Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals First Qualifier Dubai Match Report 2021

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa scored respective half centuries as Chennai Super Kings booked their spot in the final by beating the Delhi Capitals by four wickets at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

CSK (1)

After being asked to bat first by Chennai skipper MS Dhoni, Delhi Capitals pair of Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan got their side off to a solid start. The duo added 36 runs for the opening wicket before Dhawan (7) edged a Josh Hazlewood delivery behind the stumps.

Hazlewood struck again by dismissing Shreyas Iyer caught by Ruturaj Gaikwad for 1.

The move to promote Axar Patel up the order failed, as he mistimed a Moeen Ali delivery to substitute Santner at long on.

Ravindra Jadeja then claimed the prize scalp of the dangerous Shaw caught at long off by Faf Du Plessis for a quickfire 60. His knock came off just 34 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes.

The pair of Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer brought the innings back on track with a valuable 83 run stand for the fifth wicket before the latter perished for a 24 ball-37.

Pant remained unbeaten on 51 as the Capitals reached 172/5 in their allotted 20 overs.

Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers for CSK with figures of 2/29, while Jadeja, Bravo and Ali claimed a wicket each.

Chasing 173, CSK started disastrously by losing Faf Du Plessis bowled by Anrich Nortje in the very first over.

Ruturaj Gaikwad along with Robin Uthappa took the attack to the Delhi bowlers by smashing them to all parts of the ground.

The duo put on 110 runs for the second wicket before Tom Curran provided the much needed breakthrough by dismissing Uthappa caught brilliantly by Shreyas Iyer at the boundary line for a fine 63.

Shardul Thakur who was promoted up order fell for a first ball duck. Ambati Rayudu was run out by a magnificent piece of fielding by Iyer as CSK slumped to 119/4.

The pair off Gaikwad and Moeen Ali added 30 runs for the fifth wicket before the former hit a low full toss off Avesh Khan to Axar Patel at deep mid wicket, who took a fine tumbling catch for a well made 70.

With 13 required off 6 balls, Dhoni (18)* slammed three fours to take the Super Kings to their ninth final.

For Capitals, Curran ended up with figures of 3/29.

The 24 year old Gaikwad was adjudged the Player of the Match.

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