Delhi Capitals (DC) failed to continue their winning runs as they went down against defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Following their loss, Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer admitted that they were 10-15 runs short and noted that there were positives to take from the game.
Meanwhile, batting first Delhi Capitals managed to post 147 runs on the board. Prithvi Shaw got them off to a good start after failing in the first game. He smacked three boundaries in one over of Shardul Thakur to set the tone; however, got out in an attempt to be over-aggressive. Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Shreyas Iyer stitched a good stand for the second wicket but were relatively slow. The pair added 43 runs before Iyer got out which brought Rishabh Pant to the crease.
The young lad began exactly from where he left in the last game against Mumbai Indians. He smacked two boundaries and one six in 25-runs knock before Dwayne Bravo’s cricketing brilliance got him out. Pant tried to clear the square-leg boundary but holed out deep square-leg failing to get the timing right. The Windies all-rounder added two more to his kitty to finish with three for 33 as Delhi could manage only 147 runs at the halfway stage.
Although it looked like an easy chase but the considering the strip it needed a strong effort from the defending champions. Chennai Super Kings got off to a flier courtesy Shane Watson despite losing Ambati Rayudu from the other end. The former Australia cricketer got the better of the Delhi Capitals bowlers to score 73 runs within seven overs. However, Amit Mishra struck back to dismiss Watson for 44 runs. However, this didn’t deter Super Kings from the target as they reached the landmark with two balls to spare. Dwayne Bravo scored the winning runs before Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni took their side to doors of the winning run.
Here is what Shreyas Iyer said,
“For the new batsman, pitch was really tough. I personally don’t have trouble starting against spinners but today it was turning and holding up. Our best batter Rishabh Pant also found it tough. The wicket was slow and that’s why I decided to bat first. We were 10-15 runs short. I wouldn’t blame the batting. We could have restricted them in the powerplay. There are a lot of games remaining and this is just the beginning. Lots of positive to take out from this match.”