IPL 2023, DC vs CSK: Conway, Gaikwad take CSK to record 12th playoffs; close to top-two finish
IPL 2023, Delhi Capitals (DC) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Ruturaj Gaikwad-Devon Conway's 141-run stand, Deepak Chahar's 3-22 and David Warner's 86 are top performances. CSK beat Delhi Capitals and becomes only franchise to enter playoffs 12 times in the history.
Brief Scores: CSK 223-3 (Conway 87, Gaikwad 79; Sakariya 1-36) beat DC 146-9 (Warner 86, Axar 15; Chahar 3-22) by 77 runs.
The 67th Match of Tata IPL 2023 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals was ready to give us our 2nd team to play in the playoff with a win for CSK meaning they will secure a playoff place. Chennai Super Kings became the first team in the history of IPL to play all their 14 matches in their home ground as the “Dhoni Mania” continued in Arun Jaitley Stadium too with more ‘Yelove’ fans than the red and blue. Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first on this dryish wicket.
Player Of The Match: Ruturaj Gaikwad (79 off 50)
The Energy Hyped With CSK’s Ruturaj- Devon’s Innings Against Delhi
The fantabulous opening stand for CSK continued as Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway flurried with 141 runs stand for the opening stand inside 15 overs. The opening partnership already put CSK ahead in the game as they accumulated 148 runs in 15 overs. Lalit Yadav was tonked for 19 runs in the 16th over and CSK carried on with the momentum with three sixes from Shivam Dube. Though Conway was dismissed on 87, Jadeja’s seven balls and 20 runs ensured CSK crossed the 200-run mark to end up with 223-3 at the end of 20 overs.
Delhi Capital were back to their original self as their opener Prithvi Shaw gifted a wicket in the second over of the innings. The top order folded under pressure again after one odd good innings in the previous match, as both Phil Salt and Rilee Rossouw were dismissed on consecutive deliveries. Chasing 224, they needed their captain to fire which he did but all the other batters had already given up on any hope of chasing this mammoth total down as Deepak Chahar was the star with the ball for CSK inside the power play and the 2nd half specialist Matheesha Patheerana was the star between overs 10 to 20 to restrict the flow of runs for DC, as CSK won by humongous 77 runs to qualify for the playoffs.
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Talking Points: CSK’s Top Order Still Maintains The Hope
CSK’s top order continued their superb run of form scoring yet another 100+ run partnership. Deepak Chahar’s wicket-taking ability inside the power play was on display. For DC, it was the same old story of the season only Warner firing and the rest of the batting order falling like a deck of cards.
Top Three Performances from DC vs CSK
Devon-Raj’ed at the Arun Jaitley Stadium with a 141 runs partnership
It was the Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad show in Delhi today. The left-hand right-hand combo destroyed Delhi’s bowling attack with shots all around the ground. The wicket was supposedly dry and was predicted to aid the spinners, however, the way Gaikwad’s inside-out shots forced the spinners to bowl short to which he rocked on the backfoot tonking sixes over mid-wicket resulted in Axar-Kuldeep not completing their quota of overs. Gaikwad brought up his 14th IPL fifty and became surpassed Michael Hussey’s 13 fifty to become second in the list of most fifties for CSK.
Conway complemented the Gaikwad really well as he took on the fast bowlers like Khaleel and Nortje to ensure the assault was on from both the end, the duo completed their 4th 100+ par