As we know, that we are very close to the Vivo IPL 2021 Final. Today the Qualifier 1 will be played between no 1 and the no 3 teams from the points table. There is not much difference between the CSK team and the DC team, in terms of winning matches from the first round. Both teams played 14 matches each, the DC team got 10 victories and the CSK team got nine.
From the CSK team, F du Plessis is the leading runs scorer from his team with 546 runs. He is the second most runs scorer from the last 14 matches after KL Rahul 626. RD Gaikwad again from the CSK team, scored 533 runs, MM Ali also performed very well with scoring 303 runs. From the DC team, S Dhawan is their leading runs scorer with 544 runs, PP Shaw 401, and the captain himself 362.
From the bowling performance of both teams, the DC bowlers bowled far better than the CSK bowlers. Avesh Khan is the second most wicket-taker of the season so far with 22 wickets. AR Patel took 15 wickets and K Rabada 13. SN Thakur from the CSK team is the best bowler they have got, who took 18 wickets, DL Chahar 13, and DJ Bravo 12.
Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals Highlights today, Sunday 10-10-2021 – Qualifier 1 (N), Indian Premier League season 14th from Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Dhoni: “Want to bowl first because most of the guys have felt there’s a bit of help for fast bowlers here. And then it goes one-pace. But it’s not a wicket where things ease down. It’s a tough wicket.” The same team for Super Kings, so no Raina today.
Pant: “We have batted first enough times in the season so we are fine. But we would’ve liked to bowl. [First playoff as captain] Slightly nervous. But excited. Ripal Patel is out, Tom Curran is in. [Past experiences vs CSK] You are confident when you beat a team a few times but we can’t take the game lightly. Need to put the same effort.” Capitals bring in Tom Curran for Ripal Patel.
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.
Delhi Capitals team: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Rishabh Pant (capt & wk), 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Marcus Stoinis/ Ripal Patel, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Avesh Patel.
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 18:00 Local
Umpires – Nitin Menon, Richard Illingworth
TV Umpires – Michael Gough
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – KN Ananthapadmanabhan
Match number – Indian Premier League 2021 Qualifier 1
“Obviously it is very disappointing, and I can’t have enough words to describe how we are feeling. [Decision for the last over?] I thought Tom bowled beautifully throughout the match, and so I thought it better to use him for the last over. The score was decent, and they got off to a flier. That was the main difference. We are going to rectify our mistakes, learn from them and hopefully, we can move on and play the final.”
“Feeling grateful and happy to be able to contribute. Today is my son’s fourth birthday… We knew we had to get to a good start. There is nothing serious with that injury. There are four days to go, so should be good. There were when there were doubts [whether he would play or not].
You listen to a lot of chatter that is happening outside. I just felt I would be able to contribute. This is one of the most secure franchises going around. That only makes a player give that much back to the franchise. The final is going to be interesting. Just wanted to say to everyone out there: let’s be kind.”
Post match presentation
Player of the Match Ruturaj Gaikwad (70):
“I try to stay neutral. Every game is new so need to start afresh, need to start new. The powerplay was the crucial stage, the wicket was holding a little bit. Robin batted really well, took on bowlers. It got easier for me to stay there till the end. At times you have to take the odd risk. You have to take it one over at a time so that the required rate doesn’t go up too much. Want to stay humble.”
“My innings was a crucial one. Delhi has a very good bowling attack. They exploited the conditions well, so we knew it would be tough. I’ve not done a lot in the tournament, so wanted to look for the ball and see what the bowler can do. I was batting well in the nets. But wasn’t thinking too much, if you think too much while batting then you mess your plans up. Shardul has done decent batting, as has Deepak.
He/they are allowed to go for the shots from the first ball, unlike other top-order batters. Robin enjoys batting at the top but Moeen has been excellent at No. 3. But we have created a situation where either of them could bat at No. 3 depending on the situation and the opposition. Whenever Ruturaj and I have a chat, it’s a simple chat. Want to know what he was thinking.
It’s good to see how well he has improved. He is someone willing to bat 20 overs. Last season was the first time we didn’t qualify for playoffs. But we wanted to just make use of the 3-4 games left last season, and a lot of our batters made use of that. That is the reason why we have come back strongly this season.