Chennai Super Kings produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to beat Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier 2 game of the Indian Premier League played at Visakhapatnam.
With this result, Chennai have qualified for the finals for the second year in a row. Chennai bowlers did an excellent job to restrict Delhi to a modest total. In reply, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis smashed half-centuries to see Chennai complete a six-wicket win over Delhi.
Chasing 148 runs to win, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis got the side off to an excellent start. The duo put on a 81-run partnership to lay down an ideal platform for the likes of Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu to play their natural game.
Faf Du Plessis delivered yet another solid batting performance and scored 50 off 39 balls with the help of seven boundaries. He was well supported by Watson, who found form with the bat and scored 50 off 32 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes.
Trent Boult managed to break the opening partnership and provide crucial breakthrough for Delhi Capitals. He dismissed Du Plessis in the 11th over of the innings to see Chennai lose their first wicket. Watson did not any longer as he was dismissed by Leg-spinner Amit Mishra in the 13th over of the innings.
Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni chipped in with scores to see Chennai complete the chase in the 19th over of the innings.
For Delhi Capitals, the new-ball pair of Trent Boult and Ishant Sharma bowled well and picked up two wickets between them. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra produced a decent performance and picked up the wicket of Watson.
Chennai Super Kings delivered a clinical performance to beat Delhi Capitals to set up a final clash with Mumbai Indians on 12th May.
Earlier in the day, Chennai Skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bowl first. Pace bowler Deepak Chahar made early breakthrough with the new-ball and dismissed Prithvi Shaw.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan got off to a brisk start and failed to produce a big innings for Delhi Capitals. He scored 18 off 14 balls with the help of three boundaries. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh dismissed Dhawan to see Chennai take firm control of the game.
Colin Munro also failed to capitalize on his good starts and scored 27 off 24 balls with the help of boundaries. Left-arm orthodox spinner Ravendra Jadeja dismissed Munro to see Delhi Capitals lose their third wicket with 57 runs on the board.
Captain Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel and Sherfane Rutherford perished in quick succession to see Delhi reduced to 102 for 6 after 15.5 overs. Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant produced a vital innings for Chennai and scored 38 off 25 balls to push Chennai beyond 130-run mark. The tail certainly chipped in with scores to see Delhi post 147 for 9 in 20 overs.
For Chennai, Deepak Chahar and Harbhajan Singh bowled well and picked up four wickets between them. Ravendra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo also chipped in with crucial wickets for the side in this game.
Faf Du Plessis was named man of the match for his brilliant half-century against Delhi Capitals. Reigning Champions Chennai Super Kings will take on Mumbai Indians in the finals of Indian Premier League on 12th May at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.