CSK vs DC match highlights:
- CSK defeated Delhi by 80 runs to move to first place in the table, leaving Delhi slump to second place with a negative run-rate
- Batting first after Delhi had won the toss, CSK scored 179 before coming back to dismiss the Capitals for 99 in 16.2 overs
- The win saw CSK move up to 18 points, 2 ahead of Delhi’s 16 who can now slide all the way down to 3rd in Mumbai defeat SRH today
CSK vs DC match highlights
You can only push your luck so long and the Delhi Capitals learnt that the hard way against the Chennai Super Kings. Playing on what was a treacherous surface for the batsmen, murky death over bowling by the visiting side saw them being mauled by Jadeja and Dhoni. The late onslaught by CSK’s batters took them to 179, an extremely difficult target to negotiate on a surface that only got worse for batting as time went by in the match.
Completely unable to play the spinning ball, one that was turning sharply and stinging into the batsmen wickets with mammoth deviation and friskiness, Delhi were decimated on the night. In what was an agonising batting display by the side, the Capitals lost 9 wickets for 47 runs to eventually not even manage to reach the 100-run mark.
The batting display by Delhi left them short of the target at hand by 80 runs, a colossal defeat that saw their net run-rate slump down into negative digits. It was a calamitous defeat, one in which they were completely obliterated, leaving their chances of occupying the top 2 spots in peril.
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As surprising as Delhi’s incredible collapse was, it was a debacle that was well in sights. Having survived going in with a wrong team time and time again, it was only a matter of time before continued team selection came back to bite Delhi. Deciding to rest Rabada, play Rutherford and Axar was finally punished with Delhi squandering over all the incentive they had gained previously.
Subsequently, the defeat was not only a massive setback for the Delhi based franchisee but also leaves a top 2 finish out of their own hands now. If the Indians can win their remaining two matches, Delhi will find themselves out of the coveted final 2 places, left to fight it out in the eliminator.
Coming out to chase, Shaw yet again failed as he departed for 4 runs in the first over itself. From there on though, Delhi enjoyed what was arguably their best period in the chase, scoring over 50 in the powerplay to bat at over the required run-rate. What hurt them the most though was the wicket of Dhawan (19) as he was bowled by Harbhajan, one that sparked a terrific crumble for them.
Pant came and Pant went in what was another innings from him where he just failed to learn from his mistakes. He tried to take on Tahir in just the third ball of his innings, a needless shot given the circumstances. Apart for Shreyas (44), the rest of the middle-order couldn’t even manage double digits, seeing Delhi fizzle out before they could sizzle.
Earlier in the day, Jadeja’s 25 off 10 balls and Dhoni’s 44 in 22 had pummelled Delhi after an excellent opening 10 overs from their pacers. Despite giving away just 3 runs in the opening 3 overs, Delhi’s spinners were inefficient and as they pacers were hit to the boundary for 38 runs in the last 2 overs, Delhi started edging out of the encounter.