The Delhi Capitals are very much in the race to enter the playoffs in this IPL whereas the Chennai Super Kings are almost out of the tournament with very little chance to make it to the playoffs. However, a game involving the CSK is always interesting and the fans of MS Dhoni never get tired of watching him. The sublime form of David Warner and Rovman Powell are Delhi's assets while the CSK relies more on the batting of Conway and the all-round performance of Moeen Ali.
Delhi Capitals locked horns with the Chennai Super Kings for the first time in this series and Sunday's match was hosted by DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai. Delhi won the toss and bowled first. Remarkably, both the openers of CSK had put up a splendid show. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway added a humongous 110 runs for the first wicket with Ruturaj getting out for a 41. Conway continued his great form with the bat and scored 87 runs, smashing 7 fours and 5 sixes. Interestingly, it was Conway's third consecutive fifty.
The talented New Zealander has been making the team think that why it has missed him during the initial phase of the series when CSK's batting line-up was suffering. After Conway's brilliant show, Shivam Dube came to the crease and he did put up a good show with Conway as he scored 32 runs from 19 balls. The CSK lost some quick wickets towards the end but the strong foundation laid by their top-order batsmen took them to a mammoth score of 208 runs in their 20 overs for the loss of 6 wickets.
Dhoni has played a quickfire and scored 21 runs off eight balls with one four and two sixes. In the run to chase 209, the Delhi Capitals started losing wickets right from the beginning at regular intervals. When Warner and Srikar Bharat were dismissed, Pant and Mitchell Marsh showed some promise scoring more than 20 runs each. Once they were dismissed, the Delhi team fell like a pack of cards.
None of them could provide any hope at all. Moeen Ali was the star with the bat and ball for the CSK picking up three wickets. Eventually, the Capitals had ended their chase by scoring 117 runs and losing all the wickets. It was kind of a must-win game for Delhi and they lost this one by 91 runs. Through this stupendous comeback, CSK had a respite that it has advanced one step ahead in the points table. By recording its fourth victory, CSK now stands in the eighth place with eight points, equaling its tally with Kolkata Knight Riders.
For his wonderful batting that took the team to a big score, Devon Conway was conferred with the Man of the Match award. With this win, CSK has added one more biggest victory to its store. Dhoni divulged that he wanted to win the toss and said that it was a perfect game. Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, the CSK skipper said, "It really helps. It would have been better if we would have had a win like this somewhere early. It was a perfect game. The batters did really well. It was a toss where we wanted to win and field first, but in the heart, I was fine to lose the toss."
"The ball stops and comes, and it behaves only after 13-14 overs. Everybody contributed a bit. Runs on the board really help, and it was important to restrict their big-hitters. Both Simarjeet and Mukesh have taken time to mature. They have the capability, the more they play, the better they will get a game sense. It is ultimately about reading which is a good delivery to bowl and which is a delivery to not bowl. In T20 cricket, it is all about knowing which delivery not to bowl", he added.
Dhoni further said, "Thinking of the NRR (Net Run Rate) doesn't help. You just want to enjoy the IPL. When two other teams are playing, you don't want to be under pressure and thinking. You just have to think about what to do in the next game. If we make the playoffs, great. But even if we don't, it's not the end of the world." CSK has three more matches in its store and the fans can expect a spectacular finishing, though the defending champion will less likely enter the playoffs. Chennai will be taking on Mumbai on Thursday- May 12 at Wankhede Stadium.