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IPL: Shikhar Dhawan smashes chivalrous 85 to help Delhi Capitals beat CSK by 7 wickets  DC
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IPL: Shikhar Dhawan smashes chivalrous 85 to help Delhi Capitals beat CSK by 7 wickets 

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 10 Apr 2021, 11:41 pm

Mumbai: Shikhar Dhawan (85) and Prithvi Shaw (72) added 138 runs in the opening partnership as they helped Delhi Capitals beat Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets in their first Indian Premier League match of the season here on Saturday.

Chennai posted a competitive 188 runs for the loss of seven wickets.

However, the runs seemed to remain inadequate in front of the chivalrous batting performance by Delhi batsmen as skipper Rishabh Pant (15*) also contributed crucial runs at the end to ensure victory for his side.

Marcus Stoinis added 14 runs at the end.

CSK fielders missed several catches which made things tough for the side.

Shardul Thakur picked up two wickets for CSK.

Earlier, a fantastic fifty by Suresh Raina (54 off 36) and late blitz by Sam Curran (34 off 15) propelled Chennai Super Kings to a huge total of 188/7 against Delhi Capitals in the 2nd match of the IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium, here on Saturday.

Put in to bat first, CSK were off to a horrible start as they lost openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis cheaply.

Pacer Avesh Khan drew first blood for Delhi Capitals trapping du Plessis plumb in front of the stumps for 0 while Chris Woakes got rid of Gaikwad for 5 (8 balls).

However, the comeback man Suresh Raina, who had missed the last IPL owing to personal reasons -and Moeen Ali revived CSK's innings. Moeen played a 24-ball 36 knock before getting out to off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Ambati Rayudu came in started hitting big shots from the first few balls. He smashed a couple of sixes and a four to race away to 23 off 16 balls before Tom Curran ended his stay in the middle.

Meanwhile, Raina continued his attacking batting from other end, before getting run-out following a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja (26).

The duo of Jadeja and Sam Curran smashed Delhi bowlers in last few overs ensured that CSK finish well. Their power-packed batting yielded 52 runs for CSK last five overs and took CSK to 188/7 in 20 overs.

Avesh Khan was the pick of the bowlers for DC as he picked two wickets for 23 runs in his four overs including Du Plessis and MS Dhoni.