Comeback Man Rishabh Pant, David Warner Lead Delhi Capitals To 20-Run Win Over Chennai Super Kings; MS Dhoni’s Knock In Vain


Returning player Rishabh Pant followed David Warner's good innings of 52 runs with a much-awaited half-century as Delhi Capitals registered an impressive 20-run win over Chennai Super Kings, with veteran MS Dhoni's old innings on the line in their IPL match. It wasn't enough to get through. In Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Facing a tough target of 192, the Super Kings tried to reduce it through Ajinkya Rahane (45), Dhoni (37 not out) and Daryl Mitchell (34), but the Capitals had too many guns for them on the night. Kept. CSK's score was 171 runs for six wickets.

In the first session, Warner and Prithvi Shaw (43) overcame a slow start to put on a 93-run partnership for the first wicket, after which Pant's 51 off 32 balls took DC to a competitive score of 191 for 5. Gave.

Pant, who came into the tournament after recovering from a near-fatal road accident in December 2022, hit four fours and three sixes for his first half-century in 15 months.

Left-arm fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed (2/21) set the stage for DC's defense with his twin strikes in the power play, which was followed by fast bowler Mukesh Kumar (3/21).

While Ruturaj Gaikwad (1)'s troubles against the left-arm fast bowlers continued as he was dismissed by a brilliant inswinger, a frustrated Rachin Ravindra (2) was out to Tristan Stubbs after 12 balls, giving CSK was reduced to 32 runs for 2 wickets in six. Over.

Rahane and Mitchell provided some stability with a 68-run partnership, which included 17 off Rasikh Salam's second over with DC's influence, but left-arm spinner Axar Patel dismissed the New Zealander to break the alliance. Gave.

After this, Mukesh, who came to bowl after the 13th over, dismissed Rahane and Sameer Rizvi (0) twice in two balls, due to which CSK's score became 102 runs for 5 wickets in the 14th over.

Shivam Dubey (18) was next as Mukesh continued to bowl outside off and varied the pace as the batsman eventually sent one straight to long-off.

When CSK needed 58 runs from 18 balls, Dhoni came out to bat for the first time this season amid chants of “Dhoni-Dhoni” and gave some delightful shots to his fans.

The former CSK captain hit two fours in the first three balls and Ahmed hit a sitter on the second ball.

After this, Dhoni hit a six over the extra cover on Ahmed's ball, due to which Ahmed got 12 runs with three wides. But Mukesh shattered CSK's dream by giving away just 5 runs in the 19th over, forcing them to score an impossible 41 runs in the last over.

However, Dhoni, who turned back the clock, gave his fans a chance to cheer by hitting a four and a six on the first two balls, followed by another four and a six on the last ball, taking CSK to 20. .

But Dhoni's storm came a little late.

Earlier, the in-form Warner hit five fours and three sixes during his innings of 52 runs in 35 balls, while Shaw, playing his first game this season, hit two sixes and four fours in his innings of 43 runs in 27 balls. .

However, Pathirana took a sensational catch to dismiss Warner and then struck twice in three balls to bring CSK back into the game.

But Pant, who had been in great form in his last two innings, took time to settle down and then burst on in the final overs to take the team closer to the total of 200.

DC got off to a cautious start as they were cruising at a run-a-ball rate in the first four overs.

Warner then singled out Deepak Chahar for special treatment, depositing him into the stands twice on the leg side. He also hit two fours on the off side to score 18 runs in the fifth over.

Mustafizur Rahman was then clean bowled with three consecutive fours off Shaw as DC posted their highest powerplay score of this IPL, 62/0.

Pathirana's brilliance was required to send Warner back as the Sri Lankan dived to his right and snatched the ball out of the air, leaving the Australians stunned as Mustafizur drew first blood.

Shaw hit another six to take DC past 100, but was dismissed by Jadeja on the very next ball, giving the ball a lead, while Dhoni did the rest for his 300th dismissal – the most for anyone in T20. Highest by a keeper.

After both the openers were out, the scoring rate dropped as skipper Pant struggled to find the initial pace.

Pathirana then stormed to 150 kmph to uproot Mitchell Marsh's mid-stump and then rattled the stumps with an in-swinging yorker, reducing DC to 4 for 15 in 15 overs. 134 runs are done.

After this, Pant moved forward and hit a four and a six off Mustafizur and then in the 19th over he hit a six and two fours off Pathirana, resulting in 43 runs in the last three overs.

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