October 18, 2020 7:48:22 am
Two left-handers, Shikhar Dhawan and Axar Patel, have been within the final over with Delhi Capitals needing 17 runs and MS Dhoni’s best choice Dwayne Bravo off the sphere with a niggle. That left the Chennai Super Kings captain with both leg-spinner Karn Sharma or Ravindra Jadeja and Dhoni, understandably, went with the left-arm spinner.
Sharma would have been a chance with his slowish leg-breaks and Jadeja was the safer possibility, although extra predictable. Dhoni maybe thought that if Dhawan went off strike, Jadeja’s quickish and correct balls full outside-off stump might do the trick for him. As it turned out, Dhawan did get off strike first ball however Axar saved swinging the white ball into the night time sky as Capitals overhauled 179/4 with a ball to spare and regained high spot for the second.
Axar didn’t panic and reeled off three sixes down the bottom to settle the problem. The actual blame, although, should relaxation with the butter-fingered CSK fielders who gave Dhawan three particular reprieves. He was dropped on 25 by Deepak Chahar, on 50 by Dhoni himself, and on 90 by Ambati Rayudu – all three have been regulation possibilities.
Irrespective of these reprieves, it was an excellent knock from Dhawan as proper by way of his whirlwind knock, he would have recognized the chase could be derailed if he received out. He had a transparent concept about his scoring areas, had the talent to seek out gaps, and went at it with medical precision. No one else might discover any timing, nobody had his intent, and nobody might actually come to phrases with a slowing pitch. Apart from Patel, in fact, proper ultimately.
Jadeja provides CSK an opportunity
Earlier, Jadeja slammed a 13-ball 33 to launch CSK to 179 for Four as 45 runs got here within the final three overs. He took on newcomer Tushar Deshpande and arguably the perfect tempo duo within the competitors – Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje – to assist put up an honest complete, which nearly proved adequate.
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