34th Match (N), Sharjah, Oct 17 2020, Indian Premier League
(19.5/20 ov, target 180)
Capitals won by 5 wickets
Player Of The Match
Delhi Capitals
DC Innings
Full commentary

So Delhi Capitals have converted their penalty shot and regained the top position. They have done well to find ways to win matches in the absence of Pant and Hetmyer. It is expected Pant will be back for their next game, which will also bring Hetmyer back. They are back to the top of the table. Well at least till Mumbai play their next game, take their shot. And that will be tomorrow. So don't forget to join us. Goodbye

Shikhar Dhawan, Man of the Match: "It is very special. Been playing for 13 years, and this is the first. So really happy. At the start of the season also I was hitting the ball well but I wasn't converting those 20s into 50s. Once you do that, you take that confidence into the next game. I keep my mindset quite positive. Just look to score runs, and not think pitch is doing this or that. I play with courage. I am not afraid to get out. Fitness is very important. We were lucky we got so much time off so it allowed me to refresh myself both mentally and physically. I am running faster, feeling fresher."

Shreyas Iyer: "I was sitting inside and I was pretty nervous. I knew if Shikhar stayed till the end, we would win, but the way Axar came out and hit those sixes, it was brilliant. Whenever we give out dressing room Man of the match awards, he is always there. You see his preparations, they are always on point. We know the strengths and weaknesses of our team very well. We enjoy each other's progress. I just told one of my team-mates today that the way Shikhar batted it was mesmerising to see. As a captain, that gives you breathing space that someone can take your team to the end."

With Watson not having bowled at all this season and Jadhav not having bowled at all in IPL, Bravo's absence meant Dhoni's options were Sharma and Jadeja. Dhoni went with Jadeja's experience. Patel was good enough to take him down. You have got to realise Jadhav and Watson are the kind of gambles you take when it is six or seven required off the last over. It was 17 this time. So Dhoni played percentages

MS Dhoni: "Bravo was not fit. He went out and didn't come back. The options were Jaddu and Karn. I went with Jaddu. Shikhar's wicket was important but we dropped him quite a number of times. If he keeps batting, he will keep the strike rate high. Also the wicket played better in the second half, but we can't take the credit away from Shikhar. There wasn't a lot of dew, but there was just enough to make the pitch better. That makes a big difference: minus 10 when you are batting, and the extra 10 for the team batting second. A positive was Sam's last over. He needs convincing he can execute the wide yorkers. He is not usually confident with that, but today he did well with that. So that is one ball that can be difficult to hit."

Aakash Chopra said on Hindi commentary that Bravo was off the field, which is why Jadeja bowled the last over. You won't often say this because T20 is more a game of big hitters and not fielders and runners, but CSK have lost this one because of their lack of fitness. Dropped catches, ordinary fielding, a player down, meaning the worst match-up in the last over. In a close game, that makes all the difference. Also, it has to be said that 179 was below par against a full-strength DC batting line-up. The pitch wasn't extremely slow, and there was some dew later in the night

And Dhawan can now, finally, celebrate his century, which he does with two kisses on the bottom of his blade and blown towards his corner. Not sure if his family is there, but it could have been meant for TV sets too

Manan: "Rohit Sharma nailed it yesterday.. he said now more teams will win the matches batting second.. today both teams won chasing.. that's why MI is champion team.. captain assessed beautifully :)"

"Sid, please recall. I was screaming for Axar when Alex was sent :)" I trstify. Anil really was

Jadeja to Patel, SIX runs
Jadeja tries to bowl like Kadhav but it doesn't matter. It is right in Patel's slot, and he lofts it well over long-on for a clean six. What a cameo from Axar. Stepping out of Jadeja's shadows. At least in the IPL

Questions will be asked: why Jadeja to two left-hand batsmen?

Jadeja to Patel, 2 runs
placed into a hole on the leg side, and they come back for the second. Scores level
Jadeja to Patel, SIX runs
Patel shows he is not a one-trick pony. Jadeja goes wide outside off, and he shows the more classical inside-out lofted drive for six. Cooler as
Jadeja to Patel, SIX runs
Patel takes Jadeja on. They are similar players. You could even argue Patel would have had a longer India career if not for Jadeja in the limited-overs formats. This is flat, just short of a length, and he has used his long limbs to slog it over deep midwicket. Cool as
Jadeja to Dhawan, 1 run
oh this is in the slogging zone, Dhawan tries the sweep, but gets a bottom edge for a single to deep square leg
Jadeja to Dhawan, 1 wide
stays wide of his reach but bowls too wide. Not happy with the call

It comes down to 17 off the last over. That is what happens if you can isolate one struggling batsman in the final overs. Interesting. Jadeja to bowl the last over despite Bravo's one remaining over. With two left-hand bats in the middle. Dhawan wants to hit a six early

end of over 194 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 163/5CRR: 8.57 • RRR: 17.00 • Need 17 runs from 6b
Shikhar Dhawan100 (57)
Axar Patel1 (1)
Sam Curran4-0-35-1
Shardul Thakur4-0-39-1
Curran to Dhawan, 1 run
nearly holes out. Hit hard to long-off on the first bounce. The dugout stands up to applaud a maiden T20 century for Dhawan but he is not celebrating. He knows he has a job to do in the last over

Last ball of the over. The same questions for Dhawan as in the last over? Manufacture a boundary, look for a single or just react to the ball?

Curran to Dhawan, no run
Dhoni is the only one appealing, and he is given. Dhawan reviews immediately. Dhawan again shuffles across to pick the square-leg gap, but Curran bowls full and wide, and squeezes it under his bat. Bat hits the ground, the ball is nowhere near the bat, no appeal from the bowler, but another umpire finds it hard to deny a Dhoni appeal. Well done, DRS
Curran to Patel, 1 run
pinpoint wide yorker, squeezed out for a single

New man on strike. More than two a ball now

Curran to Dhawan, 1 run
full and wide, driven hard, to the fielder in the deep. Curran bowling to his field
Curran to Dhawan, 1 wide
short of a length, looks to stay out of Dhawan's hitting zone, but goes too wide. Called for it
Curran to Dhawan, no run
yorker outside off, Dhawan caught on leg stump, gets a bottom edge. Nearly played on

Axar Patel is the new man in, but Dhawan is on strike

Curran to Carey, OUT
low full toss, into the body, less room to swing his arms through it, and he holes out to wide long-on. If Pant gets fit, this might be the last we see of Carey this IPL
AT Carey c du Plessis b Curran 4 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Carey can't afford to play dots now. Curran to continue. I guess Bravo will bowl the last. Midwicket is back, mid-off is up

end of over 189 runs
DC: 159/4CRR: 8.83 • RRR: 10.50 • Need 21 runs from 12b
Shikhar Dhawan98 (53)
Alex Carey4 (6)
Shardul Thakur4-0-39-1
Sam Curran3-0-31-0
Thakur to Dhawan, FOUR runs
he manufactures a four. Shuffles across, down on a knee, sweeps him like a spinner. Over square leg. How well has he picked his spots tonight?

No boundary so far this over. Does Dhawan look to manufacture one? Does he look for a single to take strike next over? Does he just react?

Thakur to Carey, 1 run
short of a length, outside off, seems like a slower ball, punched down to long-off for one

Right, what does Carey do now?

Thakur to Dhawan, 1 run
wide full toss, and Dhawan has missed out. Driven straight to deep cover
Thakur to Dhawan, 2 runs
low full toss outside off, hit off the toe end, straight of long-on. Jadhav puts in a dive to keep them down to two
Thakur to Carey, 1 run
slower ball, on a length, Carey early into the shot, ends up dragging this towards deep midwicket but it doesn't reach there on the full
Thakur to Carey, no run
Carey backs away early, Thakur follows him, hits him on the pad. They want Carey on strike all the time

Thakur to continue

end of over 1711 runs
DC: 150/4CRR: 8.82 • RRR: 10.00 • Need 30 runs from 18b
Shikhar Dhawan91 (50)
Alex Carey2 (3)
Sam Curran3-0-31-0
Shardul Thakur3-0-30-1
Curran to Dhawan, no run
yorker, just outside off, dug out back to him. Good comeback but DC have got what they wanted from this over
Curran to Dhawan, no run
cramps him up with a high full toss. Dhawan looks at the leg umpire but he is told this isn't too high
Curran to Dhawan, SIX runs
Curran goes one better and serves up a leg-side half-volley. Dhawan plays a sensational short-arm drive. No follow-through. Just the punch. Over long-on he goes