Shimron Hetmyer scored an unbeaten 28 as Delhi Capitals defeated Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets at at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday.
After being asked to bat first by Delhi skipper Rishabh Pant, Chennai opening pair of Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad got their side off to a brisk start. The duo added 28 runs for the first wicket before the former was caught at deep midwicket by Shreyas Iyer off Axar Patel.
Anrich Nortje then got into the act by claiming the prize scalp of the in form Gaikwad for 13.
Moeen Ali became Axar’s second victim as he was caught at the deep midwicket boundary while attempting a half-hearted flick.
Robin Uthappa who came in place of the injured Suresh Raina failed to capitalize on the opportunity and was dismissed by Ashwin’s carrom ball for 19, leaving Chennai in trouble at 62/4.
Ambati Rayudu along with skipper MS Dhoni added 70 runs for the fifth wicket before the latter was caught behind the stumps off Avesh Khan for 18.
Rayudu remained unbeaten on 55 runs off just 43 balls as Chennai ended up with 136/5 in their allotted 20 overs.
Axar Patel was Delhi Capitals best bowler with figures of 2/18, while Nortje, Avesh and Ashwin claimed a solitary wicket.
Chasing 137, Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan got the Capitals off to a quickfire start. The pair put on 24 runs before the former was caught at mid off by Du Plessis off Deepak Chahar for 18.
Shreyas Iyer fell cheaply as he miscued a pull off Hazlewood to Gaikwad at covers.
Ravindra Jadeja kept Chennai in the hunt by dismissing Pant (15) caught at extra cover while attempting a slog sweep.
Debutant Ripen Patel (18) looked promising in his short stay before he perished at long on off Jadeja.
Ravi Ashwin who was promoted up the order missed a flick across the line and was cleaned by Shardul Thakur for 2.
Shikhar Dhawan after scoring a valuable 39 was caught brilliantly at covers by Moeen off Thakur reducing their side to 99/6.
Shimron Hetmyer was given a reprieve when Krishnappa Gowtham dropped a sitter and conceded a boundary off Bravo. The West Indies left hander cashed on the opportunity and guided DC to a memorable win.
With this victory Delhi move into the top of the table with 20 points.
Axar Patel was declared the Man of the Match.