Chennai Super Kings hit Delhi Daredevils by 13 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Monday night to get back the top spot in the points tally in Pune. Chasing 212, DD’s Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar strike quickfire half-centuries to give CSK a late start but in the end, the people manage 198/5 in 20 overs, slumping to their sixth overcome of the ongoing season to continue to pine away at the bottom of the points table.


With the clear of Glenn Maxwell (6), CSK were tightly in control of the actions before Pant (79) played a brave beat that had seven fours and four sixes in it. His going away in the 18th over, all but preserved the fate of the match before Shankar used the long handle to full cause punishing Dwayne Bravo with three sixes to bring down the equation to 28 off the last over. He did beat a six off the second delivery but in the end, the final total remained out of bounds for Delhi. Shankar remains unbeaten on 54 off 31 with one four and five sixes.

Before, Shane Watson and M.S. Dhoni cracked brutal half-centuries to power CSK to a terrible 211/4. Watson (78 off 40) was rear to his violent best after three low scores and shared a 102-run opening stand with Faf du Plessis (33) after alive a close lbw call on the first ball of the match.

Dhoni (51* off 22) showed his shocking touch in the last five overs which created 74 runs. It was also Dhoni’s flash best ever fifty in the IPL.

Delhi opts to field on a good batting wicket and Super Kings pounced on the chance. Watson was unstoppable after Boult almost had him attentive in front of the stumps with a pacy inswinger at the begin of the match. The visiting team took the DRS except the third umpire did not have sure confirmation to overrule the not out call of the on-field umpire.

It was also a bit shocking that the tournament’s important run scorer Ambati Rayudu (41 off 24) did not release the innings with Watson.

However, the Watson-Du Plessis duo created the desired result for CSK who raced to 100 in just 10.2 overs.

Watson, who hit a hundred previously in the tournament, got going by depositing Liam Plunkett for two sixes in the fifth over that finally resulted in 20 runs.

Watson hammered as a set of seven sixes with most of them coming straight down the ground or over square leg.

When the former Australian all-rounder departed, the dangerous grouping of Rayudu and Dhoni got together in the 14th over.

The captain got into the act with succeeding sixes off Boult, one over midwicket and the other one from a bottom-handed dig over long-on. The third one was a hit off Avesh Khan over the square, almost departing out of the ground. He had finished up with five sixes and two fours.

Rayudu too made certain the big hits kept coming as he hit five fours and a six in his cameo. His fourth wicket rise of 79 with Dhoni came off just 36 balls.

CSK were capable to complete a third half-century of the season with a double off the final ball of the innings. The Delhi bowlers were all over the place especially the knowledgeable Boult and Plunkett who leaked 100 runs in seven overs among them.

Dhoni overall four changes in his playing eleven, bringing in du Plessis, Karn Sharma and generous Kerala pacer KM Asif and South African Ngidi debut. Daredevils, on the other hand, did not build any changes after a much-needed win against KKR at home in their last match.

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