- Is Rishabh to blame for the loss?
- MS Dhoni’s mesmerizing performance gave Chennai the victory
- The last over was bowled by Tom Karan
MS Dhoni’s performance was seen in the 19th over bowled by Avesh Khan and the last over bowled by Tom Curran. The match saw the return of former finisher Dhoni. Dhoni scored 18 off just 6 balls to lead Chennai to victory. On the other hand, Delhi captain Rishabh Pant received a lot of criticism when Dhoni’s tactics were successful.
The last over was given by Tom Karan, which led to criticism. Kagiso Rabada, the team’s senior pacer, was bowled by Tom Karan with an over remaining. In general, Tom Karan is not very good at death overs. MS Dhoni easily faced Karan. The fate of Delhi was to accept defeat without doing anything significant.
After the match, coach Ricky Ponting said that the decision to bowl the last over was made by skipper Rishabh. “I could not talk to Rishabh about that. Such decisions are made on the field. In the first three overs, Tom conceded just 16 runs. He took two wickets.
Rishabh may have expected Karan to continue his good form in the last over as he bowled well. But Ponting said the decision was a setback. But Ponting’s remarks have drawn criticism from fans. Fans also say that Rishabh is putting the ball on his head when Ponting loses the credit for winning the match.
Batting first in the qualifiers, Delhi managed to put up a good score. Prithviraj Shah and skipper Rishabh Pant scored half-centuries each. Robin Uthappa and Rituraj Gaikwad led Chennai in the chase. But the bowling line-up, which included Avesh Khan and Tom Karan, brought Delhi back into the fray. However, it was MS Dhoni’s batting prowess that determined the outcome of the match. Dhoni, who batted earlier than Ravindra Jadeja, led the team to victory. Chennai became the first team to reach the IPL 2021 final.
Dhoni is a real finisher; Chennai in the final