Watch: Moeen Ali bowls a strange beamer to Shikhar Dhawan as MS Dhoni tries to stump the batsman
Chennai Super Kings crossed swords with Delhi Capitals in their first game at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in IPL which is arguably the best league in the world. Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant won the toss and opted to bowl first. Avesh Khan and Chris Woakes provided early breakthroughs by dismissing Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad respectively.
However, Moeen Ali and Suresh Raina had other ideas in mind. They dictated tempo by taking the attack to the cleaners. In the process, they added a valuable 53-run stand before Moeen Ali was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin. CSK's new recruit scored 36 off 24 balls with the help of 4 fours and 2 sixes.
Meanwhile, Suresh Raina batted really well on his comeback as he went on to score a half-century. He was en route to scoring a big knock but was run-out controversial fashion as Avesh Khan blocked Ravindra Jadeja from taking the second run and hence there was a mix-up between Jadeja and Raina that resulted in Raina's departure.
Suresh Raina made his way back to the pavilion after scoring a well-composed 54 off 36 balls including 3 fours and 4 sixes with a superb strike rate of 150. In the end, Sam Curran showed what he is capable of putting on a show as he scored a quickfire 34 off 15 balls. The English all-rounder cracked 4 fours and 2 sixes.
Moeen Ali bowls a beamer as MS Dhoni tries to stump Shikhar Dhawan
Chennai Super Kings managed to post a colossal total of 188/7 in their quota of 20 overs. Chasing 189, Delhi Capitals got off to a splendid start in the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw. Both the batsmen looked unstoppable as they kept on smashing sixes and fours at will.
CSK bowlers tried all their luck but the damage was already done and it was too late for the yellow army to make a comeback. Dhawan and Shaw added 112 runs in 12 overs. When Moeen was brought into the attack, he bowled a beamer to Shikhar Dhawan as the latter already tried to step down the track to play a shot.
Upon realizing that the ball went above his waist, Dhawan tried to play the shot but the ball beat him and went towards MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Meanwhile, Dhoni quickly dislodged the bails in his own style. However, Dhawan made it to the crease.
The southpaw was named the man of the match for scoring 85 off 54 with the help of 10 fours and 2 sixes whereas Prithvi Shaw scored 72 off 38 balls including 9 fours and 3 sixes. DC aced the run chase in 18.4 overs and won the game by 7 wickets.