In the 34th match of the 13th season of IPL, Delhi Capitals defeated Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets.
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni looked unhappy with the team’s fielding after losing to Delhi Capitals (DC) in the 34th match of the 13th season of IPL. He said that it was expensive to give up 3 catches of Shikhar Dhawan. At the same time, on the decision not to give the last over to Bravo, Dhoni said that Bravo was unfit, hence bowling the spinner Ravindra Jadeja. After missing three catches, Dhawan hit the first century of the IPL to win the match to Delhi.
Dropping catches are heavy: Dhoni
Dhoni said after the match, “Dhawan’s wicket was important for us. We missed some of his catches, which we had to bear the brunt of. Dhawan played a brilliant innings. If they are in rhythm then the scoreboards keep moving. Also maintain their strike rate. Dhawan batted very well and other batsmen also played well with him.
Deepak Chahar, Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu dropped Dhawan’s catches
The Chennai fielders missed Dhawan’s 3 catches. On the third ball of Jadeja’s 7th over, Deepak Chahar dropped the first catch. At that time Dhawan was batting with 27 runs. The second catch was dropped by wicketkeeper Dhoni on the last ball of Dwayne Bravo in the 10th over. At that time Dhawan’s score was 50 runs. At the same time, when Dhawan was on 79, Ambati Rayudu dropped a catch on the ball of Shardul Thakur in the 16th over.
Bravo was unfit, bowling to Jadeja: Dhoni
Delhi needed 17 runs to win in the last over. Dhoni surprised everyone by bowling Ravindra Jadeja in place of Dwayne Bravo in the final over. Dhoni told after the match that Bravo was not fit, so Jadeja was handed the ball. Dhoni said, ‘Apart from Bravo, I had two options, Sam Karan or Jadeja. I thought of giving the 19th to Sam and the 20th to Jadeja, which was not enough.
The ball was coming on the bat in the second inning: Dhoni
Dhoni said the wicket played better in the second innings. In the second inning, the ball was coming well on the bat. There was considerable dew on the field. There was difficulty in scoring runs in the middle over of the first inning, while in the second inning it was not so. If you score 10 runs in the first innings, then you have to save those 10 runs during bowling. This brings a lot of difference to the match.
Sam Karan bowled brilliantly: Dhoni
Asked what positive can be taken from this match, Dhoni said, “The way Sam Karan bowled in the 19th over was a great compliment. Sam was told that he had to throw wide yorkers. It was good to execute that plan very well. I think this match will bring them a lot of confidence. I think it is difficult for a wide yorker to play for any batsman.
This season, Delhi defeated Chennai for the second time. Delhi Capitals have reached the top of the points table after winning 7 out of 9 matches. Shikhar Dhawan scored the first century in the IPL while playing an innings of 101 runs.