IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Daredevils by 13 runs

Dean Simpson
May 2, 2018

With five wins in seven matches, Super Kings are now placed second while Daredevils continue to scrap the bottom despite a morale-boosting 55-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders.

Trent Boult thought he had dismissed Watson leg before from the first ball of the match when he struck him on the pad, but the third umpire detected an inside edge after Iyer signalled for a review. The margin of victory may not by big, but CSK always maintained the upper hand over the struggling DD. On the penultimate delivery, Rayudu got run-out in a rather comical way. The difference? MS Dhoni at death, well of course. On Monday night, both Dhoni and also Rayudu ended up again in it, incorporating 7-9 runs in just six overs to pile more misery on Delhi Daredevils.

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

MS Dhoni has thrown a teammate under the bus in a hilarious run-out in the IPL.

This is the IPL, anything is possible.

It is not just the rate at which he scored which makes his innings outstanding but also the way in which he paced himself as he batted.

Dhoni was dropped by Colin Munro on 31 as he cut loose, taking a particular liking to New Zealand seamer Boult.

Needing more than 10 an over put scoreboard pressure on Delhi.

In a convoluted way, it was nearly fitting that Pant fell right at the cusp. Rishabh Pant (79) was the top scorer for Delhi.

Dhoni has had his doubters but the former India captain proved he is still up there with the best finishers. IPL debutant KM Asif (2/43) was the pick of the bowlers for CSK. There is a very small margin for error. But "Thala" has literally roared this season and on Monday against a hapless Delhi attack, it was Dhoni of old.

The right-hand batsman further went on to praise Ambati Rayudu, who has been in an impressive form for CSK this season. Round the wicket from Maxwell, pitching outside off and the batsman misses his swing as the ball skids on straight to the stumps.

Also, Suresh Raina found his touch with the willow as the southpaw smashed a 47-ball unbeaten 75 against Mumbai, comprising six fours and four sixes. Shankar tried a different tack, bowling a wide line to stop Dhoni from hitting, which erred as much as it worked.

Watson, who hit a hundred earlier in the tournament, got going by depositing Liam Plunkett for two sixes in the fifth over that eventually leaked 20 runs. But at death, Bravo was taken apart, after spinners had done the job of keeping things tight in the middle overs.

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