IPL 2019

IPL 2019: Qualifier 2 – CSK Make it to 8th Final, DC Knocked Out

IPL 2019: Qualifier 2 - CSK Make it to 8th Final, DC Knocked Out
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The second qualifier- Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Delhi Capitals (DC) – yielded an easy win for Dhoni’s men as they made their way to their 8th IPL final.

Match Report

Chennai Super Kings put in Delhi Capitals to bat first after winning the toss at Visakhapatnam. Iyer XI failed to get a good start as wickets tumbled all along as they posted a meager target of 148 which proved to be a walk in the park for CSK. Here’s how it went down.

1st Innings: Chennai Bowlers on Top All Along

MS Dhoni’s faith in Deepak Chahar has done wonders for him, the bowler and the team equally. He was once again brilliant tonight as he removed Prithvi Shaw, the last match’s hero, in his second over.

Then came the senior pros, Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja who both took two wickets each to make sure that Delhi batters didn’t feel at home at any stage of the game.

Pant the Only Shining Star in Gloom

The only batsman who looked like playing with ease was Rishabh Pant. He made 38 from 25 balls as no batsman around him stuck long enough to post a solid total. The only other batsman to cross 20 was Colin Munro who scored 27 from 24 balls as DC managed to post 147/9 in 20 overs.

2nd Innings: Watson, du Plessis Smash Fifties

Chasing 148, Chennai openers started things off in style. They added 81 in a little over 10 overs when the South African was removed by Trent Boult. He raised his fifty 38 balls, only to depart a ball later.

Watson, the IPL final’s hero last year, has once again proved his big match temperament by scoring a half-century in a crucial match. He also made 50 from 32 balls. The two fifties nothing but sealed the deal for CSK.

Dhoni Doesn’t Finish the Game

MS Dhoni has made a name for finishing big games with some big shots. However, it was not to be tonight as Ishant Sharma sent him back to the pavilion when CSK needed only a couple of runs to get over the line.

It was an easy win at the end for Chennai as Ambati Rayudu hit the winning runs for the defending champions.

Moment of the Match

The opening partnership of 81 for CSK made sure they got over the line with ease.

Man of the Match

Faf du Plessis won the man of the match award.

Up Next

Next up is the grand finale between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on 12th May.

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