Delhi Capitals defeated Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets in the second match of the Indian Premier League 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium. The hero for the home side were Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw who showed a brilliant batting display against a dismal Chennai side. After the last ball thriller of first match, the second match was a one sided affair as the opening duo of Delhi smashed the bowlers to all parts of the ground.
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw provided a great start to the chase as they added 65 runs in the powerplay with Shaw especially displaying some excellent shots. Post the powerplay, the duo kept the scoreboard ticking as Chennai failed to convert half chances into wickets. The tapir got to their half-centuries in the space of three balls as the bowlers looked toothless.
The batsman didn’t let the fielding side off the hook for even once. Shaw eventually fell in the 14th over but by then the batting side were far ahead in the match. Dhawan continued the assault and missed a well deserved century by 15 runs. The wickets were only a consolation for Dhoni’s men as the the Capitals got home with ease.
Earlier in the day, Rishbah Pant won the toss and asked Chennai to bat first. His decision was immediately rewarded as the two Chennai openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf Du Plessis were dismissed within three overs. This meant that the onus fell on the laft handed pair of Suresh Raina and Moeen Ali and they steered the ship by adding 53 runs.
Moeen Ali was on song as he hit Ravichandran Ashwin for two sixes before going for a reverse sweep that led to his downfall but his partner Raina was well settled by the and he went after the bowlers. Ashwin was hit for a six followed by Amit Mishra whose ball was sent out of the park twice. Raina brought his fifty in style as he hit Marcus Stoinis for a six.
However, his innings would come to an end in a tragic fashion as a mix-up Jadeja resulted in him getting run-out. It was looking as if Raina’s departure would hurt Chennai’s chances of getting a strong finish but Sam Curran had other ideas as he smashed 34 runs off 15 balls that included a 23 run over against his older brother Tom Curran.