After a disciplined performance from their bowlers, Shimron Hetmyer’s intelligent batting in the last over helped Delhi Capitals beat Chennai Super Kings by three wickets to occupy the top position in the IPL points table. Chasing a target of 137, Delhi needed 28 runs in the last three overs to win. Hetmyer took 12 runs off Dwayne Bravo and then 10 runs off Josh Hazlewood’s over. Now Delhi needed only six runs in the last over, which despite losing the wicket of Axar Patel, he got it with two balls to spare. Hetmyer remained unbeaten on 28 off 18 balls. Earlier, Delhi bowlers restricted Chennai to 136 runs for five wickets. Ambati Rayudu scored an unbeaten 55 off 43 balls for Chennai, but the rest of the batsmen could not run.
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Delhi started very aggressively and Prithvi Shaw hit three fours in seven balls. However, he was caught by Faf du Plessis in mid-off off Deepak Chahar’s bouncing ball. Hazlewood conceded just three runs in the fourth over, but Shikhar Dhawan (39 off 35 balls) hit Chahar for 21 runs in the fifth over with two sixes and two fours. Hazlewood sends Shreyas Iyer (two) cheaply to the pavilion. Ravindra Jadeja took the wicket of Rishabh Pant (15). Ripple Patel, playing the first match, hit two fours, but lost his wicket to Jadeja. R Ashwin also could not stand and Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by Thakur. Delhi’s score was 99 for six after 15 overs.
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Hetmyer then pulled him out of trouble. Krishnappa Gautam also gave Hetmyer a lifeline which cost Chennai dearly. Earlier, in the 19th over of Chennai’s innings, Rayudu completed his half-century by hitting Enrich Nortje for fours and sixes. Chennai scored 14 runs in this over. Fast bowler Avesh Khan, however, bowled brilliantly in the last over and conceded just four runs. He once again took the wicket of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (18). Rayudu hit five fours and two sixes in his innings.
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Delhi’s bowlers got off to a poor start when Nortje conceded 16 runs in the first over, nine of which were from leg byes. Pant could not stop the ball even after diving behind the wicket. Openers Rituraj Gaikwad and du Plessis, who have given Chennai a great start so far, failed to make a big score today. Gaikwad was given out lbw, but the decision was changed after taking a review. Du Plessis hit Avesh for two fours. Chennai had scored 26 runs in the first two overs.
After this, spinner Axar Patel got du Plessis caught by Shreyas Iyer at midwicket. On the other hand, Gaikwad missed the attempt to play a pull shot in the fifth over and was caught by Ravichandran Ashwin off Nortje. After the sixth over of the powerplay, Chennai’s score was 28 for two. Chennai scored 69 for four in ten overs, but Axar got Moeen Ali and Ashwin dismissed Robin Uthappa, replacing Suresh Raina.