Match 50 CSK VS DC : CHENNAI tops the point-table | demolishes DELHI by 80 runs

TOSS: Delhi Capitals won the toss and decided to field first

Update on MS DHONI – The CSK captain Is out to warm up in full kit. Looks like he’s fit to play.

Out comes Shane Watson & Faf Du Plessis to bat. Trent boult to bowl the first over. We are all set! Are you??


Watson falls. He was frustrated with the runs not coming. Just three runs had come in the first three overs. He tried to break free and smashes a length ball to deep midwicket. Watson falls for a nine-ball duck.

CSK 4/1

DC controls the powerplay

Just 27 in the first six overs for the loss of one wicket. Raina is trying to up the ante while du Plessis is looking to settle in.

At the halfway stage

Raina has given the innings some impetus. Du Plessis has found it hard to get going and is batting in 20 off 29. Not the ideal start but with wickets in hand, CSK won’t feel too far behind. It’s crucial they pick up the pace in the next three overs.

CSK 53/1

Faf falls down!

Faf du Plessis falls trying to up the ante. He had hit Axar for a six on the previous delivery and went again. Doesn’t connect well and Dhawan takes a good catch at long-off. He made 39 off 41.

CSK 87/2

50 & OUT

Raina falls after his 37th IPL fifty. Four, four, six and then out. He was trying to take on Suchith and doesn’t connect well. Top edge and caught at point.

CSK 102/3 in 15 overs

Jadeja departs

Outstanding catch from Morris. Off cutter and Jadeja wanted to clear the midwicket fence. It went high and Morris chased that one. Covered the ground well and completed the catch with ease. First wicket for him.

CSK 145/4

CSK finishes with 180

Raina half-century, Jadeja blitz and then the Dhoni assault has given CSK a very competitive score. They made a very slow start and scored only seven in the first four overs. They did really well to recover from that. Raina did well but the real difference was made by Jadeja and Dhoni.

Tough task ahead for DC and they’ll need their openers to click today. Dhawan is scoring but a score from Shaw will make things a lot easy.


Delhi Capitals need 181 runs to win

Prithvi Shaw & Shikhar Dhawan walks out to bat. As usual Deepak Chahar to bowl the first over, Will DC chase this down?

Shaw goes early in the chase!

Short and wide, Shaw creamed that one straight to cover point. Raina takes a good catch and CSK have a wicket in the first over. Chahar’s good form continues.

DC 4/1

Knocked him over!

Harbhajan is pumped. Dhawan goes for a slog sweep and doesn’t connect. The balls smashes into the stumps. Second wicket inside the powerplay for CSK.

DC 53/2

Absolutely Poor from Pant!

Terrible from Rishabh Pant. Full and wide, smashed straight to long-off. He had gotten a boundary just the last delivery. Tahir sticks to his plan and Pant doesn’t execute his shot well. Straight to Bravo.

DC 63/3

Wickets falling everywhere!

Ingram goes now. Full and fast from Jadeja, spun in and Ingram failed to connect on the flick. That one turned plenty and DC went for a review. Replays showed it was clipping the leg stump.

DC 66/4

DC falters in the middle overs

Full and wide from Tahir. Axar chases that one. Outside edge and caught at first slip. Iyer frustrated and stuck at the other end.

DC 81/5

Equation says DC needs 100 runs in the last 10 overs

Third one for Tahir

Rutherford doesn’t last long either. Full and wide again, the left-hander chased that one again and the edge flew to point.

DC 81/6

Sir Jadeja strikes

Full and spins past the outside edge. Morris had his foot in the air and Dhoni did the rest.

DC 84/7

MS DHONI! The God of stumping!

Iyer goes now and DC are in shambles. Talk about timing the stumping. Just when Iyer lifted his foot, Dhoni took off the bails. Couldn’t have timed it better. No one could have pulled it off better.

DC 85/8

CSK win by 80 runs

Tahir gets fourth, Dhoni gets his third dismissal of the game and it’s all over. CSK are on top of the table again. Four of the five lowest totals in IPL 2019 have come in Chennai.

Dhoni walks off with a big smile on his face. He had admitted he wasn’t 100 per cent and yet was taking the field. First his assault and then his keeping – plenty of things to cheer for for the home fans.

Jadeja was outstanding too. His 10-ball 25 turned the tide in CSK’s favour. And when the track offered turn, he gave DC no chance. Tahir ran through the side and Jadeja buried them into the ground.


Man of the match: Veteran South African spinner Imran Tahir for his spell- 3.2-0-12-4

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