Defending champions Chennai Super Kings took on Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier of IPL 2019. Playing at the big stage is not something new for the CSK. On the other hand, Delhi Capitals qualified to knock stage for the first time since 2012. It was termed as the clash between youth and experience.
The Men in Yellow won the toss and elected to bowl first. Delhi got off to a good start as Dhawan smashed three consecutive fours off Shardul Thakur in the second over. Prithvi Shaw, who had an excellent game in Eliminator, was gone for just five runs, thanks to an excellent review from CSK. Once Dhawan and Colin Munro were at the crease, Dhoni immediately brought the off-spinner Harbhajan Singh to counter the left-handers. The legendary off-spinner removed the dangerous Dhawan in his second over.
Colin Munro got out looking for a big shot against Jadeja. From there on, CSK kept picking wickets at regular intervals as DC failed to get any momentum. Rishabh Pant kept running out of partners on the other end. Pant was the highest scorer for DC as he scored 38 runs off just 25 balls. Ishant Sharma finished the innings with the four and six which helped Capitals to go past 140-run mark as they posted 147/9 in 20 overs.
Chasing the modest target, Chennai got to a slow start. Delhi missed a golden opportunity when Faf and Watson had a terrible mix-up. CSK openers showed their experience as they launched an attack after soaking initial pressure. The pair scored the fifty runs partnership as the boundaries kept coming which made life difficult for Delhi.
Faf scored yet another half-century in a knockout game for CSK. He had scored 67 runs in 2018 Qualifier 1 when Chennai beat SRH. Shane Watson, who is having a below-par season, came to the party with an aggressive half-century. That start made life easy for the middle order and Chennai Super Kings won the game by 6 wickets. They have now reached IPL final for the 8th time which is a record.