This was supposed to be a good contest between the two sides specially after CSK’s batting came out good but in the end it was no contest at all. DC openers came out set from the dressing room they just timed everything from the middle of the bat. Earlier in the day when CSK was put into the bat by DC they had the worst possible start as they were reduced to 7 for 2 inside 3 overs. But Chinna Thala and Moeen did some rebuilding work and they Sam Curran and Ravi Jadeja did the finishing. Suresh Raina looked the old Raina and was unfortunately run out but they ended up on a par score but Wankhede is a bad place to defend a target and CSK got to know that by the pummeling they got by Prithvi and Shikhar. For Delhi Chris Woakes bowled beautifully in absence of Rabada and Nortje.
Highest successful chases vs CSK
206 KXIP Abu Dhabi 2014
191 KKR Chennai 2012
189 DC Mumbai 2021 *
189 KXIP Mohali 2011
189 KKR Centurion 2009
MS Dhoni | CSK (losing) captain: A lot depended on dew, and that factor played on our mind from the start and that’s why we wanted to get as many runs as possible. The batters they did a good job to reach 188, because it was tacky until dew settled in 50 minutes later. We could have bowled slightly better, and if batters are hitting you over the fields, that’s fair enough. The execution of the bowlers was poor and there were boundary balls that they bowled, but the bowlers will have learned and they will apply that in the future games. The opposition have half an hour in a 7:30 start, when the pitch is really tacky and the ball stops a bit, so we need to get 15-20 runs extra to be safe. If we get dew consistently, then 200 will be a must on a pitch like this. Their (Delhi) bowlers bowled a great line when it was stopping and seaming a bit, and the openers got really good balls in which they got out and that can happen in a game like this.
Rishabh Pant | DC (winning) captain: It always feels good when you get the win in the end. In the middle phase, I was under some pressure. But Avesh and Tom (Curran) did well in the middle to restrict them to 188. It was very special walking out for the toss with MS. He has been my go to man. I have learnt a lot from him. We were thinking as to what we will do without Nortje and Rabada and I thought we had to do with the options we have. No, there was no effort for the NRR as it is still early stages in the tournament. Prithvi and Shikhar did well for us in the powerplay. They kept it simple and played some good cricketing shots.
Shikhar Dhawan is the man of the match.