IPL 2021
IPL 2021: Vintage Robin Uthappa and MS Dhoni guides CSK to 9th IPL final, Twitter Reacts
By Aditya Pratap - Oct 10, 2021 11:48 pm
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Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals are locking horns in Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League 2021 in Dubai International Stadium. DC has won the last four games between the two sides and will try to win tonight and book their seat in the final.

MS Dhoni after winning the game

MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bowl first keeping the trend of the stadium and CSK’s performance in mind. Rishabh Pant wanted to bowl first as well. He named one change in the playing XI as Ripal Patel made way for Tom Curran. CSK were unchanged from the last game.

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Delhi Capitals got off to a flying start thanks to their star openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw. Dhawan got out Josh Hazlewood in the third over but by then Shaw had gone off to a dashing start. Shreyas Iyer had a poor outing as he scored only 1 run and played 8 balls for it.

Meanwhile, Shaw looked like a man on a mission and didn’t let CSK bowlers settle down. He scored boundaries at will and scored fifty in just 27 balls. He got out after scoring 60 runs in 34 balls where he hit seven fours and three sixes. A flurry of wickets put DC in a tricky position as they were 80/4 in 10 overs.

Shimron Hetmyer and Rishabh Pant took the charge from there on and shared 83 runs for the fifth wicket. Hetmyer got out after scoring 37 runs in 24 balls but Pant was determined to take DC to a good total. DC skipper scored an unbeaten 51 runs in 35 balls and took Delhi Capitals’ total to 172/5 in 20 overs.

In response, CSK got off to a poor start as they lost their star opener Faf du Plessis in the first over as Anrich Nortje bowled a brilliant inswinger. Robin Uthappa walked out at number three and started showing his batting skills which were not seen for a long time. He smashed DC bowlers for fun and scored a fine fifty while putting on a 110-run stand with Ruturaj Gaikwad for the second wicket.

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Uthappa got out after scoring 63 runs in 44 balls, featuring seven fours and two sixes. Shardul Thakur’s promotion to number four failed as he bagged a golden duck. Meanwhile, Gaikwad kept scoring runs and crossed the 600-run mark in the IPL 2021 and scored another fifty.

He got out after scoring 70 runs in 50 balls which features five fours and two sixes. MS Dhoni came to finish the match after Gaikwad’s wicket. Dhoni started his innings with a six on the second ball which reduced the equations to 13 runs off six balls. Pant gave the ball to Tom Curran despite having an over of Kagiso Rabada.

Curran dismissed Moeen Ali on the first ball and gave good hope for a win. However, Dhoni – the finisher was on display today as he scored three consecutive boundaries to book CSK’s place in the final of the IPL 2021 with a four-wicket win in qualifier 1.

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