DC vs CSK, IPL 2019 Highlights: Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals by six wickets in match five of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday. In a low-scoring encounter on a sluggish surface at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi batted first and posted a sub-par 147/6.
In reply, CSK were always in control of the game as Shane Watson (44 off 26 balls) and Suresh Raina (30 off 16 balls) set up the platform for an easy chase. However, the defending champions took the match down to the last over, courtesy of some slow batting by MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav before Dwayne Bravo hit the winning runs.
Indian Premier League, 2019Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi 25 April 2019
Delhi Capitals 147/6 (20.0)
Chennai Super Kings 150/4 (19.4)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 5 ) Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets
Watson, Ponting and Rabada
It looks like Ricky Ponting was trying to break the tension between Shane Watson and Kagiso Rabada. The trio were seen chatting and talking to each other. All laughter and chuckles, no bad blood. The last time South Africans and Aussies had a real go at each other, it didn't end well for latter.
CSK took their own sweet time
This game should have been finished half an hour ago but when Dhoni is in the middle, it needs to go down to the final over doesn't it. He slowed things down to crawling pace and it did look like that may have cost CSK when Rabada bowled the two dots.
Bravo finishes it!
Rabada bowled two dot balls in that final over but Bravo hooks the third for a four. CSK win by 6 wickets.
DHONI GOES DOWNTOWN! Mishra flights it and Dhoni lifts it over the bowler's head and into the empty stands behind the sight screen. 2 needed off 7 balls.
They got four runs off the first four balls and then Dhoni sends the ball to the right of deep point. That means that CSK need 11 to win off the last 12 balls.
22 needed off 18 balls
All right then, here we go. CSK are very clearly ahead here with Dhoni and Jadhav in the middle. Keemo Paul is back.
Into the last four overs
And what an over that was from Axar. He bowls the 17th and only one single came from it off the last ball.
13 overs gone
CSK into cruise mode once again. They have got two ace finishes in Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni in the middle and the pair know that CSK don't need to do anything flashy.
OUT! MIshra gets his second
The wrong'un does Raina in. Pant in the action with another stumping and Raina is very clearly off his line.
Raina and Jadhav
They went after Tewatia in the 10th over, taking 12 runs off it. CSK are cruising at the moment, needing 51 to win off 60 balls.
OUT! IT'S WATSON
And it is Mishra who gets him after all! It was a wide ball but Pant knocks off the bails behind Watson and confidently appeals for a stumping. Replays show that Watson was indeed millimetres off his line.
Mishra sent to the stands!
Two sixes off the first four balls of Mishra's over. And the spinners were supposed to win this match for DC. The second six was deposited into the stands over deep midwicket and the person in the crowd who caught it does not give the ball back. In the end, it took a policeman to snatch the ball away from him and the let the teams get on with it. Aaaaah the IPL.
Rabada and Watson have a go at each other
Rabada walks up to Watson who was at the non-striker's end and then talks to the umpire who stands in between the two players. Shreyas Iyer then comes there and pulls his bowler away from the scene but Watson mouths away to Rabada. He then has a smile on his face while speaking to the umpire.
CSK cross 50
Hat-trick of fours from Raina off the last three balls of the fifth and CSK cross 50. It's all looking too easy for CSK at the moment, DC should be bringing in the spinners soon.
Watson on the charge
Rabada bowls the fourth over, the penultimate ball is dispatched for a four and then a six, both by Watson. He then seems to say something to Rabada during the changeover. It's all happening out there.
Ishant and Watson
At the end of that over, Ishant and Watson had an exchange of words with the former wagging finger at the Australian. Watson laughs it off through.
OUT! Ishant Sharma with the breakthrough again!
Ambati Rayudu is the man who falls. He comes down the pitch too quickly, Ishant changes his length, hits the deck hard and the ball rises on Rayudu cramping him for space. Comes off the top of the bat and an easy catch for Iyer.
2 overs gone
CSK 16/0. Slow and steady from the Watson and Rayudu. No flashy shots tried but there have been three fours thus far.
CSK chase starts
7 runs off the first over. Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu opened the CSK batting. Ishant Sharma bowled the first over.
147/6 after 20 overs
And this is after the Capitals were sitting pretty on 118/2 at the end of the 15th over. The re-introduction of Bravo in the death overs has been the turning point.
Into the last over
Delhi Capitals are 138/6. What incredible death bowling this has been from the CSK bowlers. Bravo's reputation of excelling at this stage of the match has taken a beating over the past one year but he has shown today why he is considered a death over specialist.
OUT! CSK's dance of death continues
DHAWAN IS THE MAN WHO WALKS! Might be too early but that really could be the match. DC need two really big overs from two new batsmen so as to give their bowlers something to work on.
50 for Dhawan
It has come off 45 balls but Delhi are all at sea now. Dhawan will play have to bat through the innings if they are to reach a respectable total here.
TIMBER! Jadeja followed a quick delivery with one that took ages to reach Paul. He plays around it completely and the ball hits the wicket.
OUT! And now Ingram!
That's two in the over for Bravo! Ingram hits it straight to Raina who is standing at cover. What an over this is from the Trinidadian all rounder.
OUT! PANT BACK IN THE HUT!
Bravo with a length ball that Pant swats away to the leg side, Shardul running to his right from deep square leg slides on his knees to complete the catch. That's a biggie!
Pantsy is in the house
What he did to Mumbai Indians was so brutal even the most ardent of Mumbai fans would have applauded it. Pant is a special talent and Dhoni would know that letting him stay for anything more than two overs would be devastating for CSK. He has already scordd 18 off 9 balls.
OUT! TAHIR STRIKES!
And Shreyas Iyer walks. Pitched on off, moves into the right hander and hits Iyer on the pad before the ball ricochets off his hand. No reviews taken, that is as out as out can be. DC 79/2 and here is Rishabh Pant.
Jadeja and Tahir
Into the second half of the innings now and the two ace spinners are now being alternated by Dhoni. Tahir is into his second over and Dhawan has smashed two fours off the first two balls. Partnership between him and Shreyas is now 43 off 42.
So far so good for the Delhi Capitals. They havec crossed the 50-run mark and both Shreyas and Dhawan seem to be taking a safety-first approach. So much so that when Deepak Chahar ran in and did not bowl his delivery for the umpire to declare dead ball, Dhawan, who was at the non-striker's end quickly put his bat back into the crease. The ghost of the great Vinoo Mankad is haunting all IPL matches now.
6 overs gone
Even stevens so far. Captain Shreyas Iyer has joined Dhawan in the middle and Delhi are looking good so far. Dhawan gives Harbhajan some respect in the way that he does not try too many big shots during his over.
OUT! Prithvi Shaw
Caught add midwicket! Credit to Chahar for this one. He sees Shaw making room, bangs the ball in short and actually gains extra bounce from this pitch and cramps Shaw for room. The shot comes off the top edge and Chahar looks at his prey with glee.
2 overs gone
Delhi Capitals are on 20/0. It's all Prithvi Shaw at the moment. 19 runs off 12 balls and one extra so far. Chahar and Shardul Thakur are alternating.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Colin Ingram, Rishabh Pant, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra
Chennai Superkings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (C), Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
Delhi Capitals won the toss, elect to bat first
Dhoni says he would have bowled first anyway. Amit Mishra comes in place of Trent Boult for the Capitals, CSK go with the same XI. Are we going to get another stellar performance from Bhajji?
Sanjay Manjrekar says on Star Sports that the pitch is almost devoid of grass. It's also very hard, which is good for the batsman. It means that Delhi Capitals will have to be ready for a spin onslaught from Chennai Super Kings.
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Delhi Capitals have a good record against the Mumbai Indians but so bad has there overall record been in the IPL under the 'Daredevils' name that any win for them against a former champion will come as a surprise. CSK will be wary of the strength that Delhi carry in their batting lineup but at the same time, the Kotla's reputation of being a spin-friendly pitch will work in their favour.