Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals to reach IPL final
Chennai Super Kings breezed into the final of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) after skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s brisk cameo secured their thrilling four-wicket victory against Delhi Capitals in Sunday’s qualifier in Dubai.
Chasing 173 for victory, three-time champions Chennai needed 13 off the last over from Tom Curran and Dhoni smacked three boundaries to seal win with two balls to spare.
Delhi can still make Friday’s final if they can beat the winner of Monday’s eliminator between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in the second qualifier on Wednesday.
Former India captain MS Dhoni managed to get his side over the line with two balls left
Brisk fifties by opener Prithvi Shaw and captain Rishabh Pant powered Delhi to a strong 172-5 after being put into bat at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Chennai bowler Josh Hazlewood dismissed Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer cheaply but Delhi could not be denied a rollicking start.
Delhi dropped Shaw on 42 but Chennai’s catching in the outfield was sharp though and Faf du Plessis took a blinder near the boundary to cut shot Shaw’s knock of 60.
Pant added 83 runs with Shimron Hetmyer (37), and remained unbeaten on 51 off 35 balls.