IPL 2019, Match 5- DC vs CSK- Delhi Wicket was a Lot Better than the Chennai One Says Shane Watson
Defending champions Chennai Super Kings continued their winning run in IPL 12 as they won the 5th match of IPL 12 by 6 wickets and with a couple of deliveries to spare. It was largely possible due to the exceptional bowling performance. Delhi Capitals fought hard but the target proved to way too less in the end. Eventually, CSK completed a 6 wickets victory with a couple of deliveries to spare.
It was Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer who won the toss and opted to bat. Openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan came out to begin proceedings for Delhi. Prithvi Shaw looked in good touch from the outset and struck some exceptional shots to get going. He smashed 5 fours during his knock of 24 which came in just 16 deliveries. He was deceived by a good slower delivery from Deepak Chahar.
Shreyas Iyer also looked in good touch and scored 18 before getting dismissed by Imran Tahir. It was a terrific delivery by Imran Tahir which beat him all ends up and struck his pads adjacent to the stumps. Shikhar Dhawan played well but failed to find the gaps on a consistent basis.
MS Dhoni returns with the last laugh for Chennai Super Kings
It was Rishabh Pant who started off the carnage with a knock of 25 runs of 12 deliveries. He looked in great touch and smashed a couple of fours and a six during his knock. After his dismissal, it was a downward slope for Delhi as they kept losing wickets on a consistent basis. CSK bowlers came back strongly and restricted Delhi to a score of 147 runs.
It was Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu who started off proceedings for Chennai. CSK lost Rayudu early but Watson was at his best. He looked in good touch and scored 44 of 26 deliveries which were studded with 4 fours and a couple of sixes. Suresh Raina looked in good touch and scored 30 to get CSK close to the winning target.
The Delhi Capitals bowlers made a good comeback towards the later stages of the match but the target was way too less in the end. Captain MS Dhoni remained unbeaten 32 of 35 deliveries which included a couple of fours and a six. The winning run was hit by Dwayne Bravo in the final over of Kagiso Rabada as CSK registered a 6 wickets victory by a couple of deliveries to spare.
Here is what Man of the Match Shane Watson said at the post-match presentation
It was a little better than Chennai, the wicket. It was a bit slow, so it was nice to get a few out of the middle. I got a calf injury in the Big Bash, and I’m just trying to bat well. The PSL was a lot of fun, and great to be able to reconnect with the Chennai guys again.
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