Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Capitals of Delhi (DC) of four wickets in a last-over thriller at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium to secure a place in the final of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Chasing 173, CSK lost the start Faf du Plessis at the very first over, but then Robin Uthappa and Ruturaj Gaikwad took the lead and got the Super Kings out of the hot water. The duo added 110 runs for the first wicket previously Tom Curran broke the partnership by dismissing Uthappa for 63 runs well done with 44 deliveries.
CSK lost two more wickets in quick succession but the young star Ruturaj held his end and continued to tickle the scoreboard. The talented opening batter scored 70 runs from 50 balls before falling from CSK’s chase in the penultimate over.
Then, skipper MS Dhoni took command and showed off his vintage avatar to bring CSK home. The veteran stumper scored a quick 18 of just six deliveries to catapult the Super Kings into their ninth final in IPL history.
CSK-DC in IPL qualifications:
- Q2: Chennai, 2012 – CSK won with 86 runs
- Q2: Vizag, 2019 – CSK wins with six wickets
- Q1: Dubai, 2021 – CSK wins with four wickets
Previously, the Capitals scored 172/5 in their allotted 20 overs thanks to explosive strokes in the opening game Prithvi Shaw and captain Rishabh pants. Shaw gave DC a flying start and kept momentum as the wickets fell on the other end. The Mumbaikar scored 60 of 34 balls using seven fours and three sixes.
Pants and Shimron Hetmyer then he took the lead and made valuable contributions in bringing the total number on the team past the 170 mark. Pant made 51 of 35 deliveries unbeaten, including three fours and two sixs. Hetmyer also scored 37 of 24 balls with a hit rate of 154.17.
For the super kings Moeen Ali was the cheapest bowler. The right shooter conceded 27 runs at his rate of 4 overs.
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