Twitter Reactions: Experienced CSK trump Delhi Capitals for the third time to set up finals date with MI
Watson and Du Plessis slammed half-centuries in the chase after CSK spinners choked the Capitals.
Published - May 10, 2019 11:08 pm | Updated - May 10, 2019 11:11 pm
When it comes down to clinching the must-win situations, experience always wins. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) kept faith on the same set of batsmen for the whole season and that paid dividends in the second qualifier against the Delhi Capitals. Two of their senior players, Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson, slammed half-centuries to kill the chase early after a slow start.
Chasing a tricky total of 148, the Africa-Australian combo almost ran each other out in the first over itself. But a brain fade from the opposition made sure that nobody got out. While Watson struggled in the powerplay, his partner held the fort to take the team’s total past the 50-run mark. Du Plessis continued to manoeuvre the ball then even as Watto found his groove.
The duo started toying with the bowlers and added 81 runs for the first wicket in 62 balls. The partnership was broken Trent Boult after Du Plessis mishit a short ball to the deep mid-wicket fielder on 50. Watson took control of the chase then to smash Keemo Paul 25 runs in a single over and this is where the result became a foregone conclusion.
The shoulders also dropped for the Capitals and despite Watson getting out exactly on 50, CSK were always on the way to seal a victory and they did it easily with six wickets in hand.
CSK spinners choke DC
Earlier, the Capitals didn’t get off a good start with Prithvi Shaw’s poor run against CSK continuing. Deepak Chahar got the better of him for the third time in a row. Even Shikhar Dhawan was sent back soon by Harbhajan Singh after the southpaw looked good for a brief while. Colin Munro came out to bat at number three and the move seemed to have worked when he played some attractive strokes.
But Ravindra Jadeja trapped him as the Kiwi batsman holed out in the deep. When it spins, MS Dhoni is the king of the jungle and the same happened in Vizag. He was in complete control of the proceedings as the Capitals kept on losing wickets. Rishabh Pant kept his cool all this while and played some streaky strokes. He batted with maturity and looked to take the game deep much like Dhoni does.
However, he got out in the penultimate over and this is where DC ended up a few runs short. Though Pant scored 38 off 25 balls which was a decent effort and most importantly, he didn’t throw his wicket away. Trent Boult and Ishant Sharma enterprisingly eked out 16 runs in the final over as the Capitals posted 147 runs on the board after 20 overs.
Unfortunately for them, CSK’s openers killed the contest in the first half of the chase itself and the Delhi franchise continue to wait to feature in their first IPL final.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Delhi Capitals will be disappointed, but in many ways, they’ve been the headline makers this season. Most exciting team on view even if a tad mercurial.
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 10, 2019
Very well played Delhi Capitals. Need more such strong shows to make the tournament competitive. You were satisfying this year. ♥ #IPL
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) May 10, 2019
Feeling bad we couldn’t see Keemo Paul defend one run off the 20th over.#CSKvDC
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) May 10, 2019
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 10, 2019
For the third consecutive season, we will have a final between two sides who will be meeting for the 4th time, with a 3-0 record before that.
IPL 2017: RPS 3-0 MI (MI won final)
IPL 2018: CSK 3-0 SRH (CSK won final)
IPL 2019: MI 3-0 CSK (final?)
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) May 10, 2019
You have to hand it to #CSK. This team could so easily have been all wrong. Virtually every player had an issue, either form or age or a situation in their career. But they are like a movie. It doesn't matter where they come from. In yellow, they are fine. #CSKAlwayFindAWay
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 10, 2019
CSK become the second team to win 100-plus IPL matches after Mumbai Indians.
This will be their 8th IPL final out of 10 seasons.#CSKvDC
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) May 10, 2019
Chennai Super Kings reach their 8th IPL final (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2019)
MS Dhoni will be playing his 9th IPL final (was part of 2017 final for RPSG)
MI-CSK to meet in 4th IPL final (CSK won in 2010,MI won in 2013 & 2015)#CSKvDC #Qualifier2 @ChennaiIPL
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) May 10, 2019
A #CSK #MI #IPL final for the 4th time!
1. #CSK won by 22 runs at MumbaiDYP in 2010
2. #MI won by 23 runs at Kolkata in 2013
3. #MI won by 41 runs at Kolkata in 2015#CSK in IPL final – 8th time#MI in IPL final – 5th time
Both won title – 3 times!#CSKvDC#DCvCSK#IPL2019
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 10, 2019
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) May 10, 2019
So #CSK decides to go around the wicket, Chennai – Vizag – Hyderabad instead of a direct route. Mumbaiiii we are coming at you !!!
— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) May 10, 2019
I think #DelhiCapitals should be disappointed, they never adapted their game to slow decks despite playing so many games. But they have a lot of time to work and get better. Can't complain about the decks, you have to adapt. Plenty of promise really, build on this well.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) May 10, 2019
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) May 10, 2019
Excellent and clinical from @ChennaiIPL tonight. That bowling group is awesome. Got to back experience most times in knockout matches. @DelhiCapitals are a team on the up. We will have a 4 time VivoIpl Champion in 2019. Can’t wait for Sunday.
— ian bishop (@irbishi) May 10, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 10, 2019