Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) marched into their eight Indian Premier League (IPL) final with a clinical 6-wicket victory over the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Qualifier 2 on Friday in Visakhapatnam. The CSK bowlers displayed sensational combined efforts to limit the Delhi batsmen, however, they still somehow managed to put forward a respectable first innings total on the board.
While in the second innings, the two CSK openers, Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson, struck sublime form and stole the show with remarkable knocks, which brought the CSK team towards the victory doorsteps. Then Ambati Rayudu finished off the formalities to power CSK to their eighth IPL finals.
After the match, CSK skipper MS Dhoni mentioned that their aim was to keep taking wickets on regular basis. He revealed that the credit of this victory should go in the favour of the bowlers. Dhoni stated that the captain cannot do much in teaching and it is the bowlers who have to do the final job, which is what they did last night.
“The crucial part was to keep getting wickets. The credit needs to go to the bowlers. The captain only asks this is what I need. Then it’s up to them to figure out how to bowl, and they have to put in the hard yards,” MS Dhoni was quoted as saying during the post-match presentation ceremony.
The CSK bowlers have been very much upto the mark in this season and this is the main reason the team’s success. However, yesterday the two openers, Shane Watson (50) and Faf du Plessis (50) also dished out standout performances, however, they failed to finish off the proceedings. Dhoni stated that he would have liked if the openers had finished off the game as the required run-rate was not at all demanding big shots, which both Faf and Watson attempted to play and got dismissed after reaching to their fifties.
“Thanks to the bowling department for where we are this season. I would have preferred it if the openers finished it off. Once they got the required rate below 6 an over, there was no reason to play big shots and get out. They did the hard yards,” he added.
The response from the team was brilliant
Dhoni further heaped praises on his CSK team for their efforts in this massive encounter. “It’s the usual route, last year was the exception. The kind of response from the boys today was brilliant. The way we batted to get 140-plus runs was very nice. The spinners got some turn, and we kept getting wickets at the right time,” Dhoni concluded.