Chennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Capitals by four wickets in the qualifier 1 of 2021 IPL. The Crowd witnessed a wonderful game at Dubai International stadium, chasing a target of 173, CSK top-order batsmen Ruturaj Gaikwad (70) and Robin Uthappa (63) played brilliantly to keep CSK in the hunt. CSK registered a memorable win and sealed their spot in the finals.
CSK Skipper MS Dhoni decided to bowl first after winning the toss. DC opener Prithiv shaw started off aggressively and scored runs by hitting more boundaries. CSK put pressure back on Dc by dismissing Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer in a short period. Shaw kept on Scoring quick runs before Faf du Plessis took a good catch to send him back for 60 runs.
DC captain Rishabh Pant and Hetmyer added 83 runs for the fifth wicket and helped their team to reach a good total to defend. While Hetmyer scored 37 runs, Pant remained unbeaten on 51. Shardul Thakur bowled brilliantly and finished off without conceding a boundary in the 20th over.
Anich Nortje stunned CSK by dismissing Appointments du Plessis in the fourth ball of the second innings. Nortje clean bowled du Plessis for just 1 run. But Gaikwad and Uthappa took the game away from Delhi Capitals with a partnership of 110 runs for the second wicket.
Shreyas Iyer brought Delhi Capitals back into the game with his electrifying fielding. Earlier, Iyer took an excellent catch near the boundary rope to dismiss Uthappa then at long-on to remove Thakur. He made a powerful single handed throw to run out Rayudu.
CSK needed 13 runs in the final over. Captain Cool, MS Dhoni finished off in style by hitting three Consecutive boundaries. Dhoni proved that he is the greatest finisher ever. CSK will play the final for the 9th time, highest by any team in the IPL history.