The Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals swapped places in the VIVO IPL 2019 standings after the former defeated the latter by 80 runs on Wednesday night. In Match 50 played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, the Super Kings posted 179-4 batting first and then bowled out the visitors for 99 in 16.2 overs. The big win boosted CSK’s net run rate, which was -0.113 prior to the match, to 0.209. The Delhi Capitals’ net run rate took a beating; from 0.233 before the match, it slipped to -0.096.
In the evening, after being put in to bat, the Super Kings openers struggled to come to terms with the slowness of the surface. After Shane Watson was dismissed for a nine-ball duck, Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina took the hosts to 27-1 in the first six overs. Both batsmen picked up several singles, apart from collecting the occasional boundary, and stitched together a crucial 83-run partnership. du Plessis (39 from 41 balls) was dismissed in the fourteenth over, and Raina (59 from 37 balls) was dismissed in the fifteenth over. MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja then provided the flourish at the end; the pair added 43 runs in 3.4 overs to take their team closer to the 150-run mark. After Jadeja’s dismissal, Dhoni finished the innings in style, hitting three sixes, to take CSK to 179-4.
CSK were 53-1 at the half-way stage, added 49 runs in the next five overs, and finished off with 77 runs in the final five overs.
The Delhi Capitals had made things difficult after they had conceded 126 in the back half of the CSK innings. The visitors got off to a poor start when in the first over Prithvi Shaw cut one straight to the fielder at point. The Capitals’ men-in-form Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer added 48 runs for the second wicket; their association would be the biggest of the innings. But once Dhawan was beaten in flight and castled by Harbhajan Singh, the wheels came off the rest of the innings. The spin pair of Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja devoured the Delhi Capitals middle-order collecting all six batsmen batting between three and eight.
The only respectable score in the Delhi Capitals innings was from their captain Shreyas Iyer, who made 44 from 31 balls. He was dismissed in the twelfth over, courtesy a lighting piece of glovework from his opposite number. In all, eight Delhi Capitals batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores.
For the Super Kings, Imran Tahir returned sensational figures of 4 for 12 without even completing his full quota of four overs, while Ravindra Jadeja bowled three overs for returns of 3 for 9. Harbhajan Singh (1-28) and Deepak Chahar (3-0-32-1) were the other wicket-takers.
Standout batting performances
Two performances stood out in the Chennai Super Kings innings; Suresh Raina made 59 batting at number three, and Dhoni scored 44 from 22 balls batting at four. Raina couldn’t have timed his return to form better; on a surface which provided plenty of assistance to the spin bowlers, the left-hander took toll of the Delhi Capitals tweakers, scoring 43 off 25 balls against J Suchith, Axar Patel and Amit Mishra.
Dhoni was in his elements at the backend yet again; he was 13 from 12 balls at the start of the nineteenth over, when he turned the heat on and scored 31 from 10 balls of the last two overs. He was quick in picking the length; anything short was pulled away and anything on length was drilled down the ground. The CSK captain closed off the innings in style, collecting sixes off the last two balls; the penultimate delivery of the innings was smashed into deep midwicket, and the final ball was pulled away backward of square.
Standout bowling performance
Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja were CSK’s wreckers-in-chief. Tahir was introduced into the attack immediately after the powerplay, and he struck with his second delivery when he had Rishabh Pant caught at long-on. He then struck twice in his second over – the eleventh of the innings – when he first had Axar Patel reach out to a wide googly and edge to slip, and three balls later had Shane Rutherford slash one to point. After a quiet third over, Tahir returned to bowl the seventeenth and dismissed Amit Mishra, caught behind by Dhoni. Tahir’s figures at the end read 3.2-0-12-4; 12 of the 20 balls he bowled were dot balls.
Jadeja bowled the eighth, tenth and twelfth overs; he dismissed Colin Ingram LBW with his fourth delivery, and then had Chris Morris and Shreyas Iyer stumped in his third and final over. Jadeja’s figures read 3-0-9-3; he bowled nine dot deliveries and would be the only bowler in the match to not concede a boundary.
Stat of the Match
Chennai Super Kings’ 179-4 would be the highest total in VIVO IPL 2019 matches in Chennai.
Suresh Raina became the first fielder to take 100 catches in the IPL; the catch he took to dismiss Prithvi Shaw in the first over would be his 100th in the IPL.
Chennai Super Kings: 179-4 (Faf du Plessis 39, Suresh Raina 59, MS Dhoni 44*, J Suchith 2-28) defeated
Delhi Capitals: 99 in 16.2 overs (Shreyas Iyer 44, Imran Tahir 4-12, Ravindra Jadeja 3-9) by 80 runs.
Man of the Match
MS Dhoni, for his 44 not out, two stumpings and a catch.