CSK go top after defeating DD

Chennai Super Kings overpower Delhi Daredevils to return to the top of the IPL table

Chennai Super Kings overpower Delhi Daredevils to return to the top of the IPL table

The Delhi bowlers were all over the place especially the experienced overseas pair of Boult and Plunkett, who leaked 100 runs in seven overs.

Pune: Shane Watson (78, 40b, 7×4, 4×6) and MS Dhoni (51 n o, 22b, 2×4, 5×6) hit brutal half centuries to help Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 13 runs in an IPL-XI encounter here Monday.

The result saw Chennai leapfrog the Sunrisers Hyderabad to the top of the 2018 tournament's eight-team standings, while the Daredevils remained firmly rooted to the bottom - and all but ruled out of contention for a play-off berth. Batting first before losing the toss, Captain Dhoni's Chennai opener Watson and Ambati Rayudu were able to reach this score with the commendable innings. Rishabh Pant the lone fighter and some late fireworks from Vijay Shankar but the top order failure and the run out of Shreyas Iyer in the first half of the chase put the target of 212 beyond them.

In the last over, Rayudu got run out but Dhoni managed to collect 13 runs.

Earlier, CSK rung in four changes with Sam Billings, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar (injured) and Shardul Thakur making way for Faf du Plessis, Karn Sharma, Asif and Ngidi.

Delhi opted to field on a good batting wicket and CSK pounced on the opportunity. But the mood in the Chennai camp is so relaxed that they even seem to have a laugh at someone's mistake too. "It makes life hard for the bowler and the captain to plan and bowl to him", said du Plessis.

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After two balls, Suresh Raina (1) also departed.

Also, other batters like opener Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and all rounders Glenn Maxwell will need to come out with their best against Chennai. At that time the scoreboard was reading 103/2. The CSK captain took a few deliveries to size up the conditions and launched the seventh delivery he faced, which he sent sailing into the stands at long-off - a flat hit off the leg-spinner Amit Mishra.

Rayudu joined the party alongside Dhoni, coming in at No. 4 and contributing 41.

In the 19th over, Delhi got the chance to stop the Dhoni juggernaut as Avesh delivered a short ball and Dhoni pulled it aerially to deep mid-wicket but Munro dropped it. The two batsmen who have shown repeatedly through the IPL that power-hitting can also be an art, with muscled boundaries and flat strokes looking like finely crafted shots.

Dhoni, who came after Watson's dismissal, joined Rayudu in the 14th over.

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