IPL 2021: Hetmyer, Dhawan & Bowlers Shine as DC Win Against CSK
Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals have both qualified for the playoffs in IPL 2021.
After the bowlers did a fine job, Delhi Capitals survived a few scary moments while batting before clinching a close contest against Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets.
While Avesh Khan, R Ashwin and Axar Patel helped restrict the CSK batters with some tight bowling, the efforts of Shikhar Dhawan and Shimron Hetmyer with the bat helped close out the win, giving Rishabh Pant another reason to be happy about on his birthday.
The win took Delhi back to the top of the table.
Batting first, CSK, who have had their openers do well so far in the IPL, had a bad start on the day, even though Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis started off at brisk pace.
Faf was the first to go for 10 when he mishit the pull shot off Axar and was caught in the deep by Shreyas Iyer, the only man on the leg side boundary at that point in time. A couple of overs and 11 more runs later, Gaikwad, who had scored a century in the previous game against Rajasthan could not deal with the pace and bounce of Anrich Nortje. Even he tried to pull it away and ended up giving a simple catch to R Ashwin for 13.
Robin Uthappa and Moeen Ali needed to rebuild and they tried their best for the next 3 overs, adding 20 more runs before DC struck again. Axar and Iyer combined again to dismiss Moeen Ali for 5 before Uthappa followed midway through the 9th over, caught and bowled by Ashwin for 19.
CSK were 62/4 with Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni in the middle. The experienced duo took their time to get going against Delhi’s well drilled bowling attack and for the longest time were not even scoring at run a ball.
The veterans weren’t able to up the ante and Delhi were more than happy to see them not being dismissed as that kept the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and Shardul Thakur in the hut, as they waited for their turn.
Rayudu though managed to break the shackles in the 19th over against Nortje, scoring 14 off that over and ending it with a boundary which got him his half-century as well. CSK lost Dhoni to Avesh Khan early in the final over for 18 before Rayudu and Jadeja added a few singles to push the score to 136/5.
Delhi started off their innings in similar fashion with Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan looking to take on the CSK attack from the get-go. A few crisp shots from the right hander set Delhi off to a good start before his stay ended when he tried to clear the ropes and was caught by Faf off Deepak Chahar for 18 off 12 deliveries in the third over.
Shreyas Iyer then joined Dhawan and allowed the southpaw the majority of the strike. Dhawan, who has been in good form in recent years, piled on the runs, taking DC past the 50-run mark before Iyer was sent packing by Josh Hazlewood, caught by Gaikwad for 2 at cover, just as the powerplay was coming to an end.
Pant played a handy 12-ball-15 run knock after that, adding 20 runs for the third wicket with Dhawan. The DC skipper however fell looking to hit Jadeja out of the ground, and sliced to Moeen Ali at point.
New man Ripal Patel added 18 off 20 with a couple of boundaries in his first outing after that before Jadeja had his number too, reducing Delhi to 93/4 in the 13th over. R Ashwin and Dhawan could not kick on after that with the spinner being cleaned up by Shardul for 2, who then had an appeal against the opener turned down via a review a couple of balls later, before the India batter’s uppish drive was caught by Moeen for 39 at cover off the last delivery of the eventful over. DC were 99/6 after 15 overs with the expressions in the dugout changing rapidly.
Shardul finished his spell with figures of 2/13 as DC’s Shimron Hetmyer and Axar Patel kept chipping away at the target after that. Hetmyer was afforded a life when he was dropped at long on off Bravo in an over that gave DC 12 runs to help their cause.
Hetmyer and Axar got lucky in the final over with Bravo feeling the pressure a bit, before Kagiso Rabada hit the winning runs as Hetmyer remained unbeaten on 28.
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