CSK vs DC, 04 October 2021, 07:30 PM IST
Match Result : Delhi Capitals win by 3 wickets
Player of the Match : Axar Patel
Match Report : Having defeated the two most consistent teams in the history of IPL on the bounce, Delhi Capitals are all but through to Qualifier 1. Rishabh Pant was blessed with the perfect birthday gift. Chennai, meanwhile, who had kick-started the UAE leg with four consecutive wins have now lost two in a row.
This was a top-of-the-table clash that lived up to its expectations. Four teams are fighting for the fourth spot and two of them – Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians – will face-off in Sharjah tomorrow.
Game-changing Moment: With 28 needed off final 18 balls, CSK might have fancied their chances of winning this match. But there was one big moment in the 18th over – Gowtham(the substitute fielder) not only dropped Hetmyer but also deflected the ball past the ropes for a boundary and the Caribbean took full advantage of that granted opportunity.
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.”
Rishabh Pant | Delhi Capitals captain: “Not a birthday present, was a tough match, we made it tough for ourselves. In the end if we win everything is fine. In the powerplay, they came hard and got away. After that we bowled some good overs. In the end, they got away with some extra runs. With the bat, Prithvi got us to a good start. We were always in the chase as it was a low total, in the end we got over the line.
Prithvi is going to play that way and Shikhar is going to help him playing that way, but he started well. We got what we needed from him and in the end, Hetty (Hetmyer) finished it off for us. (On Ashwin’s promotion) We were just trying to keep the right-left combination. Big win, because of this we can be absolutely sure that we can finish in top two. So it’s a great win for us.”
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