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01-May-2018 04:32:00 GMT
CSK vs DD - 30th match, Pune

Watson and Dhoni muscle Super Kings to top

Chennai Super Kings 211 for 4 (Watson 78, Dhoni 51*, Rayudu 41) beat Delhi Daredevils 198 for 5 (Pant 79, Shankar 54*, Asif 2-43) by 13 runs

Punee: The heroics of Rishabh Pant (79 off 45) and Vijay Shankar (54* off 31) were not enough for the Delhi Daredevils as they fell short by 13 runs in beating the Chennai Super Kings in the 30th Indian Premier League (IPL) match this year at Maharashtra Cricket Association Cricket Stadium, Pune on Monday.

Earlier, openers Shane Watson (78) and Faf du Plessis (33) provided a perfect start for CSK after DD chose to field.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (51 not out) and orange cap holder Ambati Rayudu (41) finished the proceedings in style to power Chennai Super Kings to 211/4.

The win also saw Chennai sitting at the top spot with 12 points in eight matches while Delhi languish at the bottom of the table with four points.

CSK restricted Delhi to 198/5 in their allotted 20 overs. Big names Colin Munro (26), skipper Shreyas Iyer (13), who played a huge role in Delhi's last win and Glenn Maxwell (6) failed to score which resulted in their loss.

For Chennai, KM Asif took two wickets while IPL debutant Lungi Ngidi and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with one wicket each.

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.

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.

After two balls, Suresh Raina (1) was bowled by off-spinner Maxwell. At that time the scoreboard was reading 103/2.

In the 14th over, while trying to pace up the innings, man-of-the-match Watson, who was clearing fences at will, mistimed his shot off veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra and was caught by Liam Plunkett. His 40-ball innings comprised four boundaries and seven sixes.

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.

Delhi medium pacers Boult, Shankar and Plunkett proved expensive.

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