Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni was out for a duck in the side’s IPL 2021’s season opener against Delhi Capitals in Mumbai on Saturday. This was the fourth duck of his IPL career. CSK after being sent into bat first lost the wickets of Suresh Raina and Dhoni in quick succession. The wickets helped Delhi make a comeback into the game.
The 16th over of the CSK innings brought the opposition back into the game. In the very first delivery of the over, Suresh Raina was run out courtesy of an accurate throw from Chris Woakes which found Raina short.
Jadeja bumped into Avesh Khan in trying to go for the second run while Raina was more than halfway through. Then in the third delivery of the over, Dhoni played on a delivery from Avesh which had a bit more bounce than a normal delivery. This is Dhoni’s second duck at this venue and his second duck against Delhi in IPL.
MS Dhoni ducks in IPL
0(1) v Royals Chennai 2010
0(2) v Daredevils Chennai 2010
0(1) v Mumbai Mumbai 2015
0(2) v Capitals Mumbai 2021
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Earlier in the game, Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant won the toss and opted to field first. They took two quick wickets from the opposition. Making a comeback for CSK, Suresh Raina struck a 36-ball 54 and stitched an important 63-run stand for the fourth wicket with Ambati Rayudu (23).
Delhi are without their two premier pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrish Nortje and are playing Tom Curran and Chris Woakes in place of the two pacers.
MS Dhoni’s CSK comes into this tournament on the back of a forgetful IPL season in 2020 They failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in the history of the tournament last year.
“We were also looking to bowl. It’s cloudy, we may not get as much dew. You want to make the most of whatever is left. It feels good to be back and we had some good time in terms of preparation. We’ll also use some players who are in quarantine later. Faf, Moeen, Sam and Bravo are our overseas players,” MS Dhoni said at the toss ceremony.