CSK back to winning form, rise to top
After suffering loss in the previous game Chennai Super Kings have sniffed a 13-run victory against Delhi Daredevils at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune in the 30th match of Vivo Indian Premier League 2018. CSK are currently the table-toppers.
Delhi Daredevils sent CSK to bat first. Chennai took the chance and put up a massive score on board with 211/4. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis – CSK’s new opening partnership gave a flying start with 102 runs.
du Plessis played a rather slow innings, run-a-ball 33 as Amit Mishra brought DD’s first wicket. Suresh Raina got out soon. In-form Watson fell short of another hundred in this tournament. He slammed 78 runs off 40 deliveries including 4 fours and 7 sixes.
Ambati Rayudu and skipper MS Dhoni added a quick 79 for the fourth-wicket. Rayudu made 24-ball 41. Dhoni hit his fifty in 22 balls. He scored unbeaten 51 hitting 2 fours and 5 sixes.
CSK set DD a bit target of 212 runs to win. In reply, Delhi lost wickets early. Colin Munro, captain Shreyas Iye did not get going not even Glenn Maxwell. They 4 wickets for 74 runs.
Risabh Pant put on a show with Vijay Shankar in a 88-run stand for the fifth-wicket. Pant, who has had a good IPL so far, smashed 79 runs off 45 deliveries including 7 fours and 4 sixes. Delhi’s hopes were shattered as he was dismissed in the 18th over.
Shankar’s cameo 54* off 31 including a four 5 sixes went in vain as the Daredevils managed 198/5 in 20 overs. KM Asif took two wickets for 43 in 3 overs. Apart from other expensive bowlers, debutant Lungi Ngidi took 1 for 26.
CSK 211/4 in 20 overs (Watson 78, Dhoni 51*, Rayudu 41; Maxwell 1/5)
DD 198/5 in 20 overs (Pant 79, Shankar 54*; Asif 2/43, Ngidi 1/26)
Chennai Super Kings won by 13 runs
Man of the Match: Shane Watson
Watch Watson’s 7 sixes against DD
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com