IPL 2021, Qualifier 1: Ageless MS Dhoni powers Chennai Super Kings into final – The big match highlights | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Chennai Super Kings stormed into the final of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) after a vintage cameo by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni secured a thrilling four-wicket victory for the yellow brigade against Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1 in Dubai.
Chasing 173 for victory, three-time champions CSK needed 13 off the last over. Dhoni smacked three boundaries off Tom Curran’s over to seal the win with two balls to spare.
Here are the key highlights from the match:
DELHI CAPITALS INNINGS:
Delhi lost Dhawan, Iyer in powerplay but Shaw got off to a flyer after a few mishits: Delhi Capitals, after being put in to bat, didn’t have had a good start as they lost star batsmen Shikhar Dhawan (7) and Shreyas Iyer (1) cheaply to Josh Hazlewood. But Prithvi Shaw continued to hammer the CSK bowlers after surviving a few mishits initially. Shaw scored a brilliant 60 off just 34 balls to keep the DC scoreboard ticking. The 21-year-old Mumbaikar smashed 7 fours and 3 sixes during his knock.

Shikhar Dhawan
Chennai hit back with Axar, Shaw wickets in the span of 5 balls: After Josh Hazlewood sent Iyer and Dhawan back, Ravindra Jadeja got a major breakthrough when he got rid of Shaw for 60 runs. DC’s experiment of sending Axar Patel up the order didn’t work as the spinning all rounder could make just 10 off 11 balls before being dismissed by Moeen Ali. DC lost Axar and Shaw in the span of five balls, slipping from 36-0 to 77-3.

Prithvi Shaw
Pant, Hetmyer took Delhi to a strong 172/5: Rishabh Pant played a captain’s knock, smashing an unbeaten 51 off 35 balls. His innings was studded with 3 fours and 2 sixes. Pant was well supported by Shimron Hetmyer from the other end.

Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer (BCCI/IPL Photo)
Hetymer hit 37 off 24 balls and stitched 83 runs with Pant for the fifth wicket as DC maintained the momentum. The solid stand between Pant and Hetmyer propelled DC to a challenging 172 for 5 in 20 overs. DC were 81-1 after 10 overs and scored 91 runs in the back 10.

Rishabh Pant

Shimron Hetmyer

Image credit: BCCI/IPL
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS INNINGS:
Chennai suffered Du Plessis blow in first over: Chasing DC’s 172, CSK suffered an early blow when their opener Faf du Plessis was clean bowled by Anrich Nortje for a paltry 1. The scoreboard read 3-1 at that stage.
A superb 110-run Robin Uthappa-Ruturaj Gaikwad partnership brought CSK right back into the game: After Du Plessis’ wicket, man in form Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa came together and formed a solid 110-run partnership for the second wicket to set the platform for the Yellow Brigade to chase down 173.

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa (BCCI/IPL Photo)
Gaikwad, the highest run-getter for CSK this season and second overall, scored 70 runs off 50 balls, including 5 fours and 2 sixes. Meanwhile the highly experienced Uthappa hammered 63 off 44 balls, an innings studded with 7 fours and 2 sixes.

Ruturaj Gaikwad

Robin Uthappa
Delhi hit back with three wickets: The momentum shifted again when Rishabh Pant took the decision to bring back Tom Curran into the attack. The Englishman sent the well-settled Uthappa back for 63 runs and then dismissed Shardul Thakur, who came to bat at No. 4, for a duck. In the next over, bowled by Kagiso Rabada, Ambati Rayudu was run out for just 1. CSK suddenly went from 113-1 to 119-4.
Vintage Dhoni finished it off in style: Avesh Khan sent Gaikwad back for 70 and that’s when the ageless MS Dhoni pushed himself up the order ahead of Ravivdra Jadeja, possibly because he wanted the left-right hand combination to continue in the middle, since Mooen Ali was at the other end. The CSK captain played a brilliant cameo to take the 3 time champions into the IPL 2021 final. Needing 13 off the last over by Tom Curran, Dhoni cracked three boundaries to help CSK romp home and reach the grand finale of the cash-rich league with 2 deliveries left. The man with the Midas touch and calm demeanor scored an unbeaten 18 off just 6 balls, including 3 fours and a six.

MS Dhoni (Image credit: BCCI/IPL)
“It was tough when we didn’t qualify last time. Emotions were quite high. Forget what has happened till now, we wanted to make the most of the 3-4 games left towards the end,” Dhoni said after the match. DC will get another shot at making it to the final when they meet the winner of the Eliminator between KKR and RCB.



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