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Indian Premier League: Chennai Go Top of Table, Delhi Beat Kolkata

Indian Premier League: Chennai Go Top of Table, Delhi Beat Kolkata Photo: TT
MS Dhoni won Chennai another match

The Chennai Super Kings beat the Rajasthan Royals by 4 wickets, reaching their victory target off the last ball of the match.

Put into bat in Jaipur after losing the toss, Rajasthan got off to a reasonable start, but then lost wickets steadily. First to go was Ajinkya Rahane , lbw to Deepak Chahar for 14, followed by Jos Buttler, who hit one six, but was caught by Ambati Rayudu off Shardul Thakar for 23. The next man to fall was Sanju Samson, caught off the bowling of Mitchell Santner, and then Ravichandran Jadeja struck twice, removing Rahul Tripathi for 10, and then the prized wicket of Steve Smith for 15.

Ben Stokes and Riyan Parag added 35, before Parag was caught behind off Thakar for 16, and then Stokes, who top scored with 28, was bowled by Thakar. It was left to Jofra Archer (13 not out) and Shreyas Gopal (19 not out) to add some late runs as the Royals closed on 151 – 7.

Chennai got off to a poor start, losing Shane Watson without scoring to the bowling of Dhawal Kulkarni. Suresh Raina was then run out by Archer, and Faf du Plessis caught off Jaydev Unadkat. When Kedar Jadhav was caught by Stokes off Archer, they had been reduced to 24 – 4.

However, Rayudu and his captain MS Dhoni came to the rescue with a stand of 95 for the 5th wicket. Rayudu was caught by Gopal off Stokes for 57, having hit 3 sixes, and then Dhoni was bowled by the England man for 58, also having struck 3 sixes. But Santner and Jadeja got the runs needed, squeezing home with a six off the last ball of the match.

Dhoni was named man of the match.

The Delhi Capitals beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets.

Put into bat after losing the toss, home side Kolkata lost Joe Denly off the very first ball, bowled by Ishant Sharma. Shubman Gill and Robin Uthappa then added 63 before Uthappa became the next man to fall, caught behind off Kagiso Rabada for 28. Nitish Rana added 30 with Gill, but he was bowled by Chris Morris for 11, before Gill fell top-scoring with 65, including 2 sixes, with Keemo Paul the bowler.

In the next over Dinesh Karthik fell to Rabada, but there was a typically belligerent contribution from Andre Russell who scored 45 from just 21 deliveries, including 4 sixes. He was caught off the bowling of Morris and Carlos Braithwaite fell to his West Indian team mate Paul, but Piyush Chawla, who finished 14 not out, helped his side close on 178 – 7.

In response Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan put on 32 for the first wicket before Shaw was the first man to fall, caught for 14 by Karthik with Prasidh Krishna the bowler. Shreyas Iyer went cheaply caught by Karthik off Russell but Dhawan and Risbabh Pant then combined in a stand of 105 that effectively won the match for their side. Pant, who hit 2 sixes, eventually fell to the bowling of Rana for 46. However, Colin Ingram came in and scored 14 off just 6 balls as Delhi cruised home, the only disappointment for them being is that Dhawan, who scored 97 not out, including 2 sixes, did not have time to complete his century.

He did have the consolation of the man of the match award though.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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