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.
When and Where to Watch Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD)
India: TV: Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD (English, Hindi, Tamil). Live Streaming: Hotstar.
UK: TV: Sky Sports 2. Live Streaming: Sky Go and Watch Sky Sports.
Bangladesh: TV: GTV and Star Sports.
USA: TV: Willow TV. Live Streaming: Willow TV Live Online.
Australia: TV: Fox Sports. Live Streaming: Foxtel.
New Zealand: TV: Sky Sport 1. Live Streaming: Sky Go NZ.
South Africa: TV: SuperSport 2. Live Streaming: SuperSport Live Video.
Middle East: TV: OSN Sports Cricket. Live Streaming: OSN Play.
Singapore: TV: Star Cricket.