Dhawan, Shaw set up comfortable DC win
Delhi Capitals have picked up a comfortable 7-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in the second match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Saturday (April 10).
In reply to Chennai’s collection of 188 for 7 in 20 overs, Delhi sailed to victory with 10 balls remaining, as the 138-run opening stand between Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan made the job easy for the Rishabh Pant-led side.
While Shaw was the much aggressive batter between the two, scoring 72 off 38 balls with 9 fours and 3 sixes, Dhawan looked poised for a century but eventually missed out on 15 runs. His 54-ball-85 featured 10 fours and a couple of sixes.
Shardul Thakur took two wickets for Chennai, but proved too costly; he gave away 53 runs in 3.4 overs. Dwayne Bravo was much economical, picking up the prized wicket of Shaw, and conceding 28 runs in his four overs.
Earlier in the match after being sent to bat first, Chennai were in troubly early on, losing both their openers Rituraj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis for just 7 runs. But Moeen Ali steadied the ship, scoring 36 off 24 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes.
After the departure of Ali, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu weaved a 63-run stand between them. Rayudu scored 23 off 16 balls, but Raina went on to score 54 off 36 balls with the help of 3 fours and 4 sixes before getting run out in the 16th over.
Towards the end, Ravindra Jadeja (26 off 17 balls, 3 fours) and Sam Curran (34 off 15 balls, 4 fours, 2 sixes) took the charge and helped CSK reach a commendable total of 188 runs. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, however, failed to open his account, as he was bowled by Avesh Khan for a duck.
For Delhi, Chris Woakes and Khan took two wickets each. While Woakes conceded 18 runs in three overs, Khan gave away 23 runs in his four-over spell. Ravichandran Ashwin and Tom Curran shared two wickets between them.
Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings 188 for 7 in 20 overs (Raina 54, Moeen 36; Woakes 2/18) lost to Delhi Capitals 190 for 3 in 18.4 overs (Dhawan 85, Shaw 72; Thakur 2/53) by 7 wickets.