CSK Dominates: IPL 2023 points, Orange & Purple Cap.


CSK Dominates: IPL 2023 points, Orange & Purple Cap.

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Chennai Super Kings took a significant stride towards securing a playoff spot in the IPL 2023 with a commanding victory over Delhi Capitals. Led by the explosive batting performances of MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, along with Matheesha Pathirana’s impressive three-wicket haul, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) secured a 27-run win over Delhi Capitals (DC) at the iconic MA Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday.

This triumph elevated CSK to the second position in the points table with 15 points from 12 games, while DC’s hopes of making it to the playoffs have diminished as they languish at the bottom.

The race for the Orange Cap and Purple Cap continues to intensify as the tournament progresses. Faf du Plessis, the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), currently leads the list of top run-scorers with an impressive tally of 576 runs in 11 games, including a well-crafted half-century against Mumbai Indians (MI). In the bowling department, three bowlers – Mohammed Shami from the Gujarat Titans, Rashid Khan, and Tushar Deshpande from Chennai Super Kings – share the lead with 19 wickets each.


CSK Star Players

Chennai Super Kings’ innings was propelled by the formidable partnership of MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja in the 19th over. Their onslaught helped CSK reach a total of 167/8. Matheesha Pathirana shone with the ball, taking three crucial wickets, while Deepak Chahar and Ravindra Jadeja contributed with two and one wicket, respectively. Rilee Rossouw top-scored for Delhi Capitals with 35 runs off 37 balls, while Manish Pandey played a vital knock of 27 runs in 29 deliveries.

Defending a target of 167, the Chennai bowlers dominated the Delhi batsmen right from the start of their innings. Deepak Chahar struck early, dismissing the dangerous David Warner for a two-ball duck in the first over, giving DC an early setback. Mitchell Marsh entered the crease but fell victim to a mix-up between the Delhi batsmen, resulting in a run-out for just 5 runs.

Rilee Rossouw joined forces with Manish Pandey and the duo built a steady partnership, adding 15 runs off Deepak Chahar’s over. However, Matheesha Pathirana claimed the wicket of Manish Pandey in the 13th over, ending his valuable 27-run innings. Axar Patel contributed with quick boundaries to alleviate the pressure, but he eventually fell to Pathirana’s slower ball in the 18th over, caught by Ajinkya Rahane in the deep. Rossouw’s dismissal by Ravindra Jadeja after scoring a crucial 35 dealt another blow to Delhi’s chances.

Lalit Yadav provided a late flourish, smashing a hat-trick of fours in the final over, but his efforts were in vain as Delhi Capitals fell short by 27 runs. Chennai Super Kings emerged victorious, thanks to their disciplined bowling performance.

Earlier, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja’s assault in the 19th over propelled Chennai Super Kings to a competitive total of 167/8 against Delhi Capitals. Khaleel Ahmed bore the brunt of their onslaught, conceding 21 runs in the penultimate over. The match began with a tight opening over from left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed, restricting CSK to just four runs. However, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway recovered well in the second over, targeting Ishant Sharma and scoring 16 runs.

Gaikwad demonstrated his intentions by striking three fours in Ishant’s over. Although there was an appeal for a caught behind, DC chose not to review it, allowing Conway to survive and fight another day.

In the fifth over, Axar Patel entered the attack and provided DC with a crucial breakthrough. Despite Conway’s attempt to match Gaikwad’s scoring rate, Axar managed to dismiss him lbw for 10 (13).

At the end of the powerplay, CSK’s score stood at 49/1. However, before Gaikwad could settle after the strategic timeout, Axar claimed another wicket. Gaikwad’s shot landed straight into the hands of Aman Hakim Khan.

Following Gaikwad’s departure after scoring 24 (18), the left-handed batter Moeen Ali took his place at the crease. Moeen, alongside Ajinkya Rahane, took their time to get settled but kept rotating the strike.

In the 10th over, Moeen attempted to accelerate but fell into Kuldeep Yadav’s trap. He miscued a shot, resulting in a straightforward catch for Mitchell Marsh.

Shortly after, in the 12th over, Ajinkya Rahane played a shot that was single-handedly pouched by Lalit Yadav, sending him back to the dugout.

On his 200th appearance for the Men in Yellow, Ambati Rayudu arrived at the crease and partnered with Shivam Dube, aiming to build a strong alliance. However, Dube’s innings was short-lived as he lost his wicket to Mitchell Marsh after scoring 25 runs off 12 balls.

As the overs swiftly passed, Rayudu attempted a maximum but ended up holing out to Ripal Patel. It was then up to MS Dhoni to fulfill the role of a finisher. Teaming up with Ravindra Jadeja, MSD exhibited a vintage performance, dismantling the DC attack.

Khaleel Ahmed became their primary target as he conceded 21 runs in the 19th over. Despite Mitchell Marsh limiting the damage by dismissing Jadeja and Dhoni for scores of 21 (16) and 20 (9) respectively, CSK concluded their innings at 167/8 in 20 overs.


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