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Put in to bat first, Delhi Capitals got off to a good start as openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan put on 94 runs for the first wicket. The partnership saw Shaw bringing up his half-century as well.
Shaw made 64 runs off 43 balls, including nine fours and a six while Dhawan scored 35 off 27. Rishabh Pant played an unbeaten knock of 37 runs and skipper Iyer added 26 to the scoreboard.
Delhi Capitals posted a total of 175/3, after which their bowlers restricted CSK to 131/7 as Kagiso Rabada bagged three wickets and Anrich Nortje scalped two.
“I am really happy with the performance. In the team meeting, we (had) decided that we are going to assess the batting conditions early and then play accordingly,” Iyer told host broadcaster Star Sports after the match.
“The way the openers started gave us a lot of confidence and the finish was good too. I am lucky to have KG (Rabada) and Nortje in the team. It is important to stick together as a team and we need to enjoy each other’s success,” he added.
The skipper also spelled out the possible reason for a few lapses in the field.
“I would give them the benefit of doubt, it’s tough to catch in these conditions. You misjudge the ball, really do not know how to pace yourself,” Iyer said.
Shaw was awarded Player of the Match reward for his half-century. Talking about the innings, the opener said he played more grounded shots this time.
“At the start, you have to see how the wicket is, playing along the ground is more important. I was striking the ball well last year as well, but I was making silly mistakes. This time I decided to play more ground shots. I would like to see the highlights of my knock and understand how it went and what I could do. The wicket was nice to bat on,” Shaw said during the post-match presentation.
Delhi Capitals moved to the top spot in the points table with four points in two games. The side will now next take on SunRisers Hyderabad on Tuesday, September 29.