That's it from our coverage of another Indian Premier League clash. Ninaad Dixit here signing off on behalf of my co-commentators Akshay Bhide and Ayan Chatterjee and also thanking our scorer Paras Yadav. Stay tuned for more cricketing action from around the world.
Ravindra Jadeja (POTM): "I want this pitch in all the 7 games but in the six games we played so far, the pitch was like the same. It feels good as a spinner that you will get the opportunity to do something special for the team.
We practice a lot here so we know what pace we should bowl at and what are the lengths to be hit. Other teams traveling here take time to adapt so its our home advantage as spinners. Even Moeen and Theekshana know what to bowl. As a bowling unit everyone is doing their job. Pathirana is bowling well. Batters also are providing a good start in the powerplay. Its an overall good teamwork.
If I go out to bat down the order, the public screams for Mahi bhai. If I go up the order, they would wait for me to get dismissed. So I am happy with what's going on and happy with the team's performance."
Ravindra Jadeja is the player of the match!
MS Dhoni (ChennaiSuperKings Captain): "Well, it turned a lot in the second half. Our spinners seam a lot so I expected it. I was not so sure about the score. I wanted the bowlers to bowl well and did well. In the end, 167 was a good score. Our batters could have done better. Some of the shot selection could have been better and we want to improve on that.
Good thing that Moeen and Jaddu got to bat. Important everyone gets a chance and with the last passage of play and tournament everyone should get a hit. Everyone knows their role. I would have loved to play Santner, but with only four foreigners and impact player rule, it's difficult to get him in. I sometimes get confused by the Impact Player rule.
Ruturaj is batting well and he knows his role. His awareness is there and if Devon goes for it he adapts. Good to see him adapting to the conditions. I want players who will adapt to the different requirements of the team. My job is to go out there and hit the balls into the stands. That's what I have told them. The others are doing their job and I am also. Happy to contribute to the team."
Active Catch of the Match: Lalit Yadav
Longest Six Hit in the Match: Philip Salt (100 m)
Most Fours Hit in the Match: Ruturaj Gaikwad (4 fours)
Most Valuable Asset of the Match: Axar Patel
Game Changer of the Match: Matheesha Pathirana
Electric Striker of the Match: Shivam Dube
11:31 PM IST: Time for the post-match presentation.
Deepak Chahar (Chennai Super Kings):"It was swinging nicely. But at the same time, the pitch was slow. You have to be careful. I had a chat with Mahi bhai and we discussed a plan. Didn't try to bowl fast as it comes nicely onto the bat. We decided to bowl slower and allow the ball to swing. It was cloudy today and there wasn't much dew. So Mahi bhai decided to bat first. Also, the wicket slows down and it becomes hard to chase. So 160 was a par score. As we are seeing this year, 200 scores are being chased due to the impact player but happy to defend 160 tonight. It's difficult when you have a year full of injuries. I'm not 100% fit at the moment but trying to step up as much as possible."
David Warner (Delhi Capitals Skipper):"I think it's back to losing three wickets in the powerplay. We know the opening combination is crucial. Losing three wickets with a run out was not ideal. It was not great bowling. It was about us throwing wickets. We didn't go hard in the middle overs. There were 50 odd dot balls and you don't win matches if you play this way. It was a chasable total. There were four overs where we weren't able to rotate the strike. It's not easy at this venue but you got to play different strokes and put pressure on the spinners. If good balls are getting you out, it's okay but not against the half-trackers. No point in being conservative."
11:15 PM IST: A fantastic all-round performance from the home side has ensured CSK win another encounter at home defeating the Delhi Capitals by 27 runs. Handy knocks in the 20s from six CSK batters put them in a good spot at the halfway stage with 167/8 on a difficult pitch. The bowlers did the rest to restrict the scoring.
The chase started badly for the visitors as Deepak Chahar (2/28) struck second ball removing the skipper David Warner for a duck and hit back in the 3rd over to get the other opener Phil Salt (17 off 11) out. Mitchell Marsh (5) who is in superb form this season fell due to a mix-up in the middle with Manish Pandey resulting in the 7th run out DC has been involved in this season.
After accumulating 47 runs in the powerplay for the loss of their top 3, impact player Manish Pandey and Rilee Rossouw then kept rotating the strike and were watchful in the middle overs as the spinners Maheesh Theekshana (0/16), Ravindra Jadeja (1/19 in 4) and Moeen Ali (0/16 in 4) drained the scoring rate completely.
Matheesha Pathirana was given the ball in the 13th over and the slingy Sri Lankan bowler chipped in with the key wicket of Manish Pandey (27) in his first over breaking the 59 run stand. Rossouw (35 off 37) departed soon afterwards as Jadeja got that key wicket pushing the game completely towards the hosts.
Axar Patel was sent in late at number 7 and his effort of 21 in 12 balls wasn't enough for DC to get beyond the total. Ripal Patel (10 off 16) failed miserably getting an opportunity to bat above Axar, Aman Khan and Lalit Yadav (12 off 5).
The Delhi Capitals are still at the bottom of the points table and it is very unlikely they can make it to the top 4 at any point in time in this tournament. CSK are at number 2, just one point away from the table toppers Gujarat Titans.
19.6 M Pathirana to K Yadav
0 125.2kph. Yorker outside the off stump. Kuldeep guides this to backward point. That's it for this game!
W BOWLED HIM!! You miss and I hit! 129.8kph, much slower than the previous few. Bowls on length and keeps it straight on the middle stump. Lalit clears his front leg moving towards the leg side, plays and misses completely.