MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings reach IPL 2021 finals, beat Delhi Capitals by four wickets

MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings registered their place within the finals of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as they defeated Delhi Capitals by four wickets in Qualifier 1 on Sunday. Chasing a stiff 173, the successful runs got here off the CSK captain’s bat, who arrived on the crease in a tough state of affairs however made positive he accomplished the duty. 

Dhoni completed the match unbeaten on 18 off 6 deliveries, which included 3 fours and 1 six. The wicketkeeper-batter joined the proceedings when CSK misplaced in-form opener Ruturaj Gaikwad within the first supply of the nineteenth over, with the group nonetheless requiring 24 off 11 deliveries. 

Dhoni did not waste any time and made his intentions clear within the second supply he confronted, smashing Avesh Khan for a protracted six over the deep mid-wicket fence. He then hit Tom Curran for 3 consecutive boundaries as CSK wrapped up the chase with two balls to spare. 

With this CSK reached their ninth IPL finals. Capitals, who got here runners-up within the earlier version, nonetheless have an opportunity to affix CSK within the finals. The Rishabh Pant-led unit will now lock horns with the winner of the Eliminator conflict between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 2.  

For CSK it was not simply Dhoni as opener Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa made some worthwhile contributions with the bat. Both the batsman stitched an vital partnership for the second wicket, which drove the match into CSK’s favour. 

Gaikwad scored 70 off 50 deliveries, whereas senior group member Uthappa fetched 63 off 44 balls. 

Earlier within the night, Capitals skipper Pant displayed his muscle energy and smashed an off Shardul Thakur for a one-handed six, with the ball touring 86-metere over the mid-wicket area. Pant’s highly effective drive got here whereas he was attempting to reach a low full toss within the second supply of the sixteenth over.  

Riding on some ferocious hitting by Pant and Shimron Hetmyer, the Capitals posted a difficult 172/5 of their 20 overs. Pant performed an unbeaten knock of 51 from 35 deliveries, whereas Hetmyer scored 37 off 24 balls, because the pair added 83 runs for the fifth wicket.  

Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw additionally displayed some intense hitting and gave his facet the beginning they might have hoped for. He added 60 runs off 34 balls, which included 7 4s and three 6s.

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