IPL 2019: Match 5, DC vs CSK – Chennai Super Kings Player Ratings
Chennai Super Kings registered their second win of the season.
Updated - Mar 26, 2019 11:57 pm
The stage was all set at the Feroze Shah Kotla for the first home game of the season for the Delhi Capitals. DC hosted the Chennai Super Kings in what promised to be a thrilling clash. Both sides had won their previous matches in the season, and hence, it was all about striking consistency for the two teams. As the things panned out in the match, it was the old horse that prevailed when it came to consistency. It was a totally dominant performance as CSK managed to cruise through to register their second win of the season.
Going against the trend, the DC skipper Shreyas Iyer opted to bat first after winning the toss. Against his expectations, his side failed to get going despite a flurry of boundaries in the first few overs. Prithvi Shaw scored a quick 24 and Shreyas Iyer got a start too. But no batsman barring Shikhar Dhawan could hold their feet at the crease. Dhawan scored a fighting 51 off 47 balls as the DC innings rallied along him. Rishabh Pant contributed with 25 to his name as the Capitals finished with 147/6 in their stipulated 20 overs.
In the run chase, Shane Watson showed dominant form and so did Suresh Raina. The two veteran batters scored some quick runs to put CSK in a commanding position in the run chase. Their wickets did cause slight jitters but none too impactful to cause ripples in the dugout. Towards the end, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav eased past the target to help the Men in Yellow register their second win of the season.
Here are the CSK Player Ratings for the match:
Shane Watson – 8/10
After having missed out on scoring big in the previous game, Shane Watson got his act going in Delhi. The veteran all-rounder looked in sublime form with the bat as he struck 4 fours and 3 sixes during his stay at the crease. He scored 44 off 26 balls before being stumped on an Amit Mishra delivery in the 7th over of the match. Before getting dismissed, he certainly did his job.
Ambati Rayudu – 1/10
Ambati Rayudu had shown great adaptability in the first game of the season. He, however, missed out on scoring in this game. He was sent packing on 5 by Ishant Sharma in the third over of the run chase. Rayudu would hope to get back to his sublime form soon as the tournament progresses.
Suresh Raina – 7/10
Suresh Raina looked in fine form during his short stay at the crease. He came out with a positive intent and took the attack to the DC bowlers. Raina hit a brisk 30 off just 16 balls with 4 fours and a six to his name. He perished in his attempt to continue his rapid show. He is yet to be tested with the ball in the season.
Kedar Jadhav – 6/10
Kedar Jadhav played the perfect anchoring role in the run chase for CSK. He did not mind playing the second fiddle to Suresh Raina, and then later to MS Dhoni, in the run chase. He was unlucky to have perished in the final over of the match. He was dismissed on 27 that he scored on 34 balls.
MS Dhoni – 8/10
MS Dhoni was in his top gear with the keeping gloves. He looked very agile behind the stumps and showed some great glove work. With the bat, he batted a little too slowly for his liking. But managed to pick up the pace as the pressure started to mount in the end overs. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 32 off 35 deliveries with a couple of fours and a game-changing six.
Ravindra Jadeja – 8/10
Ravindra Jadeja continued his excellent bowling form in this match as well. The left arm spinner choked the run flow in the middle overs and did not let the DC batsmen dictate terms even for a brief while. In the four overs that he bowled, he scalped a wicket and conceded 23 runs. He cleaned up Keemo Paul with an absolute beauty in the match.
Dwayne Bravo – 8.5/10
Dwayne Bravo was the pick of the bowlers for the Super Kings. He picked up 3 wickets in the innings, and gave away just 33 runs. He picked up two key wickets in succession, that of Colin Ingram and Rishabh Pant, at a time when the Delhi Capitals were looking for a final flourish. He also accounted for the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan – the leading score for DC in the match. He also hit a four to finish the game for his side.
Deepak Chahar – 8/10
Deepak Chahar was very impressive with the ball in the match. Chahar, much like the previous game, completed his quota of overs at a single stretch. During the game, the CSK batting coach Mike Hussey revealed that this is the plan of the team to ensure that Chahar makes the most out of the new ball. Chahar dismissed Prithvi Shaw in the match. He wrapped up with figures of 1/20 in his 4 overs.
Shardul Thakur – 3/10
Shardul Thakur had very little to do in the first game of the season for CSK. In this particular game, he got his first opportunity to bowl and that too, in the powerplay. The Mumbai-lad failed to make a mark though. He was taken away for 19 runs in the two overs that he bowled and failed to pick up any wicket.
Harbhajan Singh – 5/10
Unlike the previous game, Harbhajan Singh did not open the bowling for Chennai. He came in as a first change bowler, albeit in the powerplay itself. The Man of the Match of CSK’s previous game, Harbhajan, failed to pick up a wicket on a spin-friendly Delhi track. He finished with figures of 0/30 in his quota of 4 overs.
Imran Tahir – 6/10
Imran Tahir did not get an opportunity to bowl his complete quota of overs in the match. Tahir bowled just a couple of overs and managed to contribute well for his side. He was taken away for 20 runs, but the leggie bagged the key wicket of Shreyas Iyer at a crucial point of the game.