IPL highlights CSK vs DC: Dhoni, spinners shine as CSK beats DC by 80 runs

Catch the LIVE updates of the Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals being played at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Chennai Super Kings enjoys a comfortable superior head-to-head record against Delhi Capitals and would hope to continue the trend on Wednesday.

Good evening. Welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of today's Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals being played at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. I am Hari Kishore M and I will take you through the three plus hours of action.

 

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What a game tonight. CSK started extremely slow, 7 runs in the first 4 overs and then there was a Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina show. In came Mahendra Singh Dhoni at No. 4 and from then he just couldn't be out of the game. He reasserted his place as one of the best finishers, umpteenth time he has now, and the effected excellent stumpings and then ringed in the bowling changes on cue as CSK called the shots. That's it for the night, untill Mumbai Indians meet Sunrisers Hyderabad, it is good night from the newsroom.

DC 99 all out in 16.2 overs: That is it. Imran Tahir sends the final nail in Delhi's coffin. Tahir spins it away from Amit Mishra, the ball takes a feather touch edge and Dhoni takes an east catch. The fortress cannot be breached. A facile win for CSK by 80 runs as Dhoni and spinners shine. Chasing 180, DC could only manage just 99. This win is a big boost for Chennai's net run-rate.

DC 92/9 in 15.1 overs: A run-out. The last thing Delhi Capitals wanted. J. Suchith attempts a single and cannot beat Shane Watson's throw. The batsman did slip midway but a run-out was the only missing dismissal for DC and it is now there.

DC 92/8 in 15 overs: It is now just a matter of time. All eyes of CSK will be on the margin of victory that will help in its net run rate.

DC 85/8 in 12 overs: You cannot take MSD out of this game. He is not even 100% fit, he admitted he is still a 'little weak' but he executes two stumpings in a flash. Even before anyone could realise. This time it is Shreyas Iyer. A flat delivery from Jadeja, the ball helps itself to some turn, Iyer misses but Dhoni doesn't. Iyer's backfoot just slightly goes in the air and that is enough for MSD to rattle the timber. Delhi is crumbling in Chennai.

DC 84/7 in 11.4 overs: MSD at his best! Chris Morris doesn't even realise what had happened and Dhoni has flipped the bails off, in a flash. Most of you who had blinked would have lost it. This was quicker, past Morris' bat and before anyone could realise, the LED was blinking. Dhoni asks the umpire, they all go up and the big screen gives us the verdict. Delhi crumbling.

DC 83/6 in 11 overs: Imran Tahir strikes again. Sherfane Rutherford departs for 2 and DC in deep trouble. Another googly and another Delhi batsman fails to read it. Rutherford could only slice it to backward point where Deepak Chahar doesn't make any mistake.

DC 81/5 in 10.2 overs: There the Imran Rahir sprint again. This time it is Axar Patel. He is dismissed for 9. DC in tatters. Tahir sends a googly, Axar misreads it and the ball takes the edge to Shane Watson at slip.

DC 75/4 in 9 overs: 105 needed from 66 balls and DC has a mountain to climb. Shreyas Iyer has got a start and DC would need its captain to stick around till the end while Axar Patel has just started his innings.

DC 66/4 in 7.4 overs: And another one bites the dust! Colin Ingram has been well trapped in Jadeja's net. The umpire raised his finger but Ingram went for the review. The Hawkeye traces the ball back to the top of the leg. Umpire's call it is!

DC 63/3 in 6.2 overs: Imran Tahir takes care of Rishabh Pant, who was well lured in to take the bait. Pant slams the slightly tossed delivery to long-off where Dwayne Bravo didn't have to do much.

DC 52/2 in 5.3 overs: Harbhajan Singh roars as Chepauk is up on its feet! Dhawan, who was looking quite menacing has to take the long walk back to the pavilion now. The Delhi batsman gets beaten by the drift completely as he tries to go for a sweep.

DC 34/1 in 4 overs: Shikhar Dhawan moves on to 16 off 10 balls as he dances down the wicket to take on Harbhajan's off-spinners. A four and a six come from the last over.

DC 12/1 in 2 overs: Harbhajan sends down an uneventful over, just four runs off it. Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan now need to consolidate the innings.

Read: Suresh Raina becomes first fielder to take 100 IPL catches

DC 4/1 in 0.5 overs: Prithvi Shaw departs, Suresh Raina takes a superb catch at cover point and Shaw has to go. Suresh Raina becomes the first player to take 100 catches. Chahar bowls this short and wide and Shaw slashes it only to find Raina take a superb two-handed catch. Delhi is off to a bad start.

Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw to open for DC. Deepak Chahar with the new ball.

Dhoni and his last ball sixes — that is one for the ages! What a finish by MSD. It is now upto the bowlers to come to the party. Can CSK defend this? Can DC overhaul this target? We'll find out!

CSK 179/4 in 20 overs: Whoever doubted MS Dhoni's finishing abilities must see the last five overs of CSK's innings. Chennai milked 77 runs in the last five, 63 in last four as Dhoni finishes off in style, smacking Trent Boult for two sixes to finish off the innings. He remains unbeaten on 44 (22 balls, 4 fours and 3 sixes) as CSK amasses a huge score.

Stat attack: CSK has scored 56 runs in the last 25 balls with the loss of just one wicket. 

CSK 158/4 in 19 overs: Ambati Rayudu comes and gets a boundary off the first ball and then MSD smacks one for a six — a no-ball, above waist height and Morris immediately apologised — and the free hit just getting the one.

CSK 145/4 in 18.3 overs: Ravindra Jadeja departs. A stupendous caught and bowled (should it be bowled and caught?) effort from Chris Morris. A miscued slog and it was in orbit - for ages before gravity came into the picture and thought it should do its work. Morris just sprints, sprints like there is no tomorrow towards midwicket and takes a good catch in the end.

CSK 140/3 in 18 overs: Jadeja is playing the aggressor role now - 25 off just 9 balls and has just smacked Trent Boult for six into the second tier at Chepauk. This is what CSK needs and more importantly the form Jadeja needs to be in going into the World Cup (the bigger picture).

CSK 126/3 in 17 overs: Dhoni and Jadeja have added 24 runs in 13 balls and that is exactly what CSK needs at this point. The duo look in good touch — a excellent shot through third man region by Jadeja was a standout moment — and CSK looks all good to breach the par score mark.

Two new batsmen - Dhoni and Jadeja. Both haven't opened their account. CSK has breached the 100-run mark. 30 balls left in the innings and what do we have in store?

CSK 102/3 in 14.5 overs: Oh no! Just when I say CSK accelerates, Raina departs. Shikhar Dhawan, again, takes a good catch but Raina has done his job. He tries to go after Suchith but the ball gets the outer edge and Raina ended up slicing it to backward point.

CSK 102/2 in 14.3 overs: Two fours and a six. This was almost a catch and Trent Boult tries to take a stunner with one hand at longon but fails. It was a tough catch, nevertheless. CSK has accelerated.

CSK 96/2 in 14.2 overs: Suresh Raina creams J. Suchith for two boundaries on the trot to bring up his 50. It is his 50th half-century in T20 cricket. The first boundary was over the cow corner region, a kind of slog sweep and the next one was sent like a tracer bullet over the bowler's head.

A huge cheer as Mahendra Singh Dhoni walks in at No. 4.

CSK 87/2 in 13.3 overs: Faf du Plessis departs. He needed to accelerate and sent two balls soaring into the crowds — off Rutherford and Axar but cannot do it the third time. He is caught by Dhawan in the deep, does he drop many? No he doesn't. Faf departs for 39 (41 balls).

CSK 81/1 in 13 overs: Faf du Plessis gets into the act. He takes on Sherfane Rutherford and smacks him for a six over long-off, almost near the deep extra cover region. It is the first six of the match and it has come in the 13th over. Chennai would need more of this now. And 12 runs have come off the Rutherford over, the highest in the innings so far.

Stat attack: Amit Mishra (DC) has taken three hat-tricks in IPL — in 2008, 2011 and 2013.

CSK in 61/1 in 11 overs: Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina bring up the 50-run partnership for the second wicket. Now that it is past the halfway stage of the game, the duo should accelerate and get CSK to a par score. By the way, what is a par score on this track? I reckon somewhere between 140-150.

CSK 50/1 in 9 overs: We have the first timeout of the match. Two boundaries in Chris Morris' over means CSK is slowly upping the ante. Another slowish wicket at Chennai and wonder why Delhi Capitals have left out Sandeep Lamichhane. Chris Morris, the last minute replacement, hasn't fired either. He is gone for 19 off his 2 overs.

CSK 41/1 in 8 overs: du Plessis and Raina have added 37 runs for the second wicket as CSK is finding its feet in the match. After the powerplay, Suchith gave away nine runs while Amit Mishra's over just yielded five.

Lowest powerplay scores in IPL 2019
16/1 CSK vs RCB (Chennai)

24/4 CSK vs RR (Jaipur)

27/1 SRH vs KXIP (Mohali)

27/1 CSK vs DC (Chennai)

28/1 RR vs KKR (Jaipur)

CSK 27/1 in 6 overs: Suresh Raina gets the Chepauk crowd alive. CSK scores 10 in the last over of the powerplay with Raina getting back to back boundaries off Axar Patel.

CSK 17/1 in 5 overs: Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina get the boundaries for CSK. The first comes after 26 balls — to the fine leg region from du Plessis and then Raina sliced one to the third man region. CSK breaking the shackles.

After a starry debut with Mumbai Indians in 2015, Jagadeesha Suchith didn't get to play again and spoke on the play and pause phases of his first-class career and the IPL trap that sucked his energy. You can read his story here.

CSK 4/1 in 3.2 overs: Oh my! The struggle continues for Shane Watson. The scoreboard pressure, his form might have had an effect on the shot. He pulled Suchith and just found the fielder at deep midwicket just waiting for that shot and Axar Patel makes no mistake. A nine-ball duck for Watson.

CSK 2/0 in 2 overs: Very little turn from Suchith as he fired in most of the balls to Faf and Watson. Another over just yielding one run. A good start from Delhi Capitals.

Jagadeesha Suchith to start proceedings from the other end.

CSK 1/0 in 1 over: A quiet start from CSK. Faf du Plessis took his time out to see off Boult and just manages a single. Shane Watson plays the lone ball he faced to steer it behind point for no run. A slow start from CSK.

We are all set for live action. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are out. Trent Boult with the new ball.

Here are the playing XIs:

Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk/cap), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir

Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (cap), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Jagadeesha Suchith, Sandeep Lamichhane, Amit Mishra and Trent Boult.

Toss update: Delhi Capitals wins toss, to bowl first.

Yes, it is official. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is playing tonight's match. He is out in the middle with Shreyas Iyer for the toss. Chepauk breaks into a huge roar.

So the big question, will Mahendra Singh Dhoni play tonight? Our man, Ayan Acharya from the ground says, MSD has walked out into the middle, he is rolling his arm over and is also talking to everyone sharing an occasional laugh or two. This is also Chennai Super Kings' last league game at home and fans would love their money's worth and it is possible only when the son of the soil is in the XI.

Pitch: Under scanner ever since Royal Challengers Bangalore was bowled out for just 70, the 22-yards in Chennai has always been a talking point. Known to assist the slower bowlers it can also be helpful for batsmen in the later stages of the game, especially with the dew factor coming into play.

The Yellow Army is ready and is making its way to the stadium.

 

A contest within a contest: It would be interesting to see how Shikhar Dhawan combats the threat from Chennai Super Kings' new ball bowler Deepak Chahar.

 

What a game we had on Tuesday. The rain, a five-over a side contest, a blazing start, a hat-trick and then rain again with just 10 balls left. And it sent Royal Challengers Bangalore 'officially' out of the play-off race and kept Rajasthan Royals' hopes hanging by a slim thread.

An overcast Wednesday is what we are greeted in Chennai but there is no threat of any rain.

Here is my colleague Ayan Acharya with the preview:

CSK vs DC

Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals, having already qualified for the playoffs, would want to assure themselves a top-two finish when they square off at Chennai's M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday.

CSK, coming off two losses in previous three games, is playing a Delhi Capitals team that has made it to the last four of the IPL for the first time in seven years.

The defeat to Mumbai Indians is proof enough that the Men In Yellow aren't invincible at home. Chennai will be cautious coming into its last home match but should guard against an overtly conservative approach.

While Ravindra Jadeja, who sat out Chennai's last home game, is in contention for tomorrow's match, uncertainty surrounds the participation of skipper M.S. Dhoni, who was also forced out with viral fever.

The three-time IPL champion looks a balanced side with Dhoni in it,  but without him to negotiate the middle overs, the batting unit has looked unsure, brittle even.

Read: Ganguly says Delhi Capitals' players deserve credit for success

Lack of runs from Suresh Raina (247), Ambati Rayudu (213) and Kedar Jadhav (162) has been a concern with Shane Watson doing little of note, save the 96 off 53 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Delhi openers Shikhar Dhawan (451) and Prithvi Shaw (280), meanwhile, have been aggressive in the Powerplay, with in-form captain Shreyas Iyer (383) and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (343) displaying maturity in the middle overs before upping the ante. "Facing spin at Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi is more difficult than here (Chepauk)," Dhawan said at the pre-match presser. His approach against Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh will be worth watching.

 

In the last match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at Ferozeshah Kotla, it was the partnership between Sherfane Rutherford and Axar Patel, which took Delhi Capitals from 141 for 5 after 17 overs to 187 for 5 after 20, highlighting a deep batting order.

The Chepauk wicket played low and slow in the initial stage of the tournament but has favoured the batsmen off late with sides putting up totals excess to 150.

Read: M.S. Dhoni recovering, still doubtful for Wednesday’s game, says Fleming

It'll be interesting to see how purple cap holder Delhi seamer Kagiso Rabada fares in Chennai. The spin trio of Amit  Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane and spinner Axar Patel will hope to exploit the conditions.

Chennai too, laced with its battery of spinners Harbhajan, Tahir and Jadeja, will look to thrive in its backyard. Right-arm seamer Deepak Chahar, who has bowled unbroken spells up front, is expected to play a similar role against Delhi.

Chennai was the first to qualify for the last four but its poor Net Run Rate could get in the way of a top-two finish. Delhi, with a better NRR than Chennai, will be in good stead should it win against Dhoni's men.
 

Chennai Super Kings 16 Points, NRR -0.113
Remaining matches: Delhi Capitals (Chennai), Kings XI Punjab (Mohali)

Delhi Capitals 16 Points, NRR 0.233
Remaining matches: Chennai Super Kings (Chennai), Rajasthan Royals (Delhi)


Teams (from):
 

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleijn.

Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Colin Munro, Manjot Kalra.


The match will start at 8pm and live streaming is on Hotstar.