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Who will get a direct entry into the final?
Welcome to the live blog for Qualifier 1 of IPL 2021. It's Rishabh Pant's Delhi Capitals taking on MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings for a place in the final. Please refresh for new updates, you can follow the ball-by-ball here
Dhoni cameo fires CSK into final
Yet another final. Dhoni came in with the game heading towards a tight finish and now gets the job done with 18* off only 6 balls. Kudos to how Robin Uthappa played after Faf's early dismissal and how Gaikwad took over when he was the more settled batsman at the crease. Delhi Capitals would be hurting. They for the unfair end of the toss but after the kind of start that Shaw gave them, they lost a bit of momentum in the middle overs and that cost them big time. Bowling wise, Avesh Khan had a poor outing and Rabada looked off rhythm, so bowled only three.
CSK-DC in IPL Qualifiers
24 needed from last two overs… but Gaikwad falls to a sharp catch by Axar Patel in the deep. MS Dhoni walks out.
Gaikwad has opened up after Uthappa's dismissal and even got to his fifty and 600 runs this season. Became only the third CSK batsman ever to achieve the feat.
600+ runs in a season for CSK
Uthappa falls but CSK on track
110 off 77 added for the second wicket between Gaikwad and Uthappa but the latter falls, caught on the boundary by an icy cool Shreyas Iyer who does the in-out-in hoop. Tom Curran strikes and follows it up with promoted Thakur's wicket in the same over.
Uthappa fifty keeps CSK in the hunt
So Faf's dismissal hasn't hurt CSK much. Uthappa walked in and looked straight in touch, pinching 20 overs off Avesh Khan in the last over of powerplay. Gets to his fifty off 35 balls!
50+ scores for Uthappa in IPL since 2018
Nortje strikes early
147.5kph and Faf is beaten by pace here. Looks to work it into the onside, only to see his stumps disturbed. Gee how good has Anrich Nortje been? Can't wait to watch him in the T20 WC!
Pant finishes with 35-ball 51*
Hazlewood calls DC's 172/5 a “par score on that wicket” but it's a very good total in a Qualifier. Shaw set up the stage with a quickfire 60 off 34 before Pant and Hetmyer got together for a record 83-run stand. Hazlewood finished with 2 for 29, picking the wickets of Dhawan and Iyer. DC sent Axar Patel at No. 4 but the move didn't quite work on the night. Can CSK chase this down?
Hetmyer goes but DC acsend
A partnership of 83 runs off only 50 balls, the highest fifth wicket stand in an IPL playoff match, is broken. CSK will breathe a sigh of relief but gosh this was a fun half hour to witness, with the ball flying everywhere. Hetmyer finally finds the fielder at deep mid but there's Pant who will remain crucial as DC hunt for 180. What can Tom Curran do here?
Pant, Hetmyer key as DC look for big finish
31 runs have come between overs 11-14 as Pant and Hetmyer have kept DC ticking after Shaw's big wicket. They would, though, be aiming for a big last five overs. Shaw's whirlwind fifty earlier gave them the platform but DC haven't exactly managed to best use it through the middle overs. Admittedly the pitch is also slowing down but DC would want 170 here.
CSK strike back with wickets
A stunning 60 off 34 but that will be it from Shaw today. He was dropped on 42, yes, but he had done his job by then. He'd slowed down a touch after Iyer's dismissal and falls trying to dispatch a fill toss from Jadeja. Faf ensures that he isn't able to! By the way, the Axar Patel experiment also didn't work as the batter top-edged a pull shot after run-a-ball 10.
A back of length ball from Hazlewood getting the better of Iyer here… slices it to cover-point where Gaikwad takes a good high catch. DC have promoted Axar Patel, msrt likely to take on Ravindra Jadeja!
Dhawan falls but DC take off
Prithvi Shaw has faced the lion's share of the first 3.something overs and gotten DC to a flying start with the help of five 4s and a 6. Four of the boundaries came in one Deepak Chahar over, who'd enjoyed a favourable matchup over the batter in the leadup to this game. Dhawan fell trying to repeat his boundary against Hazlewood and edged behind a delivery.
Toss and teams
Unchanged CSK opt to bowl first. MS Dhoni feels the surface will be a bit two-paced and then ease on later. Rishabh Pant, in his first playoff match, confesses he's “slightly nervous” and reveals one team change: Ripal Patel goes out and Tom Curran comes in
Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Tom Curran, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
It's taken about half a year but we will get our first finalist tonight. CSK come in with a historical advantage — they have won 13 out of their 22 playoffs encounters, including both times they faced their opposition from today. But, and there's always one, DC have beaten CSK in their last four encounters, so sit tight. No history and no momentum is going to take away from the game tonight. It's going to be a cracker!
Both these teams at the top of the table have had some similarities and some differences in their modi operandi. Ganesh Chandrasekaran nicely sums it up in our match preview. “Both have had a few distinct factors in common, as well as different. What's common is their in-form opening combinations. What's not is the structure of their bowling combinations. While Delhi have a good balance between their spinners and fast bowlers, CSK tilt towards their faster bowlers in their make-up of the final eleven. Delhi's main strength lies in the fact that any of their bowlers could bowl at different stages of the innings. It allows for flexibility in terms of match-ups, ground conditions and a sustained quality of attack that can lay claim to be the most varied in IPL 2021.”