MS Dhoni’s decision to come down the order yet again backfired as Delhi Capitals (DC) rode on Prithvi Shaw’s fluent fifty and a disciplined bowling effort to inflict a 44-run defeat on Chennai Super Kings (CSK), their second straight loss in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in Dubai on Friday.
Shaw shared a 94-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan to guide Delhi Capitals to 175 for three. While defending, DC made full use of CSK’s lacklustre batting performance to register their second consecutive win of the tournament, which took them to the top of the points table.
Dhoni did not push himself up the order, given the expectations after his decision to hold himself back in the game against Rajasthan Royals backfired, which meant the veteran again did not have enough time and balls to take his side home.
South African Faf du Plessis was the top-scorer with 43 for CSK but his compatriots Kagiso Rabada (3 for 26) and Anrich Nortje (2 for 21) shone with the ball to fashion a memorable win for Delhi Capitals.
MS Dhoni wins the toss and Chennai Super Kings will bowl first against Delhi Capitals.
By surpassing Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 128 for Delhi Daredevils in 2018, Rahul set a record for the highest score by an Indian batsman in the IPL.
De Villiers (133no), Brendon McCullum (158no) and Chris Gayle (175no) are the only players to have bettered Rahul’s knock in the competition.
He finished with 14 fours and seven maximums.
Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, James Neesham, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi.
Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Josh Hazlewood, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan.