DC vs CSK: Dhoni entertains Vizag crowd but Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals secure well-deserved victory


MS Dhoni came out to bat for the first time in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 as Chennai Super Kings were under-resourced in the chase for 192 against Delhi Capitals on Sunday evening. He topped the mark with a boundary and left no stone unturned to entertain the crowd with his stupendous 37-run stand in 16 balls. His presence in the middle was a momentary joy for the fans but was not enough for a victory for CSK. The defending champions came from 20 points down to claim a third straight victory, allowing Delhi to collect their first points in the tournament.

Unlike Delhi, Chennai’s batting was a complete disaster on Sunday night. Early dismissals of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rachin Ravindra denied them a good start in the tricky chase, which ultimately put pressure on the batters down the order. Ajinkya Rahane (45) looked at the song but the rising run rate forced him to change gear and in doing so, he fell prey to Mukesh Kumar in the 14th over.th on.

Shivam Dubey managed to win the orange cap, displacing Virat Kohli in the top scorer rankings, but couldn’t deliver when it was needed the most. The same was true for young sensation Sameer Rizvi as both batters succumbed to the brilliance of Mukesh Kumar on consecutive deliveries before Dhoni joined Jadeja in a 51-run partnership.

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The match was far from CSK’s grip as they needed around forty runs in the final over. Even Dhoni was aware of the fact that Delhi would have the last laugh and so he decided to rejoice in the last six balls. Anrich Nortje came to play the final over but was taken to the cleaners as the former CSK skipper hit him for 2 boundaries and as many sixes to finish with an unbeaten 37 off just 16 balls.

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Earlier, Rishabh Pant announced his arrival with a superb fifty after the opening duo of David Warner and Prithvi Shaw provided the foundations as Delhi Capitals posted a competitive 191 for 5. Electing to bat, Warner and Shaw shared a 93-run opening stand, but the highlight of the day was Pant’s 32-ball 51, which ultimately gave them the momentum.

Pant, who joined the tournament after recovering from a life-threatening road accident in December 2022, hit four boundaries and three maximums for his first fifty in 15 months. The in-form Warner slammed five boundaries and three maximums during his 35-ball 52, his 110th T20 fifty, which equaled Chris Gayle’s record of fifty-plus scores in T20s.

Playing his first match this season, Shaw, who failed to live up to his immense talent, once again reminded everyone of his boundary-hitting abilities, smashing two sixes and four boundaries with his 43 to 27 balls.

Brief scores:

Delhi Capitals: 191 for 5 in 20 overs (David Warner 52, Rishabh Pant 52, Prithvi Shaw 43; Matheesha Pathirana 3/31) defeated Chennai Super Kings: 171/6 in 20 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 45, Daryl Mitchell 34, MS Dhoni 37 not out; Khaleel Ahmed 2/21, Mukesh Kumar 3/21) by 20 runs.

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