IPL 2019: Deepak Chahar teases Shikhar Dhawan with Mankading attempt

It was another possible Mankad controversy that was averted.

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Shikhar Dhawan could have become the second player this season to be out via Mankad when his side Delhi Capitals were taking on Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifier. Earlier this season, Ravichandran Ashwin had caused a furore by Mankading Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler in the very first week of IPL 2019. Dhawan could have suffered a similar fate but CSK pacer Deepak Chahar decided against it.

The incident had happened in the very first over of the match in Vizag on Friday. After MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bowl first, Chahar started the proceedings with the ball. With Prithvi Shaw on strike and the right-arm pacer was in his delivery stride, not many anticipated anything dramatic or unusual. However, Chahar pulled out of the delivery at the very last moment while Dhawan, who was at the non-striker’s end, had indeed left his crease.


Watching what Chahar intended to do, Dhawan was quick to get inside his crease. The bowler then looked at the opener with a wry smile on his face before telling the batsman he could have Mankaded him. But it was all in good stead as the Super Kings star was in no mood to start the game on an infamous note. Chahar and Super Kings, nonetheless, did not suffer at all for not Mankading Dhawan as they beat Delhi Capitals by six wickets to enter their 8th final in the IPL.

It did look like the left-hander was getting off to an ominous start crunching the boundaries in the powerplay, however, Harbhajan Singh got his team the big wicket when Dhawan was on 18.

Chennai Super Kings to lock horns with Mumbai Indians in the final:

Chennai Super Kings, meanwhile, will take on their bogey team Mumbai Indians in the IPL final. Chennai have traditionally struggled against Mumbai and the ongoing season is not an exception either. MI and CSK have played three games this year and the former have won each one of them including the second qualifier. Rohit Sharma’s side was the first team this season to beat MS Dhoni’s men before becoming the first team and also the only team to win against Chennai in Chennai.

History is also in Mumbai’s favour. They have won three of the four IPL finals they have played including two against Super Kings. On the other hand, CSK have won three of the seven IPL finals they have played.

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