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We have our first finalist of IPL 2021 and it’s none other than the Chennai Super Kings! Dhoni’s boys have beaten the Delhi Capitals and have marched into the finals. In what was an absolute thriller, both the teams gave it their very best. After being asked to bat in the first innings, Delhi got to 172 which looked like a good total. CSK in the second innings were cruising towards victory at one stage owing to Utthappa’s blazing knock before a cluster of wickets put the game back in balance. However, after Gaikwad was dismissed post a superb knockout came in their thala MS Dhoni who saw his team through. He scored 18 off just 6 deliveries. Pant was disappointed towards the end.

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“Obviously it’s very disappointing, don’t have enough words to describe how we are feeling right now. The only thing we can do is rectify our mistakes and move on to the next one. I thought that Tom bowled beautifully throughout the match, last over unfortunately went for runs. I thought the bowler who is having a great day, it’s better to use him for the last over. I thought the score was decent but they got off to a flier in the powerplay and we didn’t get enough wickets and that was the main difference. As a cricketer, we are going to rectify our mistakes, gonna learn from it and move on to the next one. Hopefully we can win and play the final.” Said the DC captain Pant after the completion of the match. “It was a crucial innings. They were using the bigger boundary very well. I haven’t done a lot in the tournament. We are one side that hasn’t done promotions a lot. If a Shardul or a Deepak, they can look to get a boundary from the first ball. He is somebody who likes to bat up the order. Mo has done very well for us at 3. So we have left it open.

Whoever gets out, one of you will bat at 3. We have just left it to god how we decide that (smiles). He (Ruturaj) is somebody who plays authentic shots. He is a good talent. It’s the full team. It was tough when we didn’t qualify last time. Emotions were high. Credit goes to the support staff and everyone in the team.” Said MS Dhoni during the post match presentation. Gaikwad was awarded the player of the match award for his sensation knocks. “It’s just normal. Just go through normal routines whatever you have been following throughout the tournament and just try and stay neutral. Each and every game you start from 0, so it’s important to start again and start fresh and be up for a challenge whatever it is. Powerplay was a crucial stage and the wicket was holding a little bit. We had to get off to a good start. Robin batted really well, he took on the bowlers and it got a little bit easier for me to stay till the end and bat throughout the innings. At times, you have to take the odd risk. I plan for 2-3 overs, think of who is likely to bowl and who I can target, big-short boundary, who I can target better. You have to be crustal clear, go through the process, take one over at a time and ensure that the required rate doesn’t go up too much and take it deep. Every time, Dhoni tries to encourage me and start afresh every game, keep up the form. Learn from every game and move forward. He said to try and finish the game. It is what separates good players from normal players. I am just looking to learn as much as possible till he is here and stay humble.” Said Gaikwad after winning the player of the match award.

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