IPL 2019: DC Vs CSK: Watson, Bravo shine as Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets - As it happened
New Delhi, March 26: Chennai Super Kings registered yet another convincing win as they defeated Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets in their second league game of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 here on Tuesday (March 26).
Chasing a respectable target of 148 in the stipulated 120 balls, CSK took their time but overhauled it without much trouble, though some fine bowling in the death overs helped the opposition test the defending champions on a tricky Feroz Shah Kotla track.
Chennai got off to a decent start, thanks to a brilliant knock of 26-ball 44 by Shane Watson. Team's second most dependable batsman Suresh Raina (30) scored well. Along with Watson, Raina put a partnership of 51 runs which laid the foundation for them in the run chase. It was their aggressive batting that ensured Chennai could never feel the pressure of in the scoreboard.
Amit Mishra (35-2) and Axar Patel (16-0) were the standout bowlers for Delhi but some poor bowling changes and fielding errors cost the hosts. There were moments when Chennai could have been pushed on the back foot but DC captain Shreyas Iyer's lack of experience cost them dearly.
Chennai skipper MS Dhoni (32* off 35) and Kedar Jadhav (27 off 34) batted with caution and ensured their team doesn't falter in the run chase. With just 2 required from the final six deliveries, Jadhav was dismissed by Rabada on the first ball of the over. But seasoned campaigner Dwayne Bravo hit the winning runs for his team to give Chennai second win in a row.
Chennai have won 44 matches batting second in the IPL, 25 of those wins have come in the 20th over!
Here is how the match between DC and CSK transpired:
Shane Watson, Man of the Match: It was a little better than Chennai (Chepauk track), the wicket (laughs). It was a bit slow, so it was nice to get a few out of the middle. I don't think I will bowl much. I got a calf injury leading up to the Big Bash. So I'm just trying to fit enough for my batting. The PSL was a lot of fun, and great to be able to reconnect with the Chennai guys again so it's great to be here again.
MS Dhoni, CSK skipper: The wicket turned more than expected in the first innings. In the second innings there was enough dew to make it slightly better for the batsmen. The bowlers did a very good job to restrict them to 150. The batsmen, we like a bit of pace, and like it to come onto the bat. We look a slightly better side when that happens. We were unsure about the Chennai wicket whether it will spin or be on the slower side. Losing Ngidi at the start was a big blow, because he was the quickest, but other than that we are well-covered in all the areas. I don't think we will be a very good fielding side and that is something we have to accept, but we can certainly be a safe fielding side - we need to work on that. As a captain, you don't want the XI to push too hard and get injured during the course of the tournament. We will be bleeding a few runs but if they can use their experience with bat and ball, it will work out for us. We haven't seen a lot of death (overs) in the last couple of games and the fast bowlers, so plenty of areas to work on, but still a good victory for us.
Shreyas Iyer, Delhi captain: For the new batsman, pitch was really tough. I usually don't have trouble starting against spinners but today it was turning and holding up. Our best batter Rishabh Pant also found it tough. The wicket was slow and that's why I decided to bat first. We were 10-15 runs short. I wouldn't blame the batting. We could have restricted them in the powerplay. There are a lot of games remaining and this is just the beginning. Lots of positive to take out from this match.
Shane Watson gets the man of the match for his quickfire knock of 44 off 26 balls.
Dwayne Bravo deserved to hit the winning runs.
Only fitting that Bravo should hit the winning shot, albeit after some anxious moments. He was the one to trigger DC collapse too. Superb win for CSK. ‘Dad’s Army’ marches on!Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 26, 2019
It's all over! Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets in a match that went down the wire. Bravo hits the winning runs.
Out! Jadhav (27) departs on the first ball of Kagiso Rabada's over. Are we going to witness any twist in the tale in this game?
CSK - 146/3 after 19 overs. 2 required from the final 6 balls. Kagiso Rabada to bowl the final over.
SIX! MS Dhoni hits Amit Mishra over his head for a maximum and crowd erupts into huge cheer
11 came from that over bowled by Keemo Paul. CSK need 11 more from 12 balls.
Four! MS Dhoni hits Keemo Paul in the gap towards covers and that would have released a lot of pressure.
0,0,0,0,0,1! Superb over from Axar Patel. Pressure mounting on the batting side??? 22 needed from 18 balls.
After 16 overs, CSK are 125/3. 23 needed from 24 balls. Dhoni - 15* off 21. Jadhav - 24* off 29.
2 runs came from that over bowled by Axar Patel as he bowls 4 dot balls. Only 15 runs have been scored in the last 24 balls. CSK 28 from 30 deliveries. Kagiso Rabada is going to be key for Delhi Capitals.
CSK are 118/3 after 14 overs. 30 needed from 36 deliveries.
Dropped! It was hit hard by Kedar Jadhav and Dhawan failed to catch it. Jadhav hasn't looked in his zone in this innings so far.
Tidy over from Axar Patel just 4 came from it. Dhoni and Kedar are spending some time into the middle. CSK - 112/3 after 13 overs.
CSK - 105/3 after 11 overs.
Four! MS Dhoni gets off the mark with a boundary towards the third man. The ball went over the slip cordon and MSD could have been first ball duck. Had it been a bit fine and low, Shreyas Iyer would have pouched it. It brought back the memories of his dismissal off Zampa at Ranchi, earlier this year.
Wicket! Amit Mishra strikes again and this time it is Suresh Raina's wicket. Raina departs for 30 as Pant takes a sharp catch. CSK - 98/3 after 10.2 overs.
Four! Kedar Jadhav cuts Tewatia fine and the ball races towards third man region for a boundary.
SIX!! Suresh Raina hits Rahul Tewatia over long-on region for a maximum.
4 runs conceded by Amit Mishra from his second over. CSK - 85/2 after 9 overs.
Birthday boy Kedar Jadhav walks into the middle.
Wicket! Quick stumping by Rishabh Pant and quickfire knock of Shane Watson comes to an end. He has to depart for 44. Amit Mishra gets the big man. CSK - 72/1 in 6.4 overs.
Watson had hammered two big sixes in that over off Mishra but the leg-spinner had the last laugh. 51-run partnership comes to an end.
Superb start for CSK in the run chase as they reach 58/1 after 6 overs.
Four! A boundary from Raina towards fine leg region off Rabada.
Four, Four, Four! Suresh Raina hits three consecutive boundaries in that over bowled by Ishant Sharma and brings up 50 for his team. CSK - 51/1 after 6 overs.
4&6! Watson hits a boundary and a maximum and ends the first over bowled by Rabada in style. CSK - 33/1 after 4 overs.
Kagiso Rabada is bowling his first over and he's generating a lot of pace.
Wicket! Ishant Sharma draws the first blood as he gets the wicket of Ambati Rayudu (5). He paid the price for attempting a reckless shot easy catch for Shreyas. CSK - 21/1 after 2.4 overs.
9 conceded by Axar Patel from his first over. CSK are 16/0 after 2 overs.
Four! Superb shot from Shane Watson as Axar tried to bowl it short and the batsman punched it towards mid-wicket boundary.
Four! Axar Patel has been introduced into the attack and Shane Watson welcomes him with a boundary.
Rayudu Survives! Edged and carried it to Dhawan at slip but the fielder was slow to respond. CSK - 5/0 after 1st over.
Shane Watson opens his account with a single. Four! Ambati Rayudu gets off the mark with a brilliant shot towards covers.
2nd innings: Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu are into the middle to begin run chase for Chennai. Ishant Sharma starts with the new ball for Delhi.
Lowest totals defended at Feroz Shah Kotla in IPL: 143 KXIP vs DD, 2018 145 Deccan Chargers vs DD, 2010 148 KKR vs DD, 2011
Dwayne Bravo: It's a bit two-paced, and the change of pace is very important on this wicket. Small totals like this are tricky and the powerplay will be a crucial period for us. They have a good bowling attack, but if we bat well, we will win. It's tough bowling four overs in the end, but I'm ready to bowl wherever the skipper asks me to. Whenever I am called upon to bat bowl or field, I am ready. I love cricket. We would take this total, but it'll be tricky if we lose early wickets. If we bat smart we will win this.
Delhi Capitals post 147/6 in 20 overs against Chennai Super Kings. Delhi have posted a respectable total on the board to ensure their bowlers have something to defend. Bravo returned with 33 for 3 despite leaking 17 runs from the first over. Bravo grabbed the three big wickets of Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram and Shikhar Dhawan.
Superb comeback by CSK to keep Delhi under 150. Home team batsmen were a tad adventurous, but how good were Chennai in keeping their nerve?!Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 26, 2019
Four! Easy pickings! Rahul Tewatia gets a boundary on the second delivery of the final over bowled by Bravo. DC - 146/6
Four! Axar gets a boundary to end another good over for CSK. DC - 138/6 in 19 overs.
DJ Bravo revels in death overs. Delhi Capitals have lost 4 wickets in the last 4 overs and scored just 22 runs.
Wicket! Shikhar Dhawan (51) departs soon after getting to his 33rd IPL fifty. Dwayne Bravo gets the third wicket as Shardul takes a well-judged catch higher in the sky in the deep. DC - 127/6 in 17.1 overs.
Fifty for Dhawan off 46 deliveries.
Wicket! Ravindra Jadeja cleans up Keemo Paul for a duck with a quicker one. Brilliant captaincy from Dhoni. DC - 123/5 in 16.3 overs.
Wickett!!! DJ Bravo strikes again in this over and Colin Ingram departs for 2. Raina took a simple catch at extra cover. DC - 122/3 in 15.4 overs
Wicket! Rishabh Pant (25) attempts a mini-helicopter shot off Bravo but there wasn't much power in that stroke and Shardul Thakur took a brilliant running catch in the deep. DC - 120/3 after 15.2 overs.
17 runs leaked by Dwayne Bravo from his first over. Dhoni would expect a better effort from his death-overs' specialist. But a bowler can't do much if Pant and Dhawan get going. DC - 108/2 after 14 overs
Back-to-back boundaries from Dhawan off Bravo and 100 comes up for Delhi. Runs are coming in for the hosts.
11 runs came from that Jadeja over. Pant and Dhawan - two Delhi boys are looking to score quickly for their team. DC - 91/2 after 13 overs.
Four! First boundary for Pant. It came against Jadeja and gave Harbhajan Singh a big chase.
Rishabh Pant is the new man in for Delhi Capitals. He's been promoted over Colin Ingram. Another Pant show on the cards tonight? DC - 80/2 after 12 overs.
Wicket! DC skipper Shreyas Iyer (18) has been trapped in front by Imran Tahir. A much-needed wicket for CSK. DC - 79/2 after 11.4 overs
Four, Four! Back-to-back boundaries from Shikhar Dhawan against Imran Tahir. He's looking to free his arms.
5 runs came from the second over bowled by Jadeja. DC - 70/1 after 11 overs.
SIX! Shreyas Iyer hammers Imran Tahir over long-off for a maximum. The Delhi skipper has decided to up the ante with the first big hit of the innings. DC - 65/1 after 10 overs.
9 overs have been bowled and Delhi Capitals are 55/1. The visitors have kept things tight for the hosts after Prithvi Shaw's dismissal.
Jadeja has been brought into the attack. Quick stumping from Dhoni against Shreyas Iyer has been referred upstairs but the batsman survives as his shoe came on the crease on time.
50-up for Delhi Capitals in the 8th over and they have lost just one wicket in the process. Harbhajan has bowled well in this innings. DC - 52/1 after 8 overs.
5 runs conceded by Deepak Chahar from the third over he bowled. DC - 48/1 after 7 overs.
Swing bowling...just like leg-spin is a lot about the captain’s confidence in your skill. It’s not surprising that swing bowlers shine under Dhoni. Chahar was full of praise for his #CSK skipper before the game. Brings the best out of him. #DCvCSKAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 26, 2019
5 runs came from the second over bowled by Harbhajan Singh. Delhi Capitals - 43/1 after 6 overs.
Four! Reverse-sweep from Shikhar Dhawan and he gets a boundary off Harbhajan Singh.
Wicket! Prithvi Shaw (24) mistimes the short-pitched delivery from Deepak Chahar but ends up giving a simple catch to Shane Watson at short mid-wicket. He must be angry with his shot selection. DC - 36/1 after 4.3 overs.
Four! Shikhar Dhawan plays a brilliant sweep shot off Harbhajan and gets a boundary. Dhawan takes a single on the final delivery to retain strike for the next over. DC - 35/0 after 4 overs.
Four! Shaw steps down the ground and gets a boundary over mid-off. The youngster is clearing his intent early on.
4,0,0,0,0,0! Good comeback by Deepak Chahar after getting hit for a boundary on the first delivery. DC - 24/0 after 3 overs. MS Dhoni has introduced Harbhajan Singh into the attack.
Four! Deepak Chahar bowls his second over and Shikhar Dhawan opens his account with a boundary on the very first delivery he faced.
Four! Make that three in a row. Shaw cuts Thakur hard and gets a boundary towards fine leg. DC - 20/0 after 2 overs.
Four, Four! Prithvi Shaw picks up the length ball bowled by Shardul Thakur and dispatches the bowler over mid-on for back to back boundaries.
Four! Prithvi Shaw opens his account with a boundary over mid-wicket off Deepak Chahar. It was short and punished by the young opener.
Deepak Chahar starts with the new ball for Chennai. Will he get the swing on this pitch??
Delhi Capitals' openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan are stepping into the middle. Chennai Super Kings walk into the middle after the customary huddle.
When teams didn't field all four overseas' players.
Both the teams playing with less than 4 overseas players in an IPL game:Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) March 26, 2019
Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Delhi, 2017
Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings in Delhi, Today#IPL2019#DCvCSK
Both the teams are playing with three overseas players.
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(WK/C), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.
Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(C), Colin Ingram, Rishabh Pant(wk), Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma.
Dhoni: Chennai was completely different, this would be slightly different. I think it would be a good wicket. I think all the venues are great in India. We have played a lot of games here but all the venues are pretty special. We were looking to bowl first, we don't exactly know how the wicket behaves. It looks a bit tacky. We are playing the same team.
Iyer: Everything is new at the moment. The fans are coming and cheering for us. The positive vibe is contagious in the team. We will have a bat first. We are looking for 170-180, it plays (the wicket) slow in the second innings. It's a good toss to win. We have made one change. Amit Mishra comes in place of Trent Boult.
Toss: Delhi Capitals' captain Shreyas Iyer has won the toss and elected to bat first. Delhi have replaced pacer Trent Boult with Amit Mishra.
"This is a typical Kotla pitch devoid of grass. The ball has turned the most on this venue. The team winning the toss might want to chase on this wicket," explains Sanjay Manjrekar in his pitch report.
Head to Head! A total of 18 matches have been played between Delhi and Chennai in the IPL. 12 of those encounters were won by Chennai while Delhi came out victorious in 6 of them.
When these two teams faced each other last time in Delhi, the hosts defeated Chennai by 34 runs.
Delhi Capitals' fans are pouring out in big numbers for the big game!