Delhi Capitals won the toss and decided to bowl first. The game was held at the Dubai International Stadium on Monday. The then-league leaders Chennai Super Kings were all out to defend their position. DC brought out their best gameplay to win by three wickets at 139/7, leaving the bruised CSK plummeting to the second position with a 136/5 score.
Delhi Capitals stayed in the lead from the beginning of the contest, but let their guard down chasing a modest target of 137. In 19.4 overs, Shikhar Dhawan scored 39 off 35 balls, with Shimron Hetmyer coming along with an unbeaten 28 to push his team into a winning position. Shikhar was consistent for the better part of the innings, but the double-wicket haul from Shardul Thakur saw him fall for 39.
Hetmyer, in his first over, scored two fours off Dwayne Bravo’s bowling. He then hit Josh Hazlewood for a six. Kagiso Rabada’s fast-bowling resulted in a one-for-four to seal the three-wicket win in the last over. One of the crucial moments in the game was when Hetmeyer was put down by K Gowtham when the Delhi Capitals needed 22 from 16 balls.
The Super Kings have only lost five wickets in their innings, and when Delhi Capitals chose to field, they appeared to struggle with the bat. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis’ opening partnership did not yield any benefits. With Moeen Ali taking the early fall, and MS Dhoni getting an 18 off 27 balls, the Super Kings were facing a huge loss ahead. Luckily, Ambati Rayudu changed the scores favoring his team with an unbeaten 55, further pushing their scores beyond 136.
Before the clash, Rayudu had an unbeaten 17 with a match-winning 32 in the IPL, UAE leg. His batting impact has been limited, considering Chennai Super Kings have a solid top three. However, he once again unleashed his best skills to rescue his team from a shameful defeat. In the 12th over, he scored two fours off Avesh’s bowling. Then, in the 18th over, he hit a six and four of the same bowler.
Axar Patel and Ashwin had recorded 38 runs from eight overs. MS Dhoni, who batted ahead of Ravindra Jadeja, was poor in timing, and this proved to be a challenge for his team. Rayudu took advantage of Nortje’s bowling in the 19th over to get his half-century, giving the Super Kings a 136 score.
At the start of the 18th over, Delhi Capitals needed an 18-ball 28. Hetmyer clubbed Bravo to hit two fours in a 12-run over, including a dropped chance at long-on. This lowered the target to a 12-ball 16. Hetmyer struck Hazlewood for a six in the 19th over. Bravo had a poor start, conceding four runs from one ball. Axar was dismissed, and Bravo took on Rabada, maintaining his consistency until the game ended with two balls left.