IPL 2021: Dhoni finishes off in style as CSK enter finaltext_fields
Dubai: MS Dhoni struck 18 off six balls as Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals by four wickets in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2021, making it to the final with a superb victory, as per an IANS report.
Chasing Delhi's score of 172/5, Chennai reached 173/6 with two balls to spare. In the chase of 173 runs, CSK lost their opener Faf du Plessis in the first over but later a 110-run stand between Ruturaj Gaikwad (70) and Robin Uthappa (63) put Capitals on the backfoot. Tom Curran (3/29) struck twice in an over that brought DC back in the game. CSK needed 13 runs in the final over where MS Dhoni was seen in his old touch.
Dhoni hit winning runs and remained not out with a strike rate of 300. Chennai will now play the finals on Friday, October 15 in Dubai while Delhi will get one more chance for and an entry in the finals as they will play in Qualifier 2 on Wednesday. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Eliminator on Monday, where the winner will play Qualifier 2 vs Delhi
Brief Scores: Delhi Capitals 172/5 in 20 overs (Prithvi Shaw 60, Rishabh Pant 51 not out, Josh Hazlewood 2/29, Ravindra Jadeja 1/23) lost to Chennai Super Kings 173/6 in 19.4 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 70, Robin Uthappa 63, MS Dhoni 16not out; Tom Curran 3/29, Anrich Nortje 1/31).