Excellent comeback from DC after being reduced to 80-4 in the 11th over. None of their batters got to a fifty in the UAE phase before this game and today they have two. That too from two of their top players. Shaw got it with a touch of elegance, and Pant with a bit of muscle.
Both had their share of luck though as CSK bowlers tested the duo with all sorts of variations in line and length. Hazlewood picked up both Dhawan and Iyer inside the powerplay and though Prithvi Shaw missed out on a big score, the 83-run partnership of Hetmyer and Pant allowed Delhi to post a competitive total on the board.
The ball is coming on nicely and the slower ones are proving to be tricky if bowled in the right channels. Delhi have a variety of bowling options and one would believe that any total over 170 in a pressure game would appear as 200. Expect lots of drama during the chase.
Highest targets successfully chased in Dubai this IPL
166 PBKS vs KKR
165 SRH vs RR
165 RCB vs DC
150 RCB vs RR
Hazlewood: “Par score for that wicket. Seems to slow down but towards the end seemed to be getting better. We could have used the big boundary a bit better. All in all probably par. Just about reading the play and putting in the practice efforts here in the middle.
It’s about implementing at the right time and executing. The Test match length can work at certain times. The batter is going to probably use his feet. It was pretty sweaty. I think a bit of dew is starting to come down. The ball seems to be coming on nicely. Hopefully it suits us.
This time of the night The wind seems to drop and gets a bit dewy sometimes. We will see how the next hour goes.”
Ravindra Jadeja | CSK: “It wasn’t a surprise for us (Deepak Chahar’s proposal after the last league game) because after the match he told us that he had already planned for this. If you look at our batting order, there weren’t too many changes in the 5-7 and if we do make changes in the top-order the communication will be done much earlier so that he’s prepared for that role.
Generally we don’t change much because we have a lot of experienced players and everyone knows their role in the team, but if the situation demands then MS will make us aware about the changes. The team that backs their strength and doesn’t panic have a better chance, both teams will feel the pressure.
We keep our basics simple and hopefully execute our plans in the middle.“
Interesting Stats :
• 83-run stand bw Pant & Hetmyer is the highest for fifth wicket in an IPL knockouts/playoff
• At 24 years & six days, Rishabh Pant is the youngest ever to lead a side in IPL PLay-Offs.
• Meanwhile, MS Dhoni is the second oldest captain in IPL PLay-Offs behind Rahul Dravid (in 2013).
• CSK have chased in five matches this season and have won all five.
• Each of the last seven games in Dubai have been won by the chasing side.
Video of Rishabh Pant 51 runs in 35 balls : Qualifier 1 : IPL 2021https://t.co/B0QUxr3sGO— avishkar govardhane (@avishkargovardh) October 10, 2021