In the 34th match of IPL 2020, the Delhi Capitals team performed brilliantly and defeated Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets. The Delhi team has lost to Chennai for the second time in a row this season. Earlier in the 7th match of the tournament, Delhi won by 44 runs against CSK, with veteran Delhi batsman Shikhar Dhawan scoring the first century of his IPL career. Batting first, Chennai lost 4 wickets in 20 overs and scored 179 runs. In reply, Dhawan (111 not out) and Akshar Patel (21) in the last over helped Delhi reach the target by losing 5 wickets in 19.5 overs. Captain Shreyas Iyer was very happy with the team’s victory, but he credited the victory to Akshar Patel more than Shikhar Dhawan and praised him.
“I was quite nervous, I don’t know what to say because it was the last over of the match,” Shreyas Iyer said after the win against CSK. I knew that if Dhawan had stood at the crease, we could have won this match, but it’s really great to see the way Akshar Patel hit the balls. He is an unfinished hero. Their preparation is always on point and they know what they are doing. As a team we have been consistently doing well since the first day of team camp. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We embrace each other’s successes and failures in the same way. I want to tell one of the players on the team that I was surprised to see the way they batted in this match. He also gave me a place as a captain.
In this match played in Sharjah, Chennai Super Kings batted first and scored 194 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs in the innings of Faf Duplessis (56) and Ambati Rayudu (45). Rabindra Jadeja batted brilliantly for the team in the last over and played an innings of off3 off just 13 balls, which helped CSK to a big collection. The Delhi team started chasing the target and the team’s opener Prithvi Shaw (0) returned to the pavilion without opening the book, Rahane (7) could not do anything special with the bat. Dhawan put on 687 for the third wicket with skipper Shreyas Iyer (23), who fell victim to Iyer Bravo. The team needed 117 runs in the last over to record a win in this match, but Akshar Patel, who was at the crease, hit three sixes in the over to give the team an easy victory. With this win, Delhi has now reached the top of the points table.