IPL 2021: Shikhar Dhawan hits a shot for Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Huge Kings, in Match 2.© Twitter
Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw pummelled Chennai Huge Kings into submission with their explosive batting as Delhi Capitals romped to a seven-wicket victory in their Indian Premier League opener, on Saturday. Dhawan smashed 85 off 54 balls and Shaw amassed 72 in appropriate 38 deliveries as DC chased down a purpose of 189 comfortably with 1.2 overs to spare. Recent skipper Rishabh Pant hit the a success runs. With Shaw and Dhawan in rollicking hang, Delhi Capitals started on a rousing sign and were sitting rather at 65 for no loss on the live of the six Powerplay overs.
The 2 openers went for his or her mammoth photos with impunity, and on either facet of the Wankhede Stadium, as Delhi Capitals raced past 100 in instant time.
Desiring 90 runs in the final 10 overs and with all wickets in hand, DC might well relish sufficient money to dictate terms and put stress on CSK. That Shardul Thakur and Sam Curran were despatched for a leather-primarily based totally hunt put CSK utterly out of contest.
For Shaw, the innings used to be an extension of his Vijay Hazare Trophy hang and the small tweak in his technique and a straight backlift is working wonders for Shaw.
“I worked on the abet-and-across [movement], I centered with Pravin sir as effectively. I deem or now not it’s working pretty effectively,” Shaw mentioned.
The fours and sixes persisted to rain as DC inched closer to the purpose with consummate ease Whereas the CSK bowling attack had no blueprint to the strokes performed by the DC openers, what added to their misery were two dropped catches of Shaw on 38 and 47, with Moeen Ali being the wretched bowler on each and every cases.
Making elephantine employ of the reprieves, Shaw raced to half of century in appropriate 27 balls while his senior accomplice Dhawan went to the landmark in 35 deliveries. Shaw hit nine fours and three sixes, while Dhawan struck 10 boundaries and two maximums sooner than getting out to miss out on a hundred.
Earlier, Suresh Raina launched his IPL comeback with a blazing 36-ball 54 and powered his team to a trusty 188 for seven. Sam Curran smashed 34 off handiest 15 balls to prop up the CSK innings against the live. Curran hit four fours and two sixes. The final five overs yielded 52 runs for CSK, thanks to Curran’s power-packed innings.
Asked to bat first by Rishabh Pant, Ruturaj Gaikwad bought CSK off the trace with a sexy power by the off facet between level and duvet, two deliveries after being overwhelmed all ends up by a Chris Woakes outswinger.
Final season’s runners-up DC did now not relish to motivate prolonged for his or her first leap forward as Avesh Khan (2/23 in 4 overs) had Faf du PLessis trapped in front of the wicket in the 2nd over. In the first ball of the third over, Woakes had Gaikwad caught in the bound cordon as CSK slipped to seven for two. The English pacer drew Gaikwad accurate into a push with a ball that moved a miniature on pitching.
In came Raina — he had uncared for the final IPL owing to deepest reasons — and in the firm of Moeen Ali, the seasoned campaigner revived CSK’s innings and looked to position up a tricky full in opposition to a trusty DC batting line-up on the Wankhede Stadium. At some level of his 24-ball 36, Moeen struck four boundaries and two sixes, taking half in a fine serving to hand to Raina.
Experienced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin lop short Moeen’s innings when the all-rounder bought himself into an uncomfortable space while going for a reverse sweep, the following high-edge ending in a exact expend by Shikhar Dhawan, who ran backwards from short third man to address it as a lot as the ball.
Ambati Rayudu came in and straightaway bought into the act, hitting a couple of sixes and a four to hasten away to 23 off 16 balls sooner than Tom Curran ended his protect in the center. Meanwhile Raina went about his process in a mode that did now not give the impact that he used to be coming abet to high-flight after a prolonged hiatus.
Raina bought himself going with a four off Woakes and then worked Ashwin for two successive boundaries, now not disturbed to bounce down the wicket in opposition to the wily spinner’s flight. The usage of his ft effectively, the outdated faculty southpaw hoicked leg-spinner Amit Mishra for two and moreover bought a most in opposition to Ashwin. It used to be no assorted with Marcus Stoinis as Raina pulled the Australian medium pacer for but every other six sooner than being hunch-out following a mixture-up with Ravindra Jadeja (26).
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