Opener Shikhar Dhawan took three life chances to give Delhi Capital their first century in the Indian Premier League and a five-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings. Dhawan scored 101 off 57 balls in an unbeaten innings. With this victory, Delhi team has reached the first position of the table with 14 points from nine matches. Chennai scored 189 for five in reply to which Delhi scored 17 185 for five with one ball to spare.
Delhi scored 21 runs in the last two overs, but Sam Curran scored just four runs in the 19th over and Alex Carey (04) made the match exciting. With Dwayne Bravo out due to injury, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni handed the ball to Jadeja in the last over, against which Axel Patel ensured Delhi’s victory with three sixes. He scored an unbeaten 21 off five balls, and helped Delhi register their first win of the season to chase the target.
Dhawan took three boundaries and a six in his century innings, taking three life chances. He got his first life when Deepak Chahar was caught in the seventh over by Jadeja. After that, when he was batting for 50 in the tenth over, Dhoni dropped his hard catch to Bravo. Rayudu gave him a third life in the 16th over after catching Shardul Tagore. This time he was playing for 80 runs.
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Deepak Chahar sent the Delhi team to chase the target, sending the ball to Prithvi Sher without opening the innings. However, Dhawan did not have much impact and in the second over he hit two boundaries against Kuren. Ajinkya Rahane failed to get the rhythm once and Chahar was the second victim in the first ball of the fourth over. At this point, Karen took a great catch, finishing the eight-run innings off 10 balls. In the same over, Shane Watson missed the chance to run out Shreyas Iyer. He took the opportunity to hit the first six of the innings with the ball of Shardul Tagore.
Dhawan completed his half-century off 29 balls in the 29th over with a single from Bravo. Ayre, however, made 23 off 23 balls and caught Duplessis off Bravo. He put on 68 for the third wicket with Dhawan. Marcus Stoinis, who then came to bat, made his mark with a six and a four off Korn Sharma. He made 24 off 14 balls and fell victim to Tagore.
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Earlier, after a half-century innings by Faf Duplessis (56), Ambati Rayudu and Jadeja put up a challenging score in the last over of the Chennai Super Kings with quick innings. In the last five overs, Chennai batsmen Jadeja was unbeaten on 33 off 13 balls with four sixes and Rayudu was unbeaten on 44 off 25 balls with four sixes and a four. Both have shared 50 runs in a 21-run partnership.
Duplessis made a 74-run stand for the second wicket with Shane Watson (3) to lay a solid foundation for the second batsmen. The decision to bat first after winning the toss for Chennai went wrong when young fast bowler Tushar Pandey sent Chennai opener Sam Kuren to the pavilion in the third ball of the opening over. Then after the second over Kagiso Rabada. Watson hit two boundaries against Deshpande in the third over, Duplessis hit a six against Norji in the fifth over and then opened two boundaries.
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Duplessis completed his fourth half-century of the IPL season with a 16-ball 39 and a run in the 12th over, but the next ball bowled Norje Watson to break the six-run stand for the second wicket. Watson made 36 off 26 balls with six boundaries. Duplessis also came to life after Akshar Patel, when his catch peaked. However, he could not take advantage of it and this time in the fifteenth over, Rabdar Ball Dhawan made no mistake to catch this difficult catch. He hit six fours and two sixes in the 47-ball innings.
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Dhoni failed once again and became Norji’s second victim with three runs off five balls. Jadeja and Rayudu, however, did not allow Dhoni to feel the crisis at the crease with a big shot in the last over. Both scored 16-16 in the 19th over of Rubber and the 20th over of Norji. Jadeja hit two sixes in the last over of the innings.
Chennai Super Kings innings:
00 in Sam Curran’s Norse Bow Deshpande
Dhawan Bo Rabada of Faf Duplessis 58
Shane Watson Bow Norje 36
Ambati Rayudu unbeaten 45
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Carrie Bow Norje 03
Rabindra Jadeja was out for 33
Total: 179 for four in 20 overs
Wicket Fall: 1-0, 2-87, 3-109, 4-129
Delhi Capital Innings:
Prithvi Shaw and Bo Chahar 00
Shikhar Dhawan is unbeaten on 101 runs
Ajinkya Rahane’s Karen Bo Bo Chahar 08
Duplessis Bo Bravo 23 of Shreyas Iyer
Rayudu Bo Tagore 24 of Marcus Stoinis
Alex Carey’s Duplessis Bo Karen 04
Character Patel out 21
Total: 159 for five in 19.5 overs
Wicket results: 1-0, 2-26, 3-94, 4-137, 5-159