IPL 2020, DC vs CSK: MS Dhoni criticized his players for dropping several catches.© BCCI / IPL
Delhi Capitals (DC) defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by five wickets in the 34th match of IPL 2020 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday. As the Delhi-based franchise needed 17 runs for the final and an in-form Shikhar Dhawan to negotiate, CSK skipper MS Dhoni handed the ball to Ravindra Jadeja instead of Dwayne Bravo who he usually trusts in such situations. Jadeja failed to deliver the desired impact, with Axar Patel hitting him for three sixes. The veteran Indian cricketer cited Bravo’s lack of fitness and inability to take the field after going out as the factor that influenced his decision.
“Bravo wasn’t fit. He went out and didn’t come back. The options were Jaddu and Karn. I went with Jaddu,” said the CSK skipper when asked about the final at the post-race conference.
Dhoni also praised DC opener Shikhar Dhawan who scored his first century in the IPL. However, he criticized his fielders for dropping the batsman multiple times.
“Shikhar’s wicket was important, but we dropped him a number of times. If he keeps hitting, he will keep the success rate high. Also the wicket played better in the second half, but we can’t take the credit away from Shikhar., ”He added.
The DC opener hit 101 runs from 58 deliveries in an innings consisting of fourteen boundaries and a six, to help his side beat a daunting 180 goal. Previously, CSK posted a total of 179 runs for the loss of four wickets, after Dhoni won the coin toss and chose to hit.
South African batsman Faf du Plessis was the highest points-scorer, with 58 runs on 47 deliveries in an innings consisting of six borders and two sixes.
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