MS Dhoni has shown his finisher form and has taken Chennai to the final of IPL-2021.
After the brilliant innings of young player Rituraj Gaikwad (70) and his experienced batsman Robin Uthappa (63), Chennai Super Kings on Sunday won the IPL-2021 (IPL 2021) qualifier- Defeated Delhi Capitals by four wickets in 1. With this, three-time winner Chennai has reached the final. However, Delhi is not out of the race for the final. He has to play Qualifier-2 where he will face the winning team of Eliminator. Teams of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders will participate in the Eliminator. Batting first, Delhi scored 172 runs for the loss of five wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Chennai achieved this target in 19.4 overs for the loss of six wickets.
In the last over, Chennai needed 13 runs to win. Moeen Ali (16) got out on the first ball. But after this Dhoni showed his finisher form. He hit two consecutive fours in the second and third balls of the last over bowled by Tom Curran. And then another four on the fourth ball gave victory to the team. Dhoni scored an unbeaten 18 off six balls which included one six and three fours.
Chennai had a bad start. Delhi’s Enrique Norkhia already bowled the inform batsman Faf du Plessis on the fourth ball of the over. Du Plessis had no answer to Norkhia’s brilliant ball. He could only score one run. From here Rituraj Gaikwad and Uthappa took the lead. Uthappa, playing for Chennai for the first time this season, showed his experience and played a brilliant innings.
completed half century
Uthappa completed his fifty with two runs off the last ball of the 11th over. For this he played 35 balls. However, Uthappa’s innings came to an end on the third ball of the 14th over. Uthappa hit seven fours and two sixes in his innings of 44 balls. Iyer took his catch at the boundary line. Ambata Rayudu, who came after him, was run out after scoring just one run.
Gaikwad took charge
After the dismissal of Uthappa, the entire burden came on the shoulders of Gaikwad, who was in excellent form this season. He batted brilliantly in difficult times and took the team to victory. However, his innings came to an end on the first ball of the 19th over. Axar Patel took his brilliant catch off Avesh Khan’s ball. Gaikwad hit five fours and two sixes in his 50-ball innings. After his departure, Dhoni once again showed his finisher form and took the team to the final.
Such was the innings of Delhi
Earlier, the day scored a strong score thanks to half-centuries from opener Prithvi Shaw (60 runs) and captain Rishabh Pant (51 not out). Barring Shaw (34 balls, seven fours, three sixes), Delhi Capitals’ top-order batsmen were dismissed early after playing poor shots, but Pant (35 balls, three fours and two sixes) and Shimron Hetmyer (37 off 24 balls) were dismissed. Three fours, one six) played an important role in taking the team to this score by sharing 83 runs in 50 balls for the fourth wicket. For Chennai Super Kings, Josh Hazlewood gave Delhi the first two wickets in the powerplay for 29, while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja took the crucial wicket of Shaw. Moeen Ali took one wicket for 27 runs. Dwayne Bravo took one wicket for 31 runs in three overs.
the beginning of such
Shaw hit the first six of the innings on Hazlewood on the last ball of the second over. In the next over, Shaw hit four fours on Deepak Chahar (26 runs in three overs) and got the team off to a good start by collecting 17 runs. Dhawan (07) also opened his hand and hit a four on the first ball of the fourth over, but Hazlewood’s next ball touching the edge of his bat went straight into the hands of wicketkeeper Dhoni. And Shreyas Iyer came to the crease, due to which no run was added in the next four balls. Shaw welcomed Shardul Thakur (36 runs in three overs) for a six over deep mid-wicket, he also sent the fifth ball of this over for a six at log-on as the team completed the half-century of runs. Shaw was lucky that the next slow ball had touched Dhoni’s gloves after touching his bat and he narrowly escaped. Due to which the team scored 52 runs for two wickets in the powerplay.
Delhi changed the batting order by sending Axar Patel to bat at number four. Shaw hit a boundary off Jadeja, hitting six fours and three sixes in his 27-ball fifty, which was also the first fifty for Delhi Capitals in the UAE leg. Dhoni’s decision to put Moeen Ali on the bowling proved beneficial, who thwarted Axar Patel’s big shot and showed him the way to the pavilion. Delhi Capitals had scored 79 runs in 10 overs for the loss of three wickets. But in the next over, the team lost the crucial wicket of Shaw. Jadeja gave the biggest blow to Delhi Capitals, whose attempt to hit the ball ended Shaw’s innings and this catch was caught by Faf du Plessis at long-off.
Pant and Hetmyer took over
The Delhi team was under pressure, due to which the responsibility was now on the shoulders of Pant and Hetmyer. Both were playing cautiously, after the dismissal of Sau, the first boundary was hit after 28 balls. In the fourth over of Moeen Ali, Hetmyer hit a six over deep midwicket with a pull shot. Opening his hand, Hetmyer got another four on short third man in Bravo’s first over. At the other end, Pant, playing restraint, hit the first six of his innings off Thakur’s ball in the 16th over. Both of them played a great partnership and led the team to a respectable score. But in the 19th over, Bravo ended compatriot Hetmyer’s 37-run knock. Pant completed his half-century with two runs in the last ball.
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