MS Dhoni had said astatine the flip that defending totals astatine the Wankhede Stadium successful Mumbai is not an casual task and helium got his appraisal spot connected arsenic Delhi Capitals made airy enactment of an above-par 189-run people successful their IPL 2021 opener connected Saturday.
It was the apprentice Rishabh Pant who clinched a triumph implicit his maestro Dhoni to get his IPL captaincy vocation disconnected to a winning start. It was besides Delhi Capitals' 3rd consecutive triumph implicit the 3-time champions arsenic they had completed a treble implicit Dhoni's men successful IPL 2020.
Led by T20 batting masterclass from openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan, Delhi Capitals gunned down the people successful conscionable 18.4 overs to get their run disconnected to a beardown start. On the different hand, Chennai Super Kings mislaid their opener successful an IPL play for the archetypal clip since suffering a decision to Punjab Kings successful 2014.
T20 masterclass from Dhawan-Shaw
Chennai Super Kings had enviable extent successful their batting bid but they lacked firepower successful the bowling portion that was needed to halt the onslaught from Dhawan and Shaw. The elder opener, who had go the archetypal batsman successful the IPL to deed 2 back-to-back hundreds past year, smashed 85 from conscionable 54 balls, toying with CSK fielders successful their play opener.
Dhawan and Shaw, it seemed, were having a big-hitting contention betwixt themselves arsenic they bulldozed the CSK bowling onslaught that looked hapless connected the Super Saturday. Dhawan deed 2 sixes and 10 boundaries and took the Capitals adjacent to the decorativeness enactment earlier getting retired LBW successful the 17th over. Throughout Dhawan's enactment successful the middle, skipper MS Dhoni looked jaded arsenic thing was going according to play for CSK.
Shaw, connected the different hand, carried his good home signifier and proved a constituent to his critics, slamming a 38-ball 72. The young Mumbai opener was connected apical of his crippled arsenic helium recovered gaps astatine volition and looked similar hitting boundaries of each transportation helium faced.
Shaw had mislaid his spot successful the Delhi Capitals squad past twelvemonth aft a mediocre tally of signifier but the youngster looks similar helium has sealed the opening spot for the foreseeable future.
Both Dhawan and Shaw were not capable to transportation their bat, but they had done capable damage. Captain Rishabh Pant, who promoted himself to No. 3, and Marcus Stoinis completed the formality.
None of the CSK bowlers, barring Dwayne Bravo, looked similar they had thing to halt the carnage from Shaw and Dhawan.
Suresh Raina's classy 54 connected IPL instrumentality ends successful vain
Earlier successful the day, Chennai Super Kings posted 188 contempt being reduced to 7 for 2 aft opening their elegant openers Faf du Plessis and Rurutaj Gaikwad wrong the archetypal 3 overs. CSK managed conscionable 32 runs successful the powerplay but Suresh Raina made definite CSK got the much-needed propulsion successful the mediate overs.
Raina returned to the IPL with a bang arsenic helium deed a 54-ball 36 that was filled with free-flowing strokes, particularly against the 2 Delhi Capitals spinners successful R Ashwin and Amit Mishra.
CSK missed the middle-overs maestro past twelvemonth but successful his precise archetypal outing for CSK In IPL 2020, the left-hander made definite CSK milked 105 runs from overs 7 to 15.
Raina stitched fifty-run stands with Moeen Ali and Ambati Rayudu arsenic the 2 batsmen chipped successful with useful contributions.
However, Avesh Khan struck successful speedy succession to peg backmost CSK who were rescued by a Sam Curran blitzkrieg (15-ball 35) successful the end.