In chase of 176, Chennai top orders failed to give the start they would have wanted
Delhi Captitals won their second consecutive match of the Indian Premier League defeating Chennai Super Kings by 44 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
A collective effort from batsmen, including a gritty half century from opener Prithvi Shaw, steered Delhi to 175-3. Chennai never got the start they would have wanted and wilted under pressure to get restricted to 131-7 in 20 overs.
The victory sends Delhi at the top of the table ahead of Kings XI Punjab whom they had defeated in their tournament opener in a thrilling Super Over.
Chennai, similar to their match against Rajasthan Royals, failed to get the desired start inside the powerplays and lost openers Murali Vijay (10) and Shane Watson (14) with 34 runs on the board. Ruturaj Gaekwad (five) ran himself out after a terrible mix up with Faf du Plessis.
Du Plessis added 44 runs for the fourth wicket with Kedhar Jadhav but Delhi made sure they don’t manage to play catch-up with the run rate. Chennai needed an improbable 65 runs from their last three overs and Du Plessis fell off Kagiso Rabada in the second ball after he was dropped by Shimron Hetmyer.
Du Plessis came into the match with two consecutive half centuries in the tournament and completed 2000 IPL runs but Friday’s 35-ball 43 hardly played a role for his side. After Du Plessis departure, Chennai were left with 55 to win from last 12 deliveries and ultimately 49 from last over.
South African Anrich Nortje bowled with discipline to take 2-21 from four overs, while veteran leggie Amit Mishra was economical with none for 23. Rabada was the pick of the bowlers taking 3-26.
Earlier, Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan (35 off 27) laid the foundation for a big Delhi total adding 94 runs for the opening wicket. Shaw brought his fifth IPL half century and fell for a 43-ball 64 with nine fours and a six.
Rishabh Pant and skipper Shreyas Iyer (26) added 58 runs for the third wicket after both the openers departed. Pant made a 25-ball 37 with five hits to the fence. Piyush Chawal took 2-33 from four overs for Chennai.