up a run. Axar Patel sneaks in another quiet over, just 5 from it.
6.5
1
Axar Patel to Robin Uthappa, Flatter delivery, on middle. Uthappa goes on the back foot and pushes it down the ground for a single.
6.4
1
Axar Patel to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Gaikwad uses his feet and eases it down to long on for another one.
6.3
1
Axar Patel to Robin Uthappa, Dragged down, on middle and Robin Uthappa will be disappointed. Uthappa pulls it hard but straight to deep backward square leg for a run.
6.2
1
Axar Patel to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Slowed up, on off and Gaikwad caresses it towards cover for a quick single. Tom Curran misfields and they get through easily.
6.1
0
Axar Patel to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Angled into the pads and Ruturaj Gaikwad can't get it away.
5.6
4
Avesh Khan to Robin Uthappa, FOUR! Robin Uthappa has arrived for Chennai! What a shot and what a knock from him thus far. Full and outside off, Robin attacks the room and rifles it over mid off. 20 from the over, Chennai have raced to 59/1 at the end of the Powerplay. 114 needed off 84 balls.
5.5
6
Avesh Khan to Robin Uthappa, SIX! Robin is on fire! Khan delivers it on a length and outside off at 133.4 kph, Uthappa stands tall, holds his shape nicely and bludgeons it down the ground over long on.
5.4
0
Avesh Khan to Robin Uthappa, Back of a length, outside off, Robin tries to guide it past short third man but misses. He was looking to play the field there as that fielder was brought up after the boundary ball.
5.3
4
Avesh Khan to Robin Uthappa, FOUR! Uthappa is looking in the mood. So refreshing to watch him bat in full flow. Slower delivery, full and around off, Robin picks it up and whips it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
5.2
6
Avesh Khan to Robin Uthappa, SIX! This one has been dismissed. Fuller in length, around off at 137 clicks, Uthappa gets on the front foot and smokes it over mid-wicket for a biggie.

Avesh Khan (1-0-7-0) comes back into the attack.

5.1
0
Avesh Khan to Robin Uthappa, Clever slower one, at 119 clicks and outside off, Uthappa tries to slog it across the line but is early into his shot.
4.6
0
Axar Patel to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Tossed up around middle, Gaikwad walks down the track and turns it off his pads. Finds square leg. Fine first over by Patel.
4.5
4
Axar Patel to Ruturaj Gaikwad, FOUR! Ruturaj Gaikwad gets one away! Floated one, full and around leg, Gaikwad steps back to make room and lofts it nonchalantly over cover-point for a boundary.
4.4
1
Axar Patel to Robin Uthappa, Quicker through the air, short and on middle, Uthappa pulls it to the left of short fine leg for a single.
4.3
0
Axar Patel to Robin Uthappa, Three dots now. Fuller and on off, it's driven back to the bowler.
4.2
0
Axar Patel to Robin Uthappa, Drags his length short and delivers it on middle, Uthappa goes back to pull but fails to pick the gap on the leg side.

Axar Patel comes into the attack now.

4.1
0
Axar Patel to Robin Uthappa, Flighted and full on off, Robin pushes it straight to extra cover.
3.6
1
Kagiso Rabada to Robin Uthappa, Back of a length, close to off, Uthappa eases himself on the back foot and dabs it to third man for one. 14 from Rabada's first.
3.5
4
Kagiso Rabada to Robin Uthappa, FOUR! Easy pickings! Very full and around leg at 145 clicks, Uthappa moves his back foot across and clips it neatly wide of short fine leg for a boundary.
3.4
1
Kagiso Rabada to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Outside off, Gaikwad again uses the pace of the bowler and runs it down to third man for a single.
3.3
1
Kagiso Rabada to Robin Uthappa, Full and around off, angling in with extra bounce, Uthappa pushes it defensively to covers. It's in the gap and they cross.
3.2
1
Kagiso Rabada to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shortish and outside off, guided down to third man for a single. Sensible.
3.1
6
Kagiso Rabada to Ruturaj Gaikwad, SIX! Gaikwad was quiet for too long and decides to cut loose. A touch short and around off, at 139 kph, Ruturaj Gaikwad advances down the track and towers it over the bowler's head for a biggie. He has knocked the stitches out of this one, with no respect whatsoever for a world-class bowler.

An early change in the bowling as Kagiso Rabada comes into the attack now.

2.6
0
Anrich Nortje to Robin Uthappa, Beaten on this occasion. Sharp delivery again, short and outside off at 141.9 kph, Robin Uthappa camps back and tries to play the upper-cut but misses. Two excellent overs from Anrich Nortje!
2.5
0
Anrich Nortje to Robin Uthappa, Spears in a full ball around off at 147.6 kph, Uthappa is forward as he flicks it on the leg side. Finds short mid-wicket.
2.4
1
Anrich Nortje to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Short and wide outside off at 144 kph, Ruturaj Gaikwad is not trying to pull so far, just stays back and deflects it down to third man for one.
2.3
1
Anrich Nortje to Robin Uthappa, Well played! On a length and around off at 140.1 kph, Robin opens the face of his bat and guides it to third man for a single.
2.2
2
Anrich Nortje to Robin Uthappa, A length ball, around middle and leg at 146.8 kph, Uthappa picks it off his pads and tucks it through square leg for a couple of runs. He is looking a lot better in this innings.
2.1
0
Anrich Nortje to Robin Uthappa, On target, full and around off at 147.7 kph, Uthappa pushes it down to mid off and shouts 'wait in' and then no.
1.6
1
Avesh Khan to Robin Uthappa, Angling in around off, on a fuller length, Uthappa pushes it with soft hands to mid on and pinches a single. 8 from the over!
1.5
1
Avesh Khan to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Slower one, full and outside off at 122 kph, Ruturaj Gaikwad is deceived a bit as the bat turns in his hands. It takes the inner edge and dribbles to deep mid-wicket for a single.
1.4
0
Avesh Khan to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Mishit! Fullish and around off, Ruturaj Gaikwad uses his feet but yorks himself. He digs it out from the toe end of his bat to mid off.
1.3
0
Avesh Khan to Robin Uthappa, On a length, around middle and leg, Robin tries to work it on the leg side but misses. It goes off his pads to mid-wicket and they cross for a leg bye.
1.2
0
Avesh Khan to Robin Uthappa, Full and around off, Uthappa blocks it strongly to covers.
1.1
4
Avesh Khan to Robin Uthappa, FOUR! Deft! A touch short in length and outside off, Robin Uthappa stays on the back foot and at the last moment, he guides it fine down to third man for a boundary.
1.1
0
Avesh Khan to Robin Uthappa, Wide! Full but down the leg side, Uthappa tries to flick but misses.

Avesh Khan to steam in from the other end.

0.6
1
Anrich Nortje to Robin Uthappa, At 142.9 kph, Nortje fires it in on middle, fuller in length, Robin pushes it with gentle hands to mid-wicket and picks up a run. Eventful first over from Anrich Nortje!
0.5
4
Anrich Nortje to Robin Uthappa, FOUR! A confidence-boosting boundary for Robin Uthappa. Full and around off, at 148.8 kph, Uthappa leans into the drive and plays a sublime shot through covers for a boundary.

Robin Uthappa is called early into action. He is in at number 3.

0.4
0
Anrich Nortje to Faf du Plessis, OUT! STUMPS SHATTERED! That's a snorter from Anrich Nortje, at 147.5 kph. He hurls it in the line of the stumps, du Plessis stays rooted inside the crease as he attempts to work it on the leg side. The ball lands, skids on at a brisk pace, beats the inside half of his bat and cannons onto the stumps. Anrich Nortje is all pumped up, a perfect start for Delhi!
0.3
1
Anrich Nortje to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Full and sharp, around leg, it's nudged down to fine leg for a single.
0.2
1
Anrich Nortje to Faf du Plessis, A brisk run and Faf du Plessis also gets off the mark. Fuller and on middle, at 147.6 kph, du Plessis stays deep inside the crease and bunts it towards mid on for a run.
0.1
1
Anrich Nortje to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Chennai are away! Anrich Nortje begins with a shortish delivery just outside off, at 145 kph, Ruturaj Gaikwad taps it down to third man and opens his account.