Dhoni, Watson fifties help Chennai Super Kings put 211 on board

02 May, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Irfan Pathan and MS Dhoni

Their stuttering campaign back on the rails under new skipper Shreyas Iyer, a resurgent Delhi Daredevils will play table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in a crucial Indian Premier League match on Monday. After multiple rounds of replays, an unsure third umpire awarded the decision in batsman's favour, much to the disappointment of Shreyas Iyer and his men.

Vijay Shankar did score 54 not out off 31 balls against all expectations but in all fairness that only helped narrow the margin of defeat as Delhi finished their innings on 198/5 in 20 overs. Thanks to Ngidi's controlled last over, CSK beat DD by 13 runs to regain their top spot on the points table.

Black Caps opener Munro fell in the fifth over of their reply having scored 26 from 16 balls with three fours and two sixes.

Former Australian all-rounder, Shane Watson's career was at the crossroads before the IPL began.

It was Delhi's sixth loss in eight games and now they are all but out of the play-off race.

In the match, Watson and Dhoni gave a class in power hitting while helping CSK to 211 for 4 after put to bat by Delhi. From there, Watson got into a groove and combined with Faf Du Plessis (33) for a 102-run opening stand, eventually reaching his second half-century of the season coming just ten days after blasting 106 against Rajasthan.

Although, debutant KM Asif picked up 2 wickets, he proved to be very expensive, going for 43 runs in his 3 overs.

The wicketkeeper-batsman raised the roof with five sixes in a breathtaking visit to the crease, putting on 79 with Ambati Rayudu (41 off 24) in just six overs. It's more fun when you go into the 8th and 10th overs and the bowler doesn't know when you will go for the big runs. With the explosive batting line up that CSK possess and their ability to chase down nearly anything, it is a given that teams winning the toss would like not to give them this advantage. Both the teams have 2 wins in 7 games.

After two balls, Suresh Raina (1) also departed. Rishabh Pant (79) was the top scorer for Delhi.

Also, other batters like opener Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and all rounders Glenn Maxwell will need to come out with their best against Chennai.

An enterprising innings from Pant included four sixes before the impressive Lungi Ngidi removed him in the 18th over. Gautam Gambhir has famously returned all his IPL earnings to the Franchise and also accepted full responsibility for team's dismal performance.



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