IPL 2019: Match 50, CSK vs DC – Who Said What
CSK won their last league game much to the delight of the crowd.
Updated - May 2, 2019 11:14 am
The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) really played like the champion team against the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the top of the table clash. Their skipper, their Thala MS Dhoni returned to the team and they were a force to reckon again. Even their Chinna Thala Suresh Raina regained his lost touch and his knock changed the momentum early in the innings for the home team.
Raina smashed 59 off just 37 balls and CSK recovered from an extremely poor start. Faf du Plessis also batted well to not give away his wicket as the duo added 83 runs for the second wicket. After the second wicket fell, the finishing act began for the hosts. The finisher was in the house and he didn’t disappoint the jam-packed crowd. Ravindra Jadeja also got into the act as he smacked 25 off just 9 balls.
MS Dhoni farmed more strike in the last couple of overs to propel CSK to a mammoth total of 179 runs after 20 overs. Trent Boult was taken away for 21 runs in the last over and who else than Dhoni was the destructor.
Tahir and Jaddu all over DC
Prithvi Shaw’s poor run continued at the top of the order as he was snaffled by Deepak Chahar in the very first over. Shreyas Iyer though came out and played a blistering innings and at one stage, it felt as if he and Shikhar Dhawan will take the game away from the Men in Yellow.
But the CSK spinners came into the attack and it completely changed the game. Harbhajan Singh got the better of Dhawan and that triggered a sensational collapse. Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja literally ran through the opposition to share seven wickets between them for literally nothing. MS Dhoni’s exceptional stumping skills also came to the fore and there was no chance for the batsmen to leave the crease. Eventually, Delhi were bundled out for 99 runs to lose the game by a massive 80 runs.
Man of the Match and Chennai Super Kings skipper, MS Dhoni said:
They will stop eventually because they want to listen what I say (When the crowd were chanting ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’). I watch the ball and hit the ball. I think by 20th over you are almost ready and you swing at everything. It’s easier for somebody who has played 10 or 15 deliveries than somebody who has just come in bat. It was holding on a bit, it wasn’t coming on nicely.
I felt it was slightly difficult for Rayudu to hit. Rishabh helped me, he didn’t take his gloves off and that helped me a bit (to sneak in the bye). We knew there won’t be much dew on the field.
Once we started our innings of bowling, Bhajju pa didn’t get much turn initially. But as they kept losing wickets, it slowed down a bit and the spinners got more turn. I felt it was a good wicket, 170-180 was a par-plus score.
It’s great fun to watch him (Tahir) celebrate. We have made it very clear to him that me and Watson are never coming to him because more often that not, when he gets a wicket, he runs to the other side. With me and Watson, it’s quite difficult since we are not 100 percent fit. So, we just say very well done and go back to our positions. The good thing is he finishes the lap quickly and comes back to bowl.
It’s something that has come from tennis ball cricket (When asked about his lightning stumping). Still you need to do the basics right and then graduate to the next level. If you want to keep like that, you may commit a lot of mistakes. It’s important to stick to the basics. I don’t know (If asked he has the fastest hands in the game).
For me it’s a very good talking point for the next league game. It’s a bit of a demotion, I thought they will retain me. I will have to go and talk to the owners, ask if I will get retained or not. But I am not going to tell the trade secret.
I have always said it’s very special to get that kind of a nickname. It’s a big nickname that they have given me. It feels really special. I didn’t realize that it was part of the first CSK song. The way I got accepted and the whole of Tamil Nadu — don’t call my name, they call me ‘Thala’. It’s very nice and they have always supported us.
Delhi Capitals skipper, Shreyas Iyer said:
It is really going to effect us specially the run rate. The way we chased, it wasn’t expected from the batsmen but it is a good reality check for us. Good that it happened at this stage and everybody would be on their toes in the next game.
We won’t blame the abilities of our team but definitely we didn’t play smart cricket. It was an amazing start by the bowlers in the powerplay and should have curtailed them to under 170. Even with the way we started with the bat as well, we have had great starts which we couldn’t convert into big ones.
There are small things we have to look into and come back strong in the next game. I wouldn’t blame myself nor the team. The way he stumped me, it was lightning speed, I couldn’t control and with the way the ball spun, it was difficult to get back.
I was really looking good and thought I would be taking on the next few overs. It was an unfortunate wicket of mine. I never thought about that before (stumped for the first time in IPL).
We know what ability he (Rabada) has, especially in the death over. For sure we were missing him in this game. He had a stiff back and it is good that he took rest.
We are keeping that hope in our mind and definitely want to be in the top two. That will put us in a good situation. Looking forward to finish in the second position. RR game, at home, wouldn’t want to disappoint the fans.