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Right then! 6th consecutive win for Chennai over Delhi at Chepauk. Delhi's loss here means that Mumbai have a chance to go second, if they beat Hyderabad at the Wankhede on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Join us for that game. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
VICTORIOUS CHENNAI SKIPPER, MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI, HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. We have to wait for a while as the crowd is keeping on cheering. MS says that the crowd will stop eventually cheering because they have to listen to what he has to say. On batting in the last over, 'Thala' states that his idea in the final over is simple - See the ball, hit the ball. When asked why he made Rayudu run off a wide in the final over, he says that it was a pitch where it was easier for the set batsman to hit. Also slyly says that Rishabh Pant not taking the gloves off gave him an extra few seconds. While bowling in the second innings, Dhoni observes that there was not much dew and that meant that the spinners had extra help. Adds that there was no help initially but in the final parts of the game, the ball gripped really well. On Tahir's celebration, MSD says that he and Watson do not run to him as it is quite taxing to run to different parts of the ground. On his stumping, Dhoni says that tennis-ball cricket has helped him a lot but stresses that basics come first and then get to the advanced level. Adds that there can be a lot of mistakes if one tries to get to the advanced level directly. Feels really special to be called Thala everywhere down south, reckoning that the whole lot of supporters are incredible.
Ravindra Jadeja is up for a chat now. The all-rounder says that the wicket was turning and he was bowling in good areas. On Tahir, Jaddu says that he has been fantastic throughout the season, taking wickets when needed. Praises the trio of himself, Tahir and Harbhajan. Stresses that more effort needs to be put on bowling and skills basically at the nets. Describes Dhoni as Genius in one word. Adds that there is still one more game to go and wants to continue the winning momentum. Stresses that everyone is in good form, looking to take one game at a time.
Delhi skipper, Shreyas Iyer, says that the margin of defeat might affect them really badly, especially their net run rate. He feels that the way they batted was unacceptable. Reckons it was an amazing start by his bowlers in the Powerplay and they should have not let it slip away from there and should have curtailed Chennai, also mentioning that a 170-plus score was surely not par on that surface. He thinks that they started their batting also strongly but could not continue. Now he admits they have to come back better in the next game. When asked how he felt when he was stumped for the first time in 59 innings, Iyer praises MS Dhoni for his lightning stumping and that he was amazed when he got out. The Delhi captain feels that Rabada is an amazing bowler at the death and was definitely missed in this game but he had a slipped back and hence needed rest. Shreyas signs off by saying that they hope to be in the top 2 definitely, and would love to give their home fans some cheer for the last home game.
Sensational bowling display from the home side. The spinners spun their web through Delhi while Chahar had an off night. Bravo was okay in his 3-over spell. Probably, the middle order could have stood firm and applied themselves a bit more.
It was a slow, turning track on which Chennai rocketed to 179. Then, at 52/1 in the 6th over, it looked like Delhi were making a fist of the run chase. But then, on came the spinners and that changed the game. Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja - 6.2-0-21-7 combined! The visitors were given no space to breathe and once Dhawan departed, the team just crumbled like a house of cards. Captain Shreyas Iyer tried hanging around but with wickets falling all around him, he could do nothing much. Just 2 men managed double figures in the innings.
A massacre. 52/1 at one stage but then 99 all out. What a massive collapse - 9/47 in 86 balls. Chennai topple Delhi at the top and what is interesting is - the net run rates of both teams have swapped as to what they were before this match!
16.2ITahir to AMishra
OUT! Caught behind! CHENNAI WIN BY 80 RUNS! Tahir gets 4 and the Men in Yellow are roaring. Tossed up outside off, Mishra looks to defend but the ball takes a thin outside edge and Dhoni does the rest. 2 stumpings and 1 catch to go with his unbeaten 44 earlier in the evening.
16.1ITahir to AMishra
Tossed up outside off, Mishra looks to steer it to third man but is beaten by the big turn.
15.6DBravo to AMishra
Excellent yorker and kept out well! On the base of off stump, Mishra jams out towards the left of the bowler. A single taken.
15.5DBravo to TBoult
Boult has driven it through mid on. They pick up a single.
15.4DBravo to AMishra
Mishra has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
15.3DBravo to AMishra
FOUR! Oh no, Jadeja's effort in the deep goes in vain. A full toss on middle, Mishra whips it away towards deep square leg. Jadeja from deep mid-wicket runs and tries to keep it in unsuccessfully though.
Trent Boult is the number 11 batsman.
15.2DBravo to JSuchith
OUT! Run out! Watson making up for his zero with the bat on the field. He took a brilliant catch earlier and now an excellent direct hit. A length ball on off, Suchith pushes the ball towards the left of Watson at point. The batsmen have an indecision in the middle of the wicket and that extra second means Suchith will end up being short due to the direct hit.
Run out appeal! Direct hit from Watson at the bowler's end and the umpire has taken it upstairs. Suchith does not look too confident.
15.1DBravo to JSuchith
Bowled really full outside off, Suchith tries to drive but fails to put bat on ball.
14.6ITahir to JSuchith
A flighted googly outside off, Suchith comes ahead to defend but gets a thick outside edge that runs along the ground for a single towards short third man.
14.5ITahir to JSuchith
Pushes this flighted ball back to the bowler.
14.4ITahir to JSuchith
Short ball outside off and turning away, the southpaw defends the ball by standing in the crease.
14.3ITahir to JSuchith
Googly! Suchith does not pick it and ends up missing his drive by a huge gap.
14.2ITahir to AMishra
Flighted ball on off, Mishra wristily pushes the ball towards long on for a run.
14.1ITahir to JSuchith
Flatter one on the pads, played fine on the leg side for a single by Suchith.
Strategic break! At the last strategic break, we had mentioned that this part of the game which Dhoni loves the most and we have seen why yet again! Delhi have lost 4 wickets since then and are in danger of conceding this game by a huge margin, which could end up affecting their net run rate massively and dent their hopes for finishing in the top 2 places. Chennai would love to pick the remaining two wickets as soon as possible and improve their own NRR. The match though surely looks like a done deal. Meanwhile, Imran Tahir is back into the attack.
13.6DBravo to AMishra
Length ball on middle, Mishra pats the ball towards short mid on where the mid-wicket fielder comes running and stops it. Dot ball again, 3 runs off the over.
13.5DBravo to AMishra
Excellent ball. A yorker wide outside off, Mishra misses the ball as he tries to jam it towards the off side.
13.4DBravo to JSuchith
Flicked away to deep square leg as this ball is on the pads. A single is taken.
13.3DBravo to JSuchith
Punched really well but straight to cover this time.
13.2DBravo to AMishra
Slower full toss on middle and off, Mishra adjusts really late and flicks the ball to square leg for a run.
13.1DBravo to JSuchith
A length ball outside off, Suchith looks to punch it through covers but gets an outside edge that runs to third man for a single.
Dwayne Bravo to bowl now.
12.6HSingh to AMishra
Full and outside off, Mishra looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the body. Just a run in his final over and Bhajji finishes off with figures of 4-0-28-1.
12.5HSingh to AMishra
The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
12.4HSingh to JSuchith
Outside off, short in length, Suchith looks to cut but gets a top edge. It lands wide of point and the batsmen take a single.
12.3HSingh to JSuchith
Outside off, JS pushes it towards point and sets off for a single but is then sent back. A run out was on offer...
12.2HSingh to JSuchith
Outside off, Jagadeesha looks to cut but misses.
12.1HSingh to JSuchith
Full and outside off, Suchith lunges to defend but the ball spins away to beat the outside edge.
Amit Mishra is the new man in while Harbhajan Singh returns to finish his quota of overs. 3-0-27-1 so far.
11.6RJadeja to SIyer
OUT! How wrong can I be? This man is a wizard and is faster than light. Shreyas Iyer is the man to walk out now and it would not be too off the mark to say that Delhi's final hope too vanishes with him. A flatter one on off, grips and there is quick turn which beats the outside edge of the Delhi skipper. Dhoni again collects and whips off the bails. And once more, the back foot is in the air as the replays come on. The big screen flashes out and Chepauk is bustling! Delhi have quite superbly slumped from 52-1 to 85-8! 2 runs and 2 wickets off this over from Jadeja, it has been his night!
Another stumping appeal! This one looks safe though...
11.5RJadeja to JSuchith
Really full and quick outside off, punched to deep cover for a single.
Jagadeesha Suchith walks out to bat now.
11.4RJadeja to CMorris
OUT! That's what flashes on the big screen. Dhoni is lightning quick and you do not lift your foot against him. Morris is a goner, a first-ball duck for him. A flatter one outside off and turns sharply to beat the outside edge of Morris as he looks to defend. He though ends up lifting his back foot and Dhoni whips off the bails in a flash. The replays roll on and lo and behold, the foot is in the air. 7 down!
Howzzaaat? Shouts Dhoni. Has Morris left his ground? Is he stumped? Referred upstairs... MS looks confident and when he does... it is normally...
11.3RJadeja to SIyer
Pushed wide to the left of the bowler for a single down the ground.