Delhi Capitals Vs Chennai Super Kings match highlights:
- Chennai Super Kings won by 6 wickets to move top of the table with 4 points
- Chasing Delhi’s 147-6, CSK made 150-4 in 19.4 overs to make it two wins out of two
- The last 5 overs saw Delhi score just 27 runs and lose 4 wickets to slump to an underwhelming display
Crumbling at home, the Delhi Capitals initial dream came to an end with the side faltering massively at the Feroz Shah Kotla to hand the Chennai Super Kings a 6 wicket win. An underwhelming display with the bat in the last 5 overs saw Delhi put in a floundering display to put on a below par 147-6 on what was a decent enough batting surface. Adding to that unprecedented showing with the bat was an equally lacklustre showing with the ball, one that allowed the visiting side to comfortably chart out a run chase.
Going ahead of Delhi Capitals Vs Chennai Super Kings, at the end of the day, Delhi had nobody to blame but them for the aberration. Right from the team news, to their display with both the bat and ball, the defeat was nobody but Delhi’s making. Leaving out their specialist pacer in Boult was a calamitous decision by the team management, followed up by letting go of one overseas slot with just the 3 international players in the unit.
Along with it, Delhi was hit by a lack of experience, a problem we had alluded would trouble the side this season. Although the side has some promising batsmen in the unit, they are all young names, players who are known for their flashy shots rather than building out an innings with guile. With 4 wickets put down in the death overs and just 27 runs put on the board in the final 30 balls, it was a performance that saw the home unit fail to utilize the most of their home conditions.
Delhi’s harsh display with the bat was as sudden as surprising as it occurred. After having peeled off 18 runs of Bravo’s first over, bad shot selection and mistimed shots saw Pant and Ingram both depart one after the other as the capital-based outfit managed just 15 runs from Bravo’s next three overs along with handing over 3 wickets to him.
Coming out to chase, CSK got just the start they needed with Watson (44) and Raina’s (30) 52 run stand not only ensuring that the pillar of the chase was laid down but also seeing the boundaries being hit at will in every passing over. Doing no favours to them, Delhi was way too disappointing in the field with frequent overthrows and dropped catches paired with abysmal captaincy seeing the side never really come into the game.
Mishra and Patel put a lid on things in their 8 overs of spin but it was a cause that had slipped way past Delhi’s grasps. The final nail came with Iyer failing to understand the situation yet again, giving Mishra the 19th rather than Rabada, with Dhoni (32) and Jadhav (27) ensuring it was an easy win for CSK in the end despite the match managing to go all the way to the last over. The 48 run stand came about well-paced, seeing off the spinners cautiously on a surface whose massive cracks were seeing the bowl nib back sharply into the batsmen on the night.
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