‘It’s the MS Dhoni show’: CSK fans happy despite loss to DC as Indian legend shines with excellent cameo

DC vs CSK, IPL 2024

In game number 13 of the Indian Premier League 2024 (IPL 2024)Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals (DC) took on Ruturaj Gaikwad-led ones Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Sunday, March 31.

Delhi Capitals won the toss and surprisingly elected to bat first in the match. They made two changes to their playing XI: Kuldeep Yadav, who had a problem, and Ricky Bhui were replaced by Prithvi Shaw and Ishant Sharma. Chennai Super Kings, as expected, fielded an unchanged playing XI.

Playing in his first match in the current edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Prithvi Shaw set the stage on fire and gave a message to the DC team management. He played his natural attacking style of cricket and was involved in an excellent 93-run partnership with veteran opening batsman David Warner.

Shaw scored 43 runs off 27 balls during his stay in the middle and David Warner scored 52 runs off 25 balls. DC’s openers were dismissed in the 10th and 11th overs and CSK made a small comeback in the match.

CSK pacer Matheesha Pathirana further shook Delhi Capitals by removing Mitchell Marsh and Tristan Stubbs with scorching yorkers in the 15th over.

Although DC were losing wickets at regular intervals, captain Rishabh Pant stood tall at one end and accelerated exceptionally well to reach a fantastic fifty. He scored 51 runs off 32 balls, with 4 fours and 3 sixes, and took Delhi Capitals to a grand total of 191/5 on the board.

For Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Matheesha Pathirana was the best player with the ball by picking up 3 wickets. Other players supported him well as Mustafizur Rahman and Ravindra Jadeja got a wicket each.

Chasing the target, CSK got off to a horrible start. In-form openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rachin Ravindra failed to give their team a good start and returned to the dugout in 3 overs. Gaikwad registered 1 while Ravindra scored 2 runs.

After losing two early wickets, Ajinkya Rahane showed a batting masterclass and scored a crucial 68 runs with Daryl Mitchell. Rahane fell 5 runs short of his fifty and Mitchell was dismissed for 34.

Impact player Shivam Dube entered the field with high expectations but could not replicate his heroics from previous matches.

In the end, the former MS Dhoni showed why he is the best of all time when it comes to batting in the finals. He started his innings with a four and then hit 3 more fours and 3 exceptional sixes during his stay in the middle. MS Dhoni smashed a 16-ball 37 and Ravindra Jadeja scored 21 runs off 17 balls, but CSK were restricted to 171/6. DC won the match by 20 runs and handed CSK their first loss of the season.

Here’s how X fans reacted after the DC vs CSK IPL 2024 clash: