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CSK vs DD match preview: Chennai play a rejuvenated Delhi at home

01 May 2018, 08:34 | Tracey Rhodes

CSK vs DD match preview: Chennai play a rejuvenated Delhi at home

Irfan Pathan and MS Dhoni

The 36-year-old Shane Watson (78, 40b, 4x4, 7x6), his age-club member MS Dhoni (51 n.o, 22b, 2x4, 5x6) and 32-year-old Ambati Rayudu (41, 24b, 5x4, 1x6) took Chennai Super Kings, who were asked to bat first, on a jet ride to 211 four 4.

Delhi was restricted to 198-5, always lagging behind the asking rate despite late half-centuries from Rishabh Pant (79) and Vijay Shankar (54 not out).

MS Dhoni-led CSK are placed on the second spot in the IPL table and can not afford a slip up here with teams fighting it hard to occupy the play-offs spot. He had to wait seven balls for his first boundary, though his next four balls would see 16 runs yielded, finishing in a blaze, his final five balls giving him another 18 runs and a third IPL half-century this season, all of which have remained unbeaten. Asif picked up a wicket in each of his first two overs by hitting the bat hard, ensuring that the momentum was never with the visiting side, while Ngidi was all class all the way through.

Despite the in-form Rayudu being demoted, the Watson-Du Plessis duo produced the desired result for CSK who raced to 100 in just 10.2 overs.

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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.

Shreayas Iyer displayed his great captaincy skills as DD beats Kolkata Knight Riders with a huge margin of 55 runs.

Delhi kept losing wickets in the chase and at 74 for four in ninth over, it seemed all over for them.

In the 14th over, while trying to pace up the innings, Watson, who was clearing fences at will, mistimed his shot off veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra and was caught by Liam Plunkett.

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But they found a more formidable opponent in the Super Kings, who are playing their home games at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in the outskirts of Pune after being forced to move out of Chennai due to security concerns.

Chennai Super Kings rung in four changes. Daredevils on the other hand did not make any changes after the win against KKR at home. Like Saturday's game, the launchpad was set for MS Dhoni to go for the kill.

Shreyas Iyer: "Not just me, but the entire dressing felt it was out [Watson LBW off the first ball]". Bowlers have to adapt otherwise we will have to look at other options.

"He is in really good form at the moment and it's extremely tough to bowl to him when he is form like that because he has got such a big arch and if you want to bowl wide he can still hit you to leg side", said Du Plessis. Eliminators will be at the small ground and we will have to think about our death bowling.

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