The Chennai Super Kings produced a complete all-round
performance against the Delhi Capitals as MS Dhoni’s men registered an emphatic
91-run victory at the DY Patil Stadium. An elegant 49-ball 87 from Devon Conway
took CSK to a formidable total of 208 before Moeen Ali led the charge with the
ball, picking up three for 13 in his four overs as the Capitals were bowled out
for just 117 in the run-chase.
CSK’s fortunes have changed since Devon Conway returned to
partner Ruturaj Gaikwad at the top of the order, and the pair shared another
century partnership against the Capitals to give the team a perfect platform
after being put in to bat. The assault from the openers started in the third
over when Ruturaj Gaikwad danced down the track and deposited Anrich Nortje
into the stands before Devon Conway smashed Axar Patel for a pair of sixes in
Gaikwad hit successive fours against Shardul Thakur to take
CSK to 57 for no loss at the end of the powerplay, and the runs continued to
flow through the middle overs as Devon Conway targeted Kuldeep Yadav. Conway
hit two sixes and a four in Yadav’s first over before pummelling the left-armer
for a trio of boundaries in his second as he reached his third consecutive
half-century this season in just 27 deliveries. Anrich Nortje had Ruturaj
Gaikwad caught in the ring to break the 110-run opening stand, but Conway
continued to step on the accelerator, cutting Marsh through point and
plundering another six off Kuldeep Yadav.
After being starved of the strike in the back end of his
innings, Conway played a ramp shot straight into the hands of Rishabh Pant to
fall on 87, but CSK still managed to post a 200-plus target thanks to some late
striking from Shivam Dube and MS Dhoni. Dube hit two sixes and a four in a
19-run 16th over from Shardul Thakur, while MS Dhoni played an unbelievable
cameo of 21 from eight to push CSK to 208.
In response, the Capitals were on track in their run-chase
early on, adding 59 runs in the powerplay for the loss of two wickets. David
Warner struck a couple of sixes before being trapped on the pads by Maheesh
Theekshana, but Rishabh Pant continued the Australian’s momentum against the
new ball, creaming four fours in the first five deliveries he faced.
However, Moeen Ali’s introduction in the eighth over was the
catalyst behind the Capitals’ collapse. The Englishman dismissed Mitchell
Marsh, Rishabh Pant and Ripal Patel in his opening two overs to leave Delhi
reeling at 81 for five before Mukesh Choudhury removed Axar Patel and Rovman
Powell within five deliveries to seal Delhi’s fate. Shardul Thakur added 24
runs at the death to delay the inevitable, but Dwayne Bravo cleaned up the tail
in the 18th over to give CSK a monumental 91-run victory.