Kushal Kumar Jha
IPL 2020, CSK vs DC: Shikhar Dhawan scores a ton as DC beat CSK by 5 wickets
In the 34th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Delhi Capitals (DC) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 5 wickets at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE. Shikhar Dhawan's blockbuster knock of 101 runs off 58 balls & Axar Patel's explosive cameo of 21 runs off 5 balls helped DC successfully chase down the target given by the CSK tonight. Aided by Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu's impressive innings, CSK gave a respectable target of 180 runs for the DC to chase tonight. Ravindra Jadeja played explosively tonight for the CSK with his undefeated knock of 33 runs off 13 balls. With their win in tonight's match, Delhi Capitals is now back to the top of the points table of the 13th edition of IPL.
MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. Chennai Super Kings had a rough start tonight with opener Sam Curran going out for a duck. The other opener Faf du Plessis shined tonight with his brilliant knock of 58 runs off 47 balls. Shane Watson had an average innings tonight with him making 36 runs off 28 balls. While MS Dhoni lost his wicket in the early after making just 3 runs tonight, the Ambati Rayudu remained undefeated with his fiery innings of 45 runs off 25 balls. Ravindra Jadeja supported Rayudu with his explosive knock of undefeated 33 runs off 13 balls, to allow CSK to set a respectable target of 180 runs for the DC to chase. Anrich Nortje remained the most successful bowler for the DC tonight with him grabbing 2 wickets in his spell of 4 overs. However, CSK still stands at the 6th position in the points table of IPL 2020.
Delhi Capitals had a bad start with youngster Prithvi Shaw going out for a duck tonight. However, the other opener Shikhar Dhawan impressed everyone with his match-winning knock of undefeated 101 runs off 58 balls aided by 14 fours and a six. Ajinkya Rahane failed again tonight as he lost his wicket after making just 8 runs. Skipper Shreyas Iyer came to the crease to support Dhawan but lost his wicket after making 23 runs off 23 balls tonight. Marcus Stoinis couldn't stay long to aid in the partnership with Dhawan as he also lost his wicket after making 24 runs off 14 balls. Alex Carey failed to impress tonight as he lost his wicket after making just 4 runs tonight. Aided by Axar Patel's explosive cameo of undefeated 21 runs off 5 balls, and Shikhar Dhawan's undefeated 101 runs off 58 balls knock, the Delhi Capitals successfully chased down the target given by the Chennai Super Kings tonight. Deepak Chahar remained the most successful bowler for the CSK, with him grabbing 2 wickets while also being the most economical bowler of the lot.
Chennai Super Kings, with their defeat against Delhi Capitals tonight, are now deep trouble. CSK is required to win all their upcoming matches if they want to survive and make it to the playoffs in the IPL 2020.