Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan powered Delhi Capitals to a comfortable victory over Chennai Super Kings in the second match of IPL 2021. The openers were unstoppable for the first half of the innings and the CSK bowlers looked absolutely clueless as they were smacked all around the Wankhede stadium.
Earlier, Delhi Capitals stand-in captain Rishabh Pant won the toss and elected to bowl first. While Delhi Capitals were playing two overseas fast bowlers in Chris Woakes and Tom Curran, Chennai Super Kings played with two overseas all-rounders.
Quite surprising that Delhi Capitals preferred Avesh Khan over Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. CSK, on the other hand, played a long batting depth with Deepak Chahar batting at 11.
Avesh Khan trapped Faf du Plessis plumb in front as the batsman missed an incoming ball and was plumb.
In the 9th over, Moeen ali smashed Ashwin for two sixes but played a poor reverse sweep on the next ball, only to hole out to Shikhar Dhawan at short third man, leaving Ashwin with the last laugh.
Mr. IPL Suresh Raina announced his comeback in style as he notched up his fifty with a six off Marcus Stoinis. The southpaw took just 32 balls to reach the landmark.
Tom Curran also joined the party after dismissing Ambati Rayudu on a brilliant slower ball. After almost six years, Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni bagged a silver duck and just when things started going south for them, Sam Curran and Ravindra Jadeja came to the rescue and took them to a respectable total, at the Wankhede, of 188.
In reply, Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan gave Delhi Capitals a flying start as they went all bonkers since ball one. The duo amassed 65 runs from the first six overs and changed gears thereafter.
CSK bowlers had no clue to the brutal hitting and with some dew coming, they were helpless. Shaw and Dhawan notched up their individual fifties before Bravo sent the former packing with a widish slower ball. Shikhar Dhawan then ensured Delhi Capitals were in a safe position before he was trapped in front by Shardul Thakur on 85. Post that, it was a mere formality for Rishabh Pant as he took the team home with eight balls to spare.
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