When it comes down to clinching the knockout game, experience helps more often than not. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) kept faith on the same set of batsmen for the whole season and in the much-needed game, it has paid rich dividends to them in the second qualifier against the Delhi Capitals (DC). Two of their senior players, Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson, slammed half-centuries to kill the chase early after a slow start.
The men in yellow got the prized wicket of Prithvi Shaw in the third over bowled by Deepak Chahar owing to the brilliant DRS call by Dhoni. In the previous over of Shardul Thakur, Shikhar Dhawan had smashed as many as 13 runs. DC lost the plot after that as they kept on losing wickets on a regular basis as from 37/2 after the powerplay, Delhi was reduced to 80/5.
After that, Rishabh Pant was making a partnership with Sherfane Rutheford, but the latter got out in the 16th over of Harbhajan Singh. However, Pant, who was looking to slow in the last over, was also dismissed Chahar in the penultimate innings and the final over was being bowled by Ravindra Jadeja and he was smashed for a six on the second ball of the over Trent Boult, but he had his revenge on the very next ball.
Delhi was reduced to 137/9 and Ishant Sharma was the 11th batsman and he finished the innings with a four and a six on the last two balls. Eventually, Delhi reached the total of 147/9 in their quota of 20 overs as they gathered as many as 28 runs in the last two overs.
During the chase, in the first over itself, a huge confusion occurred between the CSK openers, Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson, but it didn’t result in any wicket. They started slowly as they scored just 42 runs in the powerplay but didn’t lose the wicket and amassed as many as 81 runs for the first wicket before Du Plessis getting out in the 11th over of Boult.
In the very next over of Keemo Paul, Watson smashed as many as 25 runs and completed his fifty. However, he was then dismissed by Amit Mishra in the 13th over. Suresh Raina was got dismissed soon, but Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu almost took CSK over the line. Unfortunately, an anti-climax occurred when Dhoni attempted to finish the game with a six. But eventually, Chennai reached their 8th IPL final in 10 seasons by defeated Delhi by 6 wickets and as many balls to spare.
Chennai Super Kings – 151/4 in 19 overs (S Watson: 50, Faf du Plessis: 50; A Mishra: 1/21) defeated Delhi Capitals – 147/9 in 20 overs (R Pant: 38, H Singh: 2/31, DJ Bravo: 2/19) by 6 wickets and 6 balls to spare
Here is how Twitter reacted to the easy win of CSK:
Delhi Capitals will be disappointed, but in many ways, they’ve been the headline makers this season. Most exciting team on view even if a tad mercurial.
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 10, 2019
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 10, 2019
Feeling bad we couldn’t see Keemo Paul defend one run off the 20th over.#CSKvDC
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) May 10, 2019
Very well played Delhi Capitals. Need more such strong shows to make the tournament competitive. You were satisfying this year. ♥ #IPL
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) May 10, 2019
You have to hand it to #CSK. This team could so easily have been all wrong. Virtually every player had an issue, either form or age or a situation in their career. But they are like a movie. It doesn't matter where they come from. In yellow, they are fine. #CSKAlwayFindAWay
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 10, 2019
CSK become the second team to win 100-plus IPL matches after Mumbai Indians.
This will be their 8th IPL final out of 10 seasons.#CSKvDC
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) May 10, 2019
Chennai Super Kings reach their 8th IPL final (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2019)
MS Dhoni will be playing his 9th IPL final (was part of 2017 final for RPSG)
MI-CSK to meet in 4th IPL final (CSK won in 2010,MI won in 2013 & 2015)#CSKvDC #Qualifier2 @ChennaiIPL
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) May 10, 2019
A #CSK #MI #IPL final for the 4th time!
1. #CSK won by 22 runs at MumbaiDYP in 2010
2. #MI won by 23 runs at Kolkata in 2013
3. #MI won by 41 runs at Kolkata in 2015#CSK in IPL final – 8th time#MI in IPL final – 5th time
Both won title – 3 times!#CSKvDC#DCvCSK#IPL2019
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 10, 2019
So #CSK decides to go around the wicket, Chennai – Vizag – Hyderabad instead of a direct route. Mumbaiiii we are coming at you !!!
— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) May 10, 2019
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) May 10, 2019
Excellent and clinical from @ChennaiIPL tonight. That bowling group is awesome. Got to back experience most times in knockout matches. @DelhiCapitals are a team on the up. We will have a 4 time VivoIpl Champion in 2019. Can’t wait for Sunday.
— ian bishop (@irbishi) May 10, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 10, 2019
For the third consecutive season, we will have a final between two sides who will be meeting for the 4th time, with a 3-0 record before that.
IPL 2017: RPS 3-0 MI (MI won final)
IPL 2018: CSK 3-0 SRH (CSK won final)
IPL 2019: MI 3-0 CSK (final?)
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) May 10, 2019