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Delhi Capitals won by 3 wickets
Player of the match: Axar Patel
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That is all that was written as far this contest was concerned. There was quite a bit of cacophony in the contest and around the globe for other reasons too but nothing like a thrilling game of cricket to draw a manic Monday to a close. The action continues though as the IPL caravan shifts to Sharjah tomorrow - it is a must-win clash between the Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians as both sides tussle it out with the final playoff spot up for grabs, so do ensure to return to this platform for our coverage of the same. Thank you so much for tuning into this space for the coverage of this contest and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did bringing it to you. On behalf of my good friend and fellow textpert Shashwat Kumar, this is Sooryanarayanan Sesha humbly reminding you to mask up and get yourselves vaccinated in case you haven't. Goodnight and take care!
A definite confidence booster for the Delhi Capitals alright - they have enjoyed a couple of close victories against two of the most successful sides in the tournament's history in MI and CSK and with their excellent net run-rate, it is tough to see them not finish in the top two even if it isn't sealed officially. Shimron Hetmyer continues to make valuable contributions in the middle-order and Shikhar Dhawan showing signs of his sublime touch come as a massive shot in the arm for the side and Rishabh Pant will be a happy captain - talk about the icing on the cake on your birthday eh?

As for the Super Kings, that is now two losses in two games and both due to contrasting issues. Their bowlers roared back in style this game but their batting was a massive letdown. Will this throw open the scars off the previous season given how things unraveled with the bat? One thing's for sure - they will need to pick up momentum ahead of the playoffs and nothing but a win in their final fixture will do for the three-time champions.
Axar Patel (Player of the Match): You try to stick to the basics but as the match goes you have to assess the lengths and the pace on this track. I think their batters got 5 or 10 less in the Powerplay and that proved to be the difference in the end. Hetmyer told me to tap and run instead of going for a sweep owing to the large dimensions of the ground so that was the plan. It is very important for your confidence if you win a game like this and heading into the knockouts, it gives us a lot of confidence (translated from Hindi).
Rishabh Pant (Delhi Capitals Captain): Not a bad birthday present but it was a tough match again for us. But we ended up winning so everything is fine I guess. They came hard at us in the Powerplay and got away but we bowled some good overs after that. They got away with some extra runs in the end but Shikhi got us off to a decent start in the Powerplay. It got very close but we did well to cross over the line. (On the openers attacking in the Powerplay) Everyone knows that that’s how they play and we started well. We got what we needed from him (Shaw). (On the promotion for Ashwin?) We were just trying to keep the left-right combination going. A big win for us since we wanted to finish first or second and if we had won this we knew we would finish in the top two so I am really happy.
Shimron Hetmyer (Delhi Capitals): It was very important for me to bat through - I keep telling the guys that I am here to finish games. (His thoughts on the dropped catch?) I was thinking that I was out but I was praying that I wouldn’t and luckily I wasn’t. We had to get it down to as less as possible so in the 19th over I wanted to get that one six at least. (On his plans facing Bravo?) It was easy as I have practiced in the CPL. I knew he was going to go wide so I had to make sure to go across and try to hit it as straight as possible. I am glad I managed to hit a couple of them.
MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings Captain): We were looking to get closer to 150. After we lost a few wickets I think the platform was nice during the 15th over but we failed to accelerate. I think there were a few short deliveries we failed to connect with and they ended up as singles and if we had those 8-10 deliveries we could have got close to 150. It was a two-paced wicket. The normal deliveries held on the surface slightly and it was not easy to play your shots. The Delhi batters also faced that and I think the taller bowlers were able to use the wicket to good effect. It was a very good effort to make a game out of it. We knew they would come hard but it was important to not give too many in the first six overs. There was that one big over in the first six but that happens when there are quality batters in the middle.
They took it deep on the field but one has to admit that the Chennai Super Kings just didn't have enough to play with. If only they had a score of 150 - well, one can only marvel at what could have possibly transpired for the Men in Yellow.

CSK needed early wickets but Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan were quick to get off the blocks. Shaw seemed in the mood for a big score but he failed to get hold of a hard length delivery to spoon a simple catch into the hands of short extra cover. Shreyas Iyer too failed to control the hard length to good effect but before he perished, Shikhar Dhawan took to Deepak Chahar and deposited him to all corners of the park. The Capitals had ransacked 51 runs off the Powerplay and with Dhawan looking ominous, they had the chase well within their grasp.

Rishabh Pant came out wielding his willow wild and clobbered a couple of powerful hits before a change of bat saw him miscue a slog sweep into the hands of Moeen Ali. That brought debutant Ripal Patel to the crease and he used the extra pace of Ravindra Jadeja’s darts to good effect as he pierced the field. The Capitals were sailing smoothly until Ripal holed out to long on as he failed to get hold of a slot delivery.

On came Shardul Thakur then to provide a twist to the tale as he castled the promoted Ravichandran Ashwin through the gate. Dhawan reviewed successfully later in the over having been given out caught behind before Thakur rounded off the over eventually with his wicket and all of a sudden, the game was thrown wide open.

Dwayne Bravo was finally thrown the ball in the 17th over but a couple of wayward deliveries meant that Hetmyer lined him up to transfer the pressure back onto the fielding side. Krishnappa Gowtham fluffed the simplest of chances to see the back of Hetmyer and that would come back to bite the Super Kings later on as the West Indian wielded his willow powerfully to take the Capitals closer. Axar Patel perished in the final over and there was life in the contest just yet but in the end, Kagiso Rabada managed to clip one off his pads to draw the curtains on a dramatic contest that also saw quite a few innocuous umpiring decisions towards the back-end of that innings.

Spare a thought for Shardul Thakur though! The lion-hearted seamer ran in once again and didn't throw the towel in even with the situation packed well against his side but a stupendous spell of bowling saw CSK roar back into the contest. Ravindra Jadeja picked up two priceless wickets himself while Deepak Chahar and Josh Hazlewood accounted for one apiece in the Powerplay. One wonders if things could have been different had Dwayne Bravo bowled much early on but truth be told, the Super Kings gave everything they had on the field. If only their batters had given them a buffer of a few more runs to play with...
A shoddy delivery down the leg-side and that will be all for the contest. The Chennai Super Kings fought hard on the field but it is the Delhi Capitals who come up trumps by 3 wickets with 2 deliveries to spare!
19.4 Dwayne Bravo to Kagiso Rabada, FOUR THAT WILL BE THAT! Full delivery darted into the batter's toes. Rabada gets inside the line of the ball and tickles it past the sweeper at fine leg for a boundary! What a game!
Bravo bails out of his run-up. Seems like Hetmyer was backing up too far and they both share a giggle.
Mid-on is pushed back to the fence.
Kagiso Rabada, LHB, makes his way to the crease. He will take strike.
The slower one does the trick for Dwayne Bravo and Moeen Ali positioned very close inside the inner ring works for the Super Kings. 2 to win off 3 deliveries now!
19.3 Dwayne Bravo to Axar Patel, OUT! BRAVO GETS HIS MAN! OH MY! Slower delivery on a full length outside off stump. Patel throws his bat at it but is too far away from it, meaning that he slices it straight to the fielder at short extra cover, where Moeen holds onto a sharp catch! There is still some life left in this, folks! Hang on!

Axar Patel c Ali b Bravo 5 (10b, 0x4, 0x6)
19.2 Dwayne Bravo to Axar Patel, back of a length delivery outside off stump. Patel has a waft at it from his crease and is late on the shot as the ball fizzes past the outside edge
GOODNESS ME! That landed well outside the pitch and it was destined to race through to the fence save for a slide from Hazlewood. Well well - that should have been a no ball but instead it has been given a wide after the umpire has a word with his colleague upstairs. Ricky Ponting is not happy one bit and he has a word with the fourth umpire.
19.2 Dwayne Bravo to Shimron Hetmyer, OH DEAR! Slower full toss outside off stump that goes way beyond the keeper. Dhoni can't reach it and the ball rolls away towards short third man for an extra run as well
The helmet comes out for MS Dhoni as he comes up to the stumps.
4 needed off 5. Just a hit away are the Capitals.
19.1 Dwayne Bravo to Shimron Hetmyer, slower delivery on a length outside off stump. Hetmyer comes forward and powers the ball into the off side towards deep cover for a couple
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