DC though will get another shot to get to the finals when they meet the winner of the eliminator between KKR and RCB scheduled for Monday.
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Needing 1 13 runs in the last over, Dhoni cut a square, got some luck and then dragged DC’s best bowler Tom Curran for the most famous T20 boundary in recent times. Before that, he had just hit a six over Avesh Khan at mid-wicket.
Quran and Avesh weren’t bad but one of those days was, Cricketing God wanted to finish the 0 year old man in style.
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Unbeaten on 18 off six balls, CSK reached 173 for 6 in 19.4 overs.
It was the return of the watch for the former Indian captain, who has struggled to finish for years but ‘Kamath the Hour, Kamath the Man’ as he once again did for his favorite cricket team.
After the win, his passionate wife was engaged in a beer hug with witness daughter Jiva which would tell the family what it meant.
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It was just six balls and in it he missed a couple and got boundaries from the rest.
Robin Uthappa (63 off balls) turned the clock back to his Halsian to join Ruturaj Gaikwad (70 off 50 balls).
After Faf du Plessis was bowled by Unrich Nortz, Uthappa decided to repel the attack with such ferocity that it completely overwhelmed the Delhi Capitals. There was one player here who was out of vogue for quite some time but with the form Gaikwad, he added 110 runs as DC looked down and out after the first 10 overs.
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Uthappa looked like his old nature, something that made him a great T20 player the day before, who used to win matches and IPL titles for Kolkata Knight Riders for fun.
There were drives, reverse sweeps, Uthappa pool-shots and those shots, when he jumped down the track to destabilize the bowlers line.
All in all, he hit seven fours and two sixes before Shreyas Iyer’s great fielding at Tom Curran’s long-on boundary. Ayer almost collided with Akshar Patel but kept his balance to throw and catch the ball in the second attempt.
He then took a catch to dismiss pitch-hitter Shardul Tagore and Ambati Rayudu was run out due to a great combination of Iyer and Rabada.
Before Dhoni’s arrival, Gayekwad still had a mini-fall, but Avesh Khan made 224 off 11 balls with an excellent catch of the letter.
Earlier, Habshav Pant showed no signs of his self-confessed “nervousness” as his unbeaten 51 off 5 balls led the Delhi Capitals to a competitive score of 172/5.
Pant got an ideal support from his friend Shimron Hetmeyer (37 off 2 balls) as both added 3 runs for the fifth wicket with some breathtaking shots towards the end of the innings.
Pant hit three fours and two sixes because the Delhi Capitals did not value an expert batsman in the end as they capitalized on the burning index provided by opener Prithvi Shaw (60 off 34 balls), who took the opponent with seven fours and three sixes.
The Caribbeans hit a six from Meenan Ali before Hetmeyer and Pant started for just a few singles and doubles at the start, for00 runs together. Dwayne then split the off-side field for Bravo’s boundary.
Pant kept quiet by the spinners, finally showing some spark with a six in one hand of his trademark Shardul Tagore.
Once they formed a half-century partnership, Pant and Hetmeyer began to throw their bat backwards when the pacers resumed work.
If Hetmeyer hits Josh Hazlewood (4-0-29-2) over his head, Pants whips him into a deep mid-wicket for the team’s 150 runs. Dwayne then hit Bravo (1/31 in 3 overs) over his head for the second six.
But Shark should be given a lot of credit because he played the best craft of the tournament.
He started with a drawn four and a six at Hazlewood, funnyly both wrong timing shots. The first flies over the slip and the latter is at the top behind the wicketkeeper so that there is enough wood in the skin for the distance.
However, Deepak Chahar’s second over turned out to be a two-night dream for Seamer as he broke into four boundaries – first a sharp inner edge and then two squares on either side of a shake.
Shikhar Dhawan (7) and Shreyas Iyer (1) were hazled out in the powerplay but Akshar Patel (10) was promoted without much success.
Shaw, while hitting two sixes to Shardul Tagore, continued his ‘the-the-ball, hit-the-ball’ formula.
Reaching his half-century with just 2 balls, he was regularly piercing the off-side field, even failing to get the desired distance when trying to jump Oxar Moin Ali.
The seasoned pair of Meenan Ali (122722 in overs) and Rabindra Jadeja (1/2 in overs) suddenly blocked the run after the powerplay with some measured bowling, causing Shaw to try to get the left-arm spinner inside-out. . Faf du Plessis, however, ran to take a good trial catch at the deep extra cover boundary.
Then, Pants and Hetmeyer took charge of DC’s batting to post a safe total.