Indian Premier League, 2019 |Qualifier 2 |5/10/2019 Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
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Man of the Match, Faf du Plessis says that they didn't have the best of runs in the last 5-6 games and is happy that they played their best in the bigger game. Admits that they started a bit scratchily and feels their strength is to maximize the partnership even if they go 3-4 overs without runs as they have good finishers down the order. Smiles and says that Watson thanked him for his support and taking the pressure off him earlier. Terms it great to win to get into the final. On the miscommunication in the first over, Faf jokes that he almost ran three and they were very fortunate not to lose a wicket that time.
Chennai skipper, MS Dhoni is all smiles and says that it's an usual route (reaching the final via Qualifier 2) and last year was an exception. Feels it's always tacky initially in the matches starting early and the spinners get good support. Adds that they kept picking wickets at the right time and that didn't allow Delhi to get going. Mentions that it was important to get the openers out and feels the timing of the wickets was really crucial. On the use of his spinners, MS replies that credit goes to the trio (Jadeja, Harbhajan, Tahir) and it's up to them on how quickly they read the situations. Feels they had to put in the hard yard and be at their best in these conditions which is really commendable. Thanks his bowling department and reckons it's because of them they are in the final. Reckons in a pressure game, he would have preferred his openers to score more runs and thinks why not stay till the end and get those extra runs under their belt.
Shane Watson is also up for a chat. He says that it was one of those nights and mentions that the faith Chennai show in him is unbelievable. Admits that he took some time to find the rhythm but then everything fell in place. Praises Faf du Plessis for his batting and feels it worked out really well as Faf's knock helped him to settle down. On the age of his side, Watson replies there are huge positives about age and reckons that experienced players know more of what to do in different situations. Adds that Mumbai are a good team and it's going to be a great challenge for them. Hopes to take the momentum forward from this match. On MS Dhoni, Watson replies that MS is an amazing person, so calm and always shows faith in all the people, and the Aussie has learnt a lot from him.
Delhi skipper, Shreyas Iyer, admits that they did not have much runs on the board. Smiles by saying that it was a great season for Delhi. Says that they expected a slower wicket, given that the soil used on the Delhi and Visakhapatnam pitches is the same but then blames the batsmen for not taking the responsibility of staying in the middle. However, does not want to put the blame on the pitches since as a professional, one cannot complain. On his captaincy stint, Shreyas says that he has learnt a lot from seniors like MS Dhoni and continues to learn from his team mates, especially during tough situations. Further stresses that as a captain, you get to be involved in the management as you get involved in team selections and stuff. Now, he understands what Rohit Sharma and others meant when they used to say that captaincy is difficult. Is proud of the way team gelled this season and reckons that he enjoyed a lot.
Dreams shattered for Delhi. They played so well in this edition and reached this stage but failed to cross the second-last hurdle. Their batting didn't come good in this crunch game and only managed a paltry total on the board. In defense, their bowlers initiated well in the first four overs but once Faf du Plessis pressed on the accelerator, their bowlers ran helter-skelter. Keemo Paul was the bowler who was targeted the most. The rest put in a decent effort but that wasn't enough on the night.
A thumping win for Chennai and they have set a date with their arch rivals for the ultimate showdown. Qualifier 2 brought plenty of pressure along with it but given the experience of Chennai, they absorbed everything beautifully and put up a clinical performance. Their bowling was right on the money and then their openers almost put the chase to bed by raising an 81-run stand. Watson and du Plessis scored their respective fifties and showed that there is no substitute for experience.
I Sharma to D Bravo, Four leg byes! Chennai win by 6 wickets and march into their 8th League final in 10 years! Also, this is their 100th win! A touch short in length and drifting down the leg side, Bravo shuffles across the stumps to flick it across the line but misses. It kisses his thigh pad and screams past the diving keeper for a boundary at fine leg.
I Sharma to A Rayudu, Shortish and on off, Rayudu tucks it through mid-wicket for a run.
Dwayne Bravo is the new batsman.
I Sharma to MS Dhoni, OUT! What an anti-climax! The crowd is stunned. Dhoni holes out with just two more needed. Ishant gets a wicket by bowling it short. Dhoni pulls it across the line in front of square leg and Paul catches it near the fence. Sharma raises his hands in celebration.
I Sharma to MS Dhoni, A back foot punch from MSD but he finds the extra cover fielder inside the ring.
I Sharma to MS Dhoni, Almost a boundary! Dhoni jumps out of the crease to take it on the full and pumps it over the bowler's head. Munro rushes across to his left from long on to make the stop. Two runs saved.
I Sharma to MS Dhoni, Beaten! Ishant lands it on a good length outside off, going straight on after landing, Dhoni pushes inside the line and misses.
END OF OVER 18 | 9 Runs & 0 Wkt | CSK 144/3
Ishant Sharma to bowl what could be the last over for Qualifier 2.
K Paul to A Rayudu, Tries to tap and run by pushing it towards point but Dhoni sends Rayudu back. 9 from the over, another four needed.
K Paul to A Rayudu, FOUR! Another four needed for a win! Short in length and wide outside off, Rayudu latches onto it and whacks it through point for a crackling boundary.
K Paul to A Rayudu, Slower short ball on off, at 109.4 kph, Rayudu is early into his pull shot and takes a blow on his body.
K Paul to A Rayudu, The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
K Paul to A Rayudu, FOUR! Eased away! Not for the first time Paul has erred in his line this evening. Goes down the leg side and it's easily flicked down to fine leg for a boundary.
K Paul to MS Dhoni, Angling down the leg side, Dhoni tries to flick but misses. It goes off his pads to square leg and they cross for a leg bye.
END OF OVER 17 | 8 Runs & 0 Wkt | CSK 135/3
Keemo Paul is back on. 41 in 2 overs from him so far...
T Boult to A Rayudu, Bowls it full and on middle, Rayudu gets behind the line and blocks it back. 8 from the over, 13 needed more off 3 overs.