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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) once again produced a brilliant bowling effort to restrict Delhi Capitals for a mere 147 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Dwayne Bravo, who brought Chennai back in the game after going for 17 runs in the first over admitted that change of pace is the key in this type of wickets.
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer elected to bat first after winning the toss at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Prithvi Shaw, who failed in the last match, got the home side off to a flier. He smacked Shardul Thakur for three boundaries in a single over to set the tone for the Capitals. However, Deepak Chahar was outstanding from the other end as continuously bowled on the body of the batsmen. Prithvi Shaw trying to be over-aggressive against Chahar holed out to Shane Watson at the mid-wicket region.
With 36 for one, skipper Shreyas Iyer joined Shikhar Dhawan in the middle aiming to stitch a partnership. The pair added 36 runs for the second wicket but was relatively slow eating up too many balls in the process. Just when Iyer tried to shift gears, veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir trapped him to trigger a collapse. Rishabh Pant, who led a carnage at Wankhede started to look dangerous hitting a few boundaries. But experienced Dwayne Bravo kept his calm as he got the priceless wicket of Pant (25) in the 16th over. He made Colin Ingram his second victim in the same over while Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Keemo Paul in the next over to have Delhi Capitals at 123 for five.
Dhawan, meanwhile, from the other end, completed his half-century but soon departed giving Dwayne Bravo his third wicket. The home side failed to recover from it as they only managed to post 147 runs on the board. Bravo who returned with three for 33 including the key wicket of Rishabh Pant admitted that it is a two-paced wicket and change of pace is necessary here.
Here is what Dwayne Bravo said:
“It’s a bit two-paced, and the change of pace is very important on this wicket. Small totals like this are tricky and the powerplay will be a crucial period for us. They have a good bowling attack, but if we bat well, we will win. It’s tough bowling four overs in the end, but I’m ready to bowl wherever the skipper asks me to. Whenever I am called upon to bat bowl or field, I am ready. I love cricket. We would take this total, but it’ll be tricky if we lose early wickets. If we bat smart we will win this.”