there it is, CSK are through to their eighth IPL final. Another bouncer, angling into the left ribcage. Steps across and fends at it, gets just enough on it to beat Pant throwing himself to his left behind the wicket
11.24pm That's it from the presentation ceremony, and that's it from tonight. CSK have out-experienced another team in this competition, and tonight their bowlers really set it up before their opening pair settled nicely into a match-winning partnership, taking their time early on, backing their ability to pull off the bigger shots when they got their eye in. The final's on Sunday, between two three-time champions. I don't have to ask you to join us for that, because I know you will. So until then, it's good night from me, Liam and Raghav.
Faf du Plesiss is the Player of the Match. "We didn't have the best run in the last five or six games, but we do have a lot of confidence as a team that's won a lot of big games. We drew a lot of strength from that. Especially the previous game we watched two nights ago, the wicket looked really good, the guys were playing some big shots. We were expecting that kind of wicket, but it didn't turn out that way. Our strength is to get partnerships going and extend that, even if we take our time initially. We've got a lot of good batsmen down the order, and we back them to catch up with the required rate. I reckon I almost ran three there (the early run-out chance). I have to laugh at myself because it was terrible running."
MS Dhoni: "It's the usual route, last year was the exception. The kind of response from the boys today was brilliant. The way we batted to get 140-plus runs was very nice. I think with the 7.30 start, the wicket may be slightly different. It feels like the groundsmen feel obliged to water it more, and it starts out tacky. The spinners got some turn, and we kept getting wickets at the right time. The whole batting line-up is strong, they have a lot of left-handers, the ground is small, we had a left-arm spinner they could have negated. The crucial part was to keep getting wickets. The credit needs to go to the bowlers. The captain only asks this is what I need. Then it's up to them to figure out how to bowl, and they have to put in the hard yards. Thanks to the bowling department for where we are this season. I would have preferred it if the openers finished it off. Once they got the required rate below 6 an over, there was no reason to play big shots and get out. They did the hard yards."
Selvamani Jagan: "Bravo or Faf for MoM? I think it should be Bravo" -- Bravo for me. Let's see!
Kapil Baldawa: "Keemo's first 2 overs completely changed the game. 2 overs for 41 runs when you are defending 147, you'll never even win. Feel for DC. May be Lamichanne could have been picked."
Mustafa Moudi: "This match is exact replica of their encounter at Delhi where DC scored 147 and CSK comfortably won by 6 wickets. Coincedentally, that was the 2nd match of both teams in the league stage and this is their 2nd match of playoff !!"
Sultan: "".....and it's fitting that Bravo's hit the winning runs." Bravo's score is 0. " -- Ah, damn! Didn't realise it was leg-byes!
Sanjay: "Is Shreyas Iyer poor in reading the pitch? DC won both the tosses against CSK in league stage but MS was happy doing what they were asked to do. Today CSK won the toss and Shreyas was happy to do what he was asked to do. The result in all the 3 matches says something."
Tharun John: "CSK is the only team to defend title (2010 and 2011) MI won 2013, 2015 and 2017. So by stats looking at past, anyone can win this IPL 2019."
MS Dhoni: "@Tushar: The winner of eliminator plays at the same venue they just won. They have the advantage of not travelling and knowing the pitch better."
Shane Watson: "The faith CSK continue to show in me when it's been a challenging IPL for me, it was nice tonight. The way Faf got going, I could take my time getting into rhythm. It took me a little while, and Faf batted beautifully, to be able to take on the bowlers at that stage. I could take a couple more balls to find my feet. That's the beauty of cricket, it's such a team game, you do rely on your teammates at certain moments in time. There's huge positives about age and experience, and that's the way CSK has played, from the top with MS and Stephen Fleming. We know what to do in different situations, we've made the most of our experience. Mumbai Indians have a great team, not too many holes in their team. It's been an absolute honour to play with MS at CSK because I've learned a hell of a lot from him."
Shreyas Iyer: "We had a disappointing start, losing two wickets in the Powerplay, and it was hard to recover from that. They have amazing spinners. But we've had a great season. None of the batsmen took the initiative to take the team through and there wasn't a partnership buidling. Disappointing for us but a good learning. It's something to think about [the Delhi pitch], we didn't win too many home games, but we can't complain about pitches. We've been practising a lot on slow wickets. As professionals we can't give [excuses]. I think we've learned a lot, looking at seniors like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma leading their teams. It's a proud moment for me, standing with them at the toss. They talk to me, share their experiences, and that's great for me. I've heard Rohit and many of them talk about how difficult it is to be captain, and yeah, it's not an easy job to do, but I'm happy to be the captain. Really proud of the boys. Loving the way we've gelled as a family. The coaches and support staff have been amazing. A lot more to come next season. We've found the base, now is the time to grow."
Tushar: "@David - That way the loser of Qualifier 1 may be playing 3 matches in a row. Doesnt solve the problem." -- True, but at least it would reward the team winning the Eliminator with a bit more time rather than the team losing the first Qualifier.
11.01pm They do it year after year, and they've done it again. In the end, 147 was inadequate, and you'll have to credit CSK's middle-overs bowling for keeping Delhi Capitals down to that total. I thought Bravo, Tahir and Harbhajan were particularly good today, and it's fitting that Bravo's hit the winning runs.
Dwayne Bravo's on strike now.
short, gets up to chest height on off stump, pulled through midwicket, along the ground
short outside off, and Dhoni's pulled it straight to the man on the boundary! Keemo Paul hardly had to move there, at deep square leg. CSK will have to wait just a little longer
back of a length on off stump, punched to extra-cover
down the track and Ishant tries to cramp him by bowling it full at his feet. Ends up as a low full-toss and Dhoni chips it back over the bowler's head. Munro does well to field it, running hard to his left at the long-on boundary
back of a length in the corridor, nips away off the seam, Dhoni jabs at it without any footwork and the ball beats his outside edge. Ishant's bowled a lot of this sort of ball in Test cricket of late
CSK just one hit away now, and Dhoni's on strike, appropriately. Ishant to bowl.
David : "Looks like the quick turnaround has potentially been a big factor, especially with the 3rd and 4th teams needing to play so many times in such a short space of time. Why not have the first qualifier after the eliminator? That way MI wouldn't have an exorbitant 5-day break and there is a more realistic contest for the 3rd and 4th teams?" -- I agree.
length ball close to off stump, presses forward and pushes towards backward point
short, wide, Rayudu gets on his toes and slaps it away to the backward point boundary
slower short ball, jags in off the pitch from outside off. Rayudu is through his pull too early and the ball grazes his glove and hits his stomach
bouncer outside off, Rayudu thinks of hooking, and in the end decides to drop his bat out of the way and evade it
back of a length, angling down leg, and you can't keep bowling that line. Rayudu tickles it away nice and fine, and fine leg is once again too fine to be able to stop this
full, angling into the pads, clipped to fine leg
CSK need 13 off 18. Delhi need one of those improbable magic overs now. Can Keemo Paul be that man?
Srinath Bharadwaj: "CSK will be the ONLY defending team again to reach the finals. They did it first in 2011."
on the fuller side of a good length on middle and leg, blocked back to the bowler
digs it in short, gets it up near Dhoni's right collarbone. Rolls his wrists over to pull along the ground to fine leg
full on middle and leg, clipped to the left of fine leg
short, down the leg side, and Dhoni helps it off his hip to the fine leg boundary. Fine leg was way too square to even think of stopping this
very full, sixth-stump line, Dhoni doesn't really move his feet. Jabs at it and gets a thick inside-edge that pretty much doesn't go anywhere
back of a length, angling across the stumps. Stays leg-side of the ball and jabs to deep point
Prem: "Why CSK? Why do you do this? Do you always need Dhoni to bat to win? Why cannot others finish it and give him some rest?" -- Here he is. Lots of whistles in the crowd suddenly. Boult now to Rayudu.
Manas Misra: "DC used up both the spinners even before Dhoni set his foot in the middle... not a great strategy." -- Well, they didn't really have much of a choice, did they? It's not like they've used up the spinners by the 12th over.
They've taken the last time-out.
bowled him. There's already been one thick inside-edge in this over, and now he drags one onto his stumps. This was perhaps a touch too close to cut, and he goes at it with an angled bat and chops it on
flatter, on the pads, clipped through square leg