IPL 2022: Chennai Super Kings thrashed Delhi Capitals by 91 runs as Devon Conway hit his third consecutive half-century and Moeen Ali took three wickets.
Devon Conway’s blazing blade and Moeen Ali’s effective off-breaks beautifully complemented each other as Chennai Super Kings outclassed Delhi Capitals in every department of the game, winning their IPL 2022 match by a comprehensive 91-run margin. Put in to bat, Conway completed a hat-trick of half-centuries with a superb 87 off 49 balls to set up a winning score of 208 for 6 in 20 overs. The scoreboard pressure was always mounting on Capitals as they finally managed 117 in 17.4 overs with Moeen (3/13 in 4 overs) taking wickets of Mitchell Marsh (25 off 20 balls) and skipper Rishabh Pant (21 off 11 balls) in quick succession to finish the contest.
Mukesh Choudhary (2/22 in 4 overs), Simarjeet Singh (2/27 in 4 overs) and Dwayne Bravo (2/24 in 2.3 overs) then completed the formalities as CSK are now up to eight points from 11 games and can earn a maximum of 14 points if they win their remaining three games, which unfortunately doesn’t look like being enough for play-off qualification.
Delhi Capitals remain on fifth position with 10 points and will now need to win all three remaining games and also expect a few other results to favour them if they harbour any hopes of qualification.
What has been a major issue with DC’s 2022 performance is lack of consistency. There are days when they are brilliant and then on other days less than ordinary with inept performances.
KS Bharat (8 off 5 balls) was playing his first game and can be excused but the likes of Mitchell Marsh and Rishabh Pant have hardly done anything of note during the season and even 209 isn’t a chaseable total eight out of 10 times, there wasn’t a semblance of fight.
Pant was dismissed while trying to play against the turn while Marsh was holed out in the deep. By the time Rovman Powell was gone, the match was as good as over.
In fact, the track that looked as flat as a highway suddenly became difficult for strokeplay in the second half.
But when Conway was batting, it seemed like a walk in the park for CSK.