Chennai Super Kings (CSK) played against Delhi Capitals (DC) today in the 7th match of the IPL2020. Delhi Capitals is known to have good bowling attacks in the competition. CSK were seen struggling in the 10th over with 47 runs for 3 wickets. Their match-winner, Ambati Rayadu, was out due to a hamstring injury. He was responsible for winning the match against the Mumbai Indians.
The line-up of the Super kings was no challenge for the bowlers of the Capital. Axar Patel managed to bowl tight lines and took out the top-order muscle of the CSK, Shane Watson, Kagiso Rabada, and Anrich Nortje. To add to the downfall, the team management did not promote Sam Curran up the order.
A batting line-up that was planned out in a better manner could have put the required pressure on the bowling of the Delhi Capitals.
Early Momentum for Capitals by Shaw:
Shikhar Dhawan and Shaw are similar batsmen; the only difference being is that they are right-left pairs. Both of them score a lot of runs square on the offside, relish width, and are not fluent when the bowling is at their body. The Super Kings bowled pace through the PowerPlay and managed to cramp Dhawan.
Shaw made 27 off 23 balls in the PowerPlay and Dhawan managed 7 runs off 13 balls. There was a possibility of getting Shaw out early if the CSK had appealed for the inside-edge to the keeper off bowling by Deepak Chahar.
Second Half was Subdued:
In the second half of his spell, Chawla came back and pegged the Capitals with the wickets of both the openers.
In the 13th over the score were 103 for 2 and the Capitals still called the shots. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant were at the crease and Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis were yet to come. The tight bowling of the Super kings could keep them in check.
In the final over, the Capitals managed to hit 14 runs.
Watson managed to survive the first over of Axar, who came specifically to target him. He also launched Avesh Khan for a six but could not survive the second over of Axar.
The second wicket of the Super kings was taken in the last ball of the PowerPlay. Vijay failed to make a connection against a hard-length ball from Nortje. This led to a ‘catch’ in mid-wicket.
At this point, the equation was 142 from 14 over’s. This could be achieved. Soon the chances of victory for the Super kings seem to fade as there were no boundaries in the next 5.2 overs. This was due to a lack of any urgency, decent bowling along with an inability to pull off any big hits when they tried.
Soon the innings of the Super Kings started resembling an open net session. The fourth-wicket stand of 54 runs between Kedar Jadhav and Faf du Plessis served only to fill the time that remained till the over’s ran out.