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IPL 2021 Qualifier 1: Shaw & Pant's Half Centuries Help Delhi Post 172/5 vs CSK

Shimron Hetmyer scored 83 off 50 balls with Rishabh Pant.

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Prithvi Shaw (60) gave Delhi Capitals a flying start before Shimron Hetmyer (37) and Rishabh Pant (51 not out) carried the team to 172/5 in 20 overs in the IPL 2021 Qualifier 1 in on Sunday.

Delhi were 80/4 in 10.2 overs before Hetmyer and Pant staged an excellent recovery, helping the team reach a competitive total against Chennai Super Kings.

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IPL 2021 Qualifier 1: Shaw & Pant's Half Centuries Help Delhi Post 172/5 vs CSK
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Pushed into batting first, Delhi reached 51/2 in the powerplay, 43 of which came off Prithvi Shaw's bat off just 19 balls. Shaw began with two top-edge boundaries off Josh Hazlewood in the second over and then took the attack to Deepak Chahar in the next over, collecting four boundaries, with the most impressive of them a back-foot punch through the gap in point.

Shikhar Dhawan lifted Hazlewood for a boundary in his next over. But on the next ball, the Aussie pacer got Dhawan (7) to nick behind on a seaming-away delivery. But there was no stopping Shaw as he hit two sixes over mid-wicket and down the ground off Shardul Thakur. Thakur almost had Shaw out on 42 as MS Dhoni spilled a difficult one-handed catch to his right.

IPL 2021 Qualifier 1: Shaw & Pant's Half Centuries Help Delhi Post 172/5 vs CSK
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Hazlewood had his second wicket of the match as Shreyas Iyer (1) miscued a flick on the cross-seamer to cover point. Shaw brought up his fifty in 27 balls with a cut through point followed by a sweep through the square on leg-side off Ravindra Jadeja.

Axar Patel's promotion at four didn't pay off, holing out to long-on off Moeen Ali in the tenth over. In the next over, Jadeja ended Shaw's stay as the right-hander mistimed the loft to a diving long-off running to his left.

Hetmyer and Pant shared an 83-run stand off 50 balls for the fifth wicket. The duo's partnership meant that Delhi regained rhythm which had slowed down in the overs 10-13. Dwayne Bravo separated the pair in 19th over as Hetmyer (37) mistimed pull to wide long-on. Pant reached his fifty with a brace on the final ball as Delhi finished beyond 170.

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What's at Stake?

Delhi finished the league stage of IPL 2021 at the top spot with 20 points while Chennai was the second-best side with 18 points.

The team that wins tonight goes straight into the final on 15 October in Dubai. The team that loses will get another chance in making the final when they face the winner of the Eliminator between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 on Wednesday.

This is the eleventh time Chennai are in the playoffs while Delhi look to win their first IPL title.

(With inputs from IANS)

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