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11.37 pm: Player of the match Shikhar Dhawan – “Really enjoyed my batting tonight. Even Prithvi did really well. They used that plan (of bowling wide) in the last IPL too, so I knew I had to take smart risks. It’s tremendous to watch Prithvi when he is in the flow. I’m happy that his hard work is paying off.”
11.35 pm: Rishabh Pant – “In the middle phase I was slightly under pressure but our bowlers did well to bring us back. It was special to captain in my first match against MS. He has been my go-to man. We wanted to finish the match with one over to spare. Prithvi and Shikhar were very good, especially in the powerplay. They kept things simple.”
11.17 pm: Prithvi Shaw – “Very happy with the performance, the pitch was easier to bat on in the second innings and we made the most of it. Worked on my technique with Pravin (Amre) sir before the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Working hard on myself, don’t want to give any excuses.”
11.14 pm: MS Dhoni – “Our batters did a good job to get us to 188. Our bowling could’ve done slightly better. We bowled quite a few boundary deliveries, the execution wasn’t nice.”
11.10 pm: Rishabh Pant finishes the match with a drive over mid-wicket for four. He wins his first IPL match as captain in style! Meanwhile, Shardul Thakur finishes with forgettable figures of 2/53 from 3.4 overs.
DELHI CAPITALS WIN BY 7 WICKETS!
After 18.3 overs, DC are 186/3: WICKET! Thakur bangs it in and Stoinis pulls it straight to the fielder. The right-hander flicked one for four before that. This wicket will frustrate Delhi in terms of net run-rate, they need 3 off 9.
After 18 overs, DC are 182/2: Crunched! Bravo pitches it up and Stoinis drives it powerfully past cover for four. Bravo finished with figures of 1/28. Delhi need 7 off 12.
After 16.3 overs, DC are 167/2: WICKET! Dhawan hits Thakur for two fours but then gets out LBW to a yorker. The end of a fantastic innings from the left-hander, he walks back for 85 off 54.
After 16 overs, DC are 158/1: Dhawan walks across and whips a full-toss from Bravo for four to the mid-wicket boundary. Delhi need 31 off 24.
After 15 overs, DC are 151/1: Dhawan and Pant pick a four each in that Chahar over as Delhi cross the 150-run mark. They need 38 off 30.
After 13.3 overs, DC are 138/1: WICKET! Prithvi Shaw is gone and would you believe it, it’s Moeen Ali who takes the catch. The right-hander was dropped twice earlier off the bowling of Moeen. Dwayne Bravo pitched it wide and Shaw hit it to deep extra over. He walks back for a sparkling 72 off 38.
After 13 overs, DC are 136/0: SIX & FOUR! Shaw is toying with the bowling. Moeen drops it short, he gets hit. Moeen tosses it up, he gets hit. Delhi need 53 off 42. At the halfway stage of this match, perhaps no one thought of a 10-wicket win for DC as a possibility. It is now.
After 12 overs, DC are 121/0: Dwayne Bravo joins the attack and concedes eight runs in his first over. Delhi need 68 off 48.
After 11 overs, DC are 113/0: Fourteen runs from that Thakur over. The Delhi openers seem to be dealing only in boundaries. This is turning into a thrashing for Chennai.
A partnership of immense class...
After 10.2 overs, DC are 102/0: FIFTY FOR SHIKHAR DHAWAN! He gets there in 35 balls. The seasoned left-hander has been the perfect foil to Prithvi Shaw. Four fours and two sixes in his knock so far.
After 10 overs, DC are 99/0: DROPPED AGAIN! Moeen could’ve had Shaw twice! Gaikwad had a tough-ish chance at deep mid-wicket but that should’ve definitely been taken.
FIFTY FOR PRITHVI SHAW! He pulls the last ball of the over for four to bring up his half-century in just 27 balls. Seven fours and two sixes so far from the right-hander. He was in unbelievable form during the Vijay Hazare Trophy and is carrying that confidence here. DC are cruising at the moment.
“It’s gone into the Sachin Tendulkar stand and if Sachin Tendulkar is watching, he would be nodding in appreciation”: Sunil Gavaskar on the last six from Prithvi Shaw.
After 9 overs, DC are 86/0: SIX! Chennai were starting to build some pressure but Shaw breaks the shackles. It was tossed up by Jadeja and the right-hander stepped out to hit it well over long-on. Top shot.
After 8 overs, DC are 75/0: DROPPED! Moeen joins the attack and Shaw plays a nothing shot that loops towards long-off. Santner runs in from the deep and gets his hands to it but can’t hold on. He may have been distracted by Bravo who was running back. Chennai can ill afford such mistakes.
After 7 overs, DC are 70/0: Ravindra Jadeja joins the attack and concedes just five runs in his first over despite a couple of long hops.
After 6 overs, DC are 65/0: That’s the end of the powerplay, it’s been all Delhi in the chase so far. Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have lit up the Wankhede with their strokeplay. DC need 124 off 84 with 10 wickets in hand.
After 5 overs, DC are 58/0: It’s raining boundaries! Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw bring up their fifty-run partnership in the fifth over as Delhi Capitals dominate in the chase. Hat-trick of fours (four overall) in Shardul Thakur’s first over.
After 4 overs, DC are 41/0: Dhawan with arguably the shot of the tournament so far! Curran pitched it in the slot and the left-hander simply played an extended drive for six. That was picture-perfect! He got a four before that Prithvi got one off the last ball in what was a big over for Delhi.
After 3 overs, DC are 24/0: SIX! The first six of the run-chase comes from the bat of Prithvi Shaw. Pulled straight off Chahar’s bowling. DC have started well.
After 2 overs, DC 16/0: IT was turning into a good over from Curran but Dhawan plays a gorgeous straight drive for four to make sure it was a decent over for DC.
After 1 over, DC 9/0: A boundary each for Shaw and Dhawan in the first over. Good start for Delhi.
Shaw and Dhawan in the middle, DChahar with the ball in hand. Can CSK get early wickets? Will Shaw continue his brilliant form?
Innings break: Suresh Raina’s half century and useful knocks from Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, and Ravindra Jadeja take CSK to 188/7. The Chennai stalwart reckons the pitch is not easy to bat either. Dhoni has plenty of bowling options, their game to lose at this point?
“Always a good feeling to score runs for Chennai Super Kings”: Suresh Raina
9.13 pm: Good last over for DC by Chris Woakes. Sam Curran is clean bowled off the last ball and finishes with 34 off 15. This innings was quite the rollercoaster ride but at the end of it, CSK will be happy with the total they got after the start they had. Suresh Raina’s 36-ball 54 was the difference.
CSK FINISH WITH 188/7 (20)
After 19 overs, CSK are 178/6: Two fours and two sixes in that Tom Curran over! After Jadeja pulled the first ball for four, his brother Sam hit him for consecutive sixes and a four. Just the over Chennai needed, 23 runs from it.
After 18 overs, CSK are 155/6: The end of a magnificent spell by Avesh Khan. The 24-year-old right-arm quick from Madhya Pradesh was picked ahead of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav and has repaid the faith. He got the key wickets of Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni and finishes with figures of 2/23 from his four overs.
After 17 overs, CSK are 150/6: Interesting battle as brothers Tom and Sam Curran come up against one another. Sam flicks the last ball for four but a good over by Tom nonetheless, just seven runs from it.
It was a special, special knock from Suresh Raina tonight...
After 15.3 overs, CSK are 137/6: WICKET! MS Dhoni is gone for a two-ball duck! Avesh Khan has two wickets in one over! The CSK skipper attempted a pull and chopped it on. This has been an impressive fightback from Delhi.
After 15.1 overs, CSK are 137/5: WICKET! Oh dear, Raina is run-out! Jadeja turned for the second run, banged straight into Avesh and scampered back into the crease. Raina was left with no chance to turn around and get back. An unfortunate end to a superb innings from the left-hander, he walks back for 54 off 36.
After 15 overs, CSK are 136/4: Consecutive fours for Ravindra Jadeja and he is up and running! Marcus Stoinis concedes 12 runs in his second over.
Correction: Ravindra Jadeja is the new man at the crease, not MS Dhoni.
After 13.5 overs, CSK are 123/4: WICKET! Dhawan takes his third catch as Curran removes Rayudu. The right-hander didn’t read the slower-ball and lifted it to long-off. He walks back for 23 off 16 as Jadeja oins Raina at the crease.
After 13 overs, CSK are 117/3: FIFTY FOR RAINA! The left-hander gets there in just 32 balls and with his fourth six of the innings. What a knock this has been from the veteran! The fifty-run stand between Raina and Rayudu comes up in just 24 balls. Stoinis joins the attack and bowls a high full-toss, Rayudu picks it early and pulls it hard for six. The right-hander then gets four leg-byes past short-third. Expensive over for Delhi. It’s all Chennai at the moment!
After 12 overs, CSK are 98/3: Suresh Raina is on fire! Two more sixes for the southpaw in that Amit Mishra over. He is timing the ball sweetly and CSK fighting back!
After 11 overs, CSK are 81/3: Another six off Ashwin’s bowling, this time Rayudu sweeps it brilliantly. The off-spinner does well to concede just four runs off the next five balls but finished with expensive figures of 1/47 from his four overs.
After 10 overs, CSK are 71/3: Another good over by Amit Mishra, just five from it. Prithvi Shaw with a good save at the boundary off the last ball.
After 9 overs, CSK are 66/3: SIX! Raina continues to attack and Ashwin concedes his third six of the over. A powerful, flat pull over mid-wicket. Ambati Rayudu is the new batsman for Chennai. They need a big partnership.
After 8.3 overs, CSK are 60/3: TWO SIXES AND OUT! Ashwin has removed Moeen thanks to a superb catch by Dhawan. The left-hander hit two brilliant sixes straight back but went for a hat-trick and perished. Dhawan ran back and completed a tough, tough catch. Moeen walks back for 36 off 24.
After 8 overs, CSK are 48/2: Seasoned leg-spinner Amit Mishra joins the attack and delivers a good over for Delhi, just five runs from it. “Aa jao Ash bhai,” says Rishabh Pant at the end of the over.
After 7 overs, CSK are 43/2: Ashwin concedes consecutive fours again, this time it’s Moeen who gets the runs. The off-spinner then pauses at the crease before bowling a Kedar Jadhav-esque round-arm ball. It’s all happening!
After 6 overs, CSK are 33/2: Tom Curran joins the attack and delivers a solid over, just three from it. And that’s the end of the powerplay. Delhi are on top as Chennai try to rebuild.
After 5 overs, CSK are 30/2: Ashwin joins the attack and Raina hits him for consecutive fours! The left-hander drills one past cover before stepping out and lifting the next ball over mid-on. No real turn for the off-spinner first up.
After 4 overs, CSK are 20/2: Two fours for Moeen Ali, either side of the wicket. Chris Woakes drops it short and the left-hander takes full toll. The first one was a superb punch and the second a well-placed hook.
After 3 overs, CSK are 11/2: Suresh Raina gets going with a cut for four. But this is a fantastic start for Delhi. Chennai need to be careful here.
CSK 7/2 (2.1 overs): WICKET! Delhi Capitals are on fire at the Wankhede! Chris Woakes gets Ruturaj Gaikwad’s outside edge and Shikhar Dhawan takes a sharp low catch in the slips. CSK have lost both their openers in the first 13 balls.
CSK 7/1 (1.4 overs): WICKET! Avesh Khan has struck in his first over and Faf du Plessis is on his bike! Top delivery from the right-arm quick and it struck the South African opener plumb in front. No review taken. Delhi Capitals are up and running!
7.30 pm: We’re set for the start of match No 2 as Rishabh Pant leads Delhi Capitals out at the Wankhede! Chris Woakes will bowl the first over. CSK have Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad at the crease. Here we go!
Trivia: January 14, 2020, was the last time there was an international/IPL game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India took on Australia in an ODI and Rishabh Pant ended up getting a concussion because of a Pat Cummins bouncer.
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Tom Curran, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan.
7.03 pm: MS Dhoni at the toss – “It’s good to be back... to make the most of whatever is left.”
7.00 pm: TOSS – Rishabh Pant has won the toss and Delhi Capitals will BOWL first!
6.57 pm: The big news ahead of the toss is that England’s Tom Curran and Chris Woakes are going to make their debuts for Delhi Capitals tonight.
Chennai and Delhi had contrasting runs in IPL 2020 with the former failing to reach the IPL playoffs for the first time. While Dhoni and Co will be aiming to bring back lost glory, Delhi will try and continue their steady progress by mounting a title run under the leadership of Pant.
HEAD TO HEAD: Played 23, Chennai 15, Delhi 8
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6.45 pm: Hello and welcome to live coverage of match No 2 of Indian Premier League 2021. Tonight, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings take on Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.