At bat, Conway had a half-century hat trick with a stunning 87 on 49 balls to set a game-winning score of 208 for 6 of 20 overs.
The scoreboard pressure was still mounting on the Capitals as they eventually went 117 from 17.4 overs with Moeen (3/13 from 4 overs) taking the wickets of Mitchell Marsh (25 from 20 balls) and skipper Rishabh Pant ( 21 on 11 balls) in quick succession. to complete the contest.
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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 are now eight points from 11 games and can earn a maximum of 14 points if they win their remaining three matches, which unfortunately doesn’t seem like enough for a play-off qualification.
The Delhi Capitals remain fifth with 10 points and will now have to win the remaining three games and also expect a few more results to favor them if they have any hopes of qualifying.
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What’s been a major issue with DC’s performance in 2022 is the lack of consistency. There are days when they are brilliant and other less ordinary days with inept performances.
KS Bharat (8 from 5 balls) was playing his first game and can be excused, but Mitchell Marsh and Rishabh Pant have done next to nothing of note during the season and even 209 is not a huntable total eight times out of 10 , there was no semblance of a fight.
Pant was fired as he attempted to play against the turn while Marsh was deep in the hole. By the time Rovman Powell was gone, the game was almost over.
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In fact, the track that seemed as flat as a highway suddenly became difficult for strokeplay in the second half.
But when Conway was batting, 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 from 33 balls) to lay the groundwork for a big score.
Conway added 59 more runs for the second wicket with Shivam Dube (32 from 19 balls) before MS Dhoni (21 from 8 balls) added an injury insult to DC late in the fag.
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The South African-born New Zealander has been one of the key players in an aging CSK side in transition and has responded well to captain Dhoni’s call to be a similar replacement for Faf du Plessis.
What makes Conway a standout performer among most overseas rookies is his mastery of spinners, which is an absolute must to be a consistent success in the IPL.
Whether or not CSK makes it to the play-offs this time around, Conway will likely serve the franchise for at least the next five years.
With Gaikwad, Conway showed how an aesthetic stroke game can destroy the confidence of rival bowlers. There were no lap-scoops, switch hits, reverse flicks but shots in the ‘V’ with immaculate use of the feet while negotiating the spinners. It helped that the DY Patil Stadium track felt like a highway due to its flat nature.
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Kuldeep Yadav’s length (3-0-43-0) was utterly disorganized as Conway repeatedly descended onto the court to dismiss deliveries.
If the delivery was made by air, Conway would drive down the runway and hit her on the ground or away. If the bowler was keeping it flat, he was hitting it through the covers and if he was fast and full, he was playing the conventional sweep shot to a deep square leg. The shot that stood out was a cover drive that felt more like a slap with minimal rear lift.
Conway’s third consecutive fifty came out 27 balls because poor Kuldeep had no idea what hit him. His deliveries were like cannon fodder as he got hit for four fours and two sixes on his first spell.
Conway repeated his “dance on the lane” act on Kuldeep’s second spell with another six loft as DC bowlers ran out of answers that day.
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