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IPL 2022: Devon Conway, Moeen Ali stars as CSK Thrash Delhi Capitals by 91 runs | Cricket News


Devon Conway’s burning blade and Moeen Ali’s effective break points complemented each other beautifully as the Chennai Super Kings outscored the Delhi Capitals in every section of the match and won their IPL 2022 match by a comprehensive margin of 91 runs. In the bat, Conway completed a half-time hat-trick with a superb 87 off 49 balls to set up a 208 for 6 in 20 overs. The scoreboard pressure always increased on Capitals, as they eventually scored 117 in 17.4 overs with Moeen (3/13 in 4 overs) taking quick wickets from Mitchell Marsh (25 off 20 balls) and captain Rishabh Pant (21 off 11) balle). to complete the competition.

Mukesh Choudhary (2/22 in 4 overs), Simarjeet Singh (2/27 in 4 overs) and Dwayne Bravo (2/24 in 2.3 overs) then completed the formalities as CSK now have up to eight points from 11 games and can earn a maximum of 14 points if they win their remaining three matches, which unfortunately does not seem enough for play-off qualification.

Delhi Capitals remain in fifth place with 10 points and will now have to win all three remaining matches and also expect a few other results to benefit them if they have any hope of qualifying.

What was a major problem with DC’s 2022 performance is a lack of consistency. There are days when they are brilliant and then on other days less than usual with incompetent performances.

KS Bharat (8 off 5 balls) was playing his first game and can be excused, but people like Mitchell Marsh and Rishabh Pant barely did anything remarkable during the season and even 209 is not a chase total eight out of 10 times not. there was no semblance of fighting.

Pant was dismissed as he tried to play against the innings while Marsh was stuck in the depths. By the time Rovman Powell was gone, the game was as good as over.

In fact, the track, which looked as flat as a highway, suddenly became difficult for stroke play in the second half.

But when Conway batted, it looked like a walk in the park for CSK.

He hit seven fours and five sixes and also added 110 for the opening wicket with Ruturaj Gaikwad (41 off 33 balls) laying the foundation for a big score.

Conway added another 59 runs for the second wicket with Shivam Dube (32 off 19 balls) before MS Dhoni (21 off 8 balls) added insult to DC’s injuries at the end.

The South African-born New Zealander was one of the key players for an aging CSK team in transition and responded well to captain Dhoni’s call to be a similar replacement for Faf du Plessis.

What makes Conway a standout among most overseas recruits is its mastery over spinners which is an absolute must to be a consistent success in IPL.

Whether CSK makes the playoffs this time or not, Conway will in all likelihood serve the franchise for the next five years.

Together with Gaikwad, Conway showed how aesthetically pleasing stroke play can destroy the confidence of competitive bowlers. There were no shot-scoops, link shots, inverted flicks, but shots inside the ‘V’ with impeccable use of feet to negotiate the spinners. It did help that the track of DY Patil Stadium looked like a highway due to its flat nature.

Kuldeep Yadav’s (3-0-43-0) length was completely in disarray when Conway repeatedly came down to cage the deliveries with contempt.

If the delivery had fled, Conway would have come down the track and hit it to the ground either wide or long. If the bowler kept it flat, he would bump it through the covers and if it was fast and full, he would play the conventional whip stroke over deep square leg. The shot that stood out was a cover shot that was more like a slap with minimal back-lifting.

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Conway’s third consecutive fifty came from 27 balls as poor Kuldeep had no idea what had hit him. His deliveries were like cannon fodder as he was hit for four fours and two sixes in his first spell.

Conway repeated his ‘dance along the court’ action in Kuldeep’s second game with another high six, as DC bowlers had no answers on the day.

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