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 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.
Riding on the fifties from Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals scored 172/5 in 20 overs.
Defending the total, Anrich Nortje gave a perfect start to DC. He removed CSK’s man in form Faf du Plessis on the fourth ball of the innings. After conceding singles on the first three balls, Nortje bowled a perfect inswinger at a high pace which rattled the middle stumps.
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Q1: DC vs CSK – Faf du Plessis Wicket https://t.co/8CSIM3xbGC
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Earlier, 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 as Hazlewood dismissed him as well.
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.