Chennai Super Kings handed a 4-wicket defeat to Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2021. With this, MS Dhoni’s men have entered the 9th final in IPL history. Delhi Capitals will now have some thinking to do ahead of Qualifier 2. In this article, we take a look at the reason why Tom Curran bowled ahead of Kagiso Rabada in the final over of Qualifier 1.
Delhi Capitals will have to regroup ahead of Qualifier 2
Delhi Capitals came close but it can be said that they failed to win this game due to a few tactical issues. Firstly, they announced a playing XI that had a batter short. DC had replaced Ripal Patel with Tom Curran for the important encounter. When batting, the team felt the repercussions of it as Pant and Hetmyer had to bat carefully when a few wickets fell quickly. Yet, the duo did well to help DC post a total of 172 on the board.
With the ball, too, DC was off the point. The likes of Avesh Khan and Kagiso Rabada struggled, and Pant used Avesh and Tom Curran for the final two overs of the innings. The duo failed to bowl well and CSK ran away with the match. Ahead of Qualifier 2, the team must now regroup and find a balanced strategy to reach the finals.
Tom Curran bowled ahead of Kagiso Rabada in the final over
Rishabh Pant gave the 19th over to Avesh Khan ahead of Kagiso Rabada. Although Rabada had conceded a few runs, he was still a better bet than Avesh, who too, was bowling wayward. Avesh then lost his length and gave away a few boundaries. Although Tom Curran had bowled well, Rabada is experienced and could have been better for the final over. However, Pant went with the Englishman, who strayed in his line and length. Pant said that since Curran was having a better day than Kagiso, he went with the former.