IPL 2020 CSK vs DC: Delhi Capitals climbs to top of table after eclipsing CSK by 44 runs

Delhi Capitals (DC) beat MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 44 runs to climb to the top of the IPL 2020 points table. With the win, DC registered its second consecutive victory in the Indian Premier League at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday. Sent into bat, DC made 175 for three and then restricted CSK to 131 for seven to keep its winning run intact.

After the match, Dhoni said that there was no dew today, but the wicket did slow down in the second half. CSK captain reckoned that we were lacking a bit of steam in the batting and that hurts.

“The run rate keeps on mounting after such slow starts and adds pressure, we need to figure that out. We need to come back with a clearer picture, looking at the combination. Maybe, the team balance will get better once Rayudu comes back in the next game,” Dhoni said.

Earlier, Young Prithvi Shaw struck a fluent half-century and shared a a 94-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan to guide Delhi Capitals to 175 for three. Shaw made 64 off 43 balls in the company of Dhawan (35 off 27 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) to provide a superb start to DC’s innings after being put into bat.

The duo started slowly, scoring just 36 runs of the first six overs of powerplay before opening up to stitch 94 runs for the opening wicket in 10.4 overs.

Shaw got into his stride, hitting two consecutive boundaries off Deepak Chahar.

The Mumbai youngster didn’t appear to rush things and played some attractive shots.

Once CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni introduced the spin duo of Piyush Chawla and Ravindra Jadeja in the seventh over, both Shaw and Dhawan went on the offensive.

Chawla, who was taken apart by Sanju Samson in their previous game against Rajasthan Royals, came in for some rough treatment as did Jadeja who went wicketless in his four overs (0/44).

Dhawan after playing second fiddle for a while, joined the party and hit a couple of attractive boundaries and slogged Jadeja’s first ball for a six over mid-wicket.