MS Dhoni: Watch the ball, hit the ball. [Thoughts in the last over] You've spent time, you know the variations. By the 20th over you're almost ready and you swing at everything. It's easier for somebody who has played 10-15 deliveries than someone who has just come in [about running a bye with Rayudu]. We knew there wouldn't be much dew. What we've seen is if there's no dew, there's assistance for spinners. But when we started, Bhajju pa didn't get any turn. But as they started losing wickets, it started spinning, it started turning. Cricket is such a game. 170-180 was a par-plus score. It was a good batting effort after being 60 in ten overs. It's great fun to watch Tahir celebrate. Me and Watson have said we won't follow him, what's the point when we're not 100%. [Stumping] I think it's something that's come from tennis ball cricket. But you still have to do the basics and graduate to that level. If you want to keep like that you can make mistakes; so I still think basics are most important.

MS Dhoni is the Man of the Match.

Ravindra Jadeja: Obviously enjoyed bowling, the way the wicket was turning. I was bowling in good areas and the wicket was doing the rest for me. [Tahir] has been fantastic, taking wickets whenever we needed. Me, Immy bhai and Bhajju pa, as a unit, we are bowling the way we want to bowl. In one word he [Dhoni] is genius. Still one more game to go. We need to continue our momentum. Everyone is in good form so we just need to keep the winnings momentum.

Shreyas Iyer: yeah it's really going to affect us. The way we played was not expected. It's a good reality check. Everybody will be on their toes in the next game. Wouldn't blame the abilities of our team but we didn't play smart cricket. We should have curtailed them [before 180]. Small things we've got to look into and come back strong. I wouldn't blame myself nor my team in this particular matter [ the stumping]. The way he stumped me was lightning. You can't blame yourself. I was looking good and I was going to take them on after that over.

[Rabada] yes we know what abilities he has. He's an amazing bowler especially in the slog overs. For sure we missed. But he had a stiff back, it's good he got to take rest. We're keeping the hope and definitely want to finish in the top two.

CSK: "Dear Super Coach Fleming - As I am suffering from fever kindly grant me permission to leave 30 mins early from work - Thala. Coach - Finish your job early and you are good to go"

Arnie: "How bad is Boult as a batsman?" --- Arnie, he's the only Delhi batsman who didn't get out on a crumbling, collapsing night. Recognise genius when it's in front of you, please.

Ananth: "CSK thumped DC. Wow!!!! no extras were given through the entire innings!!! Simply incredible."


Kaushik LG: "I think DC spinners not even finishing their quota of overs was a big mistake, after seeing how CSK spinners bowled today."

DoesntMatter: "Rabada/Ishant/Lamichane coming in for Boult/Suchit/Morris if delhi plays chennai for qualifier 1, they will certainly be able to compete and not give away as much as they ended up giving today."

11:13pm That was quick. CSK just using all the momentum they got at the end of the innings, bringing it full magnitude into their bowling and just blowing Capitals out of the water. If the table stays like this at the top, Capitals will have to come back to the site of this murder in some days. And boy will they have a lot to work out.

Imran Tahir to Mishra, OUT, is that an edge? Yes! Mishra leans in and pokes feebly at a ferocious legbreak outside off. Thin edge. Dhoni hangs on. Of course. And a massive win is sealed

A Mishra c †Dhoni b Imran Tahir 8 (20m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

Imran Tahir to Mishra, no run, length ball dipping in and ripping out. At a length outside off. Mishra fishes at it and is beaten

16 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | DC: 99/9 (81 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.18, RRR: 20.25)

  • Amit Mishra8 (9b)
  • Trent Boult1 (1b)
  • Dwayne Bravo3-0-18-0
  • Imran Tahir3-0-12-3

Sudharsan: "I am looking forward to seeing the Flamingo front foot defense from Boult. Pietersen who?" --- Sudharshan and I booed in unison at that last single.

Akshit V Jain: "Oh Trent Boult batting..... Yummmmm... "

Bravo to Mishra, 1 run, low full toss at off stump, backs away and chops it to point's right off the toe-end
Bravo to Boult, 1 run, yorker just outside off, takes his Steve Smith shuffle back into the crease, stays leg side of it and jams it down to long-on with purpose

That brings Boult on strike, which is one of my favourite things in cricket. Here we go.

Bravo to Mishra, 1 run, length on leg stump, flicked to fine leg
Bravo to Mishra, FOUR runs, full toss on the thigh. Flicks to deep midwicket's right. Jadeja sprints and gets a hand on it, but can't recover quickly enough after crossing the line. The ball trickles into the boundary
Bravo to Suchith, OUT, length outside off, driven on the up to point. A mix-up and a direct hit. Suchith was stumbling into the other end...and he's short! Batsmen stranded in the middle of the pitch. Watson picks up, takes his time, hits the stumps at the non-striker's end on the bounce and that is the end of Suchith

J Suchith run out (Watson) 6 (19m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Bravo to Suchith, no run, short of a length and pushed across the off stump. Slashes and misses

15 | 3 Runs | DC: 92/8 (88 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.13, RRR: 17.60)

  • Jagadeesha Suchith6 (13b)
  • Amit Mishra2 (6b)
  • Imran Tahir3-0-12-3
  • Dwayne Bravo2-0-11-0

Here is Rajesh from the stats team: "If DC finish on 100 in this match, their NRR will drop to -0.092, while CSK's will go up to 0.205. Hence important for them to stay through and score as many as they can here... could prove to be crucial if it comes down to NRR for the top two spots."

Imran Tahir to Suchith, 1 run, googly at a length on off stump, gets forward to defend to backward point's right
Imran Tahir to Suchith, no run, full on middle stump, flicked to the bowler's left
Imran Tahir to Suchith, no run, length and turning away outside off, pokes at it and gets the front edge. Down the pitch
Imran Tahir to Suchith, no run, googly, length and wide outside off. Looks to drive and is beaten
Imran Tahir to Mishra, 1 run, length outside off, flicks against the turn down to long-on
Imran Tahir to Suchith, 1 run, length on leg stump, flicked to deep square

14 | 3 Runs | DC: 89/8 (91 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.35, RRR: 15.16)

  • Amit Mishra1 (5b)
  • Jagadeesha Suchith4 (8b)
  • Dwayne Bravo2-0-11-0
  • Harbhajan Singh4-0-28-1

CSKForever: "This match should put the CSK net run rate discussion to rest. They take their time but address all their flaws which is why they are so successful."

Siddhesh v: "@Vishwas:You are getting confused with the runout law, which looks at the first time the player crosses the crease. Laws governing stumps are obviously different as otherwise it would be hard to even have that mode of dismissal. "

Time out.

Bravo to Mishra, no run, yorker at middles stump, jammed to midwicket's left
Bravo to Mishra, no run, full and just outside off, chops at it and is beaten
Bravo to Suchith, 1 run, slower ball, full on the stumps, Flicked to deep square
Bravo to Suchith, no run, slower ball at a length outside off, punched on the up to extra cover
Bravo to Mishra, 1 run, slower yorker. Attempted one anyway. Mishra gingerly closes the face, meets it on the full and gets it out to deep square
Bravo to Suchith, 1 run, slower ball, length outside off. Slashes and gets a thick edge down to third man

13 | 1 Run | DC: 86/8 (94 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.61, RRR: 13.42)

  • Amit Mishra0 (2b)
  • Jagadeesha Suchith2 (5b)
  • Harbhajan Singh4-0-28-1
  • Ravindra Jadeja3-0-9-3

Vishwas : "If Iyer's leg was landed and then was lifted, its a bit harsh. If the batman left the crease and then attempting to come back in then it is understood. " --- That isn't what happened though.

Rozario: "Yesterday it was rain in Bengaluru today it is lightning in Chennai MS lightning Dhoni"

Harbhajan Singh to Mishra, no run, tossed up outside off, gets down to sweep, cops it on the body
Harbhajan Singh to Mishra, no run, short of a length and jumping up at his gloves as he shapes to cut
Harbhajan Singh to Suchith, 1 run, short of a length, gripping and turning as he cuts with no control, over extra cover

Capitals 2nd innings Partnerships

1st4S DhawanPP Shaw
2nd48S DhawanSS Iyer
3rd11SS IyerRR Pant
4th3CA IngramSS Iyer
5th15AR PatelSS Iyer
6th2SS IyerSE Rutherford
7th1CH MorrisSS Iyer
8th1J SuchithSS Iyer
9th7A MishraJ Suchith
10th7A MishraTA Boult