CSK vs DC, IPL 2020: Dhawan ton, Axar cameo seal five-wicket win for Delhi

CSK paid the price for a calamitous fielding display and succumbed to sixth loss; Shreyas’ Delhi Capitals went top of the table with 14 points.

Shikhar Dhawan struck a blistering hundred against CSK on Saturday.   -  BCCI/IPL

Shikhar Dhawan made Chennai Super Kings pay a heavy price for some shoddy fielding as he slammed an unbeaten 101 (58b, 14x4, 1x6) to carry Delhi Capitals to a five-wicket win at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday. CSK’s butterfingers dropped the opener four times as the side succumbed to its sixth defeat in the last eight matches even as DC went top of the table.

Despite Dhawan’s knock, the Capitals still needed 17 off the last over, but Axar Patel punished Ravindra Jadeja, slamming him for three sixes to seal the match with a ball to spare. Death-overs specialist Dwayne Bravo had one over left, but the West Indian had left the field for some treatment and Dhoni had to choose between Jadeja and Karn Sharma.

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Leather hunt

Chasing 180, DC lost Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane cheaply to Deepak Chahar, but Dhawan sent the CSK bowlers on a leather hunt, starting with Sam Curran, hitting him for two fours. Cashing in on the two reprieves he received when on 25 and 27, the Delhi batsman wasted no time in attacking Karn next, hitting him for two boundaries in the leggie’s first over. He brought up his fifty off 29 balls.

Dhoni spilled Dhawan while diving to his left off Bravo when on 50. The southpaw was dropped for the fourth time on 80 by Ambati Rayudu. In between these chances, the left-hander was at his fluent best, charging bowlers at will and unleashing his brute power, to record his maiden IPL century.

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Earlier, Faf du Plessis’s half-century (58, 47b, 6x4, 2x6) followed by cameos from Rayudu (45 n.o., 25b, 1x4, 4x6) and Jadeja (33 n.o., 13b, 4x6) helped Chennai Super Kings post 179 for four.

Du Plessis and Shane Watson (36) put on 87 runs for the second wicket, before Rayudu and Jadeja finished the innings on a strong note, slamming 67 runs in the final five overs. The South African innovated, using the scoops to pick up runs in the fine-leg area and coming up with some excellent pulls. But all of it was undone by a disastrous fielding effort.

Jadeja bowling last over was an advantage for us - Shikhar

“We knew (Dwayne) Bravo would not be able to bowl the last over and it would be bowled by Jadeja. We being left-handers, we had a certain advantage against Jadeja,” Dhawan said at the post-match press conference.

With his death-overs specialist Bravo walking off the field due to a groin injury, Dhoni asked Jadeja to bowl the last six balls after Sam Curran conceded just four runs in the penultimate over.

“Sam Curran bowled well very in the 19th over, his yorker execution was very good, dew was also there and we took advantage of that as well,” Dhawan said.

'Quality all-rounder'

Dhawan praised Axar’s contribution and said having a quality all-rounder makes a big difference. “Axar Patel has been a great asset, whenever we demand good overs from him, he does the job. He is normally very economical. Having a quality all-rounder makes a big difference,” he said.

Commenting on his own performance, Dhawan said, “I was always focussing on my process. I was playing well. I stayed positive and confident. Lots of experience behind me, changed the numbers as well.

“Every time I am scoring runs, I am making mistakes as well. I was analysing what to do, what shot to play and what not to play. I pick and choose what shots to play or strategy I should use on different kind of pitches.”

Dhawan further said the team was playing very good cricket and everyone was doing their job as DC grabbed the top spot with its latest win.

“It is a great feeling. The best thing is we are playing very good cricket, everyone is doing their job and that’s a great sign for us. We all stay hungry and we make sure that we focus on the process. We guys make sure that we stay fresh as well.” - PTI

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