IPL 2024: Delhi Capitals survive MS Dhoni cameo to beat Chennai Super Kings | Cricket News

Mar31,2024



Leading from the front, Rishabh Pant After finally recovering from a horrific car accident, he made a brilliant comeback and scored his first IPL half-century since the incident as Delhi Capitals secured a 20-run win over Chennai Super Kings in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
DC vs CSK, as it happened

Captain Pant's 32-ball 51 and left-handed batsman David Warner's strong 52-run knock took Delhi to a total of 191-5, which was their temporary home ground due to the impending general elections in the country.

Despite being in the heart of Chennai, the crowd largely stood behind their beloved MS Dhoni and chanted his name fervently. Dhoni, in turn, scored an unbeaten 37 runs off just 16 balls, which included four fours and three sixes.
But Delhi bowlers maintained their composure and restricted Chennai to 171 runs for 6 wickets, giving their team their first win of the season and stopping Chennai's two-match winning streak.
Khaleel Ahmed impressed with figures of 2-21, while Mukesh Kumar (3-21) took three important wickets in Chennai's chase.

Earlier, Warner and Prithvi Shaw laid a solid foundation for Delhi with an opening partnership of 93 runs before Chennai's bowlers struggled, including an impressive two-wicket haul from Mathisha Pathirana.
Another highlight of the match was Pathirana's remarkable one-handed catch behind the stumps to dismiss Warner, who attempted a reverse scoop.
Pant's return to the T20 tournament after a gap of 14 months took him some time to find his rhythm initially, scoring 18 and 28 in his last two innings in the tournament.

He made his innings look easy in the beginning, but in the latter part, he stepped up and hit Pathirana with consecutive fours and a six in three consecutive balls. However, the bowler counterattacked on the fourth ball.
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Pathirana, who is often compared to Lasith Malinga due to his slinging action and lethal yorkers reminiscent of the Sri Lankan fast bowler, finished with figures of 3-31.
Pant walked off the field to a standing ovation, scoring his first IPL half-century since 2021 and a significant milestone after a horrific car accident in December 2022.

After suffering multiple injuries in the accident, in which his car collided with a crash barrier, overturned and caught fire, Pant had to undergo extensive treatment and surgery, followed by a lengthy rehabilitation period.
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Under the baton handed over to Ruturaj Gaikwad under the leadership of veteran Dhoni at the start of the season, Chennai faltered early on and lost two wickets in quick succession, including that of Rachin Ravindra for just two runs.
Although Ajinkya Rahane (45) and Daryl Mitchell (34) put on a 68-run partnership to set up the chase, their dismissals resulted in an increase in the required run-rate, giving Delhi control.
(With PTI inputs)



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