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IPL 2023: Chennai Super Kings Defeats Delhi Capitals, Seals Playoff Spot

IPL 2023: Chennai Super Kings Defeats Delhi Capitals, Seals Playoff Spot
Chennai Super Kings (Credit: BCCI/ IPL)

Chennai Super Kings defeated the Delhi Capitals to qualify for the playoff of the 2023 Indian Premier League on Saturday, May 21 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. They secured a comfortable win of 77 runs to register their eighth win of the season. The MS Dhoni-led team became the second team to qualify after Gujarat Titans.

Batting first, the Chennai Super Kings put on a huge score of 223 runs at the loss of three wickets. Openers Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad put together a stand of 141 runs. Conway slammed 87 runs off 52 deliveries, with eleven boundaries and three sixes. Meanwhile, Gaikwad smashed three boundaries and seven sixes for his 79 runs. Shivam Dubey and Ravindra Jadeja also played fine cameos, as the visitors went past the 200-run mark.

In response, the Delhi Capitals just managed 146 runs at the loss of nine wickets. Deepak Chahar took a three-wicket haul in the innings and was the pick of the bowlers. Meanwhile, Maheesh Theekshana and Matheesha Pathirana took two wickets each. Delhi Capitals skipper David Warner was the lone warrior in the innings with 86 runs. The Chennai Super Kings have almost sealed the second spot in the points table. They will lose out on Qualifier 1 if Lucknow Super Giants win their final game by 97 or more runs.

There is no recipe for success: MS Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni opened up on their success so far in the 2023 Indian Premier League. He expressed that the team focuses on picking the best players, and then giving them a suitable spot to perform. The wicket-keeper batter credited team management and the players for their performance so far. He said,

“There is no recipe for success, you try and pick the best players and give them the best slot to perform. And groom them in the areas where they are not strong, somebody has to sacrifice their slot for the team. Credit to the management as well, they always back us. But, the players are most important, without the players, we can’t do anything.”

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