CSK vs DC : Qualifier 1, 10 October 2021, 07:30 PM IST
Match Result : Chennai Super Kings won by 4 wickets
Player of the Match : Ruturaj Gaikwad
Match Report : Incredible run chase. Jadeja hugs his captain while the yellow army is all smiles and happy. Should this have gone this far after that solid Ruturaj-Uthappa partnership? Definitely no. But credit to DC for not giving up midway. Shreyas Iyer took two catches and effected a runout within 2 overs after the second timeout.
CSK used a strange tactic today – sending Thakur up the order – but come out victors. Pant can’t be blamed for the bowling options he used later. Curran was his best bowler of the day, using the big boundary with the slower balls very well, so it had to be him over KG Rabada, who has been far from his best.
Dhoni came out, took strike, missed a ball to increase the pressure on his fans like he always does, but smashed a flat six off Avesh Khan in the penultimate over to silence everyone! He decided he didn’t need Jadeja and all remaining five balls of the final over and took his side beyond the finishing line.
Rishabh Pant | Delhi Capitals captain: “Obviously it’s very disappointing, don’t have enough words to describe how we are feeling right now. The only thing we can do is rectify our mistakes and move on to the next one. I thought that Tom bowled beautifully throughout the match, last over unfortunately went for runs.
I thought the bowler who is having a great day, it’s better to use him for the last over. I thought the score was decent but they got off to a flier in the powerplay and we didn’t get enough wickets and that was the main difference.
As a cricketer, we are going to rectify our mistakes, gonna learn from it and move on to the next one. Hopefully we can win and play the final.”
MS Dhoni: “It was a crucial innings. They were using the bigger boundary very well. Nothing special, just watch the ball and hit the ball. I haven’t done a lot in the tournament. So you want to get that out of the system. If you are batting well in the nets, just look for the ball, what are the variations, where the bowler could bowl.
Other than that there was nothing much in the mind. If there are too many things floating around, it becomes difficult to watch the ball. We are one side that hasn’t done that a lot (about sending others over Jadeja). Even with Deepak we bat till 9. With the way Shardul has been batting recently or even Deepak, both can contribute.
When a batsman goes in, he will think twice before hitting the first ball for a boundary, but if a Shardul or a Deepak goes in, they can look to get a boundary from the first ball. And even they get one or two hits away, it could be a big impact because the run difference is only 15-20 runs.
He (Uthappa) is somebody who likes to bat up the order. Mo has done very well for us at 3. So we have left it open. Whoever gets out, one of you will bat at 3. We have just left it to god how we decide that (smiles). We have to (leave it to god) because we can’t decide.”
Video of MS Dhoni 18 runs in 6 balls : Winning Shot : CSK vs DChttps://t.co/KIHPUHSi3h— avishkar govardhane (@avishkargovardh) October 10, 2021