Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings Highlights today, Monday 4-10-2021 – 50th Match (N), Indian Premier League season 14th from Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
DC win the toss and chose to bowl first.
Birthday boy Pant says: “The wicket might do something early. We want to focus on the basics since whatever we have been doing has been working for us. Ripal is debuting, and Smith goes out.”
Dhoni: “We were looking to bat first, but we weren’t sure. The wicket looks tacky. Bravo, Deepak, Robin in for Curran, Asif, and Raina.” Raina has a left knee issue.
IPL 2021 Points Table
Delhi Capitals team: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Ripal Patel, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Rishabh Pant (capt & wk) 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Avesh Khan.
Chennai Super Kings team: 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 Moeen Ali, 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Robin Uthappa, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Dwayne Bravo, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Deepak Chahar, 11 Josh Hazlewood.
Post match presentation
Dhoni: “We were looking to get close to 150. After we lost a few wickets – and around the 15-16 over wicket – we were looking good. There were shots played… and if it had come down to eight or ten deliveries, it could have made a difference. It’s a two-paced wicket – some balls come to you and some don’t. It’s not a placid wicket where you can play your shots. I felt the taller bowlers were the ones who were getting that movement. It was a very good effort [by the bowlers]. But it was important not to give away too many in the first six overs.”
Hetmyer: “It’s very important [to finish off games]. I was thinking I was out [when the catch was dropped], but the guy missed it. [Plan against Bravo?] For me it was easy. I have had a lot of practice in the CPL. I tried to go as straight as possible.”
Pant: “Not a bad birthday present, but in the end we made it tough for us. Prithvi got us to a decent start… We were always in the chase since it was a low total. Shikhar started well… [Ashwin at No 6?] Just to keep the left-right combination, that’s it! Absolutely big win, and want to be absolutely sure we finish in the top two.”
Axar Patel is the Player of the Match for his 2 for 18: “It is difficult to assess the length and line, and the pace of the ball [on such pitches]. I thought they score five or ten runs less in the powerplay. Hetmyer and I were discussing that they would bowl wide yorkers according to their field. Batting is your confidence booster, especially since we will be going to the playoffs. This confidence then helps you later.”