Nortje to Gaikwad, OUT, back of a length, outside off. Tries to drag an pull from way outside off. Sliced in the air, and Ashwin tracks back from midwicket for an easy catch. Both openers gone Nortje using his pace well here
RD Gaikwad c Ashwin b Nortje 13 (13b 2×4 0x6) SR: 100.00
kuttappan Phili: “Personally, I hate the idea of giving your strike bowlers an over each in the PP. You come to a rhythm by bowling a few deliveries and get taken off. “
Nortje to Uthappa, 2 runs, good length outside off. Sticks the bat out and runs it down to third man for one
Rabada to Uthappa, 1 run, full on his toes, and flicked to deep square leg for a single
Venu: “Good move to send uthappa at 3 which is his ideal position too. Moeen ali again sacrificing his place. Csk had lot of team players!!!” — It might have to do with the wicket inside the powerplay. Uthappa has been a powerplay dominator in IPL history, and may struggle to “settle” and score if he comes with the field spread.
Rabada to Gaikwad, no run, good length on off and angling into middle. Fended back to Rabada off the back foot
Abhinav: “Why in the world did the birthday boy choose to go to Axar patel when there is genuine swing available? OH WAIT. nevermind he has got the wicket ” — And we are back to pace again. Rabada.
AR Patel to Uthappa, 1 run, fullish, outside off. Tap and run to point. And Uthappa is off the mark
Considering Gaikwad and du Plessis have scored 46% of CSK’s runs this season, this is a big wicket. Axar needs some water for a medicine that the physio has given him in the break. Uthappa is at No. 3
AR Patel to du Plessis, OUT, partnership breaker as du Plessis holes out at deep midwicket – the lone fielder in the deep on the on side. Length ball, skidding in. He looks to pull it square, but ends up hitting it in front of square instead of behind. Iyer with the diving effort in the deep
F du Plessis c Iyer b AR Patel 10 (8b 2×4 0x6) SR: 125.00
Phani: “Asif did nothing wrong. Dhoni likes to stick to his main 11 as much as possible. Given that they ended up losing last game, they want that secure top 2. Am sure Asif understands, he will get his chances.”
Vishal Poojary: “I believe KM Asif was injured during the last game and could not complete his 2nd over.Unfortunate for KM Asif”
AR Patel to du Plessis, 1 run, good length on off from around the stumps. Angling in, and punched to long on for one
Devashish: “There is promising swing available. The DC seamers are just not landing it properly. Come on Delhi buck up.” — Guess they aren’t going down that route. Here’s Axar Patel. We will see the batters dancing down the track?
Avesh Khan to Gaikwad, no run, full on middle stump, and carefully tucked off his toes to midwicket
Mukund: “I understand Raina and Curran being replaced by Robin and Bravo respectively. But, what wrong did KM Asif do? Dropped after a decent performance in a single game. This may not do any good to his confidence.”