A disciplined bowling effort, led by spinners Axar Patel (2/18) and R. Ashwin (1/20), adopted by very important knocks from Shikhar Dhawan (39) and Shimron Hetmeyer (28 n.o.), helped Delhi Capitals beat Chennai Tremendous Kings by three wickets in an Indian Premier League match in Dubai on Monday.
Electing to subject, the Capitals’ spinners and Kagiso Rabada restricted CSK to 136/5. For CSK, Ambati Rayudu waged a lone battle, his unbeaten 55 (43b, 5×4, 2×6) taking the facet to a combating complete.
Delhi began strongly with 48 runs within the first 5 overs however made heavy climate of a modest chase after its batters stored throwing their wickets away, retaining CSK within the hunt until the tip.
Dhawan anchored the chase with a measured method. He began explosively by hitting Deepak Chahar for 21 runs in a single over earlier than nudging it round as wickets stored falling on the different finish.
Shardul Thakur was the star performer for the Chennai facet with the ball (2/13) because the Capitals batters struggled to attain off him.
With 28 wanted off the final three overs, Hetmeyer hit two essential boundaries off Dwayne Bravo within the 18th over. He was fortunate with the second as substitute fielder Ok. Gowtham dropped a easy catch at long-on when he was on 12. Ultimately, the Hetmyer’s unbeaten 28 helped the Capitals seal a spot within the high two.
Earlier, CSK made a promising begin as Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis struck a sequence of boundaries.
Nonetheless, the South African perished when he hit an arm-ball from Axar straight to mid-wicket. The in-form Ruturaj quickly adopted, mistiming a pull off Anrich Nortje.
Axar and Ashwin bowled tight traces, reaping the advantages every time the batters determined to take them on.
From 62 for 4 within the ninth over, M.S. Dhoni and Rayudu solid a 70-run partnership for the fifth wicket however struggled to attain boundaries with the skipper not discovering the fence even as soon as in his knock of 18 (27).
Rayudu started slowly however discovered a better gear in the direction of the tip of the innings, hitting two sixes off Nortje and Avesh Khan to provide the innings some momentum however, it was not sufficient.