Watson, MS Dhoni guide CSK to win

Kenny Tucker
May 1, 2018

The 23- year-old Mumbai player, who made his debut for India last November against New Zealand, quickly made an impression and guided Delhi to a mammoth total of 219 runs.

Delhi would be hoping that their skipper Shreyas Iyer continues from where he left off in the last match scoring a match winning unbeaten 93 against KKR.

It would still be an uphill ask for Delhi to beat CSK in their adopted home - the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium - but they can not afford to lose. The heavy artillery dismantled by the Chennai juggernaut, so there was only so much the feisty wicketkeeper-batsman could do. Of course, Faf, who was playing second game of this IPL, looked rustic and struggled for timing.

The profligacy of Dwayne Bravo, the trusted death over specialist of Chennai Super Kings, played a big part in Daredevils getting that closer to the target. "He is hitting the ball incredibly as well as he has ever hit". The two took Chennai past the 100-run mark in the 11th over.

Watson was lucky to survive a leg-before appeal off the first ball of the match from Trent Boult, with the third umpire adjudging he had got an inside edge, though the replays were inconclusive.

He sent the next ball off his pads for a boundary and from there on never gave a chance to the Delhi bowlers.

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Delhi played with the same squad. He is supported well by Liam Plunkett and Avesh Khan. Amit Mishra has also found his magic back with the ball. Twenty came off the Englishman's first over, and there was no looking back after that. He didn't set the stage on fire, but rotated the strike and allowed Watson to tee off from the other end, as they added 102 in 10.5 overs.

However, Du Plessis soon departed as Vijay Shankar produced the breakthrough for DD.

CSK sit in the top half of the standings with five wins and two losses.

In came Suresh Raina (1), whose time at the crease was short-lived as he was clean bowled by Glenn Maxwell. But though they seem to have most bases covered, there are a few chinks in their armour, which were exposed by Mumbai on Saturday.

While Billings' omission wasn't expected, Rayudu's form allowed Dhoni to risk it.

Dhoni and Rayudu were at their destructive best as the duo hammered Delhi bowlers towards the end of the innings and accumulated 79 runs in six overs. All of this meant Dhoni got to his fifty in a mere 22 deliveries, Chennai piled up 74 in the last five overs, and the game as a contest was all but over.

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