Team Chennai managed to calm down their nerves as they defeated Team Delhi by four wickets in Qualifier 1 of Indian T20 League 2021 at the Dubai International Stadium.
Put to bat first, Delhi managed a score of 172/5 in the allotted 20 overs thanks to Prithvi Shaw's 34-ball 60 and skipper Rishabh Pant (unbeaten 51 off 35 balls) rescuing his team from 80/4 after 10.2 overs with an 83-run partnership with Shimron Hetmyer (37 runs off 24 balls).
Chennai, on their part, relied upon the seasoned Robin Uthappa (63 runs off 44 balls) to set the tone for the 173-run chase. Confidently supported by Ruturaj Gaikwad (70 runs off 50 balls ) - the third Chennai player to register 600 runs in a single Indian T20 League campaign - the Yellow Brigade ended their run of four straight defeats to Delhi to book their place in the Indian T20 League final for the first time since 2019.
Delhi will now face the winner of the Eliminator clash between Bangalore and Kolkata to earn a spot in the final.
Chennai qualify for the final in true MSD style!
The Master of chases - MS Dhoni - does what he does best as Chennai qualify for the final of Indian T20 League 2021 with a four-wicket win over title contenders Delhi.
With 13 runs required off the final over, Dhoni smashed three boundaries in four deliveries to propel his team to the final with two balls to spare.
An entertaining performance from either side but Chennai stepped up to be more clinical in their approach to the contest.
Well, that's all from us here at SportsAdda. We will return with the live coverage of the Eliminator between Bangalore and Kolkata tomorrow from 6 PM onwards.
Until then, goodnight and goodbye.
WICKET! Are Chennai in trouble?
Tom Curran's first delivery of the final over pushes Moeen Ali to pull towards long-off but a certain Kagiso Rabada back-tracks completes an important catch.
Fingers crossed! What is Chennai's plan?
Chennai 160/6 after 19.1 overs
WICKET! Gaikwad departs for 70
A fine knock from Ruturaj Gaikwad comes to an end after the Chennai opener hammers a low full-toss from Avesh Khan towards deep mid-wicket, but the ball finds the safe hands of Axar Patel who had to run in forward and dive to complete the wicket catch.
The collapse continues for Chennai eh?
Chennai 149/5 after 18.1 overs
RUN OUT! Quick wickets falling for Chennai
A back of a length delivery from Kagiso Rabada to Ruturaj Gaikwad pushes the opener ton pull towards long on, but while taking a second run, Ambati Rayudu is caught short at the bowling end by Shreyas Iyer, who combines with Rabada to complete a spectacular run out.
Is the collapse imminent for the Yellow Brigade?
Chennai 118/4 after 14.4 overs
WICKET! Shardul departs for a golden duck
Tom Curran dismisses Shardul Thakur - promoted up the order - who sent a straight delivery towards long-on which sailed towards Shreyas Iyer at long-on at cover.
Can Delhi stage a fightback into the contest?
Chennai 117/3 after 13.6 overs
WICKET! Robin Uthappa's fine innings comes to an end
Robin Uthappa goes for a maximum towards deep mid-wicket, but a certain Shreyas Iyer remains composed by catching the ball, pooping it into the air while jumping off the ropes and returning back to take a comfortable catch.
A fine inning from a top-class batsman on his day.
Chennai 113/2 after 13.3 overs
50 for Robin Uthappa!
Five boundaries and two sixes in his knock, Robin Uthappa is setting the stage for a convincing Chennai win.
A 25ht career half-century, a lot is riding on the 35-year-old as he is stitching a strong partnership with Ruturaj Gaikwad.
Chennai 81/1 after 10 overs
End of Powerplay overs! Uthappa reignites Chennai batting
With top-scorer Faf du Plessis dismissed cheaply, veteran top-order batter Robin Uthappa gets the Chennai chase on track with a 24-ball 40.
In the final Powerplay over alone, Uthappa hit 20 runs off Avesh Khan to get the three-time Indian T20 League champions past 50. Can he guide Chennai to victory?
Chennai 59/1 after 6 overs