Why was Dwayne Bravo given only two overs, 18th and 20th over? That decision by MS Dhoni would have proved the difference between victory and defeat. It was a tough two-pace pitch that was ideally suited to the slower pitches of Bravo catching the surface. Dhoni was not asked the question after the match, but in a general observation on the pitch, he said that he feels that tall bowlers who hit the deck create more problems. A bowler like Delhi will be fit Kagiso Rabada One who has the ability to shatter the track with his slow cutter, not someone like Josh Hazlewood or Deepak Chahar, who bowled seven overs between them. The Bravo can not only operate at absolute slow speeds, but also has the ability to deliver surface-grip cutters.
Be that as it may, Bravo almost won the game in his two overs, in the 18th and 20th overs, when he was brought out of cold storage. He could have sealed it in his very first, with K Gowtham holding on to a regulation catch at long-on, which would have dismissed dangerous man Shimron Hetmyer. Instead, it ran to the border to leave Delhi Capitals needing 18 of the 14.
But Bravo wasn’t done yet. He almost pulled it off in the final over when he had to defend just 6 runs. It came down to three out of four after a dot ball, when he inspired Akshar Patel To squirt your one typical well-out-of-slow straight into cover. This time, however, Bravo slid a full ball over the pads and Kagiso Rabada helped it away to the fine leg boundary.
The person who celebrated the most was Hetmyer, jumping, pumping his fists, and roaring. And why not, it was a lovely gem of hers under pressure. When Hetmyer was dismissed for N0.7 under R Ashwin, Delhi Capitals needed 39 for 35. Ashwin’s hype was quite understandable Shikhar Dhawan was still there, and Ashwin had shown in the previous game that in run-a-ball situations on a slow pitch, he could do the job well enough. As it happened, not only Ashwin but Dhawan also combed through, slamming a wide half-volley to cover the fielder.
Hetmyer worked in singles till the 18th over when he slapped Bravo on a straight boundary. He almost played Holi off the next ball, but Gautam not only relieved him, but also hit a boundary. When 15 runs were needed for 9, he brought Josh Hazlewood back to level over the backward square leg boundary. There was some controversy in the final over when the umpires called a full toss wide out which did not land on the pitch as wide. Ricky Ponting, the Delhi coach, was annoyed as he rightly felt that it should have been a no-ball with a free hit on offer. But Delhi mustered up the courage to end the game.
Dhawan does what Dhawan does
There is no better batsman than Shikhar Dhawan to chase less than 150. Especially on slow tracks. Especially these days when he is in red-hot form and when he is determined, he can attack from the beginning.
It was a good innings from Dhawan on how to chase the target in these conditions. He took deliberate risks with the new ball against Deepak Chahar. Scratch that risk; It was not. He went down to hoist Chahar twice beyond the boundary, but he remains one of the best exponents for the seamer in recent years. As with most other people, when they do, you can feel the adrenaline rush and feel at risk. Dhawan moves fast – doesn’t charge, doesn’t skip, doesn’t rush. He maintains his shape wonderfully – doesn’t open, stays side to side, pushes his shoulder forward and executes his shot well. And if the ball isn’t enough, he can get out with any big hit, as he would to Shardul Thakur in the 15th over. In the end, he fell off a wide half volley off Thakur to enter some play for the chase but his contribution was significant. Just as Ambati RayuduThe fine 55 had to give Chennai something to bowl to.