Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis fifties boosted Chennai Super Kings to a six-wicket win against Delhi Capitals to reach the final where they will face Mumbai Indians. Get highlights here. (Image credit: Twitter)
Chennai Super Kings have chosen to bowl against Delhi Capitals. Shikhar Dhawan gave Delhi Capitals a good start but Chennai Super Kings plugged away with wickets at regular intervals. Rishabh Pant held the innings together with 38 but Delhi Capitals lost wickets at regular intervals. However, some cameos from the tail, including 10 runs from three balls from Ishant Sharma has helped Delhi Capitals reach 147/9 against Chennai Super Kings. In response, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis blasted fifties and their opening partnership put Chennai Super Kings on course and they managed to secure a six-wicket win over Delhi Capitals. This victory helped them reach their eighth IPL final in 10 editions and they will play Mumbai Indians in the final. The winner of the IPL 2019 final will win the tournament for an unprecedented fourth time. Get highlights of the second qualifier here. (SCORECARD)
That is all from us here. Join us on Sunday for the final of the IPL 2019 between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
Faf du Plessis, Man of the Match: From the previous games, the guys were playing some great shots up front. But it wasn't the same kind of wicket. We also know the strength of ours is getting those partnerships - even if we go 3-4 overs without runs, we have a great lower and middle order to bring us back.
MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings: It's the usual route, last year was an exception. You'll go for runs, miss a few catches, but it's important to come back strong. Th e way we batted to chase down 140+ was really nice. That's what the 7:30 start does, the groundstaff feel obliged to water it, and it's a little tacky initially. The bowling effort was brilliant, and we kept it in the right areas, not allowing Delhi to get a big score. It's important to get their openers out - their batting line-up is really strong and they have many left-handers and we have a left-arm spinner to negate them.
Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Capitals skipper: There were no partnerships. Good learning for us. It's something to think about. Home games didn't go that well for us. We can't complain though. Have practised a lot for such surfaces but preparing at Delhi on those tracks are risky due to uneven bounce. Can't blame pitches at the end of the day because we were professional cricketers. Looking at the likes of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma leading their teams and also standing with them at the toss, I have been fortunate to learn things.
This is the eighth time Chennai Super Kings have reached the final in 10 editions while this is the ninth final for MS Dhoni. This will be the fourth final between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.
Chennai Super Kings have done it as they beat Dehi Capitals by six wickets to reach their seventh final. They will once again square off against Mumbai Indians and it will be a magnificent final.
No finishing touches will be provided by MS Dhoni today. With just two runs needed, Dhoni goes for the pull off Ishant Sharma but he holes out to deep midwicket as the fielder takes the catch. Chennai Super Kings come closer to victory.
Axar Patel gets a wicket with his final ball in IPL 2019 potentially. Flatter ball and close to the off stump, Raina is cramped for room as he attempts the cut but drags it back onto the stumps.
Amit Mishra and Axar Patel are pulling things back after the wicket of Watson. However, Chennai Super Kings still have eight wickets left and the required rate is just six runs an over. This should still be very easy.
Once again, a batsman reaches fifty and falls. Mishra flights this delivery up and Watson goes for the lofted shot but Trent Boult leaps and takes the catch. Delhi Capitals have something to smile for but Chennai Super Kings are firmly on top.
Shane Watson clobbers a six and a four as his strike-rate is more than 150 and Chennai Super Kings need less than a run-a-ball. This has been a one-sided qualifier 2 so far and MS Dhoni's team are showing their value at the big game. Watson notches up his 18th fifty with a brilliant six off Keemo Paul.
Du Plessis pulls a short ball from Trent Boult but he miscues it to deep square leg and Keemo Paul takes a simple catch. Glimmer of hope for Delhi Capitals but Chennai Super Kings are firmly on top.
Faf du Plessis slams his 12th fifty in the IPL and Chennai Super Kings are cruising now. Shane Watson blasts a six off Axar Patel and Delhi Capitals stumble.
Chennai Super Kings have now got momentum on their side as Delhi Capitals are releasing the pressure. Faf du Plessis is batting brilliantly and although Watson is struggling, they are still making good progress.
Three consecutive fours by Faf du Plessis off Ishant Sharma and Chennai Super Kings end the powerplay in style, scoring 42 in six overs.
Faf du Plessis gets some massive momentum by hammering a six and a four off Axar Patel. Du Plessis is the key while Watson continues to struggle.
Only one boundary has been hit in the first four overs and that too by Faf du Plessis. Once again, Chennai Super Kings have not made a good start in the powerplay.
Superb start from Trent Boult and Ishant Sharma as Delhi Capitals build the pressure. However, they miss a massive run-out of both Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson. Both batsmen are stranded in the middle and they miss out on an opportunity. This might be costly.
Brilliant Ishant Sharma! He blasts a four to long on and then wallops a six over long off as Delhi Capitals reach 147/9 at the end of 20 overs. That is a good total on this pitch and a tricky chase is on the cards for Chennai Super Kings.
Jadeja bowls the final over and Trent Boult blasts a six over wide long on but he is cleaned up next ball. Can they play out the last three balls?
Superb fielding by Chennai Super Kings to deny the boundary to Amit Mishra but he gets a crucial four at the end.
Big wicket for Chennai Super Kings. Chahar floats a slow, full and wide delivery outside off, Pant mauls the slog across the line but Dwayne Bravo runs to his left at widish long on and leaps perfectly to take the catch.
Keemo Paul gets out to Dwayne Bravo as Chennai Super Kings continue to strike at regular intervals. Can Delhi Capitals reach 140? Rishabh Pant is the key now with two overs remaining.
Rishabh Pant blasts a four and a six off Tahir as he gives Delhi Capitals some momentum towards the end. Pant had actually miscued the lofted shot to long off and Deepak Chahar runs back and takes the catch, looks to catch it but he cannot hold on.
Sherfane Rutherford hits a six off Harbhajan Singh to get Delhi Capitals past 100 but the bowler has his revenge as he edges the slog to short third man. Delhi Capitals continue to lose wickets.
Imran Tahir appeals for an LBW against Sherfane Rutherford as he misses the legbreak. Chennai Super Kings take the review but replays are showing it is missing the stumps. Tahir cannot believe it.
Poor shot from Axar Patel. Short ball from Dwayne Bravo outside off, Axar Patel attempts the upper cut and he holes out to Imran Tahir who takes the catch. Delhi Capitals in big trouble.
Imran Tahir strikes and Delhi Capitals are in big trouble. The tossed-up googly on off stump, Iyer goes for the slog and miscues it horribly to be caught by Raina at backward point.
The onus is now on Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant to get Delhi Capitals to a good score.
Colin Munro gets going with two boundaries while Dhawan is looking in great touch. This is a solid start for Delhi Capitals in the powerplay.
Superb review by Chennai Super Kings and Prithvi Shaw is a goner. Short ball from Chahar and it does not rise up much, it zips through and Shaw misses the pull. The ball hits him on the back leg and Shaw is a goner as the ball is hitting off stump.
Three consecutive boundaries by Dhawan off Shardul Thakur and Delhi Capitals have started well.
Shikhar Dhawan gets going with a magnificent boundary off Deepak Chahar as he pulls a short ball to the deep square leg fence. Shardul Thakur also feels the pain as he is pulled by Dhawan to the deep midwicket fence.
Shreyas Iyer's side is unchanged while for Chennai Super Kings, Shardul Thakur is back in the side in place of Murali Vijay. Here are the playing XIs of both sides.
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Munro, Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma
Chennai Super Kings have chosen to bowl against Delhi Capitals. This is a time when Shreyas Iyer and his side can capitalise.
The support for Chennai Super Kings is immense and it will not be surprising if the entire stadium in Vizag is painted yellow.
The clash between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings will be yet another encounter against Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni. Will the apprentice get the better of the master or will Dhoni and CSK continue to dominate?
In both encounters of the IPL in 2019, Delhi Capitals secured a tense win at the Feroz Shah Kotla but in the encounter in Chepauk, they were trounced by MS Dhoni's side. Even in 2012, Delhi Capitals stumbled big time against Chennai Super Kings thanks to Murali Vijay's 113.
Hello and a warm welcome to Qualifier 2 of the IPL between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals from the ADA-VDCA stadium in Vizag. Delhi Capitals need to break the jinx against Chennai Super Kings, having earlier broken their playoff hoodoo in the Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad.