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PICS: Dhawan, Shaw power Delhi to easy win over Chennai

Last updated on: April 11, 2021 00:19 IST
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Images from Saturday's IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals, at the Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai. 

Delhi Capitals openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw

IMAGE: Delhi Capitals openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw celebrate a boundary during the IPL match against Chennai Super Kings, in Mumbai, on Saturday. Photograph: BCCI

Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw scored breezy fifties to power Delhi Capitals to a seven-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League match, at the Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai, on Saturday.

 

Shaw smashed the Chennai Super Kings attack into submission with a brilliant 72 off 38 balls and Dhawan scored 85 off 54, the duo putting up 138 for the opening stand as Delhi cruised to the target of 189 in 18.4 overs.

Prithvi Shaw's innings was studded with nine fours and three sixes

IMAGE: Prithvi Shaw's innings was studded with nine fours and three sixes. Photograph: BCCI

Shaw's innings was studded with nine boundaries and three sixes while Dhawan was equally attractive in his stroke-play, hitting 10 fours and two sixes.

The CSK bowlers had no answer to the onslaught as the Delhi openers took control of the chase within the Powerplay overs, carting Sam Curran (0/24 in 2 overs) and Shardul Thakur (2/53 in 3.4 overs) all over the park.

Earlier, Chennai Super Kings posted 188 for 7, riding on comeback man Suresh Raina's stroke-filled half-century and Sam Curran's (34) late assault.

Shikhar Dhawan scored 85	off 54 balls, inclusive of 10 fours and 2 sixes

IMAGE: Shikhar Dhawan sends the ball to the boundary. Photograph: BCCI

Dhawan and Shaw got Delhi off to a flying start, racing to 41 for no loss in four overs. The openers rotated the strike well, as Shaw smashed his way to a brilliant 36 off 18 balls with an array of delectable shots, while Dhawan stroked 29 from as many balls as Delhi put up 65 for no loss in six overs.

Delhi were well in control at 99 for no loss in 10 overs before Shaw got to his fifty off 27 balls, and Dhawan got his off 35.

But just when the pair was inching closer to the target, Shaw sliced Dwayne Bravo over the off-side and was caught by Moeen Ali at sweeper cover.

Shaw was out after a sparkling innings, having hit nine fours and three sixes. He put Delhi in control in a 138 runs stand for the opening wicket off 81 balls with Dhawan.

Prithvi Shaw celebrates his 50

IMAGE: Prithvi Shaw celebrates his 50. Photograph: BCCI

Delhi suffered their second reverse when Shardul Thakur, who was smashed for 31 runs in his first two overs, dismissed Dhawan, who played all over a full delivery looking to flick it across the line and was trapped leg before wicket.

Despite Rishabh Pant asking him to review the decision, Dhawan was happy to walk back after a superb innings of 85 from 54 balls, inclusive of 10 fours and two sixes. Delhi were 167 for 2 in the 17th over and well on course.

Thakur picked his second wicket having Marcus Stoinis (14) caught by with Sam Curran with nine balls remaining and three runs to defend.

But that was all. Pant lofted the next ball wide of long-on for a four to give Delhi a thumping seven-wicket victory, with eight balls to spare.

Suresh Raina

IMAGE: Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina hit three fours and four sixes in his 36-ball 54. Photograph: BCCI

Earlier, Suresh Raina showed what Chennai Super Kings missed last season by blazing away to a 36-ball 54 in his comeback match to power the former champions to a solid 188 for 7.

Sam Curran also delighted with a breezy 34 off only 15 balls, which included our fours and two sixes, as the Suer Kings piled on the runs in the final overs, the last five yielding 52.

Asked to bat first by Rishabh Pant, Ruturaj Gaikwad opened the batting for CSK with veteran Faf du Plessis, while England's Chris Woakes sent down Delhi Capitals’s first over.

Delhi Capitals players celebrate after Avesh Khan takes the wicket of Faf du Plessis

IMAGE: Delhi Capitals players celebrate after Avesh Khan dismisses Faf du Plessis. Photograph: BCCI

Young pacer Avesh Khan (2/23 in 4 overs), who was preferred ahead of the experienced Umesh Yadav, provided last season's runners-up Delhi the early breakthrough, trapping du Plessis leg before wicket with a full, incoming delivery. The South African batsman had a chat with partner Gaikwad before deciding to walk back without taking the review.

Chennai were 6 for 1 after only ten balls.

Interestingly, Moeen Ali walked in at No 3, ahead of seasoned campaigner Suresh Raina, who has batted most of his career in that position for the Super Kings.

Woakes then struck with the first ball of his second over. Gaikwad looked to defend off the front foot but got the edge and Shikhar Dhawan took a good catch in the slips.

Gaikwad was out for 5 and CSK in early trouble at 6 for 2 in the third over.

Avesh Khan celebrates the wicket of Mahendra Singh Dhoni

IMAGE: Avesh Khan celebrates the wicket of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Photograph: BCCI

With both openers gone, the onus was on new-man Suresh Raina and Ali to build the innings. And they went about the task admirably, taking the attack to Ravichandran, Moeen coming down to loft the spinner down the ground for the first six of the innings. He repeated the shot next ball and it was even bigger as it went into the Wankhede stands to make it two sixes in a row.

However, Ashwin had his revenge, as Moeen miscued the reverse sweep and Dhawan took another good catch, running to his right at short third-man.

Moeen was out after a good knock of 36 from 24 balls. His dismissal though was some relief for Ashwin, who was hit for 31 runs off his first 14 deliveries.

Raina, who skipped the last IPL for personal reasons, continued to attack Ashwin, pulling the last delivery of his third over for a six over mid-wicket, the third of the over. The spinner went for 18 in the over.

Suresh Raina is run-out by Rishabh Pant

IMAGE: Suresh Raina is run-out by Rishabh Pant. Photograph: BCCI

CSK recovered to 71 for 3 at the halfway stage, collecting 10 runs as Ashwin finished with expensive figures of 1 for 47 in his four overs.

Raina and Ambati Rayudu then raised a 50-run stand for the fourth wicket off just 24 balls before the former hit a huge six over midwicket to bring up his fifty in some style, off 32 balls.

Raina was batting on 16 from 18 balls at one stage, but slammed 34 off the next 14 balls, including four sixes. With a half-century in his comeback game he showed what CSK missed last season.

Pacer Tom Curran checked CSK’s charge with the dismissal of Rayudu, who miscued the slower ball trying to loft it down the ground and Dhawan, at long-off, took his third catch of the innings.

Rayudu was out for 23 as the former champions slumped to 122-4 in the 14th over.

Delhi then got a lucky breakthrough as Raina was run-out following a huge misunderstanding with Ravindra Jadeja after blazing away to 54 from 36 balls. He was sent back halfway down looking for the second run as Jadeja made the late call.

Sam Curran

IMAGE: Sam Curran hit 4 fours and 2 sixes in his 34 off only 15 balls at the end to boost Chennai Super Kings’s total considerably. Photograph: BCCI

CSK legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked in to bat at No 7, but did not last long. He inside-edged the second delivery he faced back on to his stumps and was out for a duck.

Two quick wickets left CSK reeling on 137 for 6 in the 16th over.

However, Jadeja and Sam Curran then launched an all-out attack, resulting in Tom Curran conceding 23 runs in the 19th over.

Curran raced to 33 from 13 balls before Jadeja hit the fourth ball off Waokes in the last over for a couple of runs to bring up the 50-run stand off 26 balls.

Woakes had revenge off the last ball, bowing Curran, who tried for another big hit. Curran walked back after a cracking innings of 34 from 15 balls, while Jadeja finished unbeaten on 26 from 17 balls as CSK put up a healthy 188 for 7 in their 20 overs, having smashed 52 from the last five.

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