IPL: Dhoni Brigade make it to the final, Ruturaj-Uthappa's brilliant innings

IPL: Dhoni Brigade make it to the final, Rituraj-Uthappa's brilliant innings

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Delhi Capitals (DC) by four wickets in the first qualifier of IPL 2021. Batting first after losing the toss in this match played at Dubai International Stadium, Delhi scored 172 for 5 wickets. In reply, CSK won the match by scoring 173 runs for 6 wickets in 19.4 overs. Ruturaj Gaikwad (70 runs) and Robin Uthappa (63 runs) played an important role in CSK's victory. Simultaneously, MS Dhoni also played an unbeaten inning of 18 runs off six balls.

Dhoni's performance in the last over

Chennai Super Kings needed 13 runs in the last over. Despite Kagiso Rabada's one-over left, Pant called Tom Curran to bowl. On the first ball, Tom Curran made the Delhi fans happy by getting Moeen Ali (16) caught by Kagiso Rabada. But this happiness did not last long. Dhoni took Chennai to the final of IPL for the ninth time by hitting three consecutive boundaries off the next three balls.

Du Plessis out cheaply

Chasing the target, Chennai got a big blow in the very first over. Faf du Plessis returned to the pavilion after scoring just one run. Du Plessis was bowled out by Enrique Nortje on a fine ball. After the dismissal of Duplessis, Robin Uthappa was sent to number three, which was quite decisive.

Uthappa-Gaikwad's century partnership

Robin Uthappa and Ruturaj Gaikwad added 110 runs in 13.5 overs to put the match in Chennai's grip. Uthappa hit seven fours and two sixes in 44 balls. While facing 50 balls, Ruturaj hit five fours and two sixes.

Delhi tried to come back

In the 14th over of the innings, Tom Curran dismissed Robin Uthappa and Shardul Thakur (0) to reduce Chennai's score to 117/3. Then two runs later in the next over Ambati Rayudu also scored a run and was run out on the best throw of Shreyas Iyer. After the fall of four wickets for 119 runs, Ruturaj Gaikwad took over Chennai by putting in some great shots. Ruturaj Gaikwad was caught by Avesh Khan at the hands of Axar Patel.

CSK got the target of 173 runs

After being invited to bat against Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier, Delhi Capitals managed to score 172 runs for 5 wickets. The team set a challenging target with half-centuries from opener Prithvi Shaw (60 runs) and captain Rishabh Pant (51 not out).

Barring Prithvi Shaw (34 balls, 7 fours, 3 sixes), the top-order batsman of Delhi Capitals got out early after playing a bad shot. Pant (35 balls, 3 fours, and 2 sixes) and Shimron Hetmyer (24 balls, 37 runs, 3 fours, 1 six) shared a 50-ball 83-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Of.

For Chennai Super Kings, Josh Hazlewood gave Delhi the first two blows in the powerplay for 29, while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja took the crucial wicket of Shaw. Moeen Ali took 1 wicket for 27 runs. Dwayne Bravo took 1 wicket for 31 runs in three overs.

Prithvi Shaw opened his hands, but Dhawan did not walk

Shaw hit the first six of the innings on Hazlewood on the last ball of the second over. In the next over, Shaw hit 4 fours off Deepak Chahar (26 runs in three overs) and got 17 runs to get the team off to a good start. Dhawan (7) also opened his hands and hit a four on the first ball of the fourth over, but Hazlewood The next ball touching the edge of his bat went straight into the hands of wicketkeeper Dhoni. Shreyas Iyer came to the crease, due to which no run was added in the next four balls.

Shaw welcomed Shardul Thakur (36 runs in three overs) with a six-over deep mid-wicket, he also sent the fifth ball of this over for a six at long-on, as the team completed the half-century of runs. He was lucky that the next slow ball had touched Dhoni's gloves after touching his bat and he narrowly escaped.

Shreyas Iyer didn't even bat

Iyer had added only one run after playing eight balls that Ruturaj Gaikwad was caught in an attempt to play a big shot at Hazlewood, which made the team 51 for two in the powerplay. Delhi surprised Akshar Patel by sending him to bat at number four. Shaw hit a boundary off Jadeja, hitting 6 fours and 3 sixes in 27 balls to complete his half-century, which was also the first fifty for Delhi Capitals in the UAE leg. Dhoni's decision to put Moeen Ali on the bowling proved beneficial, who thwarted Axar Patel's (10)'s a big shot and showed him the way to the pavilion.

Delhi Capitals had scored 79 runs in 10 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. But in the next over, the team lost the crucial wicket of Shaw. Jadeja dealt the biggest blow to Delhi Capitals, whose attempt to hit the ball ended Shaw's innings and this catch was caught by Faf du Plessis at long-off. But was. Both were playing cautiously, after the dismissal of Shaw, the first boundary was hit after 28 balls. In the fourth over of Moeen Ali, Hetmyer hit six-over deep midwicket with a pull shot.

Opening his hand, Hetmyer got another four on short third man in Bravo's first over. At the other end, Pant, playing restraint, hit the first six of his innings in the 16th over off Shardul Thakur. In the 19th over, Caribbean all-rounder Bravo ended compatriot Hetmyer's 37-run knock. Pant completed his half-century with two runs in the last ball.

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