CSK vs DC, 04 October 2021, 07:30 PM IST
Match Result: DC won by 3 wickets
Match Report: Delhi Capitals are exhilarated! It’s a happy dug-out as they go to the top of the table. Immense drama here in Dubai. Having restricted their opponents to a below-par score, the Capitals got off to a brisk start. After Dhawan smashed 6,4,4,6 off Chahar in the fifth over of the chase, the asking rate was below 6 RPO. With nine wickets in hand, this should have been a cakewalk but wasn’t to be.
Contradictory batting approaches from both teams. Chennai were cautious despite having a long batting line-up. The Capitals, on the other hand, decided to play their shots on a tricky pitch and almost made a mess of the chase. CSK’s spinners applied the brakes and Thakur was brilliant too as he finished with 2/13 in his quota of four overs, which included the key wicket of Dhawan. With 28 needed off final 18 balls, CSK might have fancied their chances of defending their total.
But there was one big moment in the 18th over – Gowtham, the sub fielder – not only dropped Hetmyer but also deflected the ball past the ropes for a boundary and the West-Indian took full toll of that gifted opportunity. Despite all the drama in the final over – no-ball called as a wide, a dot ball and a wicket – Delhi went over the winning line with Bravo bowling a poor ball down the leg.
Dhoni | CSK captain: “We were looking to get closer to 150. After we lost a few wickets, around the 15-16th over mark the platform was nice. We failed to accelerate. I thought it was a tough pitch. Anything close to 150 would’ve been a good score. It’s a two-paced wicket. It’s not like it slowed down drastically. Can’t just play your shots. That’s what the Delhi batters also faced. The taller bowlers were getting movement. It was a very good effort to make a game out of it. Was important not to give too many in the first six. Was one expensive over in the first six, but when quality players are batting it can happen.”
Shimron Hetmyer: “Very important for me to finish games. I tell the guys that is what I am paid for and I try to finish as many games as possible. [On the dropped catch] I thought I was out, and the guy missed it and I was thankful. It was just about getting bat on ball. The 19th over was the one where I thought I’d try and get a six and bring it down as much as possible. I had enough practice against Bravo in the CPL. I knew he would go wide with the field he had and I just looked to go straight down the ground against him. It paid off twice.”
Cricket Experts’ Comments on the Match
“Everyone is saying CSK should regroup and think about 2 losses, but I think DC is the team should regroup and think on their batting ,last 2 games they got lucky to cross the line and win”
“CSK don’t seem invincible, last ball win against KKR, shellacked by RR, last over loss to DC, lots to ponder”
Dhawan scores 21 runs in 1 over : CSK vs DC : Today's Matchhttps://t.co/HSJMq04Q0v— avishkar govardhane (@avishkargovardh) October 4, 2021