In IPL 2020, Chennai Tremendous Kings was the primary crew to be eradicated from the playoffs race. Practically 12 months later, M.S. Dhoni’s males have accomplished a exceptional turnaround to change into the primary facet to succeed in the IPL 2021 last, their ninth general. The Tremendous Kings know win large matches as they confirmed with a four-wicket win towards Delhi Capitals in Sunday’s IPL Qualifier 1 in Dubai.
With 24 wanted from 12, Avesh Khan bowled the 19th over and received Ruturaj Gaikwad out for 70 off his first ball. Dhoni got here forward of Ravindra Jadeja and with Moeen Ali, took 11 off the 19th over to make it 13 off 6. Rishabh Pant turned to Tom Curran — Rabada had an over left — for the ultimate over. Curran received Moeen out off his first ball, however could not deny the timeless finisher, Dhoni, who sealed the chase with three fours and two balls to spare.
CSK’s run-chase received off to a rocky begin when Faf du Plessis was clear bowled by Anrich Nortje. However his departure did not have an effect on the tempo as Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa — promoted forward of Moeen — placed on some breathtaking strokeplay. Uthappa struck two fours and as many sixes off Avesh Khan as CSK cruised to 59 for 1 on the finish of the PowerPlay.
Uthappa reached his fifth within the 10th over, off 35 balls after which introduced up the century stand within the 13th over. He holed out for 63 to Shreyas Iyer. Thakur, promoted to No. 4, fell in the identical over. And when Ambati Rayudu was run-out within the subsequent over, CSK had misplaced three wickets for simply 6 runs. DC conceded only one boundary every within the 16th and 17th overs to mount the strain. However then it bumped into Dhoni.
Earlier, Chennai gained the toss and inserted Delhi. Prihvi Shaw started in streaky style, top-edging Josh Hazlewood for 2 boundaries within the second over. He then took 16 off Deepak Chahar’s second over with 4 fours.
A sq. punch by level stood out. DC had raced to 36 when Hazlewood had Dhawan caught behind. That didn’t deter Shaw, who collected 13 off Thakur’s first over. Shaw received a reprieve on 42 when Dhoni dropped him. Hazlewood, in the meantime, picked up his second when he eliminated Shreyas Iyer.
With Capitals 51/2 after six overs, Axar was promoted to No. 4. However the transfer backfired as Axar fell for an 11-ball 10 off off-spinner Moeen. Towards DC, a facet with a clutch of left-handed batters, Moeen bowled his full quota for 27 runs.
In the meantime, Shaw introduced up his fifty in 27 balls earlier than Ravindra Jadeja snapped him up for 60 off 34. Pant and Hetmyer bided time earlier than upping the ante. Hetmyer and Pant collected 13 and 12 off the 17th and 18th overs, respectively. Bravo eliminated Hetmyer for 37 to finish an 83-run fifth-wicket stand. Pant completed unbeaten on 51.