The Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC) suffered a massive 80-run defeat at the hands of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday. The home team reached an imposing first innings total on the back of Suresh Raina’s excellent half-century knock and some great finishing touch by the Dhoni-Jadeja combo. While in the second innings, the CSK spin pair of Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja displayed sensational combined efforts to bowl out the visitors for a paltry total and in turn steer their team to a remarkable win.
It wasn’t expected from the batsmen
While chasing a stiff target of 180 runs on a turning track, DC got off to a poor start with their opener Prithvi Shaw being sent back to the pavilion in the very first over of the innings. The pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer then compiled a vital partnership of 48 runs to steady the Delhi innings.
But then Harbhajan Singh bowled a beautiful delivery to dismiss Dhawan in the final over of the powerplay which in turn triggered a vital batting collapse. After Dhawan’s dismissal, the DC middle-order strangely crumbled like a pack of cards, leaving the side amidst deep troubles at 85 for 8, before eventually getting bowled out for 99.
“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,” said Shreyas Iyer during the post-match press conference.
“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,” he added.
It was lightning speed
Towards the fag end of the first innings, the duo of MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja carved the Delhi bowlers spectacularly well and in almost all parts of ground to help CSK post an imposing total of 179 runs on the board. Dhoni contributed with a splendid unbeaten cameo of 44 runs off just 22 balls. In the second innings, Dhoni affected two brilliant stumpings in dismissing the likes of Chris Morris and Shreyas Iyer.
“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,” Iyer concluded.