Oct 10 (Reuters) – Chennai Tremendous Kings breezed into the ultimate of this 12 months’s Indian Premier League (IPL) after skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s brisk cameo secured their thrilling four-wicket victory towards Delhi Capitals in Sunday’s qualifier in Dubai.
Chasing 173 for victory, three-time champions Chennai wanted 13 off the final over from Tom Curran and Dhoni smacked three boundaries to seal win with two balls to spare.
Delhi can nonetheless make Friday’s ultimate if they’ll beat the winner of Monday’s eliminator between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders within the second qualifier on Wednesday.
Brisk fifties by opener Prithvi Shaw and captain Rishabh Pant powered Delhi to a powerful 172-5 after being put into bat on the Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium.
Chennai bowler Josh Hazlewood dismissed Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer cheaply however Delhi couldn’t be denied a rollicking begin.
Delhi dropped Shaw on 42 however Chennai’s catching within the outfield was sharp although and Faf du Plessis took a blinder close to the boundary to chop shot Shaw’s knock of 60.
Pant added 83 runs with Shimron Hetmyer (37), and remained unbeaten on 51 off 35 balls.
Chennai misplaced du Plessis early of their reply however Ruturaj Gaikwad (70) and Robin Uthappa (63) saved them firmly on the right track with their century-plus partnership.
Iyer dragged Delhi again into the competition together with his electrical fielding – taking two sensible catches within the deep after which firing in a throw which resulted in Ambati Rayudu’s run out.
Former India captain Dhoni performed an important 18 not out off six balls to see his facet house.
“Clearly it is extremely disappointing, and I can not have sufficient phrases to explain how we’re feeling,” a dejected Pant mentioned.
“We’re going to rectify our errors, study from it and hopefully, we are able to transfer on and play the ultimate.”
Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in Siliguri, India; modifying by Pritha Sarkar
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