Dubai, October 4: Shimron Hetmyer and Axar Patel shine as Delhi Capitals clinch low-scoring thriller against Chennai Super Kings in Match 50 of IPL 2021 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Monday (October 4).
Chasing a modest target of 137, DC reached 139 for seven in 19.4 overs with Shikhar Dhawan top-scoring with a 35-ball 39, while Shimron Hetmyer contributed a vital 28.
Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets apiece while Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo and Josh Hazlewood got one each.
Earlier, invited to bat, CSK posted 136 for five in their allotted 20 overs. Ambati Rayudu top-scored for CSK with an unbeaten 55 off 43 balls while Robin Uthappa contributed 19 runs.
Spinner Axar Patel took two wickets for 18 runs while Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan and Ravichandran Ashwin took a wicket apiece.
In response to CSK's 136/5, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw (18 off 12 balls) got DC off to a fast start before they lost wickets regularly to let CSK back in the match.
Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Ashwin didn't contirbute much, but debutant Ripal Patel scored 18 off 20 balls. And once he got out, Dhawan quickly followed to put DC in a spot of bother.
However, Hetmyer and Axar Patel stitched together a match-winning stand of 36 from 27 balls before Kagiso Rabada knocked off the winning runs with a boundary.
Shardul Thakur (2 for 13 in 4 overs) was the pick of the bowlers for CSK, while Ravindra Jadeja also took 2 wickets. Also among the wickets were, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne bravo and Josh Hazlewood, who took a wicket-a-piece.
Both CSK and DC have already qualified for the play-offs. But this victory meant DC topple CSK to the top of the table with 20 points on board from 13 matches.
Here are the highlights of IPL 2021, Match 50, DC vs CSK:
END OF THE MATCH: Shimron Hetmyer helps Delhi Capitals clinch a last over thriller by 3 wickets as Pant's side do the double over Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021.
FOUR! And it's all over as Rabada hits winning runs for DC.
OUT! Bravo strikes late in the day as Axar Patel (5) holes out to Moeen Ali at covers. DC need 2 off 3 now.
Bravo bowls outside the pitch and its a Wide plus one. DC need 2 off 5 to win.
Hetmyer finds a double off Bravo's first ball. DC need 4 from 5 to win.
Hazlewood concedes 10 runs from his fourth over and end with figures of 1 for 27. And its run a ball in the final over for DC now.
SIX! Hetmyer hits Hazlewood over deep square leg for a maximum and that somewhat reduces the pressure for DC, who need 9 off 8 now.
Hazlewood given the duty of bowling the 19th over by Dhoni.
12 runs come from Bravo's first over and it's game on. DC - 121/6 in 18 overs, need 16 runs to win from 12 balls.
DROPPED! Gowtham drops a sitter and to add salt to the injury, the ball goes to the boundary as Hetmyer gets the second four in the over. DC - 119/6 in 17.3 overs.
FOUR! Hetmyer finds an important boundary as he hits Bravo straight. DC - 114/6 in 17.2 overs.
Dwayne Bravo comes into the attack for his first over in the 18th over of the innings.
5 runs come from Thakur's fourth over and the pacer ends with figures of 2 for 13. DC - 109/4 in 17 overs, need 28 runs to win from 18 balls.
Thakur is set to bowl his final over. Can he get a couple more wickets?
Moeen Ali ends his third over conceding just 5 runs and the pressure is on DC, who need 33 runs to win from 24 balls.
Moeen Ali resumes play as Axar and Hetmyer look to take DC past the target.
At the fourth and final time-out, CSK get back on top as DC lose quick wickets. DC reach 99/6 in 15 overs with Hetmyer and Axar in the middle.
OUT! Thakur strikes again and this time there is no need of a review as Dhawan (39) hits it straight to Moeen Ali at covers. DC - 99/6 in 15 overs.
REVIEW! Dhawan given out caught behind off Thakur by on-field umpire. And the review is successful, decision overturned.
OUT! Thakur castles Ashwin (2), who fails to connect a straight delivery. DC - 98/5 in 14.1 overs.
4 runs come from Moeen Ali's third over as CSK look to stop the run flow. DC - 98/4 in 14 overs.
Jadeja completes his quota of 4 overs and finishes with figures of 2 for 28 as Ashwin is the new batsman in for Delhi, who are 94/4 in 13 overs.
OUT! Jadeja strikes again as Ripal Patel (18) holes out to Deepak Chahar at long on. DC - 93/4 in 12. 5 overs.
Thakur bowls another quiet over as he concedes just 3 runs from his second. DC - 88/3 in 12 overs, need 49 runs to win from 48 balls.
FOUR! Ripal Patel cuts late off Jadeja for the second boundary of the over and the spinner concedes 9 runs from his third over. DC - 84/3 in 11 overs, need 53 runs to win from 54 balls.
FOUR! Ripal Patel pulls Jadeja for his first boundary in IPL. C - 79/3 in 10.1 overs.
Shardul Thakur starts well as the pacer concedes just 3 singles from his first over. DC - 75/3 in 10 overs, need 62 runs to win from 60 balls.
9 runs and a wicket come from Jadeja's second over as debutant Ripal Patel joins Dhawan in the middle. DC - 72/3 in 9 overs, need 65 runs from 66 balls to win now.
At the third strategic time-out, DC reach 71/3 in 8.5 overs with Dhawan unbeaten on 32. The Delhi franchise needs 66 from 67 balls to win now.
OUT! Jadeja strikes as he dismisses birthday boy and skipper Pant (15), who skies one to Moeen Ali at point. DC - 71/3 in 8.5 overs.