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IPL DC vs CSK: Delhi beat Chennai by 7 wickets

IPL 2021, CSK vs DC Match Report: Suresh Raina returned to IPL in style and Sam Curran played a blinder but it was not enough as Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw helped Delhi Capitals make light work of a 189-run target against Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai on Saturday.

Delhi Capitals won their 3rd successive match against Chennai Super Kings

Rishabh Pant got his captaincy career in the IPL off to winning start

Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan were in prime form on Saturday

MS Dhoni had said at the toss that defending totals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is not an easy task and he got his assessment spot on as Delhi Capitals made light work of an above-par 189-run target in their IPL 2021 opener on Saturday.

It was the apprentice Rishabh Pant who clinched a win over his master Dhoni to get his IPL captaincy career off to a winning start. It was also Delhi Capitals’ 3rd straight win over the 3-time champions as they had completed a double over Dhoni’s men in IPL 2020.

CSK vs DC, IPL 2021: Highlighs

Led by T20 batting masterclass from openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan, Delhi Capitals gunned down the target in just 18.4 overs to get their campaign off to a strong start. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings lost their opener in an IPL season for the first time since suffering a defeat to Punjab Kings in 2014.

T20 masterclass from Dhawan-Shaw

Chennai Super Kings had enviable depth in their batting order but they lacked firepower in the bowling unit that was needed to stop the onslaught from Dhawan and Shaw. The senior opener, who had become the first batsman in the IPL to hit two back-to-back hundreds last year, smashed 85 from just 54 balls, toying with CSK fielders in their season opener.

Dhawan and Shaw, it seemed, were having a big-hitting contest between themselves as they bulldozed the CSK bowling attack that looked hapless on the Super Saturday. Dhawan hit 2 sixes and 10 boundaries and took the Capitals close to the finish line before getting out LBW in the 17th over. Throughout Dhawan’s stay in the middle, captain MS Dhoni looked jaded as nothing was going according to play for CSK.

Shaw, on the other hand, carried his fine domestic form and proved a point to his critics, slamming a 38-ball 72. The young Mumbai opener was on top of his game as he found gaps at will and looked like hitting boundaries of every delivery he faced.

Shaw had lost his place in the Delhi Capitals squad last year after a poor run of form but the youngster looks like he has sealed the opening spot for the foreseeable future.

Both Dhawan and Shaw were not able to carry their bat, but they had done enough damage. Captain Rishabh Pant, who promoted himself to No. 3, and Marcus Stoinis completed the formality.

None of the CSK bowlers, barring Dwayne Bravo, looked like they had anything to stop the carnage from Shaw and Dhawan.

Suresh Raina’s classy 54 on IPL return ends in vain

Earlier in the day, Chennai Super Kings posted 188 despite being reduced to 7 for 2 after opening their elegant openers Faf du Plessis and Rurutaj Gaikwad inside the first 3 overs. CSK managed just 32 runs in the powerplay but Suresh Raina made sure CSK got the much-needed push in the middle overs.

Raina returned to the IPL with a bang as he hit a 54-ball 36 that was filled with free-flowing strokes, especially against the two Delhi Capitals spinners in R Ashwin and Amit Mishra.

CSK missed the middle-overs master last year but in his very first outing for CSK In IPL 2020, the left-hander made sure CSK milked 105 runs from overs 7 to 15.

Raina stitched fifty-run stands with Moeen Ali and Ambati Rayudu as the two batsmen chipped in with handy contributions.

However, Avesh Khan struck in quick succession to peg back CSK who were rescued by a Sam Curran blitzkrieg (15-ball 35) in the end.

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