Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw smashed half centuries as last years losing finalist Delhi Capitals enjoyed a seven-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League on Saturday.
Dhawan made 85 off 54 balls and Shaw scored 72 off 38 deliveries as Delhi romped to 190-3 with eight balls to spare.
Chennai, after being put into bat, owed its total of 188-7 to veteran Suresh Rainas 54 and a rapid 34 off 15 balls by Sam Curran in the death overs.
Ravichandran Ashwin (1-47) and Tom Curran (1-40) proved expensive for Delhi, but new ball bowlers Chris Woakes (2-18) and Avesh Khan (2-23) brought their team back in the game with steady bowling.
Khan, the 24-year-old fast bowler, had the key wicket of Faf du Plessis off his fourth ball before he returned and knocked back the stumps of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as both experienced Twenty20 batsmen went without scoring.
Dhawan and Shaw took the game away from Chennai with their aggressive opening stand of 138 runs. Indias white-ball specialist Shardul Thakur was smashed for 11 boundaries off his 3.4 overs as the fast bowler conceded 53 runs before getting Dhawan lbw in the 17th over.
Shaw, who was twice dropped, hit nine fours and three sixes before Moeen Ali finally hung onto a catch at deep cover off Dwayne Bravo.
Rishabh Pant, who was handed the captaincy for this seasons IPL after Shreyas Iyer was ruled out due to injury, made an unbeaten 15. He raised the victory with a straight boundary against the expensive Thakur.
Chennai Super Kings:
Ruturaj Gaikwad (c Dhawan b Chris Woakes) 5
Faf du Plessis (lbw b Avesh Khan) 0
Moeen Ali (c Dhawan b Ashwin) 36
Suresh Raina run out (Chris Woakes/Pant)
54 Ambati Rayudu (c Dhawan b Tom Curran) 23
Ravindra Jadeja not out 26
MS Dhoni (b Avesh Khan) 0
Sam Curran (b Chris Woakes) 34
Extras: (LB-7, W-2, NB-1) 10 Total: (For 7 wickets in 20 Overs) 188 Fall of wickets : 1-7, 2-7, 3-60, 4-123 , 5-137, 6-137 , 7-188.
DC Bowling: Chris Woakes 3-0-18-2, Avesh Khan 4-0-23-2, Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-47-1, Tom Curran 4-0-40-1, Amit Mishra 3-0-27-0, Marcus Stoinis 2-0-26-0.
Prithvi Shaw (c Moeen Ali b Dwayne Bravo) 72
Shikhar Dhawan (lbw b Shardul Thakur) 85
Rishabh Pant (Not Out) 15
Marcus Stoinis (c Sam Curran b Shardul Thakur) 14
Shimron Hetmyer (Not Out) 0
CSK Bowling: Deepak Chahar 4-0-36-0, Sam Curran 2-0-24-0, Shardul Thakur 3.4-0-53-2, Ravindra Jadeja 2-0-16-0, Moeen Ali 3-0-33-0, Dwayne Bravo 4-0-28-1
Resuts: Delhi Capitals win by 7 wickets
First Published: IST