IPL 2020 DC vs CSK Highlights: Dhawan’s maiden ton, Axar’s late fireworks outclass CSK by 5 wickets

Spared by the fielders a number of times, opener Shikhar Dhawan (101) hit his maiden IPL hundred while Axar Patel pulled off three sixes in the final over as Delhi Capitals moved to the top of the table with a tense five-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings, here on Saturday.

Dropped on 25 and 79, apart from surviving a half chance and a run-out opportunity, Dhawan made full use of the lives given to him to raise his best IPL knock as the Capitals overhauled a stiff 180-run target with one to spare.

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On 99, Dhawan also got a caught-behind decision reversed, using DRS. Despite a well-set Dhawan at the crease, Sam Curran bowled an exceptional 19th over, giving away just four runs to keep CSK in hunt.

Capitals needed 17 runs off the final over and it looked Dhawan’s effort could go in vain but Axar Patel played a blinder of a knock, hitting three sixes off Ravindra Jadeja to finish off the game in style.

DC now have 14 points from nine games, one more than second-placed Mumbai Indians (12).

Dhawan took 58 balls for his unbeaten knock that was studded with 14 shots to the fence and one over it. He shifted the gears with ease as he not only worked the ball around but found boundaries consistently to keep the asking rate under control. His straight six off Curran stood out.

After CSK pacer Deepak Chahar, who was as usual very impressive, sent back Prithvi Shaw (0) Ajinkya Rahane (8), Dhawan kept one end safe.

Skipper Shreyas Iyer (23), who hurt his shoulder in the previous game was not his usual aggressive self. The fluency with which he times the ball was missing.

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His 68-run stand with Dhawan ended when he holed one out to Du Plessis off Bravo. It was a slower ball but Iyer could have dispatched that easily into the empty stands on any other day.

Marcus Stoinis added 24 quick runs before being dismissed.

Earlier, Faf Du Plessis hit his fourth half-century of the season before Ambati Rayudu produced another useful cameo as a collective batting effort propelled Chennai Super Kings to 179 for four.

Du Plessis (58) added 87 runs with Shane Watson (36) after early fall of Sam Curran (0), setting it up nicely for the CSK.

Rayudu hit 45 off 25 balls while Ravindra Jadeja hit four sixes in his fiery 33-run knock. One of Jadeja’s sixes landed on the road outside the stadium.

They added 50 runs in 3.3 overs during their unbeaten fifth-wicket partnership.

While Watson relied on safe ground-strokes considering the sluggish track Du Plessis did not hesitate to improvise, playing a lot of scoop shots. He pulled the short ones with ease.

Young pacer Tushar Deshpande bowled a tight line with decent speed and was rewarded when Curran, without measuring the bowler, swung his arms but just managed a top-edge that was taken by Anrich Nortje (2/44).

The ball was stopping a bit on the slow Sharjah wicket but after four quiet overs, Du Plessis creamed off 14 runs from Nortje’s first over, hitting his compatriot for a six and two fours.

Watson, using his experience, got some quick runs by placing the ball instead of going after the bowlers. His handling of both pacers and spinners was sensible as the Australian kept the scoreboard moving.

Du Plessis completed his fifty with a single of Nortje but Watson was castled by the South African in the next ball.

The Capitals batsmen did not let off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin take advantage of the slow surface, taking easy runs off him.

Rabada sent back Du Plessis while Nortje got rid of rival skipper MS Dhoni (3) but Rayudu and Jadeja helped the side reach a competitive total.

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11.17pm
6,6,6

DC wins by 5 wickets

Dhoni brings on Jadeja as a surprise move. But new man Axar Patel hits him for three back to back sixes to embarrass CSK and pick up the win for DC in style.

11.13pm

DC-163/5; need more 17 from 6 balls

11.11pm
Dhawan living on the edge

Sam Curran bowls widish delivery to Dhawan. The southpaw goes down on his knee but the ball clips his bat on the way to Dhoni’s gloves. Umpire gives out but the decision is reversed by the third umpire. Dhawan on 99*

11.05pm
Is there a twist in the tale?

Carey hits a low full toss from Sam Curran but fails to clear the ropes as he departs for 4. FOW-159/5  

11.02pm

Was turning out to be a good over from Thakur as he kept Dhawan and Carey to the ones and twos in the first five deliveries of the over, before the southpaw got down on one knee and paddled a full toss for a boundary. DC-159/4 after 18 overs; need 21 from 12 balls

10.57pm

Curran back into attack. Dhawan however, puts Chennai under pressure with his impressive stroke play as he collects a four and a six off successive deliveries, with 11 coming from the over. DC-150/4 after 17 overs; need 30 more from 18 delivers

10.52pm

DC-139/4 after 16 overs; need more 41 from 24 balls

10.48pm
Stoinis falls for 24; Timeout taken

Rayudu makes up for the dropped chance earlier in the over as he safely pouches the ball near the midwicket region after Stoinis skies the ball off the fourth delivery of the 16th over. And it’s a timeout after the wicket FOW- 137/4

10.43pm

Dhawan and Stoinis continue to motor along without ever letting the asking rate get out of hand as 11 are added in Sharma’s third over of the day. DC-129/3 after 15 overs; need more 51 more from 30 balls

10.38pm

Dhoni sticks with Dwayne Bravo for now, hoping to get rid of the danger man in Shikhar Dhawan in the middle overs lest the Delhiite run away with the game in the company of Stoinis. DC-118/3 after 14 overs; need more 62 from 36 balls

10.33pm
100 comes up for DC; Costly over from CSK

Marcus Stoinis takes some off the pressure of Delhi with a six and a four off successive deliveries in this over as 13 runs are added to the team’s total in this over. DC need 71 off 42. DC-109/3 after 13 overs

10.29pm

Bravo starts off on a poor note as he fires an overpitched delivery which Iyer hits for a boundary. The Trinidadian all-rounder however, gets the breakthrough two balls later as Iyer holes out to Faf at long on to depart for a run-a-ball momentum. DC-96/3 after 12 overs

10.26pm
DC lose Iyer on 23

Bravo gets the breakthrough for CSK after getting hit for a boundary earlier in the over, as Iyer tries going big over long on, but doesn’t quite get the distance even in a ground as small as this one. Safe as houses from Faf near the boundary rope. FOW-94/3

10.23pm

Curran’s brought back into the attack, and Dhawan collects two boundaries to keep CSK on their toes. Nice comeback for the Englishman as he responds with a well-aimed delivery at the blockhole to Dhawan off the fifth. 12 off the over. DC-88/2 after 11 overs

10.17pm
We reach the halfway mark

DC-76/2 after 10 overs

10.15pm
Fifty for Dhawan

40th half-century for Shikhar Dhawan in IPL as well as his third this year as the left-hander brings up the milestone.

10.12pm

Karn Sharma’s off to a rough start after being introduced in the ninth over as he gets smacked for back-to-back boundaries by Dhawan.10 off the over. LBW shout against Iyer off the last delivery ignored by the umpire. DC-70/2 after 9 overs

10.08pm

A single off each delivery of his final over of the evening as Deepak Chahar signs off with outstanding figures of 2/18, including a wicket-maiden at the start of the innings. DC-60/2 after 8 overs

10.01pm
Strategic Timeout taken

Jadeja nearly gets Dhawan dismissed off consecutive deliveries after being brought into the attack in the seventh over. Instead, he ends up conceding consecutive boundaries! 13 from the over, as Delhi cross the fifty-run mark at the stroke of the first timeout of the innings. DC-54/2 after 7 overs

9.57pm

Iyer gets going in the 6th over, as Shardul Thakur continues. A six over long on. Dhawan cuts for four. Shardul Thakur unable to maintain the pressure Chahar has been exterting. DC 41/2 after 6 overs

9.53pm
Eventful over from Chahar

Another wicket for Deepak Chahar in the powerplay as Ajinkya Rahane holes out to Sam Curran, who plucks a fine catch standing square inside the circle on the off side. Captain Shreyas Iyer nearly departs early himself after a staggered run off the third delivery, surviving only thanks to a wide throw by Watson at the slips. Next, aig appeal by the bowler for lbw against Iyer off the final delivery which is turned down by the umpire. Three runs and a wicket.

9.46pm
Rahane departs for 8

Rahane’s poor run in IPL 2020 continues. He made a room himself, hit it hard but Sam Curran takes a great catch at point. Chahar gets another, Rahane departs for 8. FOW-26/2

9.43pm

Dhoni gives Curran a break and brings Shardul Thakur into the attack in an attempt to keep a check on Delhi’s scoring rate in the powerplay. Eight from the over, including a first boundary of the evening for Ajinkya Rahane. CSK-26/1 after 4 overs

9.39pm

Dhawan and Rahane keep collecting the 1s and 2s off every delivery barring the fifth, in which the southpaw hits the ball towards the boundary. CSK-18/1 after 3 overs; need more 162 from 17 overs

9.34pm

Sam Curran bowls from the other end. Dhawan, meanwhile, gets the team off the mark with a pull towards the midwicket fence for a four, which is followed by another hit to the fence two balls later. Eight from the over. DC-8/1 after 2 overs

9.30pm
Maiden-wicket

Exactly the start CSK needed. Chahar strikes in the first over to remove Shaw on duck. Rahane is the new man in. Chahar ends on it a strong note as neither batsman could get off the mark. DC-0/1 after 1 over

9.27pm
Shaw falls for duck

Another duck for Prithvi Shaw as he taps the ball back in the direction of the bowler to give Chahar the early breakthrough! Horrid start for the Delhi Capitals.

9.25pm
We are underway with DC’s chase

Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan are out to bat for Delhi Capitals. Deepak Chahar begins the attack for Chennai Super Kings.

9.10pm

Nortje bowls the 20th. Jadeja begins onslaught. Six down the ground. Rayudu stays not out on 45, Jadeja on 33. A quick cameo by Jadeja at the back end again helps CSK post a competetive total. DC need 180 to win. CSK-179/4 after 20 overs

9.05pm

Rabada into the penultimate over of the innings. Clocks 145.8 on the second ball and Jadeja can only pick up a single there. Rayudu pulls the third one towards square leg for a maximum. Jadeja smokes the last ball over deep mid wicket for a six.CSK-163/4 after 19 overs

8.58pm

Deshpande into his final over. Jadeja tucks the first one towards square leg for a single. Rayudu returns the favour off the next. Jadeja flicks the penultimate ball for a massive six towards the leg side. 13 runs off the over. CSK-147/4 after 18 overs

8.52pm

Nortje into his final over. Dhoni departs on the third one after edging the ball straight into the wicketkeeper’s gloves. Rayudu guides the final ball towards fine leg for boundary. 12 runs off the over. CSK-134/4 after 17 overs

8.50pm
Milestone for Rabada

8.49pm
Big wicket for DC!

Nortje strikes. Good comeback after being hit for a six from him. The ball took an edge and carried straight to the wicketkeeper. Dhoni has to depart.

8.48pm
Milestone for Rayudu

8.46pm

Stoinis comes into the attack. Beats MS Dhoni, the new man in, off the very first ball. Not much pace on offer but Stoinis has been spot on with his lengths in this over until the fifth ball, which Rayudu smoked over long on for a maximum. 10 runs off the over. CSK-122/3 after 16 overs

8.41pm

Rabada bowls his third over. Plessis goes towards long on in search of a boundary and Dhawan completes a fabulous diving catch off the fourth. A harsh no ball for Rabada off the fifth ball against Rayudu, it was a good bouncer rather. Seven runs and a wicket. CSK-112/3 after 15 overs

8.39pm
CSK lose Du Plessis; Big loss for the Yellow Army

Du Plessis departs finally! Plessis goes towards long on in search of a boundary and Dhawan completes a fabulous diving catch. Never easy diving forward. Finally, DC have sent Plessis back to the pavilion

8.36pm
100 comes up for CSK

Ashwin into his third over. Strays on the pads off the first ball and du Plessis nudges the ball towards backward square leg for a single. Rayudu sweeps the third one over square leg for a maximum. Four runs off the last two, courtesy two doubles. CSK-105/2 after 14 overs

8.31pm
Strategic Timeout

Axar returns. Both batsmen pick up a double off the first two balls. Dhawan drops du Plessis off the fourth delivery, how costly will that be? Four runs off the final three deliveries. This over fetches seven runs for CSK. CSK-94/2 after 13 overs

8.28pm
Excellent over from Nortje; two runs and a wicket

Nortje into the 12th over of the innings. Clocks 144.5 on the first but Watson picks up a single. Plessis fails to nudge the second ball for a single, before bringing up his 50 off the next ball with a single. Nortje rattles Watson’s stumps off the fourth ball. Rayudu, the new man in. CSK-87/2 after 12 overs

8.26pm
CSK lose Watson

Clean bowled. Fast and furious Nortje! Skidded on to the stumps and Shane Watson has to depart.

8.25pm
Fifty for Faf du Plessis

8.20pm
CSK accelerates; costly from Deshpande

Deshpande returns. Starts off with a full delivery to Plessis, who went over the covers for a six. Plessis then scoops the fourth one towards fine leg for a four. 14 runs off the over.  CSK-85/1 after 11 overs

8.19pm
Interesting milestone for Watson-Faf

The duo have now completed 300 runs in UAE.

8.18pm
Du Plessis begins onslaught!

Mid off was in the circle and Plessis just went over the fielder for six! Next, a pre mediated from du Plessis, he falls towards the off side, but scooped it over the fine leg fielder for a four.

8.16pm
We reach the halfway mark!

Ashwin is back and he gets smacked for two fours from the blade of Plessis, and one from Watson off the last ball. 15 runs off the over. CSK-71/1 after 10 overs

 

8.10pm

Axar continues after a Time Out. Watson uses his angle to get a four to fine leg. 50 partnership comes up, but it’s not been very quick going. CSK-56/1 after 9 overs

8.08pm
Faf du Plessis struggle, physio comes in

Faf du Plessis getting attended by the physio. He seems to be struggling after that collision with Kagiso Rabada. Hopefully he gets better soon.

8.04pm
Strategic Timeout taken

Ashwin called into the attack. Three of his first four deliveries were carrom balls, very wily customer is Ashwin. Beats du Plessis with another carrom ball off the fifth. Finally, du Plessis takes a single off the last. Just four runs off Ashwin’s first. CSK-47/1 after 8 overs

8.02pm

Axar Patel is back into the attack. Faf nudges the first ball towards sweeper cover for a single. Watson returns the favour off the next. Axar is keeping things tight here. CSK-43/1 after 7 overs

7.58pm
End of Powerplay

Chennai Super Kings mustered 39/1 in the powerplay. This totals is now the lowest powerplay score in Sharjah this season.

7.53pm

Nortje bowls the 5th. Du Plessis ramps his first ball for six over the keeper’s head. Nortje goes short and Du Plessis pulls. One bounce and over the ropes. Crunches another four through the covers to end the over.

7.48pm
Spin introduced

Axar Patel comes on. Both batsmen rotate strike off the first two deliveries. Mostly, bowling around 95 clicks and it’s holding in the surface. Good over from Axar, just the three off it CSK-15/1 after 4 overs

7.45pm

Deshpande returns. Watson plays a lovely straight drive off the fourth for a boundary. Then pulls the last ball towards towards mid wicket for another boundary. 10 runs off the over. CSK-12/1 after 3 overs

7.40pm
Maiden from Rabada

Rabada bowls from the other end. Starts off with two dots, both back of a length from the South African. He’s clicking 140’s with ease.  A yorker to end the over. A maiden over from Rabada. Superb stuff! CSK-2/1 after 2 overs 

7.36pm

Tushar Deshpande with the first over for DC. The pacer gets the first breakthrough for his side as Curran top edges the third and it goes straight to Nortje at third man. A double from du Plessis to end the over. Good start for DC, just three runs and a wicket in the over. CSK-2/1 after 1 over

7.33pm
Sam Curran departs for duck

Mistimed shot. The ball took the top edge of Sam Curran’s bat and went straight to Nortje, who completed a good catch at third man.

7.30pm
Aaand we are underway!

Here we go! Curran and Faf to open batting for CSK; Deshpande to start proceedings for DC

7.10pm
DC Playing XI

7.09pm
CSK Playing XI

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma

7:04 PM: CSK win toss, elect to bat

Dhoni: We’ll bat first. There’s nothing on the surface, no grass. Looks like a fresh wicket. I am happy with a lot of things. We didn’t commit a lot of errors in the last game. We need to continue doing that. You are always under pressure in IPL, I feel it’s a good thing to have. We have made a change. In place of Piyush Chawla, we have Kedar Jadhav.

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Delhi Capitals: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Alex Carey (wk), 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Tushar Deshpande, 11 Anrich Nortje

CSK is unlikely to change their XI

Chennai Super Kings: 1 Faf du Plessis, 2 Sam Curran, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Dwayne Bravo, 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Piyush Chawla, 10 Shardul Thakur, 11 Karn Sharma

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Prithvi Shaw smashed 64 off 43 balls to power the Capitals to 175 for 3. Kagiso Rabada then picked up 3 for 26 as the Capitals’ bowlers restricted the Super Kings to 131 for 7 to register a 44 run win.

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