Rishabh Pant's Delhi Capitals squared off against MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai
Rishabh Pant's Delhi Capitals squared off against MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai
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As if batting and wicket-keeping comparisons weren’t enough, Rishabh Pant squares off against veteran MS Dhoni in first match as a captain of his IPL career.

Delhi Capitals (DC) lock horns with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Match 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai without some of their key players. While Shreyas Iyer is nursing a shoulder injury after a fatal dive during India-England series, South African pace duo of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada are serving their mandatory seven-day quarantine period after arriving from home series versus Pakistan.

On the other hand, The CSK batting will rely a lot on Faf du Plessis but the return of Suresh Raina, who missed the last season, will be a boost for the three-time champions as they look to do better this time than the seventh place finish they got last season.

Delhi Capitals Squad

Rishabh Pant (captain/wicketkeeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Sam Billings, Shimron Hetmyer, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Umesh Yadav, Tom Curran, Avesh Khan, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Ripal Patel, Lukman Hussain Meriwala, M Siddharth, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Chris Woakes, Vishnu Vinod (wicketkeeper), Aditya Tare (wicketkeeper)

Chennai Super Kings Squad

MS Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Suresh Raina, Narayan Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, M.Harisankar Reddy, K.Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth, R Sai Kishore

Delhi Capitals Playing XI

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant † (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan

Chennai Super Kings Playing XI 

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c)†, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar


Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to field first!

The game begins at 7.30 pm!

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis at the crease, Chris Woakes to open the bowling for Delhi Capitals

Score after Over 1: CSK (5-0)

WICKET!: CSK (6-1 in 1.4 overs) 

Avesh Khan to du Plessis, OUT LBW! a duck in CSK's season-opener.

Score after Over 2: CSK (7-1)

WICKET!: CSK (7-2 in 2.1 overs)

Ruturaj Gaikwad (5 runs off 8 balls) c Dhawan b Woakes

End of over 3: CSK (11-2)

Suresh Raina 4* (5) Moeen Ali* 0 (2)

Chris Woakes 2-0-8-1 Avesh Khan 1-0-2-1

End of Over 4: (20-2) 

End of over 5: (30-2)

10 runs in R Ashwin's over

End of powerplay: CSK (33-2 in 6 overs) 

Moeen Ali has R Ashwin under the pump 

TWO consecutive boundaries

End of Over 7: CSK (43-2) 

Suresh Raina 15* (15) Moeen Ali* 20 (16)

Ravichandran Ashwin 2-0-19-0 Tom Curran1-0-3-0

Amit Mishra comes to bowl in his 100th match for Delhi Franchise

End of Over 8: CSK (48-2)


Moeen Ali launches Ashwin for two straight sixes

WICKET! Ashwin has the last word

Moeen mistimes the ball as he goes for third consecutive six. Caught by Shikhar Dhawan just outside the 30-yard circle

Moeen Ali c Dhawan b Ashwin 36 (24b 4x4 2x6) SR: 150

Ambati Rayudu is the new man in!

Now Raina puts one over the rope for SIX!

End of Over 9: CSK (66-3)

End of Over 10: CSK (71-3)

SIX! Rayudu SLOG-SWEEPS Ashwin over square leg

CSK dealing in sixes here

End of Over 11: CSK (81-3)

Raina sizing it UP!

Two massive sixes on Amit Mishra's bowling

End of Over 12: CSK (98-3)

Suresh Raina* 43 (29) Ambati Rayudu* 11 (8)

Amit Mishra 3-0-27-0 Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-47-1

Marcus Stoinis is in to bowl his first over

SIX off a beamer!

Rayudu hoists the waist high full toss over square leg!

Another SIXER! FIFTY for Raina

Raina brings up a fine fifty with a six in comeback knock!

End of Over 13: CSK 117-3 

Suresh Raina* 50 (32) Ambati Rayudu* 18 (12)

Marcus Stoinis 1-0-15-0 Amit Mishra 3-0-27-0

Tom Curran is in to bowl the 14th over

Curran mixing it up with smart slower ones

WICKET! Rayudu falls for a change in pace

Ambati Rayudu c Dhawan b Curran 23 (16b 1x4 2x6) SR: 143.75

Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in!

End of Over 14: CSK (124-4)

Stoinis to continue

4! 4! JADEJA hits the tall Australian for back-to-back boundaries 

End of Over 15: CSK (136-4)

RUNOUT! What an unfortunate end to Raina's brilliant innings 

Suresh Raina run out (Woakes/†Pant) 54 (36b 3x4 4x6) SR: 150

MS Dhoni is the next man in

Anything below 180 and CSK won't be happy

MS Dhoni comes in and MS Dhoni departs

Avesh Khan knocks MS Dhoni's castle. Dhoni tries pull to only drag it back onto the stumps.

MS Dhoni b Avesh Khan 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Sam Curran comes in as No.8

First ball four

Curran waits for the short ball and pulls it away for 4!

End of Over 16: CSK (143-6)

Tom Curran to bowl at brother Sam Curran

End of Over 17: CSK (150-6)

Apart from a last ball four, Tom Curran bowls a brilliant over

Avesh Khan to continue

Great change of pace once again

Avesh Khan in the middle of a very good spell. 11 dot balls so far

Avesh Khan - 3.5-0-22-2

End of outstanding spell by Avesh Khan 

Only 23 off his four over with 2 wickets

DC pulling things back

SIX followed by SIX and FOUR! Sam Curran punishes his brother in the penultimate over 

23 runs in the 19th over

End of Over 19: CSK (178-6)

Sam Curran* 29 (12) Ravindra Jadeja* 21 (14)

Tom Curran 4-0-40-1 Avesh Khan 4-0-23-2

Chris Woakes to bowl last over

CSK looking good for a score of 190

First ball 4!

Sam Curran playing a blinder!

Woakes knocks over Sam Curran off the last ball. Great comeback!

CSK finish off with 188 in their 20 overs  

Innings Break!

While defending the score might prove to be tough for three time champions on a good Wankhede wicket, their middle order comprising of Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina and late flourish by Sam Curran ensured the Chennai Super Kings score a par total after stuttering at 7-2 in 2.1 over

Start of Delhi Capitals' innings

Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan on crease; Deepak Chahar to bowl the opening over for CSK 

End of Over 1: DC (9-0)

End of Over 2: DC (16-0)

Prithvi Shaw* 7 (5) Shikhar Dhawan* 9 (7)

Sam Curran1-0-7-0 Deepak Chahar1-0-9-0


Shaw launches Chahar over mid on

End of Over 3: DC (24-0)

Four and a Six! Dhawan seems to have a point to prove 

The Southpaw launches Curran straight into the DC dug-out after a boundary down the fine leg

End of Over 4: DC (41-0)

17 off the Sam Curran over.

Prithvi Shaw* 19 (12) Shikhar Dhawan* 22 (12)

Sam Curran 2-0-24-0 Deepak Chahar 2-0-17-0

Now Shaw turns the tables on CSK bowling

Three consecutive boundaries as Shaw displays a full range of shots

End of Over 5: DC (58-0)

4 boundaries in Shardul Thakur's first over as he gets plummeted for 17 runs

Deepak Chahar to bowl last over of the powerplay

End of powerplay: DC (65-0)

7 off the Deepak Chahar over. DC moving on nicely. CSK need wickets

Shikhar Dhawan* 29 (18) Prithvi Shaw* 36 (18)

Deepak Chahar 3-0-24-0 Shardul Thakur 1-0-17-0

DC need 124 from 84 balls at requires rate of 8.86

Dhoni introduces off spin

Ravindra Jadeja comes in to bowl 7th over

CSK bowling lacking venom

End of Over 7: DC (70-0) MS Dhoni introduces Moeen Ali in attack

Catch Dropped!

CSK cannot afford the drop. Shaw survives as Santner spills a regular catch

End of over 8: DC (75-0) 

Jadeja to continue

SIX! Delhi Capitals striking like true daredevils

Delhi cruising at this stage as Shaw smashes another maximum on the fourth ball of the ninth over above long-on

End of Over 9: DC (86-0)

Ali to bowl 10th over 

Another drop!

Gaikwad does all the hardwork coming in from deep midwicket but can't hold on. Shaw survives off Moeen yet again

End of Over 10: DC (99-0) 

Shardul Thakur brought into attack to bowl 11th over

100-run partnership

A fearless opening partnership between Shaw and Dhawan is taking the game away from CSK

End of 11th over

Another big over as 14 runs come off it.

Shikhar Dhawan* 56 (37) Prithvi Shaw* 57 (29)

Shardul Thakur 2-0-31-0 Moeen Ali 2-0-18-0

Delhi Capitals need 76 from 54 balls

Dhoni looking for a change in music. Brings in DJ Bravo to bowl 12th over

End of Over 12: DC (121-0)

Need 68 runs from 48 balls

Shikhar Dhawan* 62 (40) Prithvi Shaw* 59 (32)

Dwayne Bravo 1-0-8-0 Shardul Thakur 2-0-31-0

Ali to bowl 13th over

Shaw milking boundaries after getting couple of lifelines 

Four followed by a flat six over deep square leg

End of Over 13: DC (136-0)

15 runs off it

Prithvi Shaw* 71 (36) Shikhar Dhawan* 64 (43)

Moeen Ali 3-0-33-0 Dwayne Bravo 1-0-8-0

Bravo to bowl 14th over

WICKET! Moeen shows teammates how to catch the ball

Third time unlucky for Shaw. The right-hander goes after making well-made 72

Prithvi Shaw c Ali b Bravo 72 (38b 9x4 3x6) SR: 189.47

End of Over 14: DC (139/1)

CSK open up a window to crawl back in the game with Shaw's wicket

Chahar is back into the attack to bowl 15th over

Captain Pant comes in at No.3  

End of Over 15: DC (151-1)  

Deepak Chahar looking unimpressive as he leaks 12 off his last over. Finishes for 36-0 in his quota of 4 overs

Delhi Capitals need 38 off last 5 overs.

Rishabh Pant* 6 (5) Shikhar Dhawan* 72 (48)

Deepak Chahar 4-0-36-0 Dwayne Bravo 2-0-11-1

Dwayne Bravo to continue bowling 16th over 

End of Over 16: DC (158-1)

7 from this over.

Bravo has been economical. The West Indian has given just 18 in his 3 overs taking crucial wicket of Prithvi Shaw

Shardul Thakur comes in to bowl his 3rd over

Shikhar Dhawan toying with the field with successive fours

Two boundaries off first two balls

WICKET! Thakur traps Dhawan in middle of the wickets with a swinging yorker

Shikhar Dhawan out for well-made 85

Shikhar Dhawan lbw b Thakur 85 (54b 10x4 2x6) SR: 157.4

Marcus Stoinis is the new man in at No.4

Capitals need 22 runs in 20 balls

End of Over 17: DC (172-2)

Capitals need 17 off 18 balls 

Bravo to bowl his final over

DC doing it in singles

1,1,2 in first 3 balls

12 required off 14 balls

Stoinis cracks it with cover drive

DC marching on. 8 off 13

End of Over 18: DC (182-2) 

Thakur to bowl penultimate over 

4 off the first ball

Remaining 3 runs just a formality

WICKET! Stoinis out 

The right-hander holes out to Sam Curran at deep midwicket.

Marcus Stoinis c Curran b Thakur 14 (9b 3x4 0x6) SR: 155.55

Hetmyer is the new man in at No. 5

3 runs needed off 9 balls. Pant on Strike

FOUR! Pant finishes in style

A fitting end to the game as Pant wins it on his captaincy debut with MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Smacked towards the long-on fence.

Post-match Presentation


Feeling good, everyone contributed and the wicket was good to bat on in the second innings. From Australia when I was dropped, I worked on the back-and-across [movement], I focused with Pravin sir as well. I think it's working quite well. I don't want to think about India spot. I have to move on, if something is wrong with my technique, no excuses.


A lot depended on how much dew you would get. That's the reason we wanted to get as much runs as possible. The first few overs it was a bit tacky, and the batters did well to get to 188. Coming to bowling, we could have done better. The batters were hitting over the top, there was some boundary deliveries, where the execution wasn't nice. The bowlers will learn for the coming guys. As I said, you have to look ahead, especially when you have dew, you have to get extra runs. 7.30 start means opposition will have less amount of dew and we have to score those 15-20 runs extra. After that you need to get early wickets also. Well, if we keep consistently getting dew, 200 is something all teams have in mind. I felt both our openers got very good deliveries, and that can happen in a game like this.

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