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IPL 2020: Shaw sizzles as Delhi Capitals trump Chennai Super Kings

James Jose/Dubai
Filed on September 25, 2020
Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw plays a shot against the Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on Friday. - BCCI/IPL

The young opener scores his fifth IPL fifty to script a 44-run win

Opener Prithvi Shaw scored a half-century as the Delhi Capitals got the better of Chennai Super Kings in the seventh match of the Indian Premier League on Friday night.

The 20-year-old, who led India to their fourth Under-19 World Cup title in 2018, stroked his fifth IPL 50 as the Delhi Capitals handed Chennai Super Kings a 44-run defeat at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Chasing a target of 176, Chennai Super Kings faltered yet again as they scrambled to 131 for 7. Faf du Plessis again played a lone hand with 43 from 35 balls with four boundaries.

Kagiso Rabada was the pick of the bowlers with three for 26, while Anrich Nortje took two for 21.

And while Delhi have won two from two, three-time champions the Chennai Super Kings suffered their second successive loss.

Earlier, Shaw, who became the second youngest Indian after the great Sachin Tendulkar to score a century in Test cricket and the youngest Indian on Test debut, clubbed 64 from 43 deliveries with nine boundaries and one six.

Shaw and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan made amends after falling cheaply against Kings XI Punjab in their first game, by giving a decent start for the Delhi Capitals.

Shaw, who had made five on that occasion, displayed an array of strokes and was well complemented by Dhawan.

Southpaw Dhawan, who had fallen for a duck in that game, made a brisk 35 from 27 balls with the help of three boundaries and a six.

It was a solid stand by the duo and their opening partnership was worth 94 before leg spinner Piyush Chawla brought an end to it by having Dhawan leg before.

Having made the inroad, the Chennai Super Kings got another with MS Dhoni effecting a stumping off Chawla, to see the back of Shaw.

Rishabh Pant and captain Shreyas Iyer then put on 58 runs for the third wicket to take the Delhi Capitals to that total.

Pant remained unbeaten on 37 from 25 balls with five boundaries, while Iyer made 26 from 22 with a lone boundary.

Chawla finished up with 2 for 33 from his four overs.

Earlier, Chennai Super Kings skipper the talismanic MS Dhoni called right at the toss yet again and what has been standard operating procedure until now, invited the Delhi Capitals to have first dig.

The Delhi Capitals made two changes to their playing XI with veteran leg spinner Amit Mishra, one of the elder statesmen of the team, replacing the injured R Ashwin, while Avesh Khan came in for Mohit Sharma.

The Chennai Super Kings made one change with Lungi Ngidi, who leaked 56 runs against the Rajasthan Royals at Sharjah, making way for Josh Hazelwood.

The Delhi Capitals made a cautious yet solid start with the openers taking them to 30 for no loss in five overs and 36 for no wicket in the powerplay.

Shaw then worked a single off left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja to reach his 50 from 35 balls with eight fours.

CSK openers Murali Vijay and Shane Watson wilted under the Capitals bowling and scratched their way before being dismissed by Axar Patel and Nortje respectively.

CSK were 34 for 2 and it then became 44-3 after Ruturaj Gaikwad, one of the heavy scorers on India's domestic circuit, was run out.

Kedhar Jadhav hung in there with du Plessis and made a 21-ball 26. 

Brief scores:

Delhi Capitals: 175-3 in 20 overs (Prithvi Shaw 64, Rishabh Pant 37 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 35, Shreyas Iyer 26, Piyush Chawla 2-33) beat Chennai Super Kings: 131-7 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 43, Kedhar Jadhav 26, MS Dhoni 15, Kagiso Rabada 3-26, Anrich Nortje 2-21) by 44 runs.

james@khaleejtimes.com

 


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