Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals, 7th Match

Delhi Capitals won by 44 runs

DC - 175/3 (20)
CSK - 131/7 (20)

CRR:  6.55

Player of the Match


It's two out of two for DC, who have a solid team on paper. Iyer was good with his moves today, Nortje seems to be fitting in nicely. Solid Indian talent up front is helping them. Mishy filled in nicely for Ashwin. They can afford to be light on the ones who haven't been upto the mark yet. That would be a happy speech in that dressing room from Ricky Ponting. That's that from this contest, we will see you again tomorrow as the Knight Riders and the Sunrisers look for first points in Abu Dhabi. Ta ta!

Piyush Chawla flighting the ball for the first time in the competition is a good sign for CSK. Their death bowling wasn't all that bad, but Jadeja needs to step up with the ball if they are only going to play five bowlers. Hazlewood hit his length for most parts. Those were the positives, but they need to find a way to solve their batting woes. With no Raina, Faf at 3 is crucial. He was getting his eye in and then accelerating nicely towards the end in the first two games. Would CSK alter that and push him to open with Rayudu's return confirmed? The Men in Yellow have a nice 6-day break to sort things out.

Prithvi Shaw | Player of the Match: In the start you have to see how the wicket is, playing along the ground is more important. I was striking the ball well last year as well, but I was making silly mistakes. This time I decided to play more ground shots. I would like to see the highlights of my knock and understand how it went and what I could do. The wicket was nice to bat on.

Shreyas Iyer | Winning captain: I am really happy with the performance. I would give them the benefit of doubt, is tough to catch in these conditions. You misjudge the ball, really don't know how to pace yourself. In the team meeting we decided that we are going to assess the batting conditions early and then play accordingly. The way the openers started gave us a lot of confidence and the finish was good too. I am lucky to have KG and Nortje in the team. It's important to stick together as a team and we need to enjoy each other's success.

Biggest defeat for CSK (by runs):
60 runs vs MI 2013
46 runs vs MI 2019
44 runs KXIP 2014
44 runs vs DC 2020*
41 runs vs MI 2015

Largest victory for Delhi (by runs):
97 runs vs RPS 2017
67 runs vs RR 2010
55 runs vs KKR 2018
51 runs vs KXIP 2017
44 runs vs CSK 2020*

Kagiso Rabada | purple cap holder: I just try and hit the ball in good areas and try to execute my plans. Luckily, I got wickets but most importantly we won tonight. I try to adjust to what is happening and get the team in a winning position. The wickets are byproducts. They (spinners) bowled remarkably well throughout, it wasn't too dewy and was gripping. Axar boweld really well and has been economical. Mishra is really a skillful bowler and they controlled the middle overs and that gave us the opportunity to strangle at the death. I'm really happy for him (Anrich Nortje), he's worked really hard and bowled some quick deliveries tonight. I'm kind of getting used to it (1 over spells), I have no option but to bowl whenever he (Iyer) waves at me (chuckles).

MS Dhoni | Losing captain: I don't thinkĀ it was a good game for us. There was no dew, but the wicket did slow down. We are lacking a bit of steam in the batting and that hurts. The run rate keeps on mounting after such slow starts and adds pressure, we need to figure that out. We need to come back with a clearer picture, looking at the combination. Maybe, the team balance will get better once Rayudu comes back in the next game. That will give us the room to experiment with an extra bowler perhaps. There are quite a few things we can think about. We are one batter extra to start off, so the players need to step up. We need to get better with our lengths, lines and pace. I think the spinners have not come to the party yet. We are bowling good deliveries, but we are giving away the boundary deliveries bit too often. I'll ask the players as there have been quite a few dropped catches. The players are not used to play under such lights, maybe the trajectory comes in the way. Now that you have said it, this can be an excuse for those dropped catches.

Vijay! It all starts there. Not being able to find the runs is fine, but lack of intent would disappoint fans. Young Gaikwad is given opportunities but he ate crucial time today and was run-out. Faf anchored in the last two games, but he had to go for the shots today because his partners weren't pressing the pedal. Should have been out umpteen times, sometimes dropped, many times lucky. Why Kedar ahead of Curran or Jadeja with a leggie on, the fans ask... Maybe Dhoni is just giving some game time to people knowing it's a long tournament. Oh Rayudu! How badly are they missing his audacity! 81 off 30 with Faf not timing them as well as Sharjah was a tough ask and credit to Iyer for saving three Rabada overs for the death. Dhoni couldn't time and the pace of Norte and Rabada was too much for the Men in Yellow. That is the sixth straight victory for the team that batted first this season.

21:33 Local Time, 17:33 GMT, 23:03 IST: Tell you what, to win by 44 runs against CSK when they haven't lost all their wickets or gone into the tail is some feat from DC. They are all smiles in that blue camp. Reality check for CSK, who have been taking this approach of save wickets and go for the kill. Has backfired twice now. This loss should hurt them more than the Royals loss, mainly because they just couldn't find a way to hit the top gear. How well they did to reduce to the deficit to 16 runs in Sharjah and cushion that net run rate one felt, but this 44-run loss to a not-so-big target is poor.

CSK: 131-7 after 20 overs

19.6 Rabada to Jadeja, out Caught by Mishra!! Cut straight to hand and Rabada has three. Nice end to a comprehensive win from DC. Short of a length, Jadeja guides and that's catching practice for Mishy. Jadeja c Mishra b Rabada 12(9) [4s-1]

Rabada to Jadeja, THATS OUT!! Caught!!

19.5 Rabada to Sam Curran, 1 run, short of length delivery on the leg stump, Curran works it to deep square leg

19.4 Rabada to Sam Curran, no run, nice back foot defence is a good sight to watch, but not in the final over a T20 game when you are chasing. That's how badly CSK have paced this, that they know they can't get this

Sam Curran, left handed bat, comes to the crease

19.3 Rabada to Dhoni, out Caught by Pant!! Dhoni walks! Slower short delivery, Dhoni early into the pull shot, gets a thick edge that lobs in front of Pant who dives forward to complete the catch. This is so good from DC. Oh a bit of glove love between KG and Jadeja too. Nice to see. Dhoni c Pant b Rabada 15(12) [4s-2]

Rabada to Dhoni, THATS OUT!! Caught!!

19.2 Rabada to Jadeja, 1 run, slower delivery, guided to backward point

19.1 Rabada to Jadeja, 2 runs, Jadeja lofts high but not handsome, Dhawan is at mid-off and it clears him

2/21 from Nortje. Has grabbed his opportunity coming in as Woakes's replacement. 49 runs, how many can CSK chop off to save their net run rate!

CSK: 127-5 after 19 overs

18.6 Nortje to Jadeja, 1 run, slower delivery on the stumps, Jadeja cuts to deep point