Chennai Tremendous Kings mechanically qualify for Friday’s IPL ultimate after overcoming Delhi Capitals by 4 wickets; Delhi should now tackle the winner of Monday’s Eliminator between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders, stay on Sky Sports activities Cricket from 2.50pm
By Ben Kosky
Final Up to date: 10/10/21 7:29pm
Veteran Chennai Tremendous Kings skipper MS Dhoni saved his nerve to steer his facet into one other IPL ultimate as they beat Delhi Capitals by 4 wickets of their play-off conflict in Dubai.
CSK – who mechanically qualify for Friday’s ultimate, the ninth time they’ve reached the match showpiece – wanted 13 off the ultimate over from Tom Curran to overhaul the Capitals’ complete of 172-5.
They misplaced Moeen Ali to the primary ball of that over, however 40-year-old Dhoni drew on all his expertise to hit Curran for 3 boundaries and seal the Tremendous Kings’ victory with two deliveries to spare.
Which means Delhi, who had been runners-up of their maiden ultimate final season, should defeat the winners of Monday’s Eliminator between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders to arrange a rematch towards CSK.
Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw (60 from 34 balls) set off in swashbuckling fashion after Dhoni put his facet in to bat, thrashing Deepak Chahar for 4 boundaries in an over and pummelling Shardul Thakur’s first supply over midwicket for six.
Thakur nearly received his man on 42, tempting him to nibble at a slower one exterior off stump, however the diving Dhoni was unable to carry on and Shaw superior to his half-century from 27 balls.
Nonetheless, intelligent bowling by Josh Hazlewood (2-29), who despatched down three overs within the powerplay, accounted for Shikhar Dhawan (7) and Shreyas Iyer (1) and paved the best way for spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen to use the brakes.
Moeen (1-27) had Axar Patel – promoted up the order to 4 – caught at lengthy on and, when Jadeja (1-23) persuaded Shaw to drive him into the fingers of the tumbling Faf du Plessis on the boundary, the Capitals had been stumbling at 80-4.
Shimron Hetmyer and Rishabh Pant set in regards to the rebuilding job, with the Delhi captain starting slowly earlier than discovering his acquainted, extra explosive kind as he dispatched Thakur for a one-handed six again over his head.
The pair added 83 from 50 balls earlier than Hetmyer (37 from 24) finally holed out off Dwayne Bravo, however Pant (51 not out from 35) remained on the crease as Delhi plundered 57 from the final 5 overs.
Anrich Nortje gave the Capitals an ideal begin by eradicating Du Plessis (1) as he castled his fellow South African with the fourth ball of the innings, however Robin Uthappa proved a greater than succesful substitute as he and Ruturaj Gaikwad shared a partnership of 110 from 77.
Initially choosing placement over energy, Uthappa (63 from 44) saved the scoreboard shifting earlier than launching a brutal assault towards Avesh Khan, bludgeoning two sixes and two fours from the seamer’s second over.
The in-form Gaikwad needed to take a again seat as his associate raced to a half-century from 35 balls, however he then made amends by slamming Axar for six and 4 in successive deliveries and the Tremendous Kings gave the impression to be cruising at 113-1.
But Curran (3-29) offered some management for the Capitals and when he struck twice within the area of 4 balls, with Iyer taking each catches earlier than operating out Ambati Rayudu with one other excellent piece of fielding, momentum appeared to have shifted.
Gaikwad (70 from 50) holed out within the penultimate over, adopted by Moeen (16), however that set the stage for the CSK captain, who slammed an unbeaten 18 from simply six balls to seal a dramatic victory.
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