18 Oct 2020

Gabbar dances in spotlight as CSK face yet another defeat!

By cricinsane

With each of 8 teams having played 8 games before the start of the double headers, the weekend games were crucial for multiple teams to keep their stake alive in the Dream11 IPL 2020. While there looks virtually no change ups in the top 3 positions (unless RCB does a real RCB), the 4th position has 5 different teams contending for it. The SRH and KKR, so to say, were the two most inconsistent teams where their performance lacked intent and direction barring one or two exceptional games. Royals had been let down once again by their poor captaincy and decision making. But the onus heavily resided on the giants of the game. Chennai Super Kings. The wounded lions emerged victorious in their previous outing, and fans awaited eagerly for CSK to do a real CSK this time and safely secure the number 4 position. However, that was no easy task as it was a match up against the table toppers Delhi Capitals. Delhi’s camp had performed exceptionally this season despite injuries keeping some of their important players out of the game. Every player had stepped up at one time or the other and rightly claimed their player of the match award.

Iyer, who had injured himself the previous game, left fear amongst the team management and fans, only until he came to the middle and tossed the coin. The coin fell Thala’s way and he chose to bat, roping in Jadhav for Chawla considering the Sharjah ground’s dimension. The cute kid Curran was sent to open with Faf once again, but he was removed in the very first over by the impressive Mumbai speedster Tushar. Watson joined duPlessis to confidently hit boundaries through the powerplay and gave a modest start to the team. With consistent hitting, CSK reached 71/1 during the halfway mark which ensured that the experienced duo could go all guns blazing to accelerate the scoring. While Faf raised another fabulous fifty against his name in the tournament, Watson was sent back by a searing delivery from Nortje, hitting the top of the middle stump. Rayudu joined to keep the momentum going, but Rabada striked immediately to leave a double dent in the CSK lineup by removing Faf. Captain cool Dhoni clearly didn’t own the IPL 2020 for himself as he fell cheaply going for a big heave off Nortje. Jadeja proved handy once again by slashing a quickfire 33 of 13 balls to take the team’s total to 179/4.

Delhi boasted a power packed batting lineup and it looked very much possible that if one of their premier batsmen stayed through the innings, the chase should be easily completed. Shaw played another poor shot flicking an outswinging delivery of Chahar only to take a leading edge walk back for another duck. Rahane’s horrific IPL continued as he tried to slash the ball which landed in the hands of Curran. Had that been a hard, swinging red ball, it would have raced to the boundary in no time. But Rahane’s test match elegance didn’t prove handy for himself here. Skipper Shreyas joined Dhawan and by the end of powerplay DC collected 41 runs with the loss of two wickets. The RRR had already climbed to 10 by that time, but the audacious pair never looked panicked. Dhawan nailed a boundary off almost every over and kept the run rate in check, while Iyer skied a few sixes. Delhi were also in a similar position like CSK by the end of 10 overs and by that time the pitch started to slow down drastically. Bravo released a slower ball and Iyer tried to clear the boundary only to hit the ball early and looping it to the long on fielder. Stoinis came in, but nothing stopped Dhawan. He was going and going after every single CSK bowler fearlessly. Throughout the innings, Dhawan never lowered his guard and it was so apt for him that the fortune favours the fearless. While the equation read 51 from last 5 overs, Stoinis top edged a short ball from Thakur and left Dhawan alone in the middle to see the chase through. Carey couldn’t carry himself in the pressure as he never looked settled in the middle. Dhawan brought up his maiden IPL century but the ambience was in no mood to celebrate as the tension wore down to the last over leaving DC to score 15 runs. Dhoni handed the ball to Jadeja and Axar patel hit him for 3 sixes to finish the game flamboyantly. Another match and another defeat to CSK, however this time it was a hard fought defeat though, but DC are definitely the team to watch out for in the IPL as they marched past all of their opponents.

The match saw some interesting stats and moments roll down a few times. Twitter was at it’s hilarious best throughout the game.

  1. Gabbar’s game : Dhawan played a swashbuckling knock to score 101 of 58 at a strike rate of 178+. After playing 13 years of IPL, he managed to etch a glorious century to his name. But his knock was something more special than that. Just to quote, Dhawan played a dot ball in 13.5 over only his previous dot ball coming in the second over. 
  1. Delhi daredevils : Delhi was one amongst a few teams who knew how to operate a run chase well. In the game against CSK, Delhi batsmen managed to score at least one boundary every over which kept the run rate under check. Dhawan alone managed to score 15 boundaries and a six while the others managed to steer a couple of them against their name.
  1. Another DMoM for Axar : Axar Patel had been the unsung hero of DC in each of their victories in the tournament so far. Skipper Shreyas mentioned during the post match presentation that Axar had been performing consistently and his preparation had been top notch with both bat and ball. While other bowlers went for a few runs in the match, Axar gave away just 23 runs off 4 overs at an economy of 5.75. He came out to bat to do the final rights by hammering 21 from 5 balls. He had always been in coach Ricky’s dressing room MoM list.
  1. Dhoni’s decision : Dhoni made a bold decision to bring in Jadhav for Chawla. However, he didn’t contribute with the bat or ball. Also, since Bravo left the field due to injury, Dhoni didn’t have an option but to go to his trusted spinner Jaddu. Had Chawla played the game, he would have contributed a couple of overs which could have altered the nature of the game flow.