Conway’s half-century, Super Kings set a target of 209 runs for Delhi

Navi Mumbai, May 8 (PTI) Devon Conway’s flamboyant half-century and his century partnership with fellow opener Ruturaj Gaikwad helped Chennai Super Kings score 208 for six against Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League here on Sunday.

Conway played an innings of 87 runs in 49 balls with the help of five sixes and seven fours. He shared 110 runs for the first wicket with Gaikwad (41) and 59 runs for the second wicket with Shivam Dubey (32). Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained unbeaten on 21 runs in eight balls.

Anrich Norkea was the most successful bowler for Delhi, taking three wickets for 42 runs. Khaleel Ahmed took two wickets for 28 runs.

Gaikwad and Conway gave the Super Kings a stormy start after Delhi skipper Rishabh Pant won the toss and elected to bowl first. Conway opens the account with a boundary on Shardul Thakur. He also hit a four off Anrich Norkea while Gaikwad hit the pacer for the first six of the innings.

Conway welcomed Axar Patel with two sixes while Gaikwad hit two fours on Shardul in the power play to take the team’s score to 57 without losing a wicket. This was the third consecutive half-century partnership of this pair.

Conway targets Kuldeep Yadav. He hit two sixes and a four in consecutive balls in the first over of this spinner and then in his next over also, hitting three consecutive fours to complete the team’s century in the 10th over. He meanwhile completed his third consecutive fifty in 27 balls with a run off Axar’s ball.

Gaikwad hit two fours on Norkea in the next over but in the same over, waving the ball in the air, gave a simple catch to Axar at midwicket. He hit four fours and a six in his 33-ball innings.

Axar dropped the catch of Shivam Dubey off Shardul’s ball, after which he hit two consecutive sixes and a four on this fast bowler.

However, in the next over, Conway was caught by Pant on the wicket of Khaleel Ahmed.

In the next over, Mitchell Marsh also got Dubey caught by David Warner. He faced 19 balls and hit two fours and two sixes.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit sixes and fours in successive deliveries of Marsh as soon as he arrived.

In the next over, Khaleel got Ambati Rayudu (05) caught by Axar at the boundary but Dhoni hit a six off his last ball.

In the last over, Moeen Ali (09) hit a four on Norkea on the first ball to take the team’s score beyond 200 runs but was caught by Warner on the next ball. On the next ball, Robin Uthappa also returned to the pavilion without opening the account.