Chennai Super Kings (CSK) got back to winning ways as they beat Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 13 runs in an Indian Premier League match on Monday night. In reply to CSK's mammoth 211/4, DD never really got off to a steady start as they lost wickets in at regular intervals, which led the required run-rate to creep up. However, Rishabh Pant (79) and Vijay Shankar (54*) steadied the Delhi ship in the middle overs. Pant and Shankar provided one last flourish in the dying overs but could not get their team over the line as the Chennai bowlers were on point. Debutant Lungi Ngidi finished with figures of 1/26 in his stipulated four overs and KM Asif finished with figures of 2/43 in his four overs. After this win, CSK stay on top of the IPL points table with 12 points and Delhi languish at the bottom of the table with just four points from eight matches. (Scorecard)
Earlier, Chennai openers Shane Watson (78) and Faf du Plessis (33) provided a perfect start before skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (51 not out) and Ambati Rayudu (41 not out) finished the proceedings in style to power Chennai Super Kings to 211/4 against Delhi Daredevils. 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. Chennai got off to a flying start as openers Watson and du Plessis slammed the Delhi bowlers all around the park. The two took Chennai past the 100-run mark in the 11th over. (Play Fantasy Cricket & Win Lakhs everyday!)
While Watson hammered the bowlers, du Plessis rotated the strike. On occasions the South African player also went for the big shots. The partnership was broken by medium pacer Vijay Shankar, who got rid of du Plessis in the fifth ball of the 11th over. His 33-ball knock was laced with three boundaries and one six. New batsmen Rayudu and Dhoni then launched the counter attack. Rayudu, who was demoted to fourth spot, initially gave the strike to Dhoni and the Ranchi stumper milked the bowlers. Soon Rayudu also joined the party.
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. In the same over, Dhoni slammed a 108-metre six, the second longest of this year's tournament. In the last over, Rayudu got run out but Dhoni managed to collect 13 runs. Delhi medium pacers Boult, Shankar and Plunkett proved expensive.
IPL 2018 highlights of Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils match, straight from the MCA stadium, Pune
23:40 IST: Thank you for joining us for the live blog.
23:35 IST: Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by 13 runs in Pune.
23:32 IST: Delhi Daredevils need 17 runs in 3 balls.
23:31 IST: Six! Crunched -- Short delivery from Ngidi and Shankar pulls him for a maximum as he brings up his IPL 50. Delhi need 20 in 4 balls. This is interesting.
23:30 IST: Delhi Daredevils need 28 in the last over. Can they pull off a thriller?
23:29 IST: Six! A huge, huge over for Delhi. Vijay Shankar ends the over with another maximum. Slower ball again, Shankar muscles this loft over long-on.
23:28 IST: Six! Short delivery from Bravo and Shankar says thank you as he pulls to send the ball miles into the crowd. Captain Dhoni is not at all impressed.
23:26 IST: Six! Bravo bowls a slower ball right in Vijay Shankar's slot as he smokes the ball for a huge maximum. Is it little too late for Delhi?
23:24 IST: Delhi Daredevils need 49 runs in 12 balls.
23:22 IST: OUT! Ngidi gets his first as Pant miscues his heave and Jadeja takes a good catch in the deep. A very good innings comes to an end. Delhi Daredevils 162/5 in 17.4 overs.
23:20 IST: Four! Ngidi bowls short and Pant slaps the ball straight down the ground for a boundary. Display of sheer force from the left-handed batsman.
23:16 IST: Four! Bravo bowls full and Pant lifts him straight down the ground for one-bounce boundary. Bravo is unhappy with himself. Delhi Daredevils 157/4, need 55 more runs in 18 balls.
23:13 IST: Four! Dwayne Bravo strays down the leg side and Pant puts the ball over the short-fine for a boundary. Dhoni, behind the stumps, is not impressed.
23:11 IST: Six! KM Asif bowls a length ball and gets punished and Pant frees his arm and hits a much-needed maximum.
23:09 IST: Four! KM Asif goes full, Pant shuffles and scoops the ball past the man at short-fine. Brilliant batting from the young batsman.
23:07 IST: Four! Pant slams KM Asif straight down the ground, Rayudu at long-off fails to collect the ball. With this Pant also scores his IPL fifty.
23:04 IST: Delhi Daredevils 128/4 in 15 overs, need 84 runs in 30 balls.
23:00 IST: Six! Vijay Shankar starts the 14th over with a maximum. Dwayne Bravo goes full and Shankar deposits the ball in the stands.
22:50 IST: Four! Vijay Shankar is not staying behind. Harbhajan Singh bowls down the leg side and Vijay Shankar guides the ball away for a boundary.
22:48 IST: Six! Full delivery from Harbhajan Singh and Rishbah Pant connects as the ball sails over the boundary rope for a maximum.
22:46 IST: Six! Pant is changing gears now, comes down the wicket and slams Jadeja for a maximum on the leg side. He ends the over with a maximum. Delhi Daredevils 92/4 in 11 overs.
22:45 IST: Four! Rishabh Pant sweeps Jadeja for a much-needed boundary. Can Delhi more of those?
22:44 IST: Delhi Batsmen are currently dealing in singles and doubles. The required run-rate is climbing, the visitors need to do something in order to chase down the huge total.
22:38 IST: OUT! Ravindra Jadeja strikes. The ball angled in on Maxwell, who was looking to pull, misses and the stumps are all over the place. Delhi Daredevils 74/4 in 8.5 overs, need 138 runs in 67 balls.
22:36 IST: Four! Ravindra Jadeja errs in line and Glenn Maxwell cuts him for a boundary. Can Maxwell take his team home?
22:34 IST: Delhi Daredevils 68/3 after 8 overs.
22:30 IST: Four! A horrendous mix-up in the middle and Shreyas Iyer is run-out for 13.
22:25 IST: Delhi Daredevils 59/2 after six overs.
22:23 IST: SIX! Rishabh Pant begins with a six. Backs it up with a four. DD 56/2 in 5.2 overs
22:23 IST: WICKET! Delhi Daredevils lose their second wicket as Colin Munro departs for 26 vs Chennai | DD 46/2 in 5 overs
22:20 IST: SIX! He made it look so simple. On the full and Munro scoops it over the wicket keeper. A brilliant over for Delhi in their run-chase.
22:18 IST: FOUR! Little bit of width and Munro slices it towards the point fielder for a boundary. Good shot. They need more of these. Back-to-back boundaries for him. Impeccable timing stright down the ground for Munro.
22:15 IST: Four! Watson goes full and Munro lifts him over Harbhajan Singh for a boundary. Good over for Delhi as they score 14 runs in the over.
22:14 IST: Six! Munro advances down the pitch and slams Watson for a flat six on the leg-side. The bat made a sweet sound.
22:12 IST: Shane Watson is introduced in the bowling attack.
22:11 IST: Delhi Daredevils 17/1 after 3 overs.
22:10 IST: Four! Ngidi bowls short and wide, Shreyas Iyer makes room for himself and slaps the ball for a much-needed boundary. The pressure will ease after a series a dot balls.
22:06 IST: Shreyas Iyer is the new batsman in.
22:04 IST: OUT! Short delivery from KM Asif, Prithvi looking to go straight down the ground, miscues and Jadeja at mid-off takes a comfortable catch. Delhi Daredevils 10/1 in 1.4 overs.
22:03 IST: Four! Prithvi Shaw slams KM Asif for two boundaries in three overs. Both the boundaries were hit straight down the ground.
22:00 IST: Delhi Daredevils 1/0 after the first over.
21:58 IST: First ball -- Back of a length delivery from Ngidi and Prithvi defends it for a single. Delhi Daredevils.
21:57 IST: Lungi Ngidi, the debutant, opening the bowling for Chennai Super Kings.
21:56 ISt: Prithvi Shaw and Colin Munro opening the batting for Delhi Daredevils.
21:55 IST: Welcome back to the chase.
21:44 IST: Innings break | Chennai Super Kings 211/4 in 20 overs vs Delhi Daredevils.
21:43 IST: 50 comes up for MS Dhoni on the last ball of the innings.
21:41 IST: OUT! A mix-up in the middle and Ambati Rayudu departs for 41.
21:40 IST: Four! Boult follows up with a short delivery and Dhoni comes down the track and slaps the ball straight down the ground.
21:39 IST: Six! Trent Boult bowls a full toss and Dhoni dispatches the ball into the crowds. 200 comes for the home team.
21:36 IST: Six! Avesh Khan bowls full toss on the leg side and Dhoni says thank you as he smokes the ball with ease for a 108-metre maximum.
21:32 IST: DROPPED! Colin Munro drops Dhoni on 31. How costly will this drop prove?
21:30 IST: Four! There is no stopping Chennai Super Kings now. Rayudu and Dhoni have changed gears as they eye big total. Plunkett goes full and wide, Rayudu makes room and slices the ball for a boundary. Delhi bowlers are clueless now.
21:29 IST: Six! Rayudu advances down the wicket and smokes Plunkett for a maximum straight down the ground. This is smart batting from the right-handed batsman.
21:27 IST: Four! Liam Plunkett goes on the leg side yet again, Rayudu shuffles and pulls the ball for a boundary towards fine leg.
21:24 IST: Four! Rayudu joins in. Boult misses the yorker and rayudu clobbers the low fulltoss for a boundary. 21 runs came from the Boult over.
21:23 IST: Four! Short delivery from Boult, Dhoni shuffles and pulls the ball fine for a boundary. 16 runs in the first three balls.
21:21 IST: Six! Back-to-back maximums for captain cool off Trent Boult. He reads the back of a length delivery early, gets into position and pulls it with brute force for a flat maximum. Boult follows it up with a full length delivery, Dhoni's bottom hand comes into play as the ball sails over the fielder at long-on.
21:19 IST: SIX! First one for Dhoni. Dhoni rarely misses a freebie. A leg break slightly out of the off stump and Dhoni gets the power to smash it over long off region. CSK 149/3 in 16 overs
21:17 IST: Dhoni and Rayadu need to get going in the final four overs now. They should be eyeing a 180+ score.
21:14 IST: Chennai Super Kings 137/3 after the 15th over.
21:09 IST: MS Dhoni is the new man in and the crowd goes 'Dhoni', 'Dhoni'
21:08 IST: OUT! Amit Mishra gets the crucial wicket of Shane Watson. Watson fails to read the slower ball outside off, heaves, miscues and Plunkett at long-off takes a controlled catch to send the big man back in the hut. Chennai 130/3 in 13.5 overs.
21:06 IST: Four! Ambati Rayudu starts off with a boundary right after the break. Amit Mishra bowls flat and strays on the leg. Rayudu sweeps him fine.
21:03 IST: Strategic timeout -- Chennai Super Kings 123/2 (Watson 77*, Rayudu 7*) after 13 overs.
21:02 IST: Four! Full and wide from Shankar, Watson, down on one knee, lifts him over the cover for yet another boundary. Beautiful timing on that shot from Watson.
21:01 IST: Four! Vijay Shankar is becoming predictable with his wide deliveries. Watson waist for the ball this time and guides the wide full toss for a boundary past point. Sweeper cover gives a chase but the ball wins the race.
20:59 IST: Four! Rayudu dances down the wicket, frees his arms and whacks Shankar for a boundary over extra cover for a boundary. Rayudu had missed the cut in the first two balls but connects this time.
20:57 IST: Trivia -- Today was the 50th instance of Raina dismissed by a spinner - second player to get out to spinners 50 times in IPL after Uthappa.
Off spin: 19
Leg spin: 19
Slow left arm: 11
20:55 IST: Chennai Super Kings 108/2 after the 12th over.
20:54 IST: OUT! Huge wicket. Glenn Maxwell, the new bowler, castles Suresh Raina, the new man, cheaply. Suddenly Chennai are on the back-foot.
20:51 IST: Out! Vijay Shankar goes full and wide of off, Du Plessis tries to pump the ball into the audience, miscues and Boult at the boundary ropes takes a comfortable catch. A much-needed breakthrough for the visitors.
20:49 IST: Vijay Shankar bowls brilliantly, Watson couldn't get underneath the ball as CSK get just one run.
20:48 IST: Full toss delivery from Vijay Shankar, Du Plessis pulls the straight to the fielder at deep mid-wicket and umpire rules it as no-ball due to the height. CSK get a Free-Hit.
20:45 IST: Chennai Super Kings 96/0 (Watson 64*, Du Plessis 30*) vs Delhi Daredevils.
20:41 IST: Six! Watson is looking ominous today. Waits in the crease for the length ball, gets underneath and clobbers the ball for a towering maximum.
20:40 IST: Six! Shane Watson pulls the short Rahul Tewatia ball into the stands to bring up his fifty real quick. Chennai 82/0 in 8.1 overs.
20:38 IST: Amit Mishra resumed the bowling after the break and conceded just five runs.
20:33 IST: Strategic timeout -- Chennai Super Kings 71/0 (Watson 45*, Du Plessis 25*) vs Delhi Daredevils.
20:32 IST: Six! Plunkett to Watson, SIX, strays on to the pads and clipped away over fine leg. Fifth six for Watson. This ball is flying off the bat. Poor bowling from Plunkett.
20:31 IST: Six! Plunkett goes full, Watson clears his front leg, frees his arm and smokes him straight down the ground for a maximum.
20:30 IST: Chennai Super Kings 56/0 after the six overs.
20:28 IST: Four! Avesh Khan bowls on the pads, Du Plessis shuffles and rolls his wrist to guide the ball past the short fine for a boundary.
20:26 IST: Six! Avesh Khan bangs the ball in short, Watson pulls, gets a thick edge, the ball goes high up in the air and the fielder at the boundary kept on looking as the ball sailed over his head. Brute power from Watson on that shot.
20:23 IST: Six! This is a big over for CSK. This time Du Plessis gets into the act. He shuffles and gets the ball over fine leg for a maximum. CSK is off to a flier now.
20:21 IST: Six! Plunkett angles the ball into Watson and he flicks the ball into the audience for the second maximum of the over.
20:20 IST: Six! Liam Plunkett, the new bowler in, gets welcomed with a maximum. Watson does not miss out on the short delivery as he pulls Plunkett for a maximum.
20:17 IST: Four! Faf du Plessis makes room for himself, Rahul Tewatia, the new bowler in, follows him and du Plessis lifts him over covers for a boundary. Smartly played.
20:14 IST: Chennai Super Kings 16/0 after the third over.
20:12 IST: Four! Short and wide from Boult, Watson opens the face of the bat and guides the ball past the man at point for a boundary. Effortless.
20:11 IST: Four! Short and wide from Boult, Du Plessis throws his hand at the ball, gets a thick edge and the ball rolls away for a boundary. Avesh Khan at the third-man boundary could not save the boundary.
20:09 IST: Avesh Khan bowls his first over magnificently, concedes just one run.
20:05 IST: Chennai Super Kings 6/0 after the first over.
20:02 IST: Four! Trent Boult bowls on the pads, this time Watson connects and the ball races away to the deep mid-wicket boundary. Great way to counter the early scare.
20:00 IST: First ball -- Trent Boult bowls a cracker. Swinging in delivery from Boult first up, Watson looking to work the ball around, misses and gets rapped on the pads. Huge appeal for LBW gets turned down by the umpire. Delhi take the review and the TV umpire stays with the original decision. WATSON SURVIVES.
19:59 IST: Trent Boult is opening the bowling for Delhi Daredevils.
19:58 IST: Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis opening the batting for Chennai Super Kings.
19:57 IST: Alright, game time. Players and umpires are walking out to the middle.
19:50 IST: The Lionesses who keep the Pride going.
19:40 IST: Playing XI for both teams --
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, KM Asif
Delhi Daredevils: Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (w), Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult
19:34 IST: MS Dhoni -- Yes, I think the Mumbai Indians had a bit of pace. The choice of deliveries on our part could have been better. It does not result on the result of the game. Don't ask me the names of the players who are not playing. Faf, Karn, Lungi and Asif are in. Deepak Chahar is injured. Billings we have given a break. The two bowlers we have got in is because we wanted some pace.
19:32 IST: Shreyas Iyer - We would like to bowl first. It was a great performance in the last match, today is a fresh day. We need to put collective effort in all the departments. Hopefully, we will repeat the same performance today. I remembered the two changes we made in the last match, we have no changes today.
19:30 IST: Delhi Daredevils captain Shreyas Iyer wins toss, elects to bowl vs Chennai Super Kings in Pune.
19:18 IST: "When you enjoy the pursuit of greatness without expectations, greatness pursues you"
19:15 IST: We are minutes away from the toss, stay tuned.
19:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils.
Besides Iyer, other batsmen like opener Prithvi Shaw, Rishab Pant and all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Colin Munro too will have to play their part to perfection. Australian Maxwell has been getting starts but is unable to convert them into big scores. Delhi's varied bowling stock too clicked in the last match and if the star-studded CSK batting line-up has to be checked, the visitors will have to bowl out of their skin.
On the other hand, returning to the IPL after serving a two-year suspension, CSK has been the team to look out for this season. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back among runs with his traditional late flourish while in-form Ambati Rayadu, Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo are also capable of making a mockery of the Delhi bowling attack. The pleasing part for coach Stephen Fleming is that Suresh Raina has finally found his touch with an unbeaten 75 in a losing cause last night.
With Sam Billings and Ravindra Jadeja in the side, CSK have depth in their batting. But CSK bowlers were hammered by Mumbai Indians and will need to regroup and come strong today. Pacer Shardul Thakur needs to quickly get over from the mauling he received at the hands of Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma yesterday along side leg-spinner Imran Tahir.
To make matters worse for CSK, Deepak Chahar, who could not complete his third over in the game, has been ruled out for a few weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury. On the spin front, veteran Harbhajan Singh will be crucial to choke up runs in the middle overs.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf Du Plesis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Deepak Chahar, K M Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshtiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David Willy.
Delhi Daredevils: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Trent Boult, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett, Junior Dala.