IPL 2021: Dhoni steers Chennai to thrilling win in opposition to Delhi Capitals to succeed in last

Tom Curran took three wickets however conceded 13 from his last over as MS Dhoni sealed victory for CSK
Delhi Capitals 172-5 (20 overs): Shaw 60 (34), Pant 51 (35); Hazlewood 2-29
Chennai Tremendous Kings 173-6(19.4 overs): Gaikwad 70 (50), Uthappa 63 (44); Curran 3-29
Chennai Tremendous Kings received by 4 wickets
Scorecard, Desk

Chennai Tremendous Kings certified for the IPL last after beating table-toppers Delhi Capitals in a final-over thriller.

Chasing 173, a surprising cameo of 18 not out from six balls from captain MS Dhoni secured the win.

He hit the 13 runs required within the twentieth over, bowled by England’s Tom Curran (3-29).

Regardless of Dhoni’s heroics, there have been additionally important contributions from Ruturaj Gaikwad (70) and Robin Uthappa (63).

Earlier, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant starred for Delhi by making half-centuries and guaranteeing they posted a aggressive whole of 172.

However regardless of dropping Faf du Plessis within the first over, CSK recovered and have been in agency management of the chase at 113-1 earlier than the Capitals pressured their means again into the sport by chipping away with common fast wickets.

Curran, enjoying his first match because the IPL restarted in September, was spectacular and even eliminated England team-mate Moeen Ali with the primary ball of his last over to swing the sport again in his facet’s favour.

However Dhoni hit three fours to steer CSK to their ninth IPL last.

Though Delhi misplaced, they are going to get a second probability to succeed in the ultimate once they play the winner of the eliminator. That’s between Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders and Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore and takes place on Monday 11 October.

Calm Dhoni rolls again the years

Former India captain Dhoni had been beneath strain, together with his type for CSK on this yr’s IPL common at greatest. Earlier than this sport, he had simply 96 runs from 14 innings.

However extremely regarded for his calmness beneath strain, who higher to have on the crease on this state of affairs?

Needing 13 from 5 balls, having simply seen Ali dismissed from the primary of the over, for Dhoni, it was no huge deal.

Here is how the over unfolded.

  • Ball One: Curran to Moeen, OUT.
  • Ball Two: Curran to Dhoni, 4 over further cowl
  • Ball Three: A fortunate 4 edged to advantageous leg
  • Ball 4: Vast – nightmare for Curran
  • Ball 4 (once more): 4, crunched to deep sq. leg

The foundations for Dhoni’s heroics have been laid by Gaikwad, CSK’s main run scorer, and Uthappa.

Confidence for Dhoni can solely bolster Chennai’s probabilities within the last as they’d been struggling for center order runs and an over-reliance on Gaikwad and fellow opener du Plessis.

That they had misplaced their three earlier matches, however this was the right time to search out some type.

All-round contributions the important thing for Delhi

Delhi do get a second probability to make the ultimate – the benefit of ending within the high two.

They might have fallen brief in opposition to Chennai, however there have been loads of positives to take ahead into the second qualifier – largely that there have been vital contributions from so lots of their gamers.

Shaw batted with maturity far past his 21 years, combining persistence and aggression with precision earlier than Pant and Shimron Hetmyer’s 83-run stand.

Curran’s return with the ball will please captain Pant, regardless of the final-over nightmare. It was his three-wicket haul that dragged Delhi again once they seemed out of it.

He had some assist from Shreyas Iyer, too – who made certain to shine within the area after failing with the bat.

The best way Uthappa was batting, it was going to take one thing particular to take away him and Iyer supplied it with a perfectly-executed juggling catch leaping out and in of the boundary.

He adopted it with a extra easy catch earlier than unfurling a little bit of magic from deep midwicket to swiftly run out Ambati Rayudu, who was trying a more-than-achievable second run.

Delhi fell brief within the 2020 last. They have to do it the exhausting means this yr to place it proper, however they didn’t end high for nothing.

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