IPL 2019: Qualifier 2, CSK vs DC, Review – Super Kings enter the final from 'around the wicket'

IPL 2019: Qualifier 2, CSK vs DC, Review – Super Kings enter the final from ‘around the wicket’

The Chennai Super Kings have not missed a final whenever the entire tournament was played in India.

Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The stage is all set for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) – Mumbai Indians (MI) final. The arch-rivals will be up against each other another time this season as CSK managed to enter the decisive game from ‘around the wicket’. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis laid a wonderful platform for the ‘Men in Yellow’ in this high-intensity chase to set it up in their favour.

Earlier in the game, the CSK bowlers were excellent to start with. They managed to pick up regular wickets and restrict the opposition to a below-par total. This will be the 8th final that CSK will be playing in the IPL. The team has never missed out on a final thus far when the entire tournament has been played in India. With this loss, the Delhi Capitals make a sad exit from the tournament and miss out on playing the final for the first time.

Ishant Sharma, of all the batsmen, makes the headlines

Despite the Delhi Capitals losing the toss, both the captains got exactly what they wanted and hence, the toss didn’t make much of a difference. However, they were hit by two massive blows right within the powerplay. Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan were dismissed within the first six overs for 5 and 18 runs respectively. The spinners, Deepak Chahar and DJ Bravo kept CSK in the hunt and pegged in with regular wickets. Colin Munro, after being promoted to bat at three, could only score 27 runs from 24 balls.

Shreyas Iyer also found it tough and crawled to an 18-ball 13. The team lost Rishabh Pant in the 19th over when the score was 125/8. While it didn’t seem as if they’d cross 135 runs, the last 8 balls cost CSK a lot. 6 runs came off the final two balls of 19th over. In the 20th over bowled by Ravindra Jadeja, he conceded a six off the second ball and dismissed Trent Boult on the third.

Ishant Sharma, though, was in a different mood. He played a dot off the first ball. On the next two, he charged onto the front foot and hit a four and a six to register his highest score in the IPL. This was the first six he hit in the IPL and this helped DC get to 147/9 in 20 overs.

The openers lay a wonderful platform for CSK

Like they usually do, CSK openers got off to a slow and potential terrible start in the chase. In the first four overs, they only scored 16 runs leading to a slight bit of pressure. But Faf du Plessis played a gem of a knock after this. He took the onus upon himself and hit the big shots easing the pressure of Shane Watson.

The Australian had the cushion of taking his time in the middle because of his partner. Du Plessis scored 50 runs from 37 balls out of the first 73 runs in the innings. Though, the Proteas cricketer couldn’t go on to make it big and got out as soon as he got to his half-century.

Shane Watson then switched gears and turned on the beast mode. He scored 23 runs in the 12th over bowled by Keemo Paul to get to his fifty in just 31 balls. The Guyana cricketer ended up conceding 41 runs in the first two overs that he bowled. But Watson too, just like his opening partner, got out as soon as he got to fifty. CSK lost Suresh Raina for 11 and MS Dhoni for 9. The skipper tried to hit the winning six when the team was two runs shy but failed. However, Ambati Rayudu and DJ Bravo were good enough to complete the chase for CSK.

Brief Scores:

DC: 147/9 in 20 overs (Rishabh Pant 38, Colin Munro 24, DJ Bravo 2/19)

CSK: 151/4 in 19 overs (Shane Watson 50, Faf du Plessis 50, Trent Boult 1/20)

Result: Chennai Super Kings won the match by 6 wickets.

Man of the Match: Faf du Plessis

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