IPL: Delhi Capitals beat Chennai Tremendous Kings to spice up top-two hopes

Shimron Hetmyer had solely scored 131 runs on this season’s IPL earlier than Monday’s sport
Indian Premier League, Dubai
Chennai Tremendous Kings 136-5 (20 overs): Rayudu 55* (43); Axar 2-18
Delhi Capitals 139-7 (19.4 overs): Dhawan 39 (35), Hetmyer 28 (18); Thakur 2-13
Delhi Capitals gained by three wickets
Scorecard; Desk

Delhi Capitals beat three-time Indian Premier League winners Chennai Tremendous Kings to shut in on a spot on this yr’s high two.

Chasing 137 to win, Shikhar Dhawan made 39 earlier than West Indies’ Shimron Hetmyer composed an unbeaten 28 from 18 balls as Delhi gained with two balls left.

Chennai made 136-5 with Ambati Rayudu high scoring with 55.

A top-two end means groups have two alternatives to qualify for the ultimate, which is on 15 October.

Delhi transfer to twenty factors, above Chennai on 16, however each could be caught by Royal Challengers Bangalore, who play the Capitals of their ultimate group sport.

Demoted Hetmyer sees his aspect dwelling

Delhi all the time gave the impression to be in command of their chase till Dhawan, who took 21 off Deepak Chahar’s third over, was caught within the covers by Moeen Ali to depart final yr’s runners-up 99-6.

It was the second wicket in a Shardul Thakur over that additionally noticed Ravichandran Ashwin bowled by an excellent yorker.

Ashwin, who was a part of a match-winning partnership in Delhi’s final sport, was promoted up the order and above Hetmyer – with captain Rishabh Pant saying afterwards it was to maintain a left and right-hand mixture – however the transfer was unsuccessful with the spinner making solely two.

The left-hander, who had been in poor type, hit an excellent straight drive to the boundary earlier than getting a slice of fortune when he was dropped by substitute fielder Krishnappa Gowtham at long-on.

Hetmyer made probably the most of his life to whip an enormous six over sq. leg and his partnership of 36 with Axar Patel bought Delhi right into a place the place Kagiso Rabada might are available in and flick to the boundary for the win.

Top run-scorers in IPL 2021: KL Rahul (528), Ruturaj Gaikwad (521), Shikhar Dhawan (501), Sanju Samson (480), Faf du Plessis (470)
Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan turned the third participant to move 500 runs on this season’s IPL along with his 39

Chennai’s middle-order get uncommon probability

In addition to a constant staff and model of cricket, Chennai’s success on this yr’s IPL has been constructed on a profitable opening partnership between Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gikwad.

Going into Monday’s sport they’d scored 968 of Chennai’s 2,098 runs on this season’s event – which quantities to an enormous 46%.

They once more began properly, racing to twenty-eight off 2.3 overs, earlier than each fell in fast succession, exposing a center order that hasn’t been required to bat usually, or for lengthy durations.

Robin Uthappa, making his first look of the season, made 19, however England all-rounder Moeen flicked tamely to deep mid-wicket to fall for 5.

Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni dragged Chennai as much as a decent rating, with a 60-run partnership in virtually 11 overs, however it felt underneath par.

Dhoni, as has usually been the case lately, chewed up balls, taking 27 to attain his 18 – his lowest tally within the IPL when going through greater than 25 balls – and that left Ravindra Jadeja underused, and Dwayne Bravo and Shardul Thakur – who can all clear the boundary – unused.

After the sport Dhoni stated his aspect had been “most likely 15 brief”.

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